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
1st RN Battle of the FI A' Class Boat Radio Fit A Lion Rampant Naval Awards A Payslip
A Pilgrimage to Burnham Thorpe Accelerated Advancement 1948 Admiral Beresford Alcohol Abuse Analysis of a RAS
Walter Elliot biography Boredom can do funny things Boys Training Boys Training in 1903 Burial at Sea
Casing Party 'hated' Sparkers Courts Martial 1939 to 1945 Diamond Jubilee Disposal of Warships Edwardian Navy
English, British, Neither FI Task Force Poster Godfrey Dykes Photo Album Grog H.I.J.M.S. Kongo
Herbert Lott Story History of the Rum Ration HMS Aphrodite HMS Ganges HMS Ganges Christmas
HMS Ganges selection process Wat Tyler's Suitcase HMS Hood HMS Victory How to insult your Capt.
Kingsley Union Flag MoB Funeral (Ned Davies) MoB Funeral(Jeff Dykes) MoB Funeral Update (Jeff Dykes) Money is the root of all ...
Mountbatten Memorial Statue Naval Warrant Officer's Journal News Paper Cuttings Not like the Invergordon mutiny Officer's Branch Badges
Officer's Structure Pay and Pensions Portsmouth Dkyd Panic Stations Preston E. Willson Ratings Titles early 1970s
RC Models Red, White, Blue Ensigns Refit Training HMS Sheffield RN & BBC Light Programme RN Badges/Crests
Royal Naval Division Submarine Aerials Herbert Lott - A sad ending The 1953 Coronation Review The Aden Withdrawal
The Dark Days The Europa Story The Evil of Submarine Warfare 1st R.N. Battle of the F.I. The Health of the Royal Navy
The last figurehead White, British, Chistian and Tory The Naval 'Tot' The Naval Uniform The Naval Warrant Officer Part 1
The Naval Warrant Officer Part 2 The Naval Warrant Officer Part 3 The Navy and its Changes The Origin of the Union Jack The Portsmouth Gun
The 'Pussers' Clock The Resurgam The RN and John Player The Ship's Badge/Crest Trg Promotions & Qualss
Things in common Tour of Pompey Dkyd Ratings Badges HM Signal School (Pt1) HM Signal School (Pt2)
Disturbance at RNB Naval Prisons & DQs A New Broom