Jack Passings – June 2018

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of June 2018. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE.

WILLIAMSON, John Keith
FRANCE James Aitken (Jim)  Stoker
AINGE, Raymond George 1924 – 2018 S/Lt R.N.Z.N.V.R.

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Remembering our Past – Jim Dell

I recently spoke with Jim Dell about writing his memoirs and sure enough he is starting to put pen to paper.  I will develop a page shortly and collate all Communicators historys as they come to hand.  We have at least three communicators busy as bees at this time.  So come on we all have a story to tell so lets document our history now.

Chapter 1 – Before the Andrew

Chapter 2 – Training

Chapter 3 – The Cherry Boys

Chapter 3 part 2  – The Cherry Boys

Chapter 3 part 3  – The Cherry Boys

Chapter 3 part 4  – The Cherry Boys

Chapter 4- NCC Wellington

Chapter 5 part 1 – ENDEAVOUR

Chapter 5 part 2 – Promotion at Last

Chapter 5 part 3 – Homewood Bound

Chapter 6 – A Windy Posting

Chapter 7 – Formica Frigate

Chapter 8 – IRIRANGI

Chapter 9 – OTAGO

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HMNZS LACHLAN

Two questions have arisen with regard HMNZS LACHLAN.  The image below shows her flying a decommissioning pennant and her callsign.

1, How is a decomissioning pennant measured?

2. What was LACHLAN’s international visual callsign?

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UK Veterans Retain their ID

UK Veterans are now able to retain their ID Card allowing easier access to Services.  Click HERE to read more.

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RN Communicators

Here is a LINK to a great website which has loads of history about RN Communicators.  This is certainly worth a look and for those of you who either served or undertook courses in the UK I am sure it will bring back memories.  Thanks to Richard J for the link.

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Branch Badges of the RNZN

Click HERE to view some new branch badges of the RNZN.  I note that even Jack Dusties are now SPECIALISTS.  I have never known an OD to be a specialist at anything but they must be now.

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Communicator Crossed the Bar – Update

It is with regret that I advise that David Ernie Dorset MBE ex RNZN Signalman WW2 and WO NZ Army Vietnam Vet, father of Neill Dorset passed away this morning suddenly at the age of 96years at Seaview Rest Home, Picton.

David joined the Signals branch back at the start of WW2 serving mainly in the Pacific and NZ regions during the war before leaving the Navy in 1945 and taking up an apprenticeship as a carpenter.  He joined the NZ Army in 1952 in the Royal NZ Engineers Corp, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer. He was sent to Vietnam in 1968-69 acting as Clerk of the Works for the NZ Army and worked out of Vung Tau and Nui Dat.

He  was attached to the Australian HQ whilst there and for his services was awarded the MBE in 1970. Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised but he is survived by his three sons – Neill ( Australia), Wayne (Australia) and Barry (Picton).

Any messages can be sent to granandgramps4850@gmail.com  or to Neill & Lynne Dorset, c/- 41 Garfield Street, Narrogin, WA 6312.

David’s funeral has been set down for Tuesday 5th June at 11am at Sowmans Funeral Services,  Cnr Hutcheson & Parker Streets, Blenheim 7201, followed by drinks-tea, coffee etc, at the Picton RSA at 1pm.  If you wish to contact Neill his New Zealand number is 021 08365092 or you can also contact him via his sister-in-law Kaye on 03 577-7534.

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