SEAMEN: Catch up with old comrades

I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say that many readers would have served in the Royal Navy at some time.

The older ones seeing service in the Second World War would no doubt recently have been casting their thoughts back to the end of the war, with all of the commemorations around the country. Those a little younger being called up for National Service, the younger still serving in our much-reduced Royal Navy.

One thing is certain, they will all think back and remember the camaraderie and friendships formed at the time, only to be broken when moved to a different ship or shore base.

Well a lot have found out what happened to their ‘Old Chalky White’ because lots of the ships have associations, full of their old shipmates, and a new monthly service has started to help find all of the other ‘Old Chalkies’ or whoever is being looked for — “those in the Buffer’s party at HMS Collingwood in the mid 1950’s” or “that chef off HMS Tupperware in 1988” — because many of the Ship’s Association secretaries are sending details of reunions to R.N.Shipmates for the monthly listings and notices.

This monthly service is totally free because it is all done by email. No printing, no photocopying, no paper, no envelopes, no stamps.

Are you on my monthly mailing list? Nearly 400 are. This is a good starting point for a reunion. Get the latest news. Did you serve in the Electrical Branch in the Royal Navy? Exciting news coming up soon if you did.And for those who just want to live the camaraderie again, RN Shipmates is having another reunion next April.

Interested? Send brief details to

Mike Crowe

Isle of Wight