Welcome to the part of my site which has files relating directly to HMS Ganges or to Boys Training. Within some of these files there are hyperlinks to other similar files.  Please note that SOME of these page are written as reference pages for serious researchers into the Story of HMS Ganges [and there are many - schools, colleges, universities, naval and general historians] and as such, they are difficult to read during routine and brief browsing sessions.  Thank you.

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START by clicking on these old movies, and then the two PDF Files, and can YOU remember these times? We sailors of the early 1950's can!  

HMS Ganges being towed to Devonport for breaking up 1929. Click on BACK when finished.

HMS Ganges being broken up at Devonport 1930. Click on BACK when finished.

ROYAL SAILOR coming.pdf ROYAL SAILOR going.pdf

ROYAL SAILORS.   Remember to adjust the zoom factor within your Adobe Reader so that you can see the image in one window without the need to use your scrollbars.

Royal Sailors in my time in the navy went on draft from ship to ship and from depot [barracks] to depot {Chatham, Portsmouth and Devonport} with all their belongings.  As shown, these were his kitbag containing all his clothes other than the ones he was wearing plus his bed; his hammock complete with sheets and blankets.  He would often travel through London using the underground trains, and more regularly on the various main line routes which were the LNER, the GWR, SR plus others.

Note: This page has been subjected to a major rewrite and none of the files listed below on the left is active. However, as the HMS GANGES pages you are now reading [this is an integral part of them] are now republished [October 2016] which you have successfully opened,  then all these files are equally available elsewhere on my site.  The animations were designed many years ago and reflect a time of trouble within the Ganges Association which fortunately has now passed and the Association is back on even keel.

HMS Ganges - my first career and after!

rn badges 1930 to 1980

RN Ratings and their titles in the early 1970's.

RN OFFICIAL NUMBERS [RATINGS]

BOYS TRAINING IN 1903

BOYS TRAINING IN THE LAST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY

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ONE TOO MANY!

The persistent misuse of the RN official number prefix

NICK NAMES IN THE ROYAL NAVY - and elsewhere!

THE PUSSERS SICK-BAY

The health of the navy in 1936 - open the PDF File then scroll down to TRAINING SHIPS BOYS to look at HMS Ganges figures - most interesting.

BOY ENTRANTS INTO THE RN AGED 15 OR WERE THEY JUNIORS

NAVY FOOD PRE WW2.pdf

RN BOYS OF WW1.htm

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HMS GANGES CHRISTMAS 1937 PAGE

HMS GANGES KEEPSAKE

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THE DARKER SIDE OF HMS GANGES

NAVAL TRAITORS - a Ganges boy.

GANGES TRAINING WITHOUT THE MYTHS !

GANGES FOOD

BOY TELEGRAPHISTS

GANGES BULLSHIT

GANGES MAST VISITED BY ANGLIA TV 18 FEB 2009

HMS GANGES BOMB PLAQUE

 

Browse the whole WWW for Ganges information - all good stuff,
but DO NOT MISS my Compendium - no longer true or relevant!

The Ceremonial Funeral of Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma   In 1979, long before the Ganges Association was formed, many ex Ganges boys took part in this, the largest funeral since that of Winston Churchill in 1965, which to this day, has never been surpassed, and might never be given the huge reduction in our armed forces and the commitments they undertake. I wonder how many of this funeral party are Association Members today ?

GANGES BOYS - death through misadventure

WHAT THE NEWSPAPERS SAID

A QUESTIONNAIRE GC

RECRUITING JUNIORS - ARE THEY REALLY TESTED ?

WHEN IS A BUTTON BOY NOT A BUTTON BOY ?

CAPTAINS HOUSE - HMS GANGES

GANGES and FOOD POISONING

A MEMORIAL TO FOUR GANGES BOYS

THE BAD OLD DAYS OF THE 1955 ARMED SERVICES

NAVAL DISCIPLINE WHEN SHOTLEY BEGAN

THE SAD DEMISE AND DEATH OF JUNIOR SEAMAN HODGKINSON

STREET NAMES IN THE FORMER HMS GANGES

GANGES AND SHOTLEY NAVAL BURIAL GROUND

CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME VERY OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF HMS GANGES - They come from the memoirs of FCRS John [Scouse] Eilbeck and they start on page three, but the whole album is interesting. John was a dear friend of mine for many many years and died  20th October 2012 after suffering much illness and the loss of his dear wife Valerie.  I have hosted his memoirs on my site since approximately 2008.

 

 

 

Here you will see one of my favourite games which I played regularly in my naval career of 30 years. I have cross referenced the board as normal but in addition, I have added a letter into each square which represents the Ganges as I knew it in 1953. Of the 64 squares I have added in the words GANGES, ANNEXE, RODNEY, GRENVILLE, ANSON, DRAKE, BLAKE, BENBOW, COLLINGWOOD and HAWKE in the colours shown.  The game ended in stalemate !
OLD AND RARE GANGES PHOTOGRAPHS

Boy Telegraphist's Story WW1 Submarines

BEFORE THE DAYS OF A NATIONAL NAVAL MUSEUM

TOO MANY BOYS AND NOT ENOUGH SHIPS

GANGES SNIPPETS FROM NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS

HMS GANGES and the PLAGUE

The Lower Lower Deck Page

The cost of your training at HMS Ganges [Seamen and Communicators]

HMS Ganges Association new President - GET IT RIGHT !

THE GRAVE OF BOY FIRST CLASS A.A. KING d.1901

CIVILIAN WAGES AT HMS GANGES BEFORE WW1

RHEUMATISM IN YOUNG GANGES BOYS

AND AFTER GANGES TRAINING ?

NAVAL FILES OF INTEREST [BOYS AND MEN]

LONDON BOYS WERE POOR RECRUITS FOR THE NAVY

HMS GANGES ON BBC RADIO 4 26.05.09 AT 1500

When BOYS gave way to JUNIORS

Flogging and the severe shortage of boys for training ships - NOTE IN THE OPENING PARAGRAPHS THE TYPES OF BOY RECRUITED.

KNOWING OF THEM BUT DO THEY KNOW OF US

THE GANGES MAST 1042 SATURDAY 11TH JULY 2009

IT'S HERE - 16TH JULY 2009. A BRAND NEW STORY ABOUT HMS GANGES WITH DETAIL NEVER BEFORE TOLD !

A 1991 Visit to the old Alma Mater - a VIDEO tour of HMS Ganges

SURVIVAL OF SUFFOLK LISTED BUILDINGS [GANGES MAST] IN DOUBT - Posted hot off the press on Friday 14th August 2009

A GANGES MAGAZINE [The SHOTLEY MAGAZINE]

HMS GANGES FEMALE ? SURELY NOT !

HMS GANGES ASSOCIATION AND ITS TROUBLES

Ganges Association Demise

DRIVING LICENCES !

ANCIENT MARINER

GANGES FORUM

NAVAL MOVIES

HMS GANGES MAST 4TH NOVEMBER 2009

WW1 SURVIVORS - WHO COUNTS AND WHO DOESN'T

P.S. I used to have a brilliant page called Ganges 2005 Reunion.
However, despite the work involve [stills, movies, the lot] of which
I was so proud, upon hearing of the organisers past, Thipthorpe's past,
I deleted the page lock stock and barrel, for I wanted  nothing to do with
such people; certainly not people who would APPEAR to be my leader.

HMS GANGES' MEMORIAL AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

The National Memorial Arboretum and the Ganges Memorial

T.S. ARETHUSA

MY HMS GANGES CAPTAIN

THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED THROUGH THE GATES OF HMS GANGES - includes royalty, admirals, First Lord's, coffins, a film star and a traitor to our country.

A SAILORS LIFE - SOME ASPECTS OF

RN COMMUNICATORS TRAINING USING 12 INCH 78 RPM GRAMOPHONE RECORDS

RN_Boys_Seamen_and_Artificer_Badges_and_Insignia

RN_COMMUNICATIONS_BRANCH_BADGES_THROUGH_THE_YEARS

RN_BUTTONS_AND_BADGES

WW2_MAP_AND_EVENTS - Animated map showing Germany's expansion and its subsequent defeat.

GANGES_MAST_ROBBED_OF_PROMISED_MONEY

YOUR BRANCH BADGE - HOW DID IT EVOLVE AND WHEN ?

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The Terrible OGRE of the Ganges Association ? Thipthorpe!

HMS_GANGES_CLEAR_OUT_NOW_TREASURE_TROVE

MY_GANGES_KIT_AND_ITS_MUSTER

IN THE PERIOD 1910-1930 ALL BOYS AT GANGES [SEAMEN AND COMMUNICATORS] WERE TAUGHT THE MORSE CODE USING HAND FLAGS.

THE_SHOTLEY_MAGAZINE_A_COMPARISON

NAVAL MAST MANNING - THE FULL CEREMONIAL MAST MANNING MUSIC FROM THE MASSED BANDS OF THE ROYAL MARINES

PICTURES_KNOWN_TO_HAVE_BEEN_IN_HMS_GANGES

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SNIPPET_ABA

THE GANGES CAPTAINS WITH TWO HATS !

AN_ARTICLE_OF_CLOTHING_IN_A_RATINGS_KIT

A typical Ganges shake-up where all things were made CLEAR !

 

and CLICK HERE  for the 'M'  BUSINESS  [Monkey or Money] !!!! AND then remember to click on BACK when ready to come back to this point.