This is a big thank you to the News Guardian, which printed a letter of mine explaining that the best way for those who have served in the Royal Navy to find old shipmates was to get in touch with their old ship’s association and attend one of the reunions.
This would almost certainly lead to re-living the camaraderie they once knew.
Well, thanks to you, the response has been terrific. At the moment I have over 60 Royal Navy ships association reunions listed, complete with the first point of contact. (This alone could be an old shipmate).
If any ex Royal Navy reader missed the letter, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with brief details of your service, who you are looking for and from which ship, and I will send the latest list through, along with the latest monthly news sheet full of messages.
This goes to more than 400 ship’s associations and Royal Naval Association branches. It is all done by email so no printing, stationery, or postage and subs, etc.
And if you served on one of the 12 Blackwood Class Frigates, thanks again to the letter being printed, a new association has started. Get your name on the list, again no subs. The Type 14 Blackwood Class Association has been launched and the first reunion organised.
If you want attention and action, write to ‘Letters to the Editor’.
I wonder if you know just how much you are read.
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