Last survivor of Hood sinking dies

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  1. I met Ted a few times being a member of the HMS Hood Association. My father served on the Hood until 1940, when he was lucky enough to be drafted off.
    My ex husband served with Ted on HMS Loch Killisport in the Far East.
    He was a gentleman and always had time for everyone.

    RIP Ted.
  2. Very Sad. I had the pleasure of meeting him when he visited the Newcastle
  3. A great shame indeed and I have been honoured to have escorted and sat next to Ted in the past during the annual Communications Branch Mess dinners at HMS COLLINGWOOD every November.

    He had some great stories and was a lovely old fella.

    R.I.P Ted.
  4. A sad day. My condolences to his family and friends.
  5. A link to the past gone for good.

  6. Lt Ted Briggs was the Squadron Communications Officer on my first ship, HMS Loch Killisport, Capt. "F" 3rd Frigate Squadron, Far East 1963 and 1964

    The man was an OFFICER and a GENTLEMAN. May his soul rest in peace with his particular God.

    On behalf of the Ships Company of Loch Killisport I take it upon myself to offer our condolences to his family the Royal Navy has lost one of its best.

  7. I also had the pleasure of knowing Lt. Briggs when he was my instructor on a leadership course at Whale Island way back in the 60's.
    As everyone else has intimated, an Officer and a Gentleman of the old school.
    Sincere condolences to his family, and R.I.P. Ted
  8. May he find a safe harbour. RIP Ted
  9. Couldn't agree more Nutty, I was a baby sparker at the time and had previously met him at Mercury. He was a true gent in the real sense of the word. Last time I met him he was OIC of STC Drake when I took my Fleet Board.
  10. RIP Ted. I posted this in a thread on the Quarterdeck forum but it's probably worth repeating here:

  11. the_matelot

    the_matelot War Hero Moderator

    The funeral takes place at 1330 on 14th October at the chaplaincy in HMS Collingwood.
  12. Yep and a few of us (myself included) have been practising Pall Bearing routines this lunchtime in case we are needed. I believe the Royal Sovereign Road is to be lined all the way.
  13. I went today. It went very well and was well attended.
    I felt sorry for the Pall Bearers because the coffin seemed very heavy. Well done to all who helped out in any way.
  14. the_matelot

    the_matelot War Hero Moderator

    It was embarrassing to see such little turnout for the funeral from HMS Collingwood personnel-even more so when I seen plenty of officers bimbling about near Atlantic Building. 90 minutes (maximum) of their time to show some respect wouldn't have caused them too much grief....

    Some of those old boys medal mounting bills must be horrendous though! :)
  15. I also met Ted at Mercury in the 50's. As previously stated, a real gentle man, and gentleman.
    RIP Shipmate.

  16. The coffin was heavy and I was one of the Pall Bearers and was in the middle on the right hand side. Going up the steps to the church was the hardest bit as we really had to hold firm to keep the coffin level-ish.

    Was a good send off for Ted and I had a tot of rum a little while ago to say my own 'farewell' and toast.

    To Ted - RIP

    The Communicators who attended - I am on the extreme left.

    A model the HOOD Association brought along
  17. Just wanted to say thanks for doing that Brigham.
    Just had a quiet tot myself (well, it was Carlos1 but the thought was the same :) ) and said goodbye.

  18. Very true mate and I am so glad that I and many of my fellow communicators turned out and I feel proud to have been one of his pall bearers.

    Did you see the old boy in the wheelchair who is 108 years old - BZ to him for turning out as well and he seemed in good spirits for someone of his age and had an eye for the young girlies for sure. :)

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