Naval Related Obituaries

Seaweed

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Re Admiral Watson and his appointment to Lion, the Tiger class presented particular challenges to his branch as they were the first generation of AC ships, so everything anyone knew about DC ring mains and so forth went clean over the side. Whereas a Colony class merely had a 2 1/2 L reporting to Cdr(E), in the Tigers the L side was a complete branch on its own with its own Cdr. Lion in particular had an experimental electrically controlled 6" Mk 26 turret aft (as opposed to hydraulic) which I heard, during trials, took the head off Vickers' chief design draughtsman. So L in Lion was a leading edge job for a leading edge man.
 

Seaweed

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The original 'Bubbles' became Admiral Sir William 'Bubbles' James, who was C in C Portsmouth during the Blitz. See his autobiography 'The Sky Was Always Blue.'
 
Molly Rimington,

who has died aged 93, was Second Officer Molly Shakespear WRNS

"....Wrens arrived who were billeted in a house near the dockyard, where Molly Shakespear became queen bee. Of an evening there were curious callers, and when she complained to a French officer he roared with laughter, explaining that before the Allies came it had been a brothel. Thereafter she slept with a service revolver under her pillow to defend the honour of her Wrens....."

Full Obituary at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/naval-obituaries/7515025/Molly-Rimington.html
 

Seaweed

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Sir Frank Kermode, WW2 Pusser:

On the sidebar of Sessions' obit page is a lead to Sir Frank Kermode:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/books-obituaries/7952711/Sir-Frank-Kermode.html

His Guardian obit says of his autobiography 'Not Entitled' that Kermode 'the chapter of his memoirs recording his wartime service – the eccentricities of crew members and the lunacies of his various "mad captains" – belongs among the best of English war writing'. I seem to remember a passage in which, as he approaches his first ship, the Captain comes racing down the brow brandishing a revolver and threatening to shoot some dockies who are not doing their bit. Many other lunacies as well.
 

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