Submariner Funerals

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"

Funerals

Funeral Details when received will be promulgated on this Website and remain so for two months. Please also check the In Memoriam →


Peel Bill (DSM)

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It is with regret that I have to inform you that Bill Peel DSM, has passed away and that his Funeral will be held at 1:30pm on Friday June 1st at the South Bristol Crematorium, Bridgewater Road. BS13 7AS. http://www.bristol.gov.uk/births-deaths-marriages/cemeteries-and-crematoria and afterwards the Wake will be held at The Woodborough Inn, Winscombe. BS25 1HD. http://www.woodborough-inn.co.uk
Branch and National Standard in attendance. Rig of the day for any Members attending will be Blazers and Medals.

Submitted by:

John Bradbury
Wales Branch Secretary

| May 2018


Peacey Chris

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It is with regret that I have to inform you that CPO TASI Chris Peacey crossed the bar at home on Saturday 24th March aged 93.

At the age of 15 Chris joined the RN as a boy seaman at Ganges in 1939. His first ship was the Prince of Wales and he was one of the seven remaining survivors of its sinking by the Japanese in 1941. He was interviewed by BBC South Today prior to the naming ceremony of the new Prince of Wales. 

He joined the Submarine Service in 1947 and served on the following boats: Trespasser, Artemis, Tactician, Tireless, Tiptoe and Telemachus. He was drafted to Affray but on his way to join the boat on 13th April 1951 he was knocked of his motorbike and ended up in Southampton hospital. Affray sailed on 16th April never to return.

He left the Submarine Service in 1956 and served in General Service until 1966 when he left the RN as a CPO TASI.

Chris had such an interesting career in both General Service and Submarines that a book was being written on his life. Unfortunately, Chris did not get to see the end product which will be published at the end of April. the book is aptly named "War and Peacey".

The funeral service will be held at Portchester Crematorium on Monday 23rd April at 1300.

Chris was not a current member of the Association but an Ex member of Gorport Branch, and I think it would be fitting if some of us could attend his funeral to give him a good send off as he does not have any family remaining in the area. The Ganges Association will be parading their standard (arranged by Shep Wooley) as Chris was a member of that Association. I will try to arrange for our standard to be paraded.

Submitted by:

Ron Gordon
Gosport Branch Secretary

| April 2018


Hawick Gordon

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It is with regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Gordon Hawick. Gordon crossed the bar, on 2nd April 2018. A valued and active member of the Sunderland Branch of the Submariners Association, he will be deeply missed.

The funeral service is on Thursday 19th April 2018 at New Silksworth Independent Methodist Church, Tunstall View, New Silksworth, Sunderland SR3 1DX. Service 1300hrs, we intend to muster outside the Church 1240hrs. #1’s with medals and branch standards where possible.

Submitted by:

Brian Turns
Sunderland Branch Secretary

| April 2018


Jacques Jim
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It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of our former branch Secretary Jim Jacques. A WW2 veteran, he served on HMS Norfolk during the Bismarck campaign, then on a corvette,

 HMS Sweetbriar, on Arctic convoy duties, before joining submarines. He served on H44, L27, Truant, Da Procida (Italian), Jalea(Italian) and Galatae, also Italian. His funeral details are as follows.

He will be cremated at the Blyth Crematorium NE24 5SZ, on Friday the 13th of April at 1045. 

Submitted by:

John Green
Blyth & Wansbeck Branch Secretary

| April 2018


Laing Jim
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It is my sad duty to inform you that Jim Laing, member of the North East Branch of the Submariners Association dived on his final patrol on the evening of Tuesday 6th March 2018.

The death was sudden after admission to hospital. The cause of death has not been determined yet.

Arrangements have been made for his funeral.

Monday 26th March 2018, Time 1400

West Road Crematorium, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE5 2JL

afterwards at:

The Marlborough Social Club, Blandford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE 4HY

Standards welcome

Dress  #1's with medals

Submitted by:
Bob Harrison
North East Branch Chairman

| March 2018


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