General 'Snippets'

©RN Communications Branch Museum/Library

One of the main contributors to the museum/website has been my good friend Godfrey Dykes or Jeff for short. His knowledge of all things Royal Navy and especially the Communications Branch is second to none and he and his website (Godfrey Dykes) have always been my first point of call when undertaking some research. Many of these snippets are the product of his diligent research over many years and he has kindly agreed to transfer many of his web pages to us. Those pages which are the result of his research and investigation are annotated with 'Written by Godfrey Dykes'. The left hand photo is 'Jeff' as HMS Mercury's Standing Officer of the Watch in 1980. The right hand photo (showing Beryl and Jeff outside one of the garden doors to Broadlands) was taken a week after the Royal Ceremonial Funeral of Lord Mountbatten in mid-September 1979. Lord Mountbatten's grandson and wife, Lord and Lady Romsey, had invited Beryl and Jeff to Broadlands to thank him for his services at his grandfathers funeral. Beryl and Jeff took afternoon tea with them and they were very kind with an unhesitant open friendliness which made their day. Lord Romsey was very impressed that Jeff had been Prince Charles’ instructor ashore in the signal school and also at sea in HMS Jupiter, and had met Lord Louis on several occasions as one of his meeters and greeters party on his regular visits to HMS Mercury, chiefly for Signal Officers reunion dinners. After Lord Louis’ death, Lord Romsey became the owner of Broadlands at Romsey in Hampshire. He is now the 3rd Earl Mountbatten, the second Earl being appointed personally in continuation by HM The Queen, breaking all traditions, when Lord Louis’ eldest daughter Patricia was appointed to be the Second Countess Mountbatten of Burma after her long time deceased mother Edwina – died 21st February 1960. The second Countess died on the 13th June 2017 at her house in Mersham Kent aged 93, at which time Lord Romsey assumed his mother's title as the 3rd Earl with his wife as the 3rd Countess.

General Snippets - in no particular order
Honours Boards and Plaques W/T in the RN circa 1901 Accelerated Advancement 1948 The Aden Withdrawal RN & BBC Light Programme
Admiral Beresford Boredom can do funny things Burial at Sea The 'Pussers' Clock The Ship's Badge/Crest
HMS Aphrodite Diamond Jubilee Tour of Pompey Dkyd Edwardian Navy English, British, Neither
Red, White, Blue Ensigns The Europa Story 1st RN Battle of the FI The last figurehead Stern Flags
Flying the White Ensign HMS Ganges selection process The Portsmouth Gun Courts Martial 1939 to 1945 HMS Hood
Things in common How to insult your Capt. The RN and John Player H.I.J.M.S. Kongo MoB Funeral(Jeff Dykes)
MoB Funeral Update (Jeff Dykes) A Mutiny but not Invergordon Portsmouth Dkyd Panic Stations Analysis of a RAS Royal Naval Division
Mountbatten Memorial Statue Submarine Warfare The Origin of the Union Jack HMS Victory The Warrant Officer
FI Task Force Poster MoB Funeral (Ned Davies) Herbert Lott Story Kingsley Union Flag RC Models
News Paper Cuttings History of the Rum Ration Wat Tyler's Suitcase The 1953 Coronation Review White, British, Christian and Tory
Jeff Dykes Photo Album