Crossed the Bar

Crossed The Bar - CCY (TCI) Brian "Sandy" Nabbs

Submitted by Graham Lloyd

Sad to have to report that former CCY(TCI) Brian "Sandy" Nabbs passed away peacefully at Ipswich Hospital 2 November 2014. Funeral 1415 Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at Ipswich Crematorium (IP4 2TQ) followed by wake at the Royal George (IP4 4SR) just along the road from the Crematorium. Sandy was my CY in Achilles 1st Commission 1970-1972. RIP Shipmate. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend.

Crossed The Bar - Ex LRO(T) Alan Hunt (Peewee)

Submitted by Carl Beeson 30 Sep 14.

Sorry to report that Peewee Hunt, formally of Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire, has crossed the bar on or about 24th September. May he encounter only fair winds and calm seas.

Crossed the Bar - Ex CY John Allison

Submitted by Pete Fairchild via phone and Carl via email.

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the Assoc. that our Oppo John Allison crossed the bar on Wednesday 20th November. John and his wife Joan have been members of the Association
since the inception meeting held in the Royal Fleet Club in Devonport 21 years ago, John’s membership number 052 reflects his long membership and commitment to the Assoc. Our thoughts go out to his wife Joan.
May you sail calm waters John.

John's funeral is on Friday 13th December at 1400 at Porchester Crematorium and then afterwards at The Ship on the hard. Please let Joan know 02392602343 so that she can give Matthew (landlord) a rough idea of numbers. Obviously the weather will play a part on the day. It is so long as there is to be a post mortem. Ollie Butler is going to put the details on the RNCCA website so that they will know.

Joan would prefer donations to Help The Heroes. However if anyone wishes to send flowers she in her words "will not be insulted or annoyed". If flowers are sent, send them to the funeral directors address - Ruby Funerals, 2 Stoke Parade, Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1QE.

Crossed the Bar - ex CY Chris Rickard

Submitted by Alan Barry.

Regret to inform you Chris Rickard passed away yesterday morning, 21st May. Chris was not a RNCA member, but along with Beth Derbyshire were the main links with The Message Project (Semaphore) in November 2005 up the Thames.
He was the stalwart of the Fleetwork trainer for so many years and the ultimate knowledge in Flags and Naval history. He sadly passed away after a very long battle against cancer.
Sam remarked he was very helpful to the Association and traced many Mercury phot's for us after the closure and catalogued them. He will be missed by all, but especially those of the bunting persuasion.

Crossed the Bar - ex Wo (RS) Pete Scholey

Sad news that Pete Scholey has died from Lung Cancer, Pete was the RS of Antelope down south. More details will be posted when known.

Crossed the Bar - ex FCRS John Eilbeck

John Eilbeck, a very well known sparker in the 50s - 70s and who eventually left as a Fleet Chief to join the SAN sadly CTB last Saturday.
A big send off is being planned for him at the crem. including a hymn by the Ganges choir.
He joined Ganges on 6/9/49 and moved over to main to join 272 Class, Grenville Division in October 1949.

The Funeral Service of the late FCRS John Eilbeck will take place at 1100 on 7th November 2012 at All Saints Church, Denmead. Thereafter to Portchester Crematorium (FAMILY ONLY), whilst family are away, non family mourners, will camp on a local Denmead pub (tba) to where the family will return on completion of the cremation committal service. At that stage, the family want all attendance to 'celebrate' John's life with a tot of rum. The traditional 'wake' food will be available as per normal.

Very sad - he was my RS on the Scarborough in 1964/65. Taff Thomas 694

RIP and may you find a safe anchorage John. David Rye 984

Crossed the Bar - ex CRS(S) William Henry (Bill) Cook

Submitted by Carl on 8th July 2012.
CRS(S) William Henry (Bill) Cook passed away on 21st June, and the funeral was held 4th July at Chichester . He joined the RN in January 1942 as a boy telegraphist. His first ship was HMS Argus as Ordinary Telegraphist. In 1944 he volunteered for the Submarine Service and joined HM S/M Venturer in 1945 for her last wartime patrol. At the end of the war he married, and in 1948 he left the UK as Leading Telegraphist on HM S/M Tabard, he had in fact qualified as PO in 1947. In 1948 he was in Malta serving as PO telegraphist on HM S/M Trump. In 1950 he was posted to Mercury as an instructor, including 18 months instructing WRNS signalling. In 1952 he joined HMS Modeste and served in the Korean War. In 1955 having served a year in Coastal Forces at Gosport he volunteered for the Telegraphist Special Branch, he became CRS (S)and served variously on 2 destroyers, with Royal Corps of Signals in Cyprus, GCHQ, the Admiralty, HMS Mercury and on Ascension Island. He retired fromn the navy in 1965.
It is hoped to hold a remembrance service in the next few weeks in Petersfield.

Crossed The Bar - Mr Guy Craft

Submitted by Carl Beeson

Following a short illness, Guy Craft (Cheesy) brother of Dave Craft (Cheesy 1) fellow HMS Mercury Pig Farmer, not members but known to many of our members.

Crossed the Bar - Ian Macfarlane

Submitted by Sam.
Ian crossed the bar on November the 30th 2011,
quite suddenly, totally unexpected. His funeral was on the 15th of December. a quiet family affair at Chatham. A wreath was laid on behalf of the association, and a tribute in flowers in the form of a white ensign was then placed at the Great Lines. Still can't believe it.

Crossed the Bar - Pat MacGillivray

31 Jan 12
I hope that I have picked individuals of the various Naval Associations and Work Places who can let all who knew Pat, by contacting as many as possible their mail lists, get the sad news of her passing. I just hope that I have not missed anyone, but if I have please forward the news.

She gave up last night after five years of hard fighting the cancer, and lost the final battle - She'd taken enough.

The funeral details have not yet been arranged, but can be had from 'Jim Clark - Funeral Directors - 15 High Street, Nairn - Tel - 01667-453234.