Help finding a former RN submarine officer

#1
Hello! I'm searching for a Royal Navy PO who was stationed in HMSA Stadacona in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada approximately 1961-1964. His name is William H. Black, I have his Chiefs and PO's Membership Card.
Here is the information I have:

Born: approx. 1931 (+/- 5 years)
Service Number: P/MX 890778
Arrived or departed Stadacona on the HMS Auriga
Served on the HMS Maidstone/Dreadnought in 1965
Received an RN Long Standing or Good standing award/payment in November 1965

I've attached the images of the documents I have. I believe his records at TNA are closed until 2032. I've reached out to related Facebook groups, searched the National Archives collections & Ancestry.com, and contacted the Submariners Associations in Canada.

Does anyone have advice on where else to look? Or happen to have spent time in Stadacona during this time?


Thanks!
 

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#3
Portergervan - you say you have tried elsewhere - on Facebook there is 'Buddies in Boats', 'We Remember Submariners', 'UK submarine Service' and 'HMS Dolphin' - to name but a few.

I take it you are on/have looked for HMS Maidstone and HMs/m Auriga and HMs/m Dreadnought sites too?

Good luck with your quest - please keep s all informed!
 
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Portergervan - you say you have tried elsewhere - on Facebook there is 'Buddies in Boats', 'We Remember Submariners', 'UK submarine Service' and 'HMS Dolphin' - to name but a few.

I take it you are on/have looked for HMS Maidstone and HMs/m Auriga and HMs/m Dreadnought sites too?

Good luck with your quest - please keep s all informed!
Thank you! I'll try those groups as well!!
 
#8
Hate to say it but if he was born in 1931, few submariners of that era have lived to 87.

Did he owe you much?

Honestly, I don't expect him to be alive. But I do believe him to be my maternal grandfather. My intention is not to bother his family (I presume he went on to have a family elsewhere), but just to get some information about who he was for my mother. She would love to know if this was actually her father - she was never told anything growing up (his name, what happened to him - nothing) until my grandmother passed away and she found this Membership Card packed away with a diamond ring in her belongings.
 

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#9
Honestly, I don't expect him to be alive. But I do believe him to be my maternal grandfather. My intention is not to bother his family (I presume he went on to have a family elsewhere), but just to get some information about who he was for my mother. She would love to know if this was actually her father - she was never told anything growing up (his name, what happened to him - nothing) until my grandmother passed away and she found this Membership Card packed away with a diamond ring in her belongings.
Totally get it, but wonder if you'll ever know, short of a DNA test....which could actually bring families into conflict with regard inheritance, sadly.

Generally, unless the individual submitting the inquiry is bone-fide next of kin, there's no legitimate way copies of the original service records can be obtained by a third party, from official sources. Even then, a service record is unlikely to disclose much beyond dates of service, conduct, medals awarded and units served. Possibly, possibly the next of kin name/address (written in pencil) from the date of discharge may give you something.

Either way, best of luck in your quest.
 
#10
Totally get it, but wonder if you'll ever know, short of a DNA test....which could actually bring families into conflict with regard inheritance, sadly.

Generally, unless the individual submitting the inquiry is bone-fide next of kin, there's no legitimate way copies of the original service records can be obtained by a third party, from official sources.

Either way, best of luck in your quest.
Thanks Ninja_Stoker. You are correct, it gets complicated with family and we would never want to turn someone else's family story upside down. For us, it would be closure to know a few of the details. Thanks!
 

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