Author Archives: Frank Rands

Master Chief or Warrant Officer

The question on who was the first Warrant Officer has now been answered with a document viewed from the Archives.   Thanks Fred W for the article. Investigations also highlighted that Laurie Carr (Long ‘C’ Communicator) was originally going to … Continue reading

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1944 – HMNZS BREEZE

Here are two images from HMNZS Breeze at Tulagi 1944.  There were no names with the images which were sourced from an album in Archives.  Images dated April-May 1944. Thanks to Fred W for the images. Breeze  T02 (Admiralty T371) … Continue reading

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JACK SPEAK – 1943

Here is a challenge for you to translate.  The phrase was taken from the All Hands – The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy 1939 and published in Jack Speak 1943.  Thanks Gordon C for the contribution. ORIGINAL CONVERSATION “I … Continue reading

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Jack Passings – March 2017

The following Sailors ‘Crossed the Bar’ during the month of March 2017. Details of funerals etc can be found by clicking HERE PRUJEAN, Brian Geoffrey TEL STARR, William Michael  SEA LOFT, Madeline Therese PO STWD MAXWELL, Michael John ME1 CADWALLADER, … Continue reading

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Few Rum-Rats Here

This is part of our past and it is good to see that an upstanding Petty Officer Yeoman of Signals is carrying out his duty to the letter and watchful eye.  What’s your number Jack?

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Northland Luncheon

Going to be in the Bay of Islands on 30th April 17 ?? The next Northland Luncheon will be held at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club in Waitangi on Sunday 30th April 2017, 1200 for 1230. Full buffet meal … Continue reading

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Spot the Communicator

Here is an image of a number of sailors whose hometown was Wellington.  The sailors who were serving in HMNZS ROTOITI were talking to the Navy Secretary – Mr D Wraight (right).  The image was taken whilst serving on the … Continue reading

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