iNhWS. SEPTEMBER 1990
People in the Mews QARNNS call on Quorn in Gib
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DURING a recent visit to the Rock, HMS Quorn sent out an invitation to Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval N u r s i n g Service n u r s i n g officers and nurses serving
at Royal Naval Hospital Gibraltar to come on board for lunch. Among those taking up the invitation were (pictured from left): Deputy Matron (soon lo be M a t r o n ) . S u p e r i n t e n d i n g Nursing Officer Patricia Hambling; Matron, Chief Nursing Officer Christine Poole. who is soon to leave Gibraltar; and Senior Midwife. Superintending Nursing Officer Dianne Williams, who will be taking over as Deputy Matron.
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WHETHER calling the faithful to Sunday worship or accompanying the hymns during it, HMS Brave's bellringers are a familiar feature on board the frigate. Charge Chief Bill Skil- senting towns and ports — leter and his team use a particularly on the recent set of handbells which ori- visit to Canada. And a ginally belonged to the more original excuse for battleship HMS Renown. time off has yet to be She received them from found . . . Pictured from left: CWEA the Leicester Cathedral Dave Thompson, CPOSA Bellringers in 1943. Today, the Brave campa- George Freemantle, CWEA Lovibond and nologists receive count- Marr less invitations to play CCWEA Bill Skilleter. alongside teams reprePicture: LA(Pnot) Dave Coombs.
MASONS DONA TE £2,500 TO RNBT CHARITABLE donalions made in memory of Mr Vic Kerswill included £2,500 lo the Rova! Naval Benevolent Trust.
ONLY serving side-by-side in the Royal Navy for a period of nine months, the Power brothers didn't get the opportunity to have their picture taken together. No matter, a painting of the five in uniform now has pride of place at their parents' home in Nottingham. It was painted by Nottingham artist
Class '34 TO MARK his 70th birthday — an age shared by all those present — Cdr. Peter Meryon, former family welfare officer at HMS Nelson, organised a reunion for the friends who attended BRNC Dartmouth with him back in 1934. Ten of them gathered in the wardroom at Portsmouth to talk about old times. Among the guests was Cdr. Nisbet Glen, whose career with the Royal Navy spanned no less than 53 years — from 1934 lo 1987. After wartime service which included reconnaissance surveys of the N o r m a n d y beaches and D-Day itself, Cdr. Glen continued in his specialist field of hydrographic surveying. In 1955 he moved into the hydrographic office, joining the tidal branch at Cricklewood. He was there 12 years and then moved to Taunton where he became Superintendent Tidal Branch, staying until 1987.
Sibling surprise WHEN a New Zealand reader wrote to Navy News for information about his late father he ended up being united with two brothers and a sister he didn't know he had. Mr Herbert Hughes, who had been brought up by an aunt and was unaware his parents had any other children, joined the Royal Navy in 1933. After the War he t r a n s f e r r e d to the RNZN and made his home in Auckland.
Louis Jeacock, who worked from individual photographs. Pictured from left are MEM Tony Power (24) of HMS Drake, LS David Power (22), of HMS Dryad, ex-MEM Brian Power (27), last of HMS Ajax. submariner LWEM(O) Steven Power (28) and AB(S) Sean Power (26), of HMS Exeter.
Mr Kcrswiil. who died in February, served in the Royal Navy during ihe War, afterwards moving to government service in Hong Kong, where he rose to be officer in charge of customs at HK International Airport. A staunch Freemason, he was appointed D e p u t y D i s t r i c t Grand Master of the Far East
VISITING DIPLOMAT US AMBASSADOR to Britain, the Hon. Henry E. Catto, presented this year's Britannia Lecture, taking as his subject "The United States' Role in NATO and her Policy Towards Europe — West and East". Afterwards Mr Catto toured the Royal Naval
in 19S5. The donation lo the RNBT was made by the Hong Kong and Far East Masonic Benevolence Fund Corporation, marking Mr Kerswill's time in the Navy. A further £2.500 was donated to the Scottish Masonic Homes and HK$35,000 was donated to a Hong Kong religious order.
MAN OF NOTE
CHIEF Cashier of the Bank of England, Mr Malcolm Gill, was invited on board HMS Valiant — the first all-British nuclear submarine — as part of a visit lo Clyde S u b m a r i n e Base. Faslane. Mr Gill was guided on his tour by Lieut.John Cunanc. the Valiant's supply officer.
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Above: Mr. Catto presents a defence studies prize to Acting Sub Lieut. Andrew Spark. Fellow prizewinner, Acting Sub Lieut. Simon Clark, is inset.
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