Joining Up - A Thread For Parents/Guardians

canouanislander

Midshipman
My dear old dad was sent to school on board a ship - HMS Worcester. Lived overseas and sent to live and school on the boat from a young age, slept in hammocks, came out with his academic and marine qualifications. He was so young when he went. Did a few years as an officer in the Merchant Navy before changing tack and becoming a commercial airline pilot. Always a sailor at heart though.

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Sumo

War Hero
Now I've seen your quote of my post I've remembered I was halfway through a previous answer about accommodation blocks.

When I went through WEMs course in '91....WEMs lived in Nile to begin with, then moved to Finisterre if they couldn't do joined up writing (became a WEM(O) ) or Saintes if they could (WEM(R) ). There was a 4th block, Camperdown, but that was empty and locked up.

There was a TV in the block office that was all melted from a fire and at some point in the '80s someone in Saintes had set fire to their mattress; the carpet in my mess still had melted mattress on it.

The 'tiffs had 4 blocks too but the only one I can remember the name of is Barfleur. Ships Company and those on LWEMs QC lived in the fancy new stuff in Bryson hall. By the time I went back on Mechs course in '01 Phase 1's lived in Bryson Hall and we lived in the same stuff that had gone up where Nile/Saintes etc had been.
I was an odd one, my school had a course in electrics, school, science of electrics linked to colledge which was house wiring and domestics, so my basic em's stuff in Collinggrad was a doddle, my choice was O, C & R in that order I was given R ? fo rthose that remembr back in the days of free running, I was given a prize as REM of of Year/cours? for fastet time through course, which actually ment I had even less time to remember anything? I was told on my first ship I was not a typical pinky?
 

Stirlin

War Hero
That’s why there was so many of you then! ;)
Dad sadly died when I was about two and a half years old so no memory of him , mine was a difficult birth and the doctor warned dad that mam would be too weak to go through another full term pregnancy. Terry , the 3rd eldest was only 18 months old when TB took him so we were down to ten . Second eldest Peter passed away 2014 and Cynthia fourth eldest passed away 2019
The eleven of us were born over a 15 year span.
 

canouanislander

Midshipman
Dad sadly died when I was about two and a half years old so no memory of him , mine was a difficult birth and the doctor warned dad that mam would be too weak to go through another full term pregnancy. Terry , the 3rd eldest was only 18 months old when TB took him so we were down to ten . Second eldest Peter passed away 2014 and Cynthia fourth eldest passed away 2019
The eleven of us were born over a 15 year span.
I'm sorry to hear that Stirlin. My husband lost his mum at age 4, he is always saddled with the sadness he cant remember her voice or even her face. His dad raised him and his sister alone, being an older dad who served the full 6 years in Africa and Italy in world war 2. The man was not only a war hero but a dad who stepped up to the plate and was an inspiration to his son. From adversity comes strength x
 

Chilliman90

Midshipman
Great to read all these stories guys and thanks for sharing , I truly do cherish these type of memories people have of a past that no longer exists in today’s topsy turfy world , I’m in my 30s now and coming over to the RN from another service , can’t wait !
 
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RabC

MIA
Now I've seen your quote of my post I've remembered I was halfway through a previous answer about accommodation blocks.

When I went through WEMs course in '91....WEMs lived in Nile to begin with, then moved to Finisterre if they couldn't do joined up writing (became a WEM(O) ) or Saintes if they could (WEM(R) ). There was a 4th block, Camperdown, but that was empty and locked up.

There was a TV in the block office that was all melted from a fire and at some point in the '80s someone in Saintes had set fire to their mattress; the carpet in my mess still had melted mattress on it.

The 'tiffs had 4 blocks too but the only one I can remember the name of is Barfleur. Ships Company and those on LWEMs QC lived in the fancy new stuff in Bryson hall. By the time I went back on Mechs course in '01 Phase 1's lived in Bryson Hall and we lived in the same stuff that had gone up where Nile/Saintes etc had been.
Probably stood rounds for me when I was duty CPO in 91-93 and I am a relative sprog on here being born in 65.
 

Dusty70

War Hero
Uplifting story for you of the RN on above themes - I was in the North sea on the Puma in 72
(I was 17), ship got a message that my Father was dying in Chichester

Ship steamed towards Scotland til a Helo could come and pick me up, dropped me at the torpedo research place in Scotland (Mull of Kintyre ?) car drove me to the station, train to Edinburgh, Sleeper reserved for me to London

Recruiting office drove me to Victoria, seat reserved for me to Chichester (vouchers for all meals and drinks on all trains)

Police car drove me to hospital, I arrived 30 mins after he passed, 27 hours travelling, but.............I will always be thankful to the RN for the sheer effort (and expense) of getting me there
 

canouanislander

Midshipman
Uplifting story for you of the RN on above themes - I was in the North sea on the Puma in 72
(I was 17), ship got a message that my Father was dying in Chichester

Ship steamed towards Scotland til a Helo could come and pick me up, dropped me at the torpedo research place in Scotland (Mull of Kintyre ?) car drove me to the station, train to Edinburgh, Sleeper reserved for me to London

Recruiting office drove me to Victoria, seat reserved for me to Chichester (vouchers for all meals and drinks on all trains)

Police car drove me to hospital, I arrived 30 mins after he passed, 27 hours travelling, but.............I will always be thankful to the RN for the sheer effort (and expense) of getting me there
I love that they did that and respected the importance of your personal situation. Living in Chichester I can appreciate how difficult it must have been to get you here, its a pig from anywhere north of Berkshire!
 

Dusty70

War Hero
I love that they did that and respected the importance of your personal situation. Living in Chichester I can appreciate how difficult it must have been to get you here, its a pig from anywhere north of Berkshire!
Thanks - he worked in the metalworking shop at Lancing College - shows what happens when you are on 40 a day and work in a foundry - he was 42
 

Sumo

War Hero
We had a lad on board, his misses was having issues with her pregnancy. We were on Royal Yatch protection, all mail and signals went via the Yatch. Boss saw his signal, she said get him home. We were of the outer Hebrides, he was ashore on one of the islands. Our chopper was scrambled, in fog, flew as a wave clipper, high enough to miss ship's low enough to miss aircraft, they went and fetched him, his oppo had packed his grip. Chopper to a small air field top of Scotland, car waiting, across tarmac to plane, pilot says strap in, this is a 2 hour flight, you have s train in Birmingham to catch in 1.5 hours, boss has cleared it, you will make it, plane lands, into waiting car, train held for him. Out Hebrides to Guzz in under 10 hours, took him 3 days to get back, he just missed the birth mother and baby ok. He said he felt like James Bond, he didn't have to do anything, he was pulled and push on and of transport, it would seam that when the boss said jump they did.

@Dusty70 it's good when they pull the stops out to help.
 
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Waspie

War Hero
Uplifting story for you of the RN on above themes - I was in the North sea on the Puma in 72
(I was 17), ship got a message that my Father was dying in Chichester

Ship steamed towards Scotland til a Helo could come and pick me up, dropped me at the torpedo research place in Scotland (Mull of Kintyre ?) car drove me to the station, train to Edinburgh, Sleeper reserved for me to London

Recruiting office drove me to Victoria, seat reserved for me to Chichester (vouchers for all meals and drinks on all trains)

Police car drove me to hospital, I arrived 30 mins after he passed, 27 hours travelling, but.............I will always be thankful to the RN for the sheer effort (and expense) of getting me there
One of the worst flights I ever had was in December 1988. We were tasked to collect a squaddie from Edinburgh Airport and take him to Lockerbie. His parents had sadly been sitting quietly at home when the 747 crashed on their homes.

What do you say? What can you say?

The worst thing for me I had been in the second rescue aircraft on scene so it was quite vivid.

All compassionate flights are emotive, (however), did have a funny one in Sicily though.

Long story very short.

Picked up CPO being flown home to UK. We were to land at Fonterosa airport, (Military). Not happening - if we went there he would have missed his flight. So we, in helicopter decision!! Elected to fly 5 miles away to Catania civilian airport. We had problems talking to the spaghetti eating air traffic controller who couldn't get in his head we were from a UK Warship. "Heya, Wassa Warship Tar-Tar", we'd say it again slower but nah!! He wasn't getting it, all the time we are getting closer and the time for the flight departure is as well!! Ended up having to winch him and luggage to the hardstanding, (as we were denied permission to land), where he was duly arrested by the airport police. Oh dear!!!!
Second hand bit of the story from the Chief's recollection.
'He managed to find someone in the airport who spoke English, explained his situation, showed his passport and travel orders. He was then given celebrity status - escorted to his now upgraded 1st class seat on the plane by the police.'
He was chuffed to bits with me and the pilot when he returned to the ship.
 
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Sumo

War Hero
One of the worst flights I ever had was in December 1988. We were tasked to collect a squaddie from Edinburgh Airport and take him to Lockerbie. His parents had sadly been sitting quietly at home when the 747 crashed on their homes.

What do you say? What can you say?

The worst thing for me I had been in the second rescue aircraft on scene so it was quiet vivid.

All compassionate flights are emotive, (however), did have a funny one in Sicily though.

Long story very short.

Picked up CPO being flown home to UK. We were to land at Fonterosa airport, (Military). Not happening - if we went their he would have missed his flight. So we, in helicopter decision!! Elected to fly 5 miles away to Catania civilian airport. We had problems talking to the spaghetti eating air traffic controller who couldn't get in his head we were from a UK Warship. "Heya, Wassa Warship Tar-Tar", we'd say it again slower but nah!! He wasn't getting it, all the time we are getting closer and the time for the flight departure is as well!! Ended up having to winch him and luggage to the hardstanding, (as we were denied permission to land), where he was duly arrested by the airport police. Oh dear!!!!
Second hand bit of the story from the Chief's recollection.
'He managed to find someone in the airport who spoke English, explained his situation, showed his passport and travel orders. He was then given celebrity status - escorted to his now upgraded 1st class seat on the plane by the police.'
He was chuffed to bits with me and the pilot when he returned to the ship.
I was being sent home From Puerto Rico, wife having pregnancy issues, sea going linx did not taxi. Had issue with yank controller on the way in , told to drop as a passenger plane flew over us. Yanks on tarmac were gob smacked as he flew in feet of the ground. Blue flashing lights coming our way, he drops me of out side custom's and tells me to leg it, he would sort out the blue lights?
 

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