Crossed the Bar

Crossed the Bar - ex L/SIG Bill Daws

Forwarded by Pete Fairchild

Sadly passed away on 19th March. 

Bill joined Ganges September  1957 as a junior signalman. Left in 1969 as a killick bunting,

Later on in life he was the Lord Mayor of Kings lynn,  He also was with the team on the Message project that sent a remembrance message by semaphore from Greenwich to Horse Guards Parade then on to the Cenotaph. 


His funeral is being held on Wednesday 18th April at 3.30pm in Mintlyn Crematorium, King's Lynn PE32 1HB. We will also be having a glass of something to remember him afterwards. Any  former comrades that you are in touch with would be very welcome to come along. 


Crossed the Bar - Lt. Cdr. A.D. Muggeridge, (SD) (C) R.N.

Subject: -Lt Cdr M A D Muggeridge 

The following received from Mike's daughter Michelle. 


Further to your telephone call with Mom and David this morning this is to confirm that dad's funeral is on Thursday 26th January 2017 at Sheet Church at 12.00 then onto The Half Moon Pub in Sheet for the wake. 

A committal at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant will then take place at 16.45 for family and anyone wishing to attend. 

Enquiries can be made to Michael Miller & Partners Ltd, 26a High Street, Petersfield 01730 233244 Family flowers only, donations if desired to British Heart Foundation or RNIB I think Mom said. 

Thank you Len and for your card, help and support in this very difficult 


Crossed the Bar - Lieutenant James "Jimmy" Jacques

It is with sadness that I write to tell you of the death, on 8th September 2014, of Lieutenant James "Jimmy" Jacques.  He had recently celebrated his 92nd birthday but had been fighting a losing battle with prostate cancer.

James joined the Royal Navy in 1937 as a boy of 15 at the Boys' Training Ship HMS Caledonia in Rosythe.  He went on to serve in the Communications Branch in HMS Malaya, HMS Fishguard, HMS Gorleston, HMT Lady Hogarth and HMS Cormorant (Gibraltar W/T Station).  At the end of the war he completed the REA conversion course at Collingwood and served in HMS Boxer, HMS Mauritius, and HMS Kenya. 

In 1952 he was commissioned as a Radio Electrical Officer and went to HMS Montclare (later replaced by HMS Adamant) the depot ship for the 3rd Submarine Squadron.  From there to HMS Loch Lomond, Inskip W/T Station, Mauritius W/T Station, HMS Fife, HMS Vernon (weapons' trials team) with a final year at HMS Dolfijn (CRETO) before retirement in 1977.  And there may be some who will remember "Jimmy" Jacques from his time at HMS Collingwood.


In 1979 he started a second career with the Portsmouth City Council, managing a workshop for unemployed young people.  At this time he was fitting out a 35' Endurance ketch at Hornet Sailing Club, with the idea of fulfilling his dream of blue water sailing.  "Tara" departed Gosport in September 1983 and it took us another 15 years to finally close the circle.  We continued to live aboard "Tara" until 2004 before taking up a more leisurely life aboard a Dutch steel motor cruiser of similar size in the Balearics and the French canal system.  It is only in this last year that James has been unable to enjoy the life afloat.  Happy years, happy memories and many good friends.


Kind regards Frances Miller

Crossed the Bar - Ex CRS Ray Jones Mem 883

Submitted by Sam MacFarlane via RNCA Facebook 24 Aug 16
Sadly I have just been told that one of our members, Ray Jones, ex CRS, crossed the bar recently after a short illness. A few of us knew Ray from HMS Forth back in 1967 and I worked with him at Northwood commcen in 84/85. It was a pleasure to work (and play) with you. The funeral will be on   1 Sep 16 at Cottingley crematorium (Post code LS11 0EU) time not known. I am assuming any members wishing to pay their respects will be welcome.Our condolences go to his family at this difficult time. Calm Seas my friend. Rest in Peace.

Crossed the Bar - Ex CY Dave (Tommo) Thompson

Passed on by Nobby Hall from Derbyshire Deeps.

Tommo was a Yeoman bunting on leaving the RN, he also served down the Falklands. He also was a member of the Nottingham RNR for several years after leaving the RN. He also attended many of the Gib '78 reunions. Tommo will be missed so very much. RIP Tommo

Crossed the Bar - Ex LRO(G) Yorky Grahame Mem 377

From: Eileen Grahame 

Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 5:50 PM


Subject: Wayne Kevin Grahame


I just wanted to let you know that my husband Wayne Grahame passed away on 21st Dec 2015. He had a medical condition called Multiple System Atrophy which affected his speech and mobility and muscle control. He passed away peacefully and is now at rest but was taken too soon at age 55. He was very proud to have been in the Royal Navy. He was known as Yorkie to his mates in the Navy. I know that he always paid his subscription but all accounts have now been frozen. I’m afraid i do not have a reference number for his account but i’m sure he would want you to know that he has passed away.



Eileen Grahame

Crossed the bar - Ex CY Peter Richard Apps

Peter Richard Apps passed away on Boxing Day 2015 in Narbonne, France.
He joined the RN as a Boy Entrant in the 1950's and served through to the 1960's.
I think his Service Number is :- C/JX 912317 and his Rank LTO.        D of B - 03 JUL 37
(I think he said he finished as a Yeoman of the Signals)
His list of ships and stations he served on is:-
I don't know if you publish a memorial notice or anything but the family would be grateful 
If you can. He may have been a member at one time - but I don't know.
He is survived by his wife Carole, Children, Grand-Children.
Any members, people who served with him who want to make contact etc, can do so
through me.
Kind regards
Bill Apps
Mr William Apps
FRANCE.               Tel:  +33 4 68 721 206

Remember - A poem by Gus Gallagher


On the 11th  of November we stand with pride

To honour those who fought and died

For those who answered  country’s call

To rise, advance and then to fall.

Think well of those who are long gone

On Paschendale, Vimy Ridge, the  Somme

Without whose fight we could not say 

The words we use so free today

So on this day let us remember

On the 11th of November

Those that in the time of strife

Gave their all for our  way of life

                                                                                                        Gus Gallagher

                                                                                                         October 2014

Crossed The Bar - David Hamilton CT1

Submitted by Miller Telfer 9 May 15.
Got this sent to me by Dolly Gray Ex RS was the RS on the Endurance during the Falkland Conflict.
He thinks he may have been a Bunting or Sparker in his early days not sure if he we as ever a Mermber.
David Hamilton, D052325E,  CT1
Joined Aug ,59,  Left Aug '86.   Crossed the Bar, Apr 2015
Ships.. Collingwood,  Mercury, Teaser(Osprey), Lion, Hampshire, Agincourt, Raf Tangmere, Endurane (Falklands Conflict / BEM).  On retirement,  GCHQ Cheltenham.
 Dour Scot,  Black hair, usually with full set !
 Funeral.. Tue 14th 1240 @ Filey (N. Yorks)
He would appreciate any contact with Radio Hams
Best Regards

Crossed the Bar - Henry Smyth/Service Number D068983A

Submitted by Carl Beeson 7 Jan 15.

Sad to report that Henry Smyth (D068983A) who retired in June 1984, final ship being HMS Niaid, crossed the bar on 21st December. He also served on HMS Sheffield during the Falklands Conflict. His Funeral was held at Worcester Cemetery on 19th January at 1215