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Chris Massingham (
Date:Sun 12 Nov 2017 12:35:15 GMT
Subject:Rememberance Sunday

Great to see the clubs contingent marching today, really good coverage for a change.


Harriet Parry (
Date:Mon 06 Nov 2017 12:34:51 GMT
Subject:Newhaven Fort ASR Murals research- Can you help?

My name is Harriet Parry and I’m currently undertaking a piece of research at Newhaven Fort for an MA Dissertation at Brighton University.

I am looking into murals painted by the Air Sea Rescue (No28 ASR Unit 1107 MCU) crewmen stationed there in Christmas 1946. According to official records they held a Christmas party in aid of 50 children who had lost their fathers during the war on the 19th December 1946, and we are confident they painted the murals for this party. I am trying to trace families of service men who were stationed there to learn more about their paintings. I am also hopeful that someone somewhere has original photographs of the paintings, that could date anywhere between 1946 and 1962 when the site was handed over by the military to the local council.

One of the rooms features paintings of craft that I presume various crew members served on. The significance of why they chose these particular boats is clearer in some instances than others.

They were numbers:-
106- Dieppe Raid
1*5- 145 - Dieppe Raid or 125- painting damaged
15* - 156 - Dieppe Raid or 158- painting damaged

And four more that are completely illegible. Does anyone have further information on why these boats might have been significant?

I was curious as to if anyone had seen these murals before or if you had heard them mentioned? You may have photographs without realising as they were painted in the NAAFI and could feature in the background.

I would be very grateful for any information you may be able to help me with. These paintings are deteriorating rapidly and I am hoping in the long term to aid preservation of what is left of the paintings through my research and create a museum display at the fort dedicated to their history.


Joe Thomas - Membership Secretary (
Date:Mon 16 Oct 2017 20:41:00 BST
Subject:R.I.P. Peter Crowhurst (ASR/MCS Club Vice President)

It is with deep regret that I pass on the following message:

"My wife (Shelley Lewis nee Crowhurst) has asked me to let you know that one of your vice presidents, her father, Peter J Crowhurst, passed away peacefully on Monday evening (th October 2017). He was 2 days short of his 95th birthday.

He had been pretty healthy over the years but became very poorly in recent weeks and, had he survived, he would have remained very confined. Perhaps this was a merciful release for him.

His funeral will be at Slough Crematorium on Thursday 2nd November at 1.00pm followed by refreshments at our home in Farnham Royal.


Keith Wright (
Date:Mon 09 Oct 2017 17:34:10 BST
Subject:Newhaven Remembrance Service ar sea

This year"s Remembrance on the 12th November will strait at Newhaven RNLI Station for 10:00.We will board the lifeboat and proceed to sea for the service at 11:00. Once back ashore there will be a gathering for drinks and snacks and a chance to catch with old buddies and generally swing the lead. Any of you wish to attend could you get in touch with me via email or mobile 07776 301153 within about 7 to 10 days so that I have an idea of numbers.


Joe Thomas - Membership Secretary (
Date:Tue 03 Oct 2017 19:42:26 BST
Subject:Ken Lightfoot R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that I pass on to all members that Ken Lightfoot passed on, 21st September 2017.

Ken was one of our few remaining war veterans

I do not have any funeral details as yet.


richardson alec (
Date:Thu 03 Aug 2017 14:43:59 BST
Subject:marinecraft units 1103

I joined 1103 Felixstowe Suffolk, 49,after spending 47-49 in Ceylon,koggala anyone recall me


Joe Thomas - Membership Secretary (
Date:Wed 26 Jul 2017 15:17:15 BST
Subject:Alan Thelwell R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that I pass on to all members that Alan has in the last week passed on.

See below for details about his funeral:

The date of the funeral is Monday 31st July 2017:- Time 11.30am at

Springwood Crematorium
Springwood Avenue
South Liverpool
L25 7UN

Alan was one of our few remaining war veterans, so if anyone could attend and represent the Club and give him a good send off that would be much appreciated.


Michael Atkins (
Date:Sat 22 Jul 2017 22:17:22 BST
Subject:Visiting this website

A great website - bought back lots of memories. Served as a WOP at 1100 MCU Allness and RNAS Lossiemouth 1970. Will have to join and see if I can catch up with some old friends - Norrie Sergeant and Budge Bergen ???

Best wishes to one and all

Michael Atkins
Auckland NZ


Les Bush (
Date:Sun 02 Jul 2017 10:04:29 BST
Subject:Visiting this Site

Just a word to say how much I enjoyed reading through this website. I served as Wireless Operator on HMAFV 2768 at Marsaxlokk 1962/63. It was a very enjoyable part of my service and I shall never forget those happy times.


Mark O'Shea (
Date:Sun 18 Jun 2017 08:09:23 BST
Subject:24 ASRU OC Squadron Leader Frank Thompson MBE

Would be interested your members have in any information relating to my Grandfather Squadron Leader Frank Thompson MBE who was OC 24 ASRU at Gorelston circa 1943-44. I have some photos and documents of his service which I am happy to share with anyone researching.


Jackie Ockenden (
Date:Fri 19 May 2017 13:54:38 BST
Subject:Looking For Anyone who knew Hubert (Blackie) Greenwood

Hello, I am looking for anyone who knew/served with my dad "Blackie" Greenwood RAF from 1929-1953 served on Air Sea Rescue Launches. Dad left RAF Halton and was serving in Calshot 1929 and was there when we won the Snyder Trophy, Malta, Gibraltar, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, around Battersea Power Station (around Battle of Britain time). Dad was serving in Bermuda 1936-1939 when he was recalled to the UK and arrived at the tail end of Dunkirk.

I have several pictures of dad including his boats. He was posted to Porthcawl WO1 Coxwain 1st Class in the early 50's. I know its a long shot but does anyone remember dad?



Robbie Cozens (
Date:Fri 07 Apr 2017 13:52:33 BST
Subject:Graham Hollbrook (Olly)

R I P Oly , Sorry to read of your passing now you can swing the lamp and enjoy a pint with Skene and many more.


John Leech (
Date:Tue 28 Mar 2017 15:48:42 BST
Subject:Marine Craft Unit, RAF, Bridlington

Mrs. Linda Ellis and Mr. Frank Bull of Bridlington are writing a book on the full history of the Marine Unit at Bridlington from its inception well before WW2 till closure in 1986. They would welcome for consideration personal photographs, anecdotes, indeed anything that would describe or illustrate the unit's long association with the town.
Please advise me if you can help and I can then put you in touch.
Mrs.Ellis has already had a book published on T.E.Lawrence's RAF career interludes at Bridlington which is available on the Amazon books site.


Joe Thomas - Membership Secretary (
Date:Mon 27 Mar 2017 20:05:42 BST
Subject:Graham Holbrook - R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that I pass on to all members that Graham unfortunately lost his battle with cancer on Monday 20th March.

See below for details about his funeral:

The date of the funeral is 4th April 2017:- Time 2.40pm at

Barham Crematorium
Canterbury Road
Near Canterbury

01227 831351

All are very welcome to join us afterwards at Olly's old watering hole, the Anchor Public House, at the far end of Abbey Street,
ME13 7BP. Should you wish to attend a reply of numbers would be gratefully appreciated.

Love from Julie, Paul and Steve.


Markham Jones (
Date:Sat 18 Mar 2017 09:45:54 GMT
Subject:your photos

Hello Robert
I am the PRO of the Club and I can assure you that we would very much like to see your photos and indeed find out about your fathers history in the Branch. I must tell you that it is not always easy to find facts out as the records are very sketchy but I will try to help you as best as I can as I am sure others in the club will also do to the best of their abilities...I will email you directly with all of my contact details.


Robert Methven (
Date:Fri 03 Mar 2017 09:48:55 GMT
Subject:Robert (Bob) Methven

My father Bob Methven served in Air Sea Rescue from 1939 up until when he de mobbed in Portsmouth in 1953.
I have images of him and a number of the boats he served on. Somehow he managed to take them!!
Would the Club be interested in seeing them?
Also I was wondering if there is a way of finding out if any of his crew are still with us. Bit of a stab in the dark as they would all be in their nineties at least, I have first names only.
Regards Robert Methven


Kip Miller (
Date:Fri 06 Jan 2017 08:42:39 GMT
Subject:List of videos

I have produced a number of videos on YouTUBE which your members might find of interest;

Royal Air Force Marine Branch 1918-1986
'For Those In Peril 1943'

Motor Torpedo Boats (MTB) 'Spitfires of the Sea' World War Two 1939-45

The Coastal Forces Heritage Trust

Many thanks,

Kingsley Miller


Mike Coster (
Date:Wed 28 Dec 2016 17:16:10 GMT
Subject:November 2016 Remembrance.

Were there any photos of this years Remembrance events? WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY %26 PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR NOT FORGETTING A HEALTHY ONE !!!!!


Chris Massingham (
Date:Wed 21 Dec 2016 17:28:38 GMT
Subject:Christmas Wishes

Very Happy Christmas to everyone, in particular those who put so much effort in to running the Club.


E Frank Thackeray (fthackeray@clear .net .nz)
Date:Fri 16 Dec 2016 06:54:47 GMT
Subject:Xmas Down Under

Christmas wishes to all my old shipmates 1954/62 may you have a good xmas with your families and friends and may the year 2017 bring with it good health and another great reunion. I am only sorry that my trips home to the UK always seem to be at the wrong time of year but family weddings etc. come first though I always manage to catch up with a few shipmates on my visits

E Frank Thackeray
Lower Hutt


Joe Thomas - Membership Secretary (
Date:Tue 15 Nov 2016 10:02:22 GMT
Subject:Passing On of Club Members

To All Club Members.

It is my sad duty to inform you of the Passing On of Club Members, Ray Anderson and Dick Breeds

Ray sadly passed on in Plymouth, Friday 11th November 2016.

Dick sadly passed on, Sunday 13th November 2016 after suffering a heart attack. He was due to join up with other members of the Xlub that day for the Annual Remembrance Sunday Service at Sea off Newhaven

Funeral details will be posted as soon as they become available.

Joe Thomas
Membership Secretary


Chris Massingham ex fitter (
Date:Sun 13 Nov 2016 10:11:45 GMT
Subject:Webfoot Winter 2016

Barry and his team have done it again, the magazine looks to be full of interesting articles, not read it through yet, but looking forward to it. Thank you.


Joe Thomas, Membership Secretary (
Date:Thu 04 Aug 2016 21:12:25 BST
Subject:Club member Brian Cory

Hi everybody, does anybody know the whereabouts of Brian Cory, last heard of early 2014 at Camborne in Cornwall.

Any info greatly appreciated.

Joe Thomas


Joe Thomas - Membership Secretary ASR/MCS Club (
Date:Mon 20 Jun 2016 20:08:53 BST
Subject:Funeral details for the late Len Mulberry

Lens Funeral will be held at Western Mill Crematorium on Thursday 23rd June at 12.00.

Thank you

Joe Thomas


Joe Thomas (ASR/MCS Club, Membership Secretary) (
Date:Sun 12 Jun 2016 12:45:38 BST
Subject:Passing on of Len Mulberry

To All Club Members.

It is my sad duty to inform you of the Passing On of Club Member, Len Mulberry.

Len sadly passed on, Wednesday 8th Jun 2016.

Funeral details will be posted as soon as they become available.

Joe Thomas
Membership Secretary


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