Click to enlarge The Aden withdrawal. Carriers Albion and Eagle with Fearless, the Flagship and submarine Auriga. I served in Auriga for 5 Years and 7 months - March 1962-October 1964 Canadian commission and August 1965 to April 1968 Singapore commission.  Onboard Tyne Christmas Day 1956.  I am the second left foreground with the big grin. Malta was a welcome break - mind you - I have always liked Malta. Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge Auriga gets everywhere! Here she is in the Artic Circle having smashed her way to the surface through a polynya.  We were a regular visitor 'up north' when based [for 2 years] on Halifax N.S. Canada. HMS Tyne entering Grand Harbour Malta Boxing Day 1956 on her way home to the UK.  She was the Flagship during the Suez War and was actually berthed mid-stream in the canal entrance. Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge One of several trips to Brooklyn navy yard.  Here Auriga is passing downtown Manhattan. Self explanatory.  Working for Rosie was a very pleasant experience.

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Click to enlarge Auriga in the Far East This was my last pay sheet in the navy.  The daily rate had increased dramatically
although by our salary construction today, the daily rate of 30.85 is now the hourly rate.
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Click to enlarge The Honour Boards in HMS Mercury. Note my name in 1969! This was my very first computerised pay sheet, now a monthly event from date shown. Note the
switch to decimalisation from the previous LSD/-s-d {LSD meaning 'Librae Solidi Denarii'} system of pounds shillings and 
pence. See below for government warning!.
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Click to enlarge Me being transferred from Tiger to Cleopatra in the South China Sea whilst serving on FOF2 Staff as the FCRS. My wages in 1970 as a CPO were 112 shillings per day {5-12-00}[5.60] ,and since we were paid for 24 hours per day, my ANNUAL salary was 2044 - can you believe that?  We were paid for a 24 hour day [because we could be called to duty at any time] so my HOURLY rate was 23.33p and ALL of that BEFORE taxation! Click to enlarge     TOP PART    
Click to enlarge As the standing officer of the watch at HMS Mercury in 1979.  The pictures to the right and above  {top & bottom} are of the non-
computerised pay sheet we received until March 1971. It covered a four month
period, measured 17 inches by 13 inches and was printed on buff coloured
paper. In the left hand margin it ran an advertisement to encourage ratings to buy
National Savings products whilst along the bottom it warned the scribes that the form had to be completed with "a ball point pen charged with reproduction ink".

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Click to enlarge Aged 17 in 1955. Each and every service man and woman Served their country to avoid a third
world war.  Collectively, we achieved that and we wish the same success to the
men and women of today's Armed Services.
Click to enlarge Crossing the line certificates are ten a penny, but certificates like these are few and far between! Click to enlarge    A whole TEN pounds.  My! they were generous in those days.
Click to enlarge Infamously known as the DUNKER at HMS Vernon, where Gun Wharf Quay is now situated.  I was on the same course as HRH the POW. Click to enlarge The silly things we keep!  On the Rothesay, as well as being the RS and then the CRS of the ship I was also the SRE  [Sound Reproduction Equipment] Manager responsible for putting 'radio entertainment' over the ships SRE tannoy system, and therefore I needed a radio times. 
Click to enlarge  Click to enlarge Click to enlarge  HMS Ganges Christmas cards 1953 and 1954 Click to enlarge This picture shows a typical 'dressing-up' practiced by many Ganges boy's whilst on leave.  In this picture, taken with my 9 year old sister Brenda in Morecambe in 1954 when I was  16, I am wearing a PO Boy's badge as though it were a GCB [good conduct badge awarded when aged 22 to sailors in the fleet].  On my right arm, I have placed my AC boy's star above my branch badge [a sparker] to make it look like I was a telegraphist [an able rate] and my Ganges cap tally has been replaced by HMS MULL OF GALLOWAY.  This ship was a destroyer depot ship anchored off Harwich not far from Ganges pier.  I [we] must have looked right wallies!  Nevertheless, it was a common practice. I apologise for the poor quality of the picture.
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Various cash awards for Inventions

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Click to enlargeResults of MOD Computer course Oh to be a submariner in 2003. Talk about "poorly paid footballers of the 1960's" - what about us?
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Click to enlarge Click to enlarge How the USN treats its top Senior Rates. We should have had such a system way back in 1972. [See also The story of the RN Warrant Officer]
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Click to enlarge   Click to enlarge  Click to enlarge  Click to enlarge  My final few minutes in the Royal Navy after a 30 year career. Altogether now.......aaaarh!! Click to enlarge  Click to enlarge  Click to enlargeReceiving my 50 year Ganges certificate from Captain Dunlop R.N. Rtd at the Ganges Association Reunion 2004 at Pakefield.
GOVERNMENT WARNING!!. This sheet of information was issued by the government to help everybody understand decimalisation. The change over date from LSD was the 15th February 1971. Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge My last station card as a junior rate in November 1961. Rated Petty Officer in May 1962 Click to enlarge My U.S.N. Victualling card when I was stationed in Norfolk Virginia at the joint ASW training academy. A FCPO [RN warrant officer] = a Master CPO, a MCPO. A warrant officer in the USN is a commissioned rank.
Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge When stationed in Canada 63-65 we were allowed NATO duty free booze, There were strict rules in force as the back of my card shows. The front says HMS AURIGA HFX [Halifax]. Click to enlarge These are just some of my RAF Flights to various parts of the world to join ships or submarines or to return home to the UK.
Click to enlarge One of my favourite possessions. It gave me carte blanche to carry anything really and of course anybody stopping me wasn't allowed to open any SECRET book or package. Click to enlarge This was the last Christmas Card issued by HMS Mercury in 1992.
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and finally a close-up still picture taken from the film of Lord Mountbatten's September 5th 1979 Royal Ceremonial London Funeral. It shows me leading Lord Louis coffin carried by RN communicators coming out of Westminster Abbey after the service, heading for the Broad Sanctuary to place the coffin onto a vehicle of the Life Guards, thereafter  to be taken to Waterloo Station to be placed on the royal train bound for the Hampshire town of Romsey where his coffin was interred into the stone floor of the Abbey itself.