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Submariner Funerals

'Crossing the Bar'

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

"Twilight and the evening bell,
And after it the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark

For tho' from out our bourne
Of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."

Alfred Lord Tennyson

'We Will Remember Them'

It is our sad duty to inform you that the following members are on "ETERNAL PATROL"

Swords. P.D. (Paul), ERA.1

Unfortunately I have to convey the sad news that Paul Swords, my oppo of many years crossed the bar on the morning of 30th Nov 2016.

P.D. (Paul) Swords, ERA.1, aged 66
Submarine Service: 1979 to 1990
Courageous, Trafalgar

Funeral is to be held at St Katherines, Church of England Church at Irchester on the 13th Dec. at 1430.

I am sure that all members of the Association would like to send there condolences to Paul's wife Patty, two daughters Elizabeth and Nicole and also Paul's life long friend Jann Robinson.

Patty has stated that she would like as many of Paul's oppos as possible to come to the funeral and afterwards at the United Services Club, Gold Street Podington, Wellingborough.

Paul had been suffering with cancer since about February and finally lost his battle on this day. Paul was a member of the Dolphin Branch and Served on HMS/m's Courageous and Trafalgar.

RIP Paul you will be sorely missed.

Submitted by:
Mal Davey, Hon Secretary, Exeter Branch
| December 2016



Henry. G. (George), A/LRO

It is with deep regret we announce the death of one of our N.I. Branch Founder Members.

G. (George), Henry, A/LRO, aged 80
WWII Submarine Service: 1943 to 1946
Sturdy, Statesman, Scythian

Funeral is Thursday, 24th November at 1200 in Drumreagh Parish Church, near Ballymoney.

George sadly 'Crossed the Bar', 23rd November 2016, after a long Illness. Our thoughts are with Mary and family he will be greatly missed by all.

Further details can be obtained from Shipmate Roy Mairs:
on 02870 344991OR 07796322431

Submitted by:
Chris Batten, Hon Secretary, Northern Ireland Branch
| November 2016



Jones R.F. (Reg), AB ST

Our World War II, Long Serving member and Chairman of our Branch 'Crossed the Bar' on the 8th November 2016

R.F. (Reg) Jones, AB ST, aged 92
WWII Submarine Service: 1943 to 1946
Sturdy, Statesman, Scythian

Funeral is Monday the 21st November at 1100 hrs at Stourbridge Crematorium South R’d West Midlands DY83RQ

Reg was a founder member of the Branch, Second World War Submariner, he will be greatly missed by all

Submitted by:
Graham Smith, Hon Secretary, Brierley Hill Branch
| November 2016



Hickinbottom. K.W. (Ken), ME1

I regret to inform the association that one of our members, Ken Hickinbottom, has 'Crossed the Bar'.

K.W. (Ken) Hickinbottom, ME1, aged 82
Submarine Service: 1954 to 1959
Aeneas, Aurochs, Tactiurn

Funeral arrangements are as follows :
Monday 7th November 2016 at 1200hrs Bretby Crematorium, Geary Lane, Bretby, Burton upon Trent, DE 15 0QE

Ken was one of the branch's founder members in 1980 and has been a long life supporter of the association, acting as secretary and treasurer of our branch for many years.
He served on some of the stretched "Ts" and "A" boats as an MEM.
He will be greatly missed by all.

Submitted by:
Trevor Dean, Hon Secretary, Buton on Trent Branch
| November 2016



Elliot. D. (Dave), CMEM

I wish to inform you that a lapsed member of the West of Scotland Branch has 'Crossed the Bar'

D. Elliot, CMEM, aged 72
Submarine Service: 1965 to 1984
Andrew, Warspite, Renown

I have been informed that Dave's Elliot’s funeral will take place on Thursday 20 October at 1015 at Cardross Crematorium.

Dave was a founder member of the branch and was a member of the first committee when we met to form the branch in August 1986.

A good turn out is requested – Blazers and medals.

Submitted by:
Jim McMaster, Chairman, Submariners Association
| October 2016



Laurie. B. (Bill), CPO TEL

It is with deep sadness that I have the duty to inform you that one of our Second World War Members has 'Crossed the Bar'

W. (Bill), Laurie, CPO TEL, Aged 96
World War II, Submarine Service: 1941 to 1955
Oberon1, Taku, Trident, Trump, Tactician

The funeral will take place on 25th October at Chichester Crematorium at 1100.

The family have requested that Standards be paraded so I have organised ours so far and I believe Portsmouth SA will be present too although that is to be confirmed.

He crossed the bar at 2145, Thursday 6th Oct. Peacefully after a long progressive illness. Bill Laurie was born in 1920 and he joined the Royal Navy in 1935 as a Boy Telegraphist. His advancement was fairly rapid with the onset of WWll and he joined the Submarine Service.
In old money terms he was a T boat man, serving on Taku, Trident, Trump and Tactician throughout the war. He was awarded the DSM and was highly thought of by his fellow Submariners.

He continued in service as a CPO Telegraphist and in 1960 he retired as a Chief Radio Supervisor He was a member of the Royal Navy Communication Chiefs Association attending our annual meetings in Mercury and afterwards in Collingwood where he was a member of the WO/SR Mess.

He was a founder member of the RNCCA's 'Submarine corner' in Mercury and I had the honour to be in that group with Maurice Perratt, Bob McKay, Bill Hoy, Alec Coe, Sid Booker and Don Palframan

Submitted by:
Roy Dixon, Southampton Branch, Submariners Association.
| October 2016