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ctbIt is with much sadness that  I report that First Officer (S) Paul Monnelly (Member 0737) Crossed the Bar on Friday 21 January  2022 at his home in Estepona aged 75 after a battle with cancer. I have absolutely no more details as yet and will sitrep this page accordingly if and when they become available. My thanks to Rupert Drew for the heads-up. 

I have tried to contact Paul's family without sucess and the London telephone number in the Handbook just rings so any contact details will be be much appreciated. This of course means that I have no funeral detials whether he will be brought home or interred/cremated in Spain.

On behalf of the RFA Association and all Paul's former   shipmates and colleagues  I offer our sincere condolences.

If you have any remembrances of Paul please email it to me at captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk and I will post them on this page. Alternatively you can post to our facebook page "RFA Crossed the Bar". I am also looking for photographs of Paul  for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, if you have one please email it to me.

First Officer(S) Paul Monnelly RFA (Retd)

1946 - 2022

 

 

 

 

Published on Monday, 24 January 2022 17:12

So how many brain cells have you got left after after all the alcoholic excesses of Chrimbo, not a lot methinks. So here's little quiz from my old mate "The Rozzer" that might either tell you what a good boy (or girl) you were or send you down to see Alcoholics Anonymous (if you can still remember where to go) and don't cheat either to AA when they ask you how much you imbibe or by Googling the answers.

And talking about cheating I remember an SRO who was, allegedly, a regular visitor to the "Long Basket Weaving Course at Netley, used to say "when you arrive at Netley you will be asked how much you drink, if you are on a bottle a day tell them you are on 2 bottles a day and they will give you a bottle". Plus ca change, plus c'cest la breathalyser. Anyway enough of this gay badinage and on to the quiz.

  • 1.       Which ship demolished a light house at the entrance to Brisbane Harbour, Australia in October 1949?
  • 2.       Which ship was the only RFA in the Royal Fleet Review by King George V in July 1924?
  • 3.       Which ship was sunk as a War Grave off the Falkland Islands in June 1982 and is now a protected wreck?
  • 4.       Six of the crew of this RFA were drowned in the River Medway in April 1925 when they were returning onboard after a run ashore – which RFA?
  • 5.       A steward on the ss Titanic was saved looking after his passengers and he later joined the RFA serving as a Chief Steward – on what ship?
  • 6.       In June 1970 this RFA was sunk after striking an uncharted pinnacle of rock off the Seychelles. There was no loss of life but was the ship?
  • 7.       The German supply ship Lothringen was captured by Royal Navy in June 1941. She was renamed as an RFA and based at Newfoundland – what was her RFA name?
  • 8.       Which RFA ran aground on a sand bank off Ferry Point, Changi, Singapore in November 1957?
  • 9.       Which RFA was used to ferry a donkey named Antonio from Malta to Devonport in February 1962 to be used as a mascot at HMS EXCELLENT on Whale Island
  • 10.    Which RFA sailed from Malta with an Archbishop and his Chaplain as passengers in May 1952

Answers  to follow in a week or so but email your answers to captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk  and points wil be awarded, and points mean prizes. whadda points mean .... PRIZES First prize is a week's holiday in Immingham, Second prize is a two week holiday in Immingham both to be taken during the first week of the next millenium. Never been to Imminham (You haven't lived)? If the River Humber was the "a___hole" of the world, Imminham is 11 miles up it.

Thinking caps on Chaps and chapesses

Published on Monday, 17 January 2022 10:56

hmIt is with so much sadness that  I report that Ron Robins AD75 (RNSTS Retd) (Member 0413)  Crossed the Bar in hospital on Saturday 27 November 2021 aged 92. Ron was a great friend to the RFA in general and me in particular.

It is hoped that Ron's funeral will be on 13th December 2021 and will be a private, family only cremation at the North Devon Crematorium (HERE for their website and HERE for a map). This will be followed by a memorial service at St Mary's Appledore (HERE for their website and HERE for a map) Old shipmates and colleagues will be most welcome to join the family afterwards for refreshments. Arrangements are being made by Padfields  Funeral Directors, Barnstaple (HERE for their website and HERE for a map).

Read more: Ron Robins AD75

Published on Wednesday, 01 December 2021 15:45

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Sitrep 1 Funeral timings now confirmed.

It is with much sadness that  I report that First Officer(SE) John Michael Evans  RFA(Retd)  (not a member but part of our RFA family) crossed the bar on  Wednesday 15th December 2021 aged 69 . As further details become available I will post them to this page. The funeral arrangements are being made by Livesey Funeral Services. Horwich (HERE for their website and HERE for a map) and will expected to be held at Overdale Crematorium (HERE for their website and HERE for a map)  at 11:00 on Thursday 20th January 2022.

Old shipmates and colleagues will be most welcome to attend (subject to to any Covid restrictions extant at the time) and will be invited to join the family for refreshments afterwards.

Family flowers only but donations in lieu and in John's name should be made to the RFA Association the RFA Association via the Funeral Directors or our Paypal account (Sales@rfa-association.org.uk)

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to his former wife Deidre, three children, Michael, Paul and Jennifer and six grandchildren. Thanks also to his daughter, Jennifer who made the report to me.

If you have any remembrances of John please email it to me at captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk and I will post them on this page. Alternatively you can post to our facebook page "RFA Crossed the Bar". I am also looking for photographs of John  for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, if you have one please email it to me.Evans

First Officer(SE) John Evans RFA(Retd)

1952-2021

 

Published on Monday, 03 January 2022 17:25

Clock BookAt 02:00 BST on Sunday 31st October 2021 clocks will be retarded 1 hour to 01:00 GMT, time zone Zulu. (We don't do UTC on this site.)

Clocks will remain on GMT until 01:00 Sunday 27th March 2022 when they will be advanced 1 hour to BST time zone Alpha

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Published on Saturday, 30 October 2021 14:10