Crossed the Bar

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.


Crossed the Bar - ex CRS Bill Stewart

Information submitted by Carl.
It is with much regret to inform the members of
Bill Stewart, ex CRS, Membership No. 453, crossed the bar 30th Nov. May he encounter only fair winds and calm seas

Crossed the Bar - Ex CCY Charlie Cosker

It is with sadness that I have discovered today, 18 October, that ex CCY Charlie Cosker crossed the bar on 12 October 2011. He had suffered with MND for sometime. His funeral will take place at 1400 on Thursday 20 October at Witheridge Methodist Church, Witheridge, Nr Tiverton, Devon EX16 8AA. Good memories of one of lifes characters. RIP Shipmate.

Information submitted by Graham Lloyd

The home address [for cards is]
Margie Cosker
35 West Street
EX 16 8AA

Crossed the Bar - Richard Flynn (Errol)

Errol was not a member of the RNCA but I joined up with him in Nov 62 at Ganges and the for a few years on the Scarborough (63/64). Not sure when he left the Pusser but he went back to S Ireland.
Sadly I learned via his daugher Hazel that Errol crossed the bar in June this year from a lung infection. Apparently it was very unexpected.
RIP - Taff Thomas 692

Crossed the Bar - Ex FCCY Pete Underwood

For those of you who are not members of the RNCCA, or haven't read their website would like to report that Pete Underwood passed away in Dec. He and I served together in RNCC Singapore in the late 60s and he lived locally to me so we occasionally saw each other around the town

Stuart Cameron

Crossed the Bar - ex-POTEL George Chatfield

Reported by Carl 6th Dec 2010.

It is with great sadness that I have to report on the death of George Chatfield Memb. No. 186, a former PO Tel.

George and his wife Audrey both attended the inaugural meeting of the Assoc. and have been active members since, George was made a Life Vice President of the RNA No. 4 Area (The SW Flotilla) for his work as Area Sec, which is when I first met him.

The funeral arrangements are for Wednesday 8th December at 1500, Taunton Crematorium, any members in the area please attend.

Crossed the Bar - ex FCCY A D (Tony) Parkinson MBE

Reported by Graham Lloyd 29 Nov 10

It is with sadness that I have learnt that ex FCCY A D (Tony)PARKINSON MBE Crossed the Bar on 26th November 2010. This information has been gleaned from the RNCCA website. Although he was not an RNCA member,I'm sure many of our members will have encountered Tony during their Naval Careers.