Eric Lewis James REVELL A/1857

I received notice from Eric’s son that his father Leading Signalman Eric Lewis James REVELL passed away last year in Australia and that he had stumbled upon our Association Blog.  I have done a little digging and have come up with the following, which some of you may find of interest and be able to comment upon.  It was certainly all go for this signalman.

    • Eric joined as an Ord Signalman 25 February 1940
    • Posted to the UK that year posted to Victory
    • Upon finishing his training he was posted to the destroyer HMS Beverley 27 Sep 1940 – 31 May 1941.
    • He is showing as being posted to the shore establishment HMS Eaglet in Liverpool 1 June – 15 October 1941
    • Was sent to HMS Drake from 16 October 1941 to 21 April 1942
    • Posted to the shore establishment HMS Clio at Barrow-in-Furness from 22 April-2 June 1942
    • Posted to HMS Drake IV from 3 June-31 July 1942
    • He was serving in the destroyer HMS Catterick that was built in 1941
    • He is then sent to HMS Tana, a shore establishment at Kilindini, Kenya posted there from 1 August 1942 to 12 November 1942.
    • Africa must have agreed with him, he was then posted to the shore establishment HMS Kongoni in Durban South Africa from 13 November 1942 to 23 February 1943.
    • He then moved to HMS Assegai also located at Durban – he was there from 24 February to 29 April 1943
    • He then returned to New Zealand as he his posted to HMNZS Philomel from 30 April 1943 to 11 March 1944
    • At one point he is at the ACH[?]-
    • In August 1943 he is made an Acting Leading Signalman
    • He returned to the UK in 1944 and to HMS Drake. He is showing as been posted to Ulster Queen, I’m not sure on the name as it does not appear in my books as a ship or shore establishment – he serves from 15 June 1944 to 19 January 1945.
    • He is then back to Drake from 20 Janaury to 4 March 1945
    • He is then posted to HMS Boscawen at Chatham with satellite units at Soton and Portland from 5 March to 13 November 1945
    • He is then put on the books of HMNZS Philomel and returned to New Zealand, being discharged 13 March 1946 as an Acting Leading Signalman.

If you can provide any detail on some of these units it would be most helpful.    Please leave  any feedback as a comment.  It is also understood that Eric was a good pal of ‘Nutty Nichols’.

His son Mike Revell is seeking detail on the reference ACHQ which is understood to be have been located in the grounds of the Teachers Training College, Epsom, Auckland.  What was this facility?

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4 Responses to Eric Lewis James REVELL A/1857

  1. Dave Carroll says:

    I note there is mention of the ACHQ in the interview with Yeoman of Signals W.A.Wheldale in the memories page of the blog. His comments would suggest it was some sort of communications hub station providing links to the Hauraki Gulf islands and manned mainly by signals Wrens

  2. Frank Rands says:

    Posted on behalf of Jim Blackburn
    The Ulster Queen was Pre-War a Ferry across the Irish Sea. Built by Harland & Wollf in Belfast. Lauched 28 March 1929 .
    Displacemnet 4540 Tons
    Legth 300 Feet, Breadth 45 Feet. Draught 17 Feet
    1 Shaft, Diesel Motors. 2640 H.P. Speed 16 Knots
    She was TUFT early after the war started (with her sister ship the Ulster Monarch.
    In 1943 she was converted to a LSF. Landing Ship Flak Pennant number F 118
    3.x Twin 4 Inch A.A. Turrets
    2 x 4 Barreled 2 Pdr Pom Pom A.A. Mountings
    4 x Single Barreled 20mm Oerlikon A.A.Guns
    2 x Single 05 Inch Machine Guns
    She was at the Normandy Landings (I Think)
    She was returned to her Owners in April 1946.
    (The Ulster Monarch was converted to a LSI(H) Landing Ship Infantry)

  3. Frank Rands says:

    Posted on behalf of Mike Revell. Here is the answer to ACHQ which stands for AUCKLAND COMBINED HEADQUARTERS which in turn was one of the Second World War Combined Headquarters in New Zealand

    During the Second World War limited provision was made in New Zealand for the protection of government in the face of the threat of air raids. A protected room was provided for the Cabinet. It was the military however who embarked upon the most elaborate projects. Combined Headquarters were planned for the three regions into which New Zealand was divided for defence purposes. Building work commenced on the headquarters for the Auckland region at the Teachers Training College, 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland, now Auckland College of Education.

    The Combined Headquarters for the Wellington region was beneath the Dominion Museum, in Buckle Street, Wellington. The Cracroft-Wilson House, Cracroft-Wilson Estate, Hackhorne Road, Cashmere, Christchurch, was the Combined Headquarters for the Christchurch region. This latter structure involved the excavation of three caverns, forty metres long by ten metres wide, and having a roof seven metres high. None of the Combined Headquarters were ever completed, as work ceased as the prospects of Japanese attack or invasion receded.

  4. Leo O'Callaghan says:

    My father served in the Royal Navy from 1924 to 1945. I believe HMS Drake was the naval base at Devonport.

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