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John Phillips Coxswain (
Date:Thu 05 May 2016 09:10:54 BST
Subject:Old member

I do not know if I am allowed to log onto this page. I see a lot of names that I know. I was was in the branch from 1956 to 1967 and I served in Malta 1153 MCU the Holyhead 1113 MCU the Tubruk 1961 to 1963, Holyhead again the Gan 195 to 66. I suppose it is time that I rejoined.


Robbie Cozens (
Date:Wed 27 Apr 2016 21:15:53 BST
Subject:From Kevin Hopper

HI Robbie Just Letting you know that my dad died on Monday 18th April

I would be grateful if you could post something just to let people know that Wally Hopper has left the building, I was at Mountbatten today and it was nice to think about the old days

Kind regards

Kevin Hopper


Frank Thackeray (
Date:Thu 21 Apr 2016 23:00:46 BST

Many thanks for the latest copy of "Webfoot". Each copy brings back many memories of my time in the RAF. It is sad that many of my old shipmates are no longer with us. Still it is good to see that they are remembered in articles in the magazine. Once again many thanks to those involved in producing such a good magazine as I am sure that it takes considerable time of research.

E Frank Thackeray
Lower Hutt


Chris Massingham (
Date:Sat 16 Apr 2016 11:00:36 BST

They have done it again,another superb Spring/Summer magazine. Thank you. Just noticed the cost of postage, £1.27, how ridiculous.


Joe Thomas (
Date:Fri 01 Apr 2016 22:13:47 BST
Subject:Passing On of John "Von Don" Donnelly

To All Club Members.

It is my sad duty to inform you of the Passing On of Club Member, John "Von Don" Donnelly this morning (Friday 1 April 2016).

At this moment in time there are no funeral details, but as soon as I have them I will pass them on.

Joe Thomas
Membership Secretary


Joe Thomas (
Date:Tue 29 Mar 2016 21:20:40 BST
Subject:Funeral of Fred Gale

I have just been informed by Jim Collis (Hants %26 Dorset Branch) that Fred's funeral will take place at 15.15hrs on Thursday (31/3/2016) at Southampton Crematorium.

Joe Thomas
Membership Secretary


Joe Thomas (
Date:Tue 29 Mar 2016 20:53:59 BST
Subject:Passing On of Club Members

To All Club Members.

It is my sad duty to inform you of the Passing On of three of our Club Members.

2262 - Fred Gale - Fawley, Southampton
2323 - James Fergusson - Ramsey, Isle of Man
2658 - Tony Shave - Isles of Sicily

Unfortunately, the funeral of Fred Gale has taken place today. But, as soon as I receive details of the others I will post them here for your information

Joe Thomas
Membership Secretary


Dave Theo (
Date:Mon 21 Mar 2016 10:58:04 GMT

Thanks for that reply Barry and I understand completely it is just annoying is all I'm saying but realise you cannot monitor this page all the time.


Barry Leech (
Date:Sun 20 Mar 2016 15:59:55 GMT

To all members that ask whether we can stop these spammer idiots posting on this page, then simply as it is open to the public NO.
But I am notified of every entry by e-mail and as soon as I pick up that notification I can delete or amend as necessary.
However as I am not on the computer 24/7 they sometimes remain on for a few hours or at most a day.
So I hope this answer your queries.
The next edition of Webfoot will be at the printers this week so will be with you all very soon.


Joe Thomas (Membership Secretary) (
Date:Mon 07 Mar 2016 22:16:46 GMT
Subject:Don Pearce Funeral

Don Pearce Funeral Details: I have been informed by Ian Thomas that the funeral will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 9th March 2016 at the Inverness Crematorium.


JoeThomas (
Date:Mon 29 Feb 2016 20:37:18 GMT
Subject:Passing On of Geoff Lee

I have been informed by Bill Dales that Geoff Lee passed away suddenly this morning. (Monday 29th February)
Very sad news. Fantastic guy and a true gent. He was my Cpl Coxswain on 2769 at 1153 MCU Limassol Cyprus in early 70's. I was a very young and green MBC and he had a lot of time and patience with me. RIP


Joe Thomas (Membership Secretary) (
Date:Mon 11 Jan 2016 20:43:59 GMT
Subject:Passing On of Len Wrate

It is with sadness that I inform you all of the Passing On of Club member Len Wrate on 26th December 2015.

Funeral details to follow.


Steve 'SOC O'Connell (
Date:Sun 03 Jan 2016 12:40:02 GMT
Subject:None in Particular

Hello to all. I served on 1125MCU RAF Gan between 74 and 75. Being an aircraft tradesman(L Fitt AC) it was a bit of a culture shock to be on boats but over the years has been a great talking point. I also did a tour on 202sqd D Flight RAF Lossiemouth so did both ends so to speak. Going back to Gan for a holiday Feb 2016 as have always wanted to. Regards to all who may remember me.


Joe Thomas (
Date:Sat 02 Jan 2016 19:23:39 GMT
Subject:Alec MacRae Funeral Details

I have been forwarded the following details for Alec MacRae's funeral for those whose wish to attend:

Funeral is at the South Lanarkshire Crematorium, 31 Sydes Brae, G72 0TL on Wednesday 6 January at 14.00 and then to the Parkland Hotel, 296 Glasgow Road, G72 9DG.


Frank Thackeray (
Date:Wed 02 Dec 2015 20:37:04 GMT

Season greetings to all my old shipmates 1954/62. May you all have a great Christmas and things go well for you all in 2016.

Also many thanks to the committee for all their hard work especially those involved in the publication of "Webfoot".

I am sorry that I do not seem to be in the UK at the times of the annual conferences.

E Frank Thackeray


Dave Theobald (
Date:Tue 10 Nov 2015 20:26:07 GMT
Subject:Wearing of poppies

Here in Scotland we wear an entirely different poppy to that that is sold by British Legion south of the border. This green leaf that has appeared on the poppy in recent years and has attracted comments from some PC brigade has no basic in fact. Since the first poppy appeared to remember the poppy fields of Flanders it was just a plain red flower. The wearing of the poppy is the significant thing and not some new reason attributed to it in recent years. In Scotland we do not have a green leaf and we are all aware the date and time of the armistice.


Barry Leech (
Date:Tue 10 Nov 2015 18:54:26 GMT
Subject:Wearing of poppies for Remembrance Day.

It was so interesting to see on TV how so many people although wearing their poppy with pride were unaware of the correct positioning of them.
Women should wear their poppy on their right side.
The red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives.
The black represents the mourning of those who didn't have their loved ones return home and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much.
The leaf should be positioned at 11 o'clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended.

If our generation are unaware of this I wonder how younger generations will ever know the meaning.


Joe Thomas (Membership Secretary) (
Date:Fri 30 Oct 2015 09:51:35 GMT
Subject:David Gentles R.I.P.

It is regret that I inform Members of the Club of the "passing on" of David Gentles in Glasgow.

I was informed by his daughter that he passed on, on Tuesday 27th October 2015.

There are no funeral details as yet, but as soon as I receive any I will let Members know.

Joe Thomas
Membership Secretary


Norman Seargeant (
Date:Fri 09 Oct 2015 14:35:58 BST

Jean Webb has notified me of loss of Derek Hawthorn RIP


Robbie Cozens (
Date:Sat 03 Oct 2015 10:19:24 BST
Subject:Winch photo's

On behalf of my friend William I would like to thank Donald Smith for sending excellent shots just as Will' requested. With luck the Mk3 will be all done and ready to show at the Reunion next Year. it's a 4 ft model and is slowly going together, see photos on club page face book . Thanks Donald once again. Robbie


Bruce Trafford (
Date:Wed 30 Sep 2015 23:34:43 BST
Subject:Iceland ASR/MCU

I have tracked down some phographs of Air Sea Rescue in Iceland they are family pictures sent to the imperial war museum. these records relate to sergeant Robert Leighton Gay


William (
Date:Wed 23 Sep 2015 10:59:54 BST
Subject:Winch pics for sea otter and Mk3 RTTL

Has anybody got such a thing as a decent pic of the winches for sea otter or Mk 3 RTTL please


Robbie Cozens (
Date:Wed 02 Sep 2015 10:55:20 BST

If I am correct I belive the Watchmoor is now know as trhe Lydia Eva and is alongside at G T Yarmouth on Town Hall Quay and is open to visitors?


Geoff Brightwell (
Date:Mon 31 Aug 2015 20:27:13 BST
Subject:History of Royal Air Force Marine Craft, 1918-86 paperbacks

Hi All
Don't know if anyone might be interested but this book History of Royal Air Force Marine Craft, 1918-86 in 4 volumes of paperback is available on Amazon just put in authors name, they are at the Oxfam shop at Coventry

I know only 3 volumes of hardback were printed but the covers show seaplane tender / a whaleback/ boat 100/ and an old trawler like the watchmoor


William (
Date:Mon 24 Aug 2015 12:05:07 BST
Subject:Plans for seal class

I am in the process of buying a Seal class 1:30 scale hull and was wandering if anyone had a set of plans I could borrow or buy at the moment I am building a Mk3 RTTL to go with Robbie Cozens RSL


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