There's a similar thread on the ARRSE website, for Military obituaries started by "Plastic Yank" last year. Perhaps this board would be a suitable home for a Naval equivalent? Happy to be guided by the Mods on this one. However, as an example the attached obit from today's Telegraph is certainly worthy of a wider readership. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/02/13/db1301.xml Captain Magnus Work (Filed: 13/02/2006) Captain Magnus Work, who has died aged 95, experienced the greatest difficulty in obtaining a commission from the Admiralty; he went on, however, to win the Distinguished Service Cross on three occasions. He first applied as a Merchant Navy officer for a commission in the Royal Naval Reserve before the war, and was told that none was available. When he enquired again from Hong Kong, he was told he would have to apply in writing when he was next home. Then, while travelling through wartime London one weekend in January 1940, he visited the Admiralty, where a civil servant told him to go away as interviews were not held on Saturdays. Work replied that they had better hold one immediately as he was on leave and catching a train to Scotland that night. A hurried examination of his papers resulted in a board being convened, and Work was commissioned as a lieutenant, RNR. The Admiralty wanted to make him a navigator, but he insisted that, as one of the youngest holders of an extra master's certificate, he deserved a command. When it was discovered that he was going on leave to Orkney, a commander told him: "Thank goodness I have got someone to go to that Godforsaken place, I'll send you as senior officer of the Arctic Pioneer in command of three anti-submarine trawlers there." Work's leadership and skill were soon recognised, and between 1941 and 1944 he commanded the Flower-class corvette Dahlia. He was awarded his first two DSCs - in January 1944 and in June the same year - for spirited defence of convoys. On December 9 Work was commanding the Castle-class corvette Bamborough Castle. The ship was one of the first to be armed with Squid, the anti-submarine mortar which threw 600-lb bombs ahead of the ship and enabled its commander to remain in asdic contact with a suspected U-boat instead of having to run over it and lose contact in the noise of his own ship's hull and propellers. As a convoy of merchant ships prepared to exit through the narrow straits leading from Murmansk, Work and the 7th Escort Group were conducting an overnight sweep outside the harbour when he picked up a faint radar return. Although doubtful of finding a U-boat so near shore, he closed to investigate. KapitÃ¤nleutnant Rudolf BÃ¼chler had commanded U-387 for two years, but had so far achieved no sinkings; he dived, but found himself unable to submerge beneath the cold water layer. Approaching the coast in the dark, Work quickly picked up a firm echo on his asdic and began an urgent, unsupported and accurate attack. Within minutes the U-boat was destroyed with all 51 hands. Work was awarded a second bar to his DSC. Magnus Spence Work was born on January 18 1910 at Deerness, Kirkwall. His father had been a mariner on the Indian coast, trading coal and rice between Calcutta and Burma until returning to the Orkneys to marry a schoolmaster's daughter who had taught English in France. Young Work and his brothers were taught largely at home and ran wild, messing about in boats and selling flotsam from the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow. His formal education at Kirkwall was interrupted by prolonged illness, and he was sent to Conway, then in the Mersey, to train for the Merchant Navy. Work became cadet captain, and won the Moody Cup for sailing, before shipping in 1927 as a midshipman of the Blue Funnel Line in the steamship Philoctetes. He was a third mate, earning Â£9 a month in 1931, and between 1933 and 1935 ran the boats of the steamship Ulysses, which was employed in the then-novel role of cruise liner visiting the Great Barrier Reef. He remembered scanning the passenger lists and wondering how many of the "misses" would be young and pretty. On each cruise he had a different girlfriend, some of whom he kept in touch with for many years. By 1937 Work had been continually at sea since he was 15, and, wanting to know "how it was to be free", he bought an ancient Morris Cowley two-seater for Â£10 to explore Scotland while he studied for his ticket at Glasgow Technical College. In 1938 he returned to Conway to teach, and, when the war began, went to Hong King via the trans-Canadian railway to bring the new steamship Glenorchy from Hong Kong to the Thames. On being demobilised in 1945 Work joined Alfred Holt as superintendent of stevedoring at London's Royal Docks. He later set up a new operation at Tilbury, where strikes were common in the 1960s; but the men had the highest regard for Work. Retiring in 1970 to Kirkwall, he became president of the Sea Cadets and captain of Orkney Golf Club. He was also a deputy lieutenant of Orkney, a member of Orkney Islands Pilotage Committee, and a leading member of the friends of St Magnus's Cathedral. In October 1984 there was a serious disturbance aboard the American oil tanker Beaver State alongside the oil terminal: three seamen returned, over-refreshed, and assaulted the chief officer while one ran amok with a fire axe. Next day the men appeared before Work, sitting as an Honorary Sheriff. He fined them Â£250 each; then, rising from the bench, he told them that they should consider themselves lucky: in his day they would have been clapped in irons and put down the forepeak. For many years Work was honorary secretary of the Kirkwall Lifeboat Station, where he was so highly by regarded by RNLI headquarters, the coastguard and the crew, that he continued in the role until he was 77. Lifeboatmen insisted on being his pallbearers. Magnus Work, who died on January 10, married Jean Paterson in 1941. She died in 1960, and eight years later he married "Mardi" Sclater, who died in 2003. He is survived by his son from his first marriage.