Yeah totally agree but to forget your service number is like forgetting your date of birth to those of us who served a reasonable length of time. Consequently it sounds unreasonable even if you ditch your discharge papers.I'll have to watch the film to see if I really am a walt
I'd imagine the average walt would talk about medals, secret service and such things. My tale of being in the RNR (no medals sadly) and then being medically discharged from RN new entry doesn't seem that far fetched to me
Well, you at least got your sea legs from the Torpoint Ferry. And, the rest is history. BZ.I guess so. The irony is I can now remember my RN number and parts of the RNR number. A few days ago, I applied online for details of my RNR service as it's annoying me I can't remember my number. Obviously the form asked for a service number so we'll see what they say.
The only souvenir of those days is a photo and a cert from Raleigh (the RNR fortnight) which my parents had in a photo album. I'd not really thought about the RN in years but went on the Torpoint ferry over Christmas - I didn't remember it was that big - and it brought back a few good and not so good memories. I'm lucky to have experienced the RNR and actually went to sea in HMS Arun, one of the minesweepers which was actually based at Shoreham. If I'd have gone straight into the RN, I'd have been discharged and missed out on any navy life altogether.
I saw those posts and thought that he was an utter tosser! He was like a dog with a bone! I think you are/were too generous towards him. While I could recognise the Main Gate, there is no way I could recall what was across the road - and I was at Raleigh for ages! The main reason being that as one approached the Main Gate from either inside or outside, the focus was 100% on the gate staff, as that was where the potential threat was!That was quite an interesting thread on Facebook, and it shows how different generations use social media amongst other things. I’m 50 and use Facebook begrudgingly but notice younger people don’t post on RN Facebook sites so much.
And then there’s the older generation. I’m a school teacher now and know that anything posted on social media, even in a private Facebook page, can be viewed by anyone on the internet. As a teacher, I have to be a bit careful, and I even abbreviate my name of Facebook so my students can’t find me. But a couple of older gents let themselves down on that thread. It’s water off a duck to me, and I asked the admin to overturn their bans.
The problem was one poster didn’t believe I’d been in the RNR at all. I was only in for a year and as I wasn’t divulging any stories, it was confusing why I’d lie about this. Then he asked questions about HMS Raleigh based on his time there in the 1960s. Failing to recognise buildings that were there before I was born meant I must be a “Walt”.
Anyway, my service number query was solved, but if that gentleman is reading, there are no hard feelings, and I asked admin to let you rejoin the site.
I saw those posts and thought that he was an utter tosser! He was like a dog with a bone! I think you are/were too generous towards him. While I could recognise the Main Gate, there is no way I could recall what was across the road - and I was at Raleigh for ages! The main reason being that as one approached the Main Gate from either inside or outside, the focus was 100% on the gate staff, as that was where the potential threat was!
Anyway, pleased you now know what your numbers are/were! You blind old git!
His name wasn’t Norman by chance??Oh go on then, he was a right pillock.
First I said I was as blind as a bat, which he took to mean legally blind, i.e. white stick and labrador. To save himself he then asked about all four corners of Raleigh's parade ground, but I only scored 75% as I missed out on a sea boat. I was in trouble. He followed up with the question on the gatehouse (which was demolished in the 1970s) and said I was another poster who'd been on HMS Eagle (never heard of it). I then produced a certificate to say I'd passed out of Raleigh with the RNR (I thought the class photo would be too easy to have photoshopped), but that was just too much to take and I was declared a walt on not one but two RN FB sites (and probably more as he's an admin of another site).
He then continued on FB messenger and still I was polite. He wasn't funnily enough.
I hope he learns from this as it must be a hard life being like that.