FRED RALPH'S PHOTOS

Fred Ralph
Fred Ralph

In later years

Fred Ralph's Medals
Fred Ralph's Medals

Left to Right O.B.E.; Long Service & Good Conduct; 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Pacific Star; War Medal 1939-1945; New Zealand Operational Service Medal; New Zealand General Service Medal

Fred RALPH
Fred RALPH
Fred Ralph
Fred Ralph

In dress uniform

Christmas Card
Christmas Card
Petty Officers Line-up.
Petty Officers Line-up.

Fred is in the back row 2nd from left

Shipmates
Shipmates

Fred is front row extreme right

Ganges Certificate presented to Fred Ralph
Ganges Certificate presented to Fred Ralph

Fred joined the Royal Navy in 1936 as a Boy Seaman and served on the Superb between 1951 & 1954 as a Petty Officer and a Commissioned Gunner

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on the appropriate one

 

CRICKET IN MAINE PHOTO

Cricket in Maine 1953.jpg

Eleanor Ingalls Fochesato from New Jersey, USA sent in this photo and would like to trace Dental Technician John Stevens she met him when HMS Superb was in Boston, Mass in 1953. She corresponded with him for some while and then they lost touch.  

 

John was an oppo of Fred Mills (shown in the photo)

 

Any information please, in the first instance to the Association at hmssuperb2u@sfr.fr

 

I.W.M. PHOTO

HMS Superb at Sea 1952

 

CARTOONS

Posted May, 2016

We are obliged to both Tony Hacket & Malcolm Milham & Bill Long who are still sending in copies of cartoons rescued from their attics showing the naval humour surrounding various stories of happenings on the cruise.  Perhaps they will bring back memories of the incidents.

Some Enchanted Evening
Some Enchanted Evening

This depicts some of the exercises performed during the first dog watch while at sea. I remember the Marine Band being instructed to play the National Anthem of some remote country on the top of B Turret. As you can see th double bass was carried by the smallest member of the band who had the largest instrument (musical one that is). Sent in by Bill Long

Ready, Aye Ready!
Ready, Aye Ready!

As far as I can remember, this is fictional - or was it? Let's face it was 60 years ago. I particularly like the poor little matelot ditching the gash - and getting the evil eye of the crusher. The pitch fork being held by the Colour Guard is a nice touch too. Sent in by Bill Long

Sumpun Fishy !.
Sumpun Fishy !.

The fishing one is our visit to Gaspe, Province of Quebec, nothing to do so we had a fishing competition. We went there to allow our Landing Parties to hold an exercise in the woods, instruction, IF you meet a BEAR walk away gently, should it follow you, do not climb a tree, do not run uphill, if you have to run go downhill. Sent by Malcolm Milham

Some Enchanted Evening
Some Enchanted Evening

This depicts some of the exercises performed during the first dog watch while at sea. I remember the Marine Band being instructed to play the National Anthem of some remote country on the top of B Turret. As you can see th double bass was carried by the smallest member of the band who had the largest instrument (musical one that is). Sent in by Bill Long

1/6
 
 

MALCOLM MILHAM'S PHOTOS

Posted April, 2016

Following my time in the Andrew I became a TA Soldier in the Buffs, Royal East Kent Regiment, both the Royal West Kent and Buffs amalgamated in the 60's, today I am the Secretary of the Ramsgate branch of the Association of both Regiments

Fleet Review 15.6.53 Superb Flagged
Fleet Review 15.6.53 Superb Flagged

Ex shipmate Malcolm Milham posted this plan of the Coronation Fleet Review, 15th June 1953. He makes the comment,"156 Royal Navy Ships, 16 foreign warships. The R.N. was minus the Far East Fleet who were busy on operations".

Going Home !
Going Home !

These are of our Football Supporters Group, our team was well supported, although I played for the Rugby team, I was the Hooker. This occasion was the Kings Cup, Home Fleet V Med Fleet at Gib spring 1954, the cruiser in background is HMS Glasgow, Flagship of Lord Mountbatten who was CinC Med at the time. We had put on a good chuck up for the Home Team, then the CinC appeared and we took the hint and left, in an orderly manner.

Malcolm in his second career
Malcolm in his second career

This one was taken when I retired out of uniform in 2000.

Fleet Review 15.6.53 Superb Flagged
Fleet Review 15.6.53 Superb Flagged

Ex shipmate Malcolm Milham posted this plan of the Coronation Fleet Review, 15th June 1953. He makes the comment,"156 Royal Navy Ships, 16 foreign warships. The R.N. was minus the Far East Fleet who were busy on operations".

1/8

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on the appropriate one

On the Messdeck at Christmas.  One of them is Terry Richardson but which one we're not certain

 

JON WILLSHIR'S PHOTOS

Jon Willshir who served during the British Guiana Incident in 1953 sent in this photo of the Superb Guard.  Click on the link to read Jon's on board recollections of that time

In the photograph of the Guard marching the CPO leading the guard is Charlie Revell the CPOGI and the P.O. leading the left hand column was the 2nd Captain of the FX.  An R.P.1 which might explain why he was more of a human being than others who had their humanity taken away when attending Gunnery schools.. A confirmed P.O. before he was 26 years old was some going.    

 

TONY HACKETT'S PHOTOS

Our member Tony Hacket was a member of the Electrical Department.  Among these photos is a newspaper cutting of the embarkation of the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1953 en route re the famous British Guiana Incident. Tony joined the ship at Chatham when she came back from the W.I. to be at the Spithead Review. He says, "We left Bermuda in a hurry and picked up the Royal Welch Fusiliers in Jamaica. At Georgetown we transferred them the Bigbury Bay as we were too big to get close in. We then returned to Jamaica on standby in case we were needed again. Whilst there played some of the best rugby I had ever experienced ".

Read more about the incident here

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on the appropriate one

Ship open to visitors Boston 52-53
Ship open to visitors Boston 52-53

Beat The Retreat Boston 1952-53
Beat The Retreat Boston 1952-53

Troops boarding the Superb In Jamaica

Ship open to visitors Boston 52-53
Ship open to visitors Boston 52-53

1/6
 

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on the appropriate one

PHIL GRIMSON'S PHOTOS

HMS Superb docked at Pier 92 in New York. circa 1953.  Photo kindly posted by Phil Grimson

HMS SUPERB, turning to dock at pier 92, New York, September 1953.jpg

HMS SUPERB, turning to dock at pier 92, New York, September 1953.jpg

HMS Superb dock at Pier 92, New York

HMS Superb dock at Pier 92, New York

 
 

Royal Yacht "Surprise" passing HMS Superb during the Coronation Review in June 1953

These photos were kindly sent in by Lee FOX a Canadian Naval Researcher living in the United States.  Lee has strong connections with the United Kingdom both in the Plymouth area and Scotland.

 

The photographs are from the Portsmouth Evening News 18th September, 1953

L - R: Lieutenant Michael Musgrave, Captain Robin Graham & Colour Sergeant Archibald Baugh

Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

HMS Superb leaving Basin Number 3

Chatham Dockyard on 5th September, 1952

Photograph courtesy of The Historic Dockyard Chatham

HMS Superb 1952
 

Royal Marines on Parade in New York circa 22 September, 1953

HMS Superb in New York 1953
Admiral William Andrewes, John Morris McDonald, Joseph Strutt, John Richmond, John J. Slocum, Thomas Achinclose, HMS Superb
 
 

1952 - 1953 Cruise

falklands1953.jpg
falklands1953.jpg
crossingtheline1953.jpg
crossingtheline1953.jpg
penquins1953.jpg
penquins1953.jpg
suportla.jpg
suportla.jpg
guardsco.jpg
guardsco.jpg
1951Mar Punta Arenas KGAU rhs lead marching away.jpg
1951Mar Punta Arenas KGAU rhs lead marching away.jpg
 

DAVID MIDDLETON'S PHOTOS

David Middleton as a stoker
David Middleton as a stoker

Weighing the anchor
Weighing the anchor

RPO MIddleton 1953
RPO MIddleton 1953

David Middleton as a stoker
David Middleton as a stoker

1/6
Crossed the Bar

David George William Middleton was born on 13th February, 1918.

 

He started his career in the Royal Navy in 1937 as a Stoker and changed to the Regulating Branch on 5th December, 1944.

 

He received a war wound was when  his fingers were caught in a pulley taking the shell up to the guns on HMS Foxhound in April, 1941 during the 2nd Battle of Narvik, He told his son that the good thing was it was not his drinking hand.

 

He also served on HMS Duke of York & Cleopatra

 

He was on duty at HMS Pembroke gates on the 12th April, 1951, the night the cadets got killed coming down the hill towards the dockyard,

 

He served on HMS Superb between 25th May, 1952 until 5th September, 1954.

 

He was awarded the 1939-1945 Atlantic & Africa Stars, Defence and War medals.

 
 

Tony Hacket sent in these photos of Bill Bailey,  and his mess duty rota jottings. Tony & Bill were messmates and subsequently brothers-in-law, on the 1952-53 Cruise.

 

There are now more photos of Bermuda dockyard and the Rugby celebrations (May, 2016)

Mess Book
Mess Book

Mess Duties
Mess Duties

The Cruise
The Cruise

Mess Book
Mess Book

1/17

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on the appropriate one

ANDY ADAMS'S PHOTOS

Posted by Andy Adams (an ex soldier) on our Facebook site

Purchased this many years ago on Ebay and have just found this page. The box is a Bakelite chest with a stainless plaque stating the following:
LT.CDR.G.C.P.N. WELLS-COLE R.N.

FROM ARMAMENT DIVISION

H.M.S. SUPERB 1952-1954

 

 

ALF BUCKLAND'S PHOTOS

Alfred Buckland at home
Alfred Buckland at home

Alfred Buckland standing 2nd from right
Alfred Buckland standing 2nd from right

Alf Buckland - Wedding
Alf Buckland - Wedding

Alfred Buckland at home
Alfred Buckland at home

1/4
 

TERRENCE KEITH WILLEY'S PHOTOS

Terry and Audrey Willey

Colorized (1).MOD 2.png
Terry Willey
Terry Willey
HMS Superb Kings Cup,
Spithead Review June, 1953
Relaxing
Nameplate
image21
image22
image19
image18
image17
image16
image9
Just married 1952 Terrence Willey and wi
image2
Terrence Willey
Spithead Review June, 1953
image21
image17
image19
image11
image10
See lots more photos below
POSTED ON
2 June, 2020

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on the appropriate one

 

GERALD HICKLING'S PHOTOS

Gerry Hickling joined Ganges in 1948 as a Boy Seaman and later served on HMS Superb when he qualified as a Seaman Diver.  His actual dates aboard are not known but it is believed that he was on this cruise. 

His Service Number was C/JX839914. 

He may be remembered as always having a hand tremor which apparently did not detract from his ability as a diver and as he explained “ During training I was told that the tremor would cease when submerged - and it did !”

Gerry Hickling
Gerry on his wedding day 1955
POSTED ON
4 August, 2020