POST ARCHIVING REPUBLISH

RED MALTA BLUE HERBERT LOTT ORANGE COMMUNICATION BRANCH PURPLE WARRANT OFFICERS


GREEN IS FOR HMS GANGES A PRIVATE SECTION OF 113 + SEPARATE STORIES IN ANOTHER SEPARATE FILE.

Hello, and I should really say Hello Again, specifically in relation to all the many files taken off-air for archiving since the August/September period of 2015.

You may be pleased to learn that the archiving has now completed [December 2016], and more importantly, that because of popular demand, those files are now going back on air. However records show that the Ganges Files in particular are less and less visited, probably, as in so many cases,  because web pages are becoming old fashioned in favour of social media, and the sick-fashion of plagiarising is on the increase. Most of the visits we do get are from Shotley people, again probably as the re-development of the Ganges site gathers pace, and we are not in the business for them but for ex Ganges personnel. Therefore the Post Archiving Republish file has been fragmented by divorcing the Ganges Menu file from it, so now there are two separate files one for HMS Ganges by private arrangement, although be warned we have also cut back on the available bandwidth so only a few can visit, and the other with the same bandwidth as before for those subjects shown in the four colours top box above. The Ganges file is called the Post Archiving Republish HMS Ganges Private Section, and this,  simply the Post Archiving Republish.  Since there are almost countless web pages published it would be impossibe to find all the files by free search without a menu or contents list, for by no means are their titles obvious, many not having the word 'Ganges' or 'HMS Ganges' in their URL titles.

Not all files were taken down, with a steady 600 + stories remaining extant throughout [that was after a culling which saw the end to near on 200 stories which I have since used on my other sites], but what were, and are now to be reinstated, cover the following main topics, some in great detail:-

a.  the HERBERT LOTT story

b.  Files on Malta

c. The story of the naval warrant officer, approximately from the time of the Glorious First of June, until 1983 when I left the service after having been a quasi-warrant officer for seven years.  I say 'quasi' because my title was 'fleet chief' and it took upwards of seventeen long years before Their Lordships decided that it wasn't a quasi-rate but a real rate, and added a little dignity to the individual wearing the Royal Coat of Arms.  Did it really matter?  Yes, and for me personally on three occasions. The first time [which covered several occasions] was in the U.S.A, on naval visits incorporating shore accommodation, when our flag-admin insisted upon telling our American friends that the manifest included 1 rear admiral, 1 commander, 4 lieutenant commanders and three warrant officers. On arrival, with the exception of the admiral, we were all accommodated in the wardroom because in the USN, a warrant officer is a commissioned rank far removed from an enlisted man. Time after time, right across the USA and up and down its many coastal bases, we had to explain that we were considered to be warrant officers across our side on the pond, but for cross-referencing [known as Equivalent Ranks], we were enlisted men and rated as MCPO [Master Chief Petty Officers] to be billeted in the Chief's Mess.  At the time of Lord Mountbatten's royal ceremonial funeral in 1979, we, the coffin bearers party consisted of 1 officer, 3 CPO's plus others, all junior rates, were relocated from Portsmouth to London to continue our training in situ.  This is what the RSM of the Second Battalion of Scots Guards billeted upon Chelsea Barracks was told, and he and his men would be the main street liners stationed in the Mall and across Horse Guards Parade out on to Whitehall. Eventually, whilst enjoying each others company, it was revealed that he was junior to me having been promoted to WO1 in 1977 and as the RSM at the beginning of 1979, and he was surprised that I was noted as one of the 3 listed CPO's, stating that could never happen in the army. Incidentally the other two chiefs were both CRS's namely N.E. Davies and D. Timmington, both of who were dressed as seamen in square rig acting as coffin bearers. Finally, but now very much tongue in cheek, I note that the qualifications for becoming a full member of the RNCCA [Royal Naval Communication Chiefs Association] have been rewritten wef September 2016. There is a sizable list of who qualifies, and an equally long list for those who can lay claim to becoming an associate member. The lists are precise, detailed and pukker, but quite surprisingly there is no mention of the FCPO rate on either. In our time, we were never called or addressed as warrant officer, and the vast majority of the early promotions left the service with FCPO on their discharge papers, quasi-warrant officers to the last.  However, I always explained away the rationale of my title which was well received and fully understood by most. During my time as the Standing-Officer-of-the-Watch in HMS Mercury we were visited by Lord Louis Mountbatten. During one of these visits he asked me about my job, my rate and my love [or otherwise] for the service - Lord Louis could be very direct!  Spontaneously, I gave him my spiel and said:- "Well Sir. An admiral of the FLEET [emphasised] is top-dog of the upper deck and the Royal Navy.  It is perhaps fitting therefore that a top-dog of  the lower deck also has in his title the word FLEET [emphasised].  Since you Sir, transcend all admirals, then I too transcend all CPO's to become top-dog of the lower deck, and I can live with that.  My captain smiled [I think] and Lord Louis pondered a while - then saying nothing, nodded his head as wise men are known to do,  satisfied that I was as happy as can be with my lot and that I had answered his question succinctly. This story in three separate parts, was recently removed from the site, but is now reinstated and appears in its former slot, namely on the PORT SIDE of the site.

The warrant officers story is as much about the navy as it is about a group of  middle-managers. It has been much used as a reference source by many, individuals and organisations.

d. the Communications Branch per se

 

   
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  1 HERBERT LOTT NAVAL TRUST FUND
  2  HERBERT LOTT APPEAL
  3 HLNTF Original PDF - Support Notes
     
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  1.   SIGNAL_SCHOOLS_OF_THE_ROYAL_NAVY
  2   THE STORY OF HMS MERCURY 
  3.  ST GABRIEL'S CHURCH HMS MERCURY.htm 
  4.  The Court Martial of the C.O. of HMS Mercury
  5, FOR_RN_COMMUNICATION_BRANCHES 
  6.  A STORY ABOUT THE UNDERPANTS OF A RN SIGNAL OFFICER
  7. ROYAL NAVAL PRIZES -Although many of these prizes were open to all officers notwithstanding their branch, read the JACKSON-EVERETT prize and the very last entry on the page. 
  8. ROYAL NAVAL COMMUNICATION BRANCH MANAGEMENT c.1970
  9. Royal Navy and the BBC Light Programme
  10. Royal Navy Difference between MERCURY and HERMES
  11. Royal Navy tests endurance for telegraphists
  12.  ROYAL NAVY AND THE VERSATILE TEL
  13. SUEZ 1956 THE MORSE CODE YEARS
  14.  TELEPRINTER_PRINT_OUTS_OF_FAMOUS_PEOPLE
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  16. Wireless telegraphy was already old fashioned in early 1912
  17.  RN Signal Schools
  18. HMS_MERCURY_AND_THE_STAFF_OF_THE_SIGNAL_SCHOOL
  19.  CAPTAIN_SIGNAL_SCHOOL_HMS_MERCURY_1941_TO_1993
  20. ROYAL NAVAL AND BRITISH MARITIME SNIPPETS 2 - This file has much detail about the communications branch, officers and ratings - start browsing at SECTION 14
  21 JUST_A_BIT_ABOUT_RN_COMMUNICATORS_AND_THEIR_THINGS
  22.  JUST_A_BIT_ABOUT_RN_COMMUNICATORS_AND_THEIR_THINGS_PART_TWO
  23. UST_A_BIT_ABOUT_COMMUNICATORS_AND_THEIR_THINGS_PART_THREE
  24. SIGNAL SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PARTY....pdf - A broadsheet newspaper page event in the West Country. Now; if you are using the IE browser  - use your scroll bars to look for the yellow speech bubble and point your mouse at it to show you where the article to read is situated. If your browser is the wonderful EDGE system you will see the yellow slodge as a RED splodge. In that case see the instructions in story-line 21 above in the Ganges Section for EDGE users.
  25. SIGNAL SCHOOL LOVE MATCH....pdf - A broadsheet newspaper page event which happened in HMS Mercury.  See above for targetting information.
  26 SIGNAL OFFICER - FLAG LIEUTENANT.pdf - in Surgeon Rear Admiral Michael Athroll Farquharson-Roberts' PhD thesis, he says this about flag lieutenants - THE SIGNAL OFFICER S  Admiral Farquharson-Roberts' PhD thesis is hard hitting and compares WW1 officers with WW2 officers the former in bad light, due wholly to their training, attitudes and concepts of command in wartime. In short, WW1 officers, by and large were ineffective whereas WW2 officers were proactive and took the fight to the enemy with zeal at every opportunity.  Additionally, he also wrecks the RNVR claim that had it not been for their officers we might not have defeated the Axis forces at sea.
  27. THE GOLDEN MORSE KEY  - A story linked to the 1953 Coronation Spithead Fleet Review
  28 THE LEYDENE ESTATE 
  29. 1937 Promotion of Signalmen and Telegraphists to commissioned ranks
     
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  1.  MALTA
  2. C IN C MESSAGE ON MALTA ACCOMMODATION.pdf
  3  MALTA_POLICE_FORCE.html
  4  NAVAL PRISON MALTA 11 OCT 1866.jpg - Look only at the name of the Governor of Malta's Prison. This was Commander Stevens appointment after having been dismissed his ship HMS Ganges at Falmouth for over harsh treatment of boys in his care. An Inappropriate and insensitive new appointment I would have thought. I found this article printed in a diary of Malta May 22nd 1851, fifteen years before Stevens was appointed. Note the excessive harsh punishment for what appear to be trivial crimes. The_Times_1851-05-30 MALTA'S NAVAL PRISON.jpg Sir William Parker became an admiral of the fleet. At the time of awarding this harsh punishment he was C-in-C Mediterranean. He is famous for his fighting prowess and saw a great deal of action against the French, but he also holds another naval record never again equalled. As C-in-C Mediterranean, he was appointed to London as the First Sea Lord [at that time called the First Naval Lord] but took ill on his first day in office. He resigned at the end of that week and returned to his command in the Mediterranean - his tenure 24th July to 31st July 1846, just one week!
  5. GOODBYE MANOEL ISLAND MALTA.pdf
  6. MALTA RECRUITING OFFICE NOW FLIES THE WHITE ENSIGN.pdf
  7.  MALTA_JUST_A_FEW_PICTURES_CORRADINO_ETC
  8.  MAJOR DEATH IN MALTA
  9.  Arrow Themeset
  10. MALTA_AND_HER_SUBMARINES
  11 MALTA Historic gif
  12.  HMS PHOENICIA MALTA.gif
  13. DISMISSAL_OF_MALTESE_WORKERS.htm - The charge against them was reading books written by well known sympathisers of communism! In his latter years George Bernard Shaw became less enthusiastic about where communism was taking Russia and China
  14. NAAFI's_-_THE MOST SPLENDID CLUB EVER - The R.N. had a small base at H.M.S. BYRSA [Naples] for small vessels. Byrsa is an ancient  Carthaginian ruin dwelling town in Tunisia virtually due west of Sicily and not that many kilometers distant. What a difference between those stationed on H.M.S. Byrsa using this NAAFI and those used on the island of Malta using Corradino?
  15 MALTA BROADCAST IN SUEZ WAR
  16. MALTA. ADMIRALTY HOUSE
  17. The_Times_1957-04-02 naval officer whose career foundered wants civilian employment.jpg. According to a website covering lost ships by year, and assuming that this ex-officer took action as soon as possible after his ill luck [running aground]  then we must look at British warships which were sea worthy prior to their demise and destruction. There are only three, one in 1957 and two in 1958, respectively, HMS Taciturn, HMS Barcombe and HMS Decoy, a submarine, a bar-boat and a destroyer.  There were other naval losses but these were ships under tow, which having broken it, the vessels ended up on the rocks. His pompous rhetoric is exasperating indicating that in his opinion he was heading for flag rank! Why show it here in the Malta section ? To date, I've found the advert unique not to mention bizarre and the no obvious to slot, so I simply dropped it in here!
  18 MALTA LAST YEARS OF QUEEN VICTORIA FIRST YEARS OF KING EDWARD
  19 villa_guardamangia.html
  20. MALTA PANORAMA 1.jpg an excellent high resolution picture of the seaward end of Manoel Island  overlooking HMS Phonecia. Use the integral magnifier and your scroll bars for best effect.
     
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  1.  The story of the RN Warrant Officer [Incorporating PART ONE]
  2 THE ROYAL NAVY WARRANT OFFICER PART TWO
  3. THE ROYAL NAVY WARRANT OFFICER PART THREE