Comments: Have just read the very well worded 'History' which adds context to my last question! Did not realise that LREGS were replaced with Writers. Made sense it was very much an admin role. Many reggies from non-seaman branches were shocked to find themselves, for the first time, behind the wheel of a frigate at specials transiting narrow channels! That must have been a throw-back when most reggies were from the ops branch? Did a unskilled reggie helmsman at special on thw wheel ever run a vessel aground or hit something due to his/her inexperience?
Added: March 9, 2017
Submitted by Name: Nigel Godfrey From: Ex Survey Branch - Hecla and Monkton had reggies. E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: I notice that the 3rd March saw the passing out of the first Direct Entry AB Regulators? That will be interesting to say the least! What do retired reggies say about this?
Comments: I am in search of Phil Amos, in the late 80's went to the Hong Kong Squadron as RPO/Coxswain. He was LREG at Tamar 81, and served as LREG on Aurora on the early 80's. He is originally from Birmingham. Very much a 'Brummy'!
Comments: Have just read Lottie's post REF the sad passing of Brian Beecher, my first RPO watch leader in Chatham 1975. The funniest most genuine bloke a newbie could wish for, a great family man who got the 'balance' right. Remembered mostly for the wisest of all lessons . Remember lad 'the Crown is worn on your arm....not on your head'.Sad day.
Comments: My name is Mike Potter and I am trying to track down MAA Paul Shears who I served with during The Falklands in HMS ACTIVE. We are organising a 35th Anniversary Reunion next year but have no contact details for him. If anyone can assist, please get in touch.
Comments: Have just applied to join the Association and am very pleased to see quite a number of old acquaintances from the seventies and eighties. I hope this online medium is successful and goes from strength to strength as it enables ex branch veterans who cannot always get down South to keep in touch. Kind regards to all those who remember me (and perhaps don't want to)!
Comments: I am looking for any information relating to my great-uncle, Alfred Alexander Hughes, who was an RPO in WW2. His service number was C/224719 and was stationed at H.M.S. Lynx.
The information I do have is that he was awarded the MBE in 1941, apparently for his work in organising the little boats at Dunkirk although I don't have any provenance for that as yet. I have a copy of the entry in the Supplement to the London Gazette of 1st Jan, 1941 and I have seen his M.B.E. which is held by his grandson.
He fell down the stairs at Admiralty House, Dover in Jan 1945, suffered a head injury and subsequently died at County Hospital, Dover on 3rd Jan, 1945.