Oppos who have "Crossed the Bar"

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Chris Robinson
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Chris Joined the navy as a Midshipman and served on the Superb as such joining the ship in June, 1948 at Rosyth. At that time his captain was Alan Scott-Moncrief and the Executive Officer Michael Le Fanu.

 

Information of Chris's death from his son Guy

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POSTED ON
28 November, 2020
More information on Chris's personal website
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Christopher Robinson
Who Crossed the Bar
25 November, 2020
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Rob Smith
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Robin Smith
Who Crossed the Bar
18 August 2021
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19 August, 2021

Rob served as a Leading Electrician on the 1955-56 East Africa Cruise and was later the Chairman of the HMS Superb (Cruiser) Association taking over the Chair from the founder Fred Kinsey.

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Dick Riddoch
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11 October, 2021

Dick was a Sick Bay Attendant on board the Superb on her maiden voyage in 1946 and a member of the Association for many years

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Richard Riddoch
who Crossed the Bar
12  September, 2021
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Emile Keane
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Emile Keane
who Crossed the Bar
13 October, 2021
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Emile David Keane joined the navy as a National Serviceman in 1954 as a "CET (in the communications section) then was later promoted to Leading Coder E. Nicknamed "Codes", his leading hand of the mess was a Pincher Martin in "Supply Mess A".

He was fluent in four languages and taught young recruits Coastal Navigation; arithmetic etc following a special interview & tests at Victory Barracks at Pompey

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15 October, 2021
 
 
Bill House
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Bill was a Leading Stoker on board during the 1956 - 57 Cruise to Africa.
He also served on HMS Cygnet

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William House
who crossed the bar
25 April, 1982
POSTED ON
27 October, 2021
 
Bob Letchford
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03 January, 2022
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ROBERT FREDERICK LETCHFORD

1 AUGUST, 1993

Bob was a Royal Marine and served during the Korean War (1950 to 1953). He was a keen amateur boxer and believed to have served aboard HMS Superb during the 1954 -55 America & West Indies Cruise. During the British State Visit of the Russian President (1956) he was posted to the Personal Security Squad for Nikita Khrushchev. Following his Royal Navy service he joined the Merchant Marine. Information supplied by his son Robert.

 
John Clarke
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John Andrew Joseph Clarke
who crossed the bar
23 April, 1994
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18 January, 2022
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John, who had a background in Engineering, was a sub-Lieutenant on board the Superb during the 1952-53 cruise on the America & West Indies Station (Bermuda). His precise roll on board was as the Senior Commissioned Electrical Officer. He is thought to have been involved in weaponry later in his career and left the service as a Lieutenant Commander. Information from his granddaughter Toni

 
George Garner
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GEORGE GARNER

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29 JUNE, 1996

George joined the navy as a Boy Seaman on 2nd May 1950 and served on HMS Superb as an Able Seaman from 27th Aug 1954 until 13th Feb 1956
George trained in Gunnery and was a team member of the Chatham Field Gun Crew in 1956
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27 January, 2022
 
Harry Fearon

Harry, also known as Henry, was on board around 1946. His oppo was Jim Hodges for whom we have no details.    See Photos for more information'
Information from Harry's son Andrew

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Harry William Fearon
who Crossed the Bar
3 August, 1973
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8 February, 2022
 
DEREK WEBSTER
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Derek Webster
who crossed the bar
9 November, 2017
Neil, Derek’s son, says that his father served on HMS Superb from Jan to Aug 1948 (Boy 1st class then Ordinary Seaman) and then again from Nov 1953 to Dec 1955 (Leading Seaman then A/Petty Officer). He always talked with such pride and happiness of his time on the ship. He mentioned that he had a serious accident on board during an hurricane on a West Indies cruise where a boat they were bringing on board hit him on the head and knocked him unconscious. He only spoke to me and my brother about the accident once but it must have been serious because he said that he was sent by the Navy to a specialist doctor in London for tests. I wonder if anyone has further details about this incident. He was also part ofthe gallant “Penguin Watchkeepers Crew” closed up under L.M.(E). Trott and Leading Seaman Webster, and succoured 7 King penguin passengers from the Falklands to civilisation.
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19 February, 2022
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BILL LITTLEFORD

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24 February, 2022
Marianne & her sister, Gill, let us know that their father Bill entered service as a gunner, rising to M.A.A. - More details to follow
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William Littleford
who crossed the bar
1979
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PETER SKELTON

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Peter Skelton
who crossed the bar
30 May, 2022
Between 1952/53 on the America & West Indies Cruise Peter was an Able Seaman in F.X. Division arriving in Bermuda the day after his 18th birthday. Returned to the UK for fleet review at Spithead in June 1953 for the Queen’s Coronation.  Information provided by Peter's daughter, Sarah
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8 July, 2022
 
 

PETER PYNE

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Peter Pyne
who crossed the bar
22 January, 1993

Peter was an ME(1) on the America & West Indies cruise and stayed on board as a Leading Stoker Mechanic for the 1956-57 Africa Cruise. Information posted by Peter's daughter Angela.

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10 August, 2022
 
JOHN TURNER

He was serving on HMS Superb in 1946 when the ship went to Belfast with HRH Princess Elizabeth and she was required to change ships as the Superb, arriving at low water, was too big to enter Dufferin Dock.

John recounted the story that the princess needed to transfer from the Superb to a smaller vessel in order to take her ashore.

Her method of transfer from the Superb to HMS Fame was a 13/15ft. timber gangway between the 2 vessels. John maintained that the 2 ships were under way allowing the Princess, and John Turner, her ADC to cross-over.

Subsequent to his crossing the bar, John’s family received a letter of condolence from Queen Elizabeth.

He trained at Achnacarry, Scotland and subsequently took part in the Normandy Landings

Information from Boys Brigade colleague Brian Cherrett

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POSTED ON
1 October, 2022
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Percy Arthur John Turner
who crossed the bar
13 June, 2013
 
ARTHUR 'WHACKER' PAYNE
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Arthur James Payne
who crossed the bar
26 November, 2013

Arthur (Whacker) was a Petty Officer Seaman on board between 18th January 1956 until 30th August 1957.

 

Arthur joined the navy in 1941 at HMS Ganges and later saw action on 'D Day.' 

 

After 27 years he finished his service in 1968 at HMS Excellent as a Chief Gunnery Instructor. Information supplied by Arthur's son, Michael.

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22 October, 2022
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