Welcome to TCA Web Site 2013


Welcome to the new TCA WEBSITE We hope you like it & contribute by e-mail or, better still, the Forum. We welcome items, suggestions & constructive criticism to enable us to provide you with a site that meets the associations expectations. I look forward to hearing from you.

Registration: In order to access the full website please register an account here.

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The site has seen quite a few new registrations over the last couple of weeks so a very warm welcome to all.


It is with great sadness that we report that Commander Oliver Wright (TCA founder  member) of Slough has Crossed the Bar. He passed away at the weekend after a very long illness bravely fought. Funeral arrangements:
Friday 25th July 1100 Slough Crematorium and afterwards at a venue almost next door.
All are more than welcome to attend.
A letter of condolence on behalf of the TCA has been sent to Oliver’s son.


Do you know Arnold Douglas ex AB who served on HMS CROFTON, Malta during the late 1960′s & definitely 1968. If you have any information relating to Arnold please contact me by clicking on this link (click here).      Very many thanks.


When TCA member L/S (MW) Andrew Wheatley Crossed the Bar he requested that his extensive library of books about ships and the sea should be used to raise funds for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust. The collection has been catalogued and the lists can be viewed by clicking this link. Please be generous for Andrews’s sake and that of the RNBT.


The Mary Rose

Mary Rose

Dear Supporters,

We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed for another National Lottery Good Causes Award in the Best Heritage category – and we need your vote!

Every year the National Lottery offer thousands of projects the opportunity to tell their story through the National Lottery Awards. Including the Heritage category, Voluntary, Sport, Health, Environment, Education and the Arts are represented for projects that change lives through National Lottery funding. The awards, that have been running for 11 years, aim to recognize and celebrate the talent, hard work, and amazing dedication of the people who devote themselves to the projects.

So how do you vote?

Simply follow this link  -  http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/mary-rose-museum-0 –  press vote, enter your email address and confirm your vote.  If this proves difficult, go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards, select “Heritage” as the award category, then the Mary Rose Museum.  Enter your email and confirm your vote.

Votes can be cast until midnight on 23 July.

The winners will be decided by the public, voting for their favourite project in each category. The winners will be announced at a star studded BBC One Show in September. Please support us – it’s a public vote and it would be great to count on you.  And please ask family, friends and colleagues to do the same.

With grateful thanks

Sue Collis   The Mary Rose Trust


For items on your area go to -Latest News ItemsArea News & click on your location. I look forward to receiving news for publication from the area TCA Reps.


Just In: – Do you have friends or family currently deployed or deploying in the near future? if so go to Latest News Items for information from the ‘Friends & Family Of Deployed Units’ article.


For Your Information

Are you one of the members/people who asked if there are any copies of our best selling book ‘Jack of All Trades’ and were disappointed to learn that they had all been sold and now out of print. Well our printers found four copies at their premises when having a spring clean.  These are brand new books not second hand so if interested go to our ‘Slops’ page and contact our Stores Officer. First Come First Served and only four available.

Link to ‘Slops



The Naval Memorial was unveiled on Sunday 15th June 2014 by The Duke of Kent at the National Arboretum Memorial. The TCA National Standard was paraded by Sam Cook

Also in attendance TCA Chairman John Soanes, TCA Hon. Sec. Peter Down, TCA Northern Standard Bearer John Preston, TCA Hon. Tres. Stuart Johnson plus at least five other TCA Members & Partners

Naval Memorial Naval Service Memorial

Picture courtesy of TCA Member Richard Gleed-Owen

Bill & Family

TCA Member Bill Platt with Veronica & Associate TCA Member Joanne Platt at the Arboretum


New items

June 2014 – New section ‘Today’s Minehunters’. There is a letter from the CO of HMS CATTISTOCK and HMS ATHERSTONE which refers to the transfer of crews & the Cattistock refit.  Plus a letter from the new CO of the Grimsby.

Go to Area News then the Yorkshire and/or the Notts & Lincs pages to learn about a proposed visit to the Leeds Royal Armouries.

TCA AGM & Reunion, Toorak Hotel, Torquay. Friday 10th October to Monday 13th. Booking form in Ton Talk February 2014 edition No166. Contact Peter Harrison, reunion secretary.


Have you visited the TCA Forum? More importantly have you registered?   Have a look by clicking the link above, register & once I have approved your application write an item, ask a question, start a debate even if it is a bit contentious but don’t forget no bad language or any other unacceptable behaviour. I will be watching armed with my blue pencil (delete button).


New Items June – New book reviews. Publisher Pen & Sword, all good naval reads. Also a list of books published by TCA member Colin Lambird. Have a look at his diverse range of subjects.


Conference Of Naval Associations (CONA) – TCA CONA Rep & e-mail link now on CONA page


New Item 1st February 2014 – For all of you who served out the Far East & were involved in the ‘Confrontation’ & especially Borneo a book about the raid on Limbang has been published by Pen & Sword. Visit their section under BOOK REVIEWS.

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