I have been reading about what a wonderful chap FMAA Tom Wilkinson is. I remember FMAA Tom Wilkinson as RPO Wilkinson on HMS Forth. My recollections are somewhat different. I remember him as a self important bully. In 1967 I was a 17 year old Junior Stoker on HMS Forth, the ship was based in Singapore most of the time. So when we made a trip to Darwen, Australia, it was quite exciting to be going somewhere different. I went ashore the first couple of days, then decided to stay on board one night to save my pennies. It was early evening and I was sitting reading, still wearing my No 8s uniform. RPO Wilkinson came around shouting at everyone to get changed into night clothing, bell bottom trousers and white front. I think I was a bit confused as I told him that I was duty watch and had to stay in No 8s. A little while later I realised my mistake and was about to go and get changed into night clothing when RPO Wilkinson collared me. He had checked up and found that I was not duty watch. He put me on a charge of lying to him. I went before the Commander and was given No 9 punishment for the rest of the time that the ship was in Darwen. It was extremely upsetting to be given such a harsh punishment for such a trivial offence. However I thought that I would be able to get over it and put it down to experience. But really I think that incident was the tipping point that made me realise that joining the Navy had been a big mistake and caused me to leave at the first opportunity. I find that even now after all this time that incident keeps coming back to me. I have never forgotten it and still detest the man.