FB: "Whittall Division Are Making History At Britannia Royal Naval College"

One for @WreckerL or @pompeyexpat please. (It's rained since my attendance at HMS Raleigh and my Google-foo has failed to locate the backstory of this honourable 'Whittall' Division person. )

Is that Division named after a RCN Officer listed in The SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 4 MAY, 1943 when a Temporary Lieutenant James William Whittall, R.C.N.V.R. earned a Mention in Despatches that day (for deeds unspecified).

If not named after him, was it named for A N Other worthy person with that very same surname and whyfor?
 

soleil

War Hero
"During training recruits are placed in divisions, and to recognise the unique nature of their course the first ratings at BRNC have formed a new group named the Whittall Division.

It has been named in honour of Petty Officer Wren Ellen Whittall who was the only fatality when the college was bombed in September 1942."


 
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fishhead

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I am sure that the ratings trained at BRNC will be as good as their counterparts at Raleigh but I wonder if when they get further into their training or join a ship whether they will get a feeling of missing out. The one thing that all ratings from whatever trade had in common was their initial training at Raleigh and they could compare experiences but now some won't even have that.
 
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