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  1. Paul (Ben) Cartwright

    I served on HMS Beachampton in the Gulf in 1970/1971. I would like to join the TCA.

    • Hi Paul,
      Welcome and thanks for contacting us.
      You can download membership application forms from the website. Full details of where to send them are shown. Failing that contact me again and I will happily post off a hard copy to you.
      Best wishes

  2. Good afternoon Peter – what’s the latest news on poor HMS Bronington?

    Has the Peel group abandoned ship?


    richard goss


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    From: AVOCAQA@aol.com [mailto:AVOCAQA@aol.com]
    Sent: 29 March 2007 18:13
    To: news@angliapressagency.co.uk
    Subject: Re: HMS Bronington

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you for your note and continued interest.

    Regret no news, positive or otherwise, about HMS Bronington.

    As of ten days ago she (and HMS Plymouth) were still alongside the wall in Victoria Basin Birkenhead, untended and unloved.

    Some months ago there had been a flurry of interest from a group in Plymouth to return the frigate to Devonport but it fell apart when a property developer there put in a bid for the space where it had been hoped to berth the ship. Mersey Docks & Harbour Co were reported as trying to “package” sale of both vessels together but this was not acceptable to the Plymouth group.

    It is now over two years since Bronington has received any maintenance and her decks were not in good condition then. We fear the worst. Wooden ships deteriorate rapidly. We have been advised that there is standing water in the main passageway and several compartments. We saw patches of wet rot on her upper peck when we were last aboard 18 months ago. If / When the hull begins to leak, there is a significant risk that she will sink at in the dock. Presumably Mersey Docks will be forced to take some action then.

    Our thoughts are turning to possibilities for creating some form of a shore-based memorial by relocation of significant fittings and equipment. Any plan would require the goodwill and cooperation of Mersey Docks and Harbour Co (or their parent Peel Holdings) but so far there is no evidence of either.

    You might try Peel Holdings for their views.

    best wishes,

    Peter Down
    Hon Sec

    TON Class Association

    • Regret to say we have no further news regarding the Bronington. If we do hear then i will publish a statement on this site.

      Best wishes

  3. Good morning,

    My late husband Peter Cocker was a member of your association and recently I have been sorting through some of his photos and papers and found several photos of the Bossington and crew photos which are of no releveance to me and I know he would be pleased if I passed them to you and your association if you would like them. If so please could you forward me an address where I can send them

    Chris Cocker

    • Good afternoon Chris,
      Are you the wife of the author of naval books M P Cocker? if so I used to communicate with Peter as I helped supply some small amount of the material he requested. I have his signed book on my shelf alongside me as I type.
      I would very much like to receive any Ton related material you wish to donate and will e-mail you my address and contact details shortly.
      Very many thanks for contacting us.

      Best wishes

  4. Hi Bob,

    First impressions of the site is great. Clear, colourful and seems uncomplicated. Although in getting here I think I have at least 3 WordPress profiles now.
    (2 generated with TCA website and a previous one with my cycle club, which also operates through WordPress). Had me knickers in a twist for a little while but no worries, I’ll get sorted, stagger through in the meantime. The main thing is I’m here.

    Well done with the site, like I say it looks great!


  5. Keep up the good work.

  6. I was on various Ton Class and H.M.S. Flatholm as the Island ( No ‘e’ at the end ) in the Severn. A coal burner N0 NINE. Gerald

    • Hi Gerald,
      The Flatholm is new to me. I will have to look it up.
      Not many ex matelots left who can say they served on a coal burner.


  7. Shortly after the publication “Jacks of All Trades” came out I purchased a copy and shortly afterwards notified the editor of an error in the HMS Kirkliston entry. I was informed that this would be incorporated into a 2nd edition. Can anyone tell me if a) a 2nd edition was published and b) was the entry for HMS Kirkliston updated?

    • David yes edition 02 has been published. The stores officer may have a couple of copies left. If you can refresh my memory about the error I can check but I am certain it was incorporated.


    • David Hutchison

      I served on HMS Kirkliston as POREL from 16 April 1972 to 11 March 1973 having flown out to Hong Kong. We subsequently sailed back to the UK and the arrival date at Portsmouth, in the publication, could be correct. The first person on board was the Saccone and Speed rep who came to fit the beer pump in the Senior Rate’s Mess (lol) then some of the crew (generally locals) were granted some leave but those living further afield like me ended up being on duty. (I lived in Fife). The entry in the publication dated Oct 72-Oct 73 is wrong. After our crew came back from leave we sailed for HMS Lochinvar where we became part of 1MCMS. During that time we carried out stop and search operations in the Irish Sea looking for anything that may have been going to the IRA. I left Kirkliston for HMS Cochrane and subsequent demob from the RN. I did know of the refit planned in Gibraltar (as mentioned in the publication) but as I had left the Navy by then I do not have the dates that it was there. Hope this helps.

  8. Michael Petrie,
    Which Ton where you on and the MCM Sqn.
    Have a few photos of a Ton, and Gib.After 1976. Away else where at that Year if I can help.
    Let Bob, know.

  9. My late father (John AJ Macleod) served on Ton Class ships in the Mediterranean (based out of Cyprus I think) for his national service.

    Is there a way for me to find out which ships he served on?


    • Alasdair,
      Apologies for delay in reply. My wife has been ill, but now recovered, so I am behind with every thing.
      My guess is that your father served in the 104 MMS or the 108 MSS who carried out anti gun running and anti terrorist patrols around Cyprus during the EOKA campaign (search the web for info on this event). Next of Kin can apply to the MoD for copies of relations service records which would detail which ships and when your father served on. If you need further assistance regarding this please e-mail me.
      Best wishes

    • Alisdair I knew a “Jock” Macleod but that was in the sixties .


  10. Would be grateful if there is anyone in the association that served on HMS Ledbury and HMS Brecon in 1982.
    Just to say its an honour for me to be on your site and am in the process of sending my application in to be part of the association.


  11. I was an AB at HMS WESSEX RNR and sailed nerley evey weekend on HMS SOLENT, The mate ship was unbelivable , I am also an EX AB from the Merchant Navy where I seved 8 years on Pssenger boats,Tankers and cargo boats , when I left the MN I joined the Parachts reg TA fo 3 years.
    I know live in Melbourne Austrailia.

  12. Hi there, I know its a bit of a long shot but I am looking for anyone that may have served on HMS NARVIK around 1956 and were at the Atomic Bomb Tests in the Monte Bello Islands ?? My dad was Barry (DICK) Bentley and his friends were Wiggy Penn and Scrumpy Joyner ? If anyone remembers Dad I would love to hear from you , thanks Julie Bentley

  13. Glad to be back! Left the TCA for reasons I can’t remember but now belong to a trinity of RNA, MWA and TCA. Fond memories of Glasserton, Alfriston, Kellington and Lewiston. Have found some ex Ton class oppos in my RNA branch so I’m working on them to join – we can have our own chapter to counterbalance a heavy WAFU majority!

    Thanks for having me back.


    • Bruce welcome back and apologies for taking so long to acknowledge your posting due to a glitch and failing memory.

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