interesting to see those who claim it is just a job are amongst the most prevalent posters on Rum Ration (or Navy Net as it is now).
Slim, I think it was the Spinners (UK folk not the US R&B band)
I have already said that it is in my Ark Royal diary. If you take just a couple of minutes to Google, HMS Ark Royal 1961 -1963
you will see one of the headings which continues, Diary 1962 May 2nd Manila Bay 5th Subic Bay, Cubi Point beach etc. Click on that one and it will open a section of the diary. Then just scroll down a couple of pages and you will find WHAT IS A MATELOT
...and the subsequent entry is signed "A. Matelot". That site is owned by David N Axford, yet you have already identified yourself with another name elsewhere in RR (nice website, by the way. But why not link the article to your own website, not Mr. Axford's?). As I said, I am not saying you are or you aren't the author of the original piece but I am not entirely convinced either way.