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HMS Surprise

DavyB

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Good Evening folks,

I am totally new to this site so please forgive me if I ask or say anything wrong.

my elderly Aunt who lives in Scotland asked during a recent conversation on the phone me if I could find out something that has long played on her mind.

My Uncle was Able Seaman Jeff Robert McKenzie and was on board the HMS Surprise based in Malta in the 60’s. Whilst stationed there they had a son who was baptised onboard HMS Surprise by Rev O’Hara I believe in 1962.

I know that HMS Surprise was scrapped many years ago again I believe by a company in Glasgow on the Clyde.

Can someone please advise what happens to the ships bell under these circumstances? My Aunt said that anyone baptised onboard a Royal Navy ship gets their name engraved in or on it by tradition. She just wants to know if that actually did take place.

If I could confirm this or better still get a picture this would mean so much to her.

thank you in advance for any assistance.

Davy
 

soleil

War Hero
Davy

There was actually an organisation called the HMS Surprise Association, but it unfortunately disbanded just a few months ago.

However, the Association did place an advert in Navy News in March 2019, in which the contact details for the Chairman, Geoff Prentice, were given for people who wished to get in touch.

The Portsmouth News article which I have linked to in the post above suggests that thought was being given to letting the bell go to St Anne's Church at HMNB Portsmouth.

I'm not sure whether this has actually happened, but I would imagine that Geoff Prentice would know.

This is the advert from Navy News which gives the contact details for Geoff.

HMS Surprise Association: Our annual reunion will be held at the Hadleigh Hotel, Burlington Place, Eastbourne Sussex BN21 4HR From April 5 to 8.

For information contact Geoff Prentice (Chairman).

Telephone 01394 274813 or e-mail [email protected]
 
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