When I was a boy my grandad took me to visit the grave of Jack Cornwell VC - A boy sailor. His headstone reads:Crab said:Pardon my ignorance, but could anybody tell me when the Navy stopped recruiting 'boy sailors?' Also, when did they stop using the term?
I was in Cornwell divsion at raleigh last year they have a load of things on the wall about him . Made some ver interesting readingBergen said:When I was a boy my grandad took me to visit the grave of Jack Cornwell VC - A boy sailor. His headstone reads:
[align=center]"It is not wealth or ancestry
but honourable conduct and a noble disposition
that maketh men great"[/align]
The citation for his VC is worth reading even now almost 91 years later:-
"The instance of devotion to duty by Boy(1st Class) John Travers Cornwell who was mortally wounded early in the action, but nevertheless remained standing alone at a most exposed post, quietly awaiting orders till the end of the action, with his gun's crew dead and wounded around him. He was under 16 1/2 years old. I regret that he has since died, but I recommend his case for special recognition by justice to his memory and as an acknowledgement of the high example set by him."
onions said:My S459, Certificate of Service, states I joined as a Junior Seaman 2 in June 1956.
You're showing your age Dunkers Bless! :biggrin:dunkers said:In something like 1957 they changed the term "boy seaman" to "junior seaman". I believe they stopped recruiting them in 1976 when the school leaving age was risen to 16...?
Will not forget my first payday in 65. Marched up to the table saluted, shouted out my ships book number, and the Supply officer gave me the princely sum of Â£1. In was getting more than that from a part time bakers boy before I joined up. Then most of that Â£1 had to be spent on dhobi dust, whitening, shoe laces etc. Great days.Greenie said:Pay as a junior------ between Â£1.11s.6d and Â£3.3s. 0d
That they kept back till we were 17and a half cos the hair cuts and slops for new items .
School year starting Sept 1972 was the last year you could leave in the 4th. form.dunkers said:In something like 1957 they changed the term "boy seaman" to "junior seaman". I believe they stopped recruiting them in 1976 when the school leaving age was risen to 16...?
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