Brian G Young RN DSO
+ We Will Remember Them +
Brown P. 1950 - 2012
Cosker C. 2011
Edwards R. 1933 - 2002
Ford P. 1936 - 2009
Milne J. 1936 - 2004
Osborne D. 1942 - 2003
Parker – Williams B. 2000
Ripley E. H. 1931 - 2003
Robertson P. 1934 - 2011
Robson G. 2009
Smith G. 1954 - 2003
Young B. G. (DSO Capt RN rtd) 1930 - 2009
As posted previously Keith Creates (OOW during Falklands) died unexpectedly a week ago. His funeral next Friday will be well supported by his colleagues at the Hydrographic Office and his many local friends. However, if anyone out there knew him and wishes to pay their respects then:
Keith Creates’ Funeral Arrangements – please publicise
All who knew Keith are invited to attend a memorial funeral service on:
Friday 24th May 2013, 11.30am – St Andrew’s Church, Taunton (http://www.standrewstaunton.org.uk/)
Transport: There is a public car park across the road. The church is also very close to Taunton train station.
Following the service you are invited to celebrate Keith’s life at the Colin Atkinson Pavilion, Somerset Cricket Ground, Taunton between 12.30- 3.30pm Some refreshments will be provided and there is a well stocked bar (http://www.countygroundtaunton.co.uk/getting-to-the-county-ground/)
There will be a collection for donations to Help For Heroes in the church on the day or via the Co-operative Funeral Care, 32 Priorswood Road, Taunton, TA2 7PW
It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the loss of ex CCY Charlie Cosker. Charlie ‘crossed the bar’ on Wednesday 12th October 2011, with his family around him. He succumbed to Motor Neurone Disease, from which he had been suffering. His son Glynn said that although this condition had curtailed/hampered Charlie’s physical activity, it did not stop his “sense of humour and sharpness of mind.” Our thoughts are with his family.
Reg joined the Navy straight from school in Liverpool as a Boy 2nd class at HMS Ganges in September 1948. Whilst working his way towards Leading Rate he served in HM Ships and Establishments, Zephyre, Osprey, Victory (now Nelson), Dolphin, Vernon, Adamant, Excellent, Newcastle, and Dainty. Reg’s several stints at Excellent indicate his leaning towards gunnery in which he qualified as an FC. His career as a Leading Seaman led him to HM Ships Ceylon, Diligence, Royal Arthur, and Cassandra, now a Petty Officer (Buffer) in which capacity he served until May 1972. Drafted to the sailing centre, he remained there until retiring from the service in March 1973. My personal knowledge of Reg began when he joined Antrim as the buffer. I well remember in those early days of the ship how all the departments got on well together, which made for a happy and efficient start to the ships life. Reg was a vital part of that early teamwork and he often reminded me of a schoolboy, for if you needed anything, be it a marlin spike or a paper clip, Reg would produce it from his pocket. He was popular with his sailors and messmates alike and I have many pleasant memories of evenings in 3 mess with Reg. From the outset of the Antrim Association he has to my knowledge been a staunch supporter. Reg’s funeral took place Monday 25th February 2002 at Portchester. Both the Funeral and the wake at the RN Old Comrades Association, Lake Road turned out to be somewhat mini reunions being well attended by not only family and friends but by both Antrim and Cassandra associations. Such support indicated not only the mark of the man, but the esteem for which he was held in the hearts and minds of those of us who had the pleasure to serve with him. (Words of Peter Robertson)
It is with great sadness I have to tell you, my dear husband and best friend Pete passed away on the 8th May 2009. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January and was given 6 - 12 months to live. In February Pete spent a spell in hospital with fluid on the lung, and events took their cause much sooner. I would like to thank Ian Cox who came the evening before the funeral so as the Standard could be used. Pete joined the Fleet Air Arm at 16 and was on the Ark Royal before we met in my home town of Portsmouth and we married in 1961 and had 2 children Philip and Pauline. Pete’s last ship was HMS Antrim and I remember taking my young children to the commissioning. Pete loved the life and comradeship of his mates and completed 24 years service. After service life he settled well and loved family life and his home. He worked for Britvic soft drinks as a service manager before his early retirement at 57. I thank God for those extra years as we had a happy and contented retirement together. Pete was 72 when he passed away – too early to go. I nursed him at home until the last day and he passed away peacefully at the local hospice. I was proud and still am to have been his wife. (Words of Joyce Ford)
James Milne was born in Edinburgh in July 1936. In November 1952 as a youth of 16, he volunteered for service in the Royal Navy and during his 24 year career in the Senior Service he rose to the rank of Petty Officer. He trained as a TAS specialist and later qualified as a diver. He served in many ships, in many parts of the world during his service but his favourite was HMS Antrim in which he served for 3½ years. Awarded the Naval General Service Medal (Near East) in 1958 and (Malay Peninsula) in 1968 followed in 1971 by the LSGC. He worked in Edinburgh and Lothian’s Education department after retiring from the Navy ending his working life as Head Janitor at Tynecastle High School in Edinburgh in 2001. A staunch member of the Bathgate Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, which he joined during his time in the service, Jim was often called upon to act as a Standard Bearer for the branch. When the West Lothian Branch of the RNA formed in 1992, Jim and Margaret soon became enthusiastic members, Jim taking on the duties of Treasurer which he also did for the Legion. They also organised a lot of the social events. He was awarded Life Membership of the branch in 2003 for his exemplary services within the branch and at national level. A dedicated member of the Antrim Association it was inevitable he would become treasurer. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the Association Standard and acted as Standard Bearer whenever it was required. Always willing to help in any way possible seemed to be the way of life for Jim. He will be much missed in the Association by all who had the pleasure to know him.
I wish to convey my heartfelt thanks for the many cards, letters and telephone calls received during Dave’s illness. We both found them very heartening. Thank you also for the cards and letters sent to me and the family on Dave’s passing. We were very moved by the many members who attended my beloved Dave’s funeral service, many travelling extremely long distances. The Standard Bearers were wonderful, the family and I were very proud and I am sure Dave would have been also. Whilst at HMS Collingwood afterwards, many members said I should treat the Association as an extended family and I really feel that’s what you have all become. The Association was very important to Dave; I am so pleased he made it to the last reunion in spite of his illness. I hope it goes from strength to strength. Sadly Dave had such a lot of living and giving to do, but he will always be with you in spirit. Eternal thanks to you all. (Words of Janice Osborne)
Brian Parker - Williams
It was 7th December 2000 that former Flight member finally succumbed to a 2 year battle against cancer. A Petty Officer Electrician, known to his colleagues (not surprisingly) as ‘Bungy’, he joined the Flight maintenance team as ‘L2’ in January 1982, just in time for the Portland workup. For those unacquainted with the complexities of the ‘Wessex HAS 3’, from a maintenance standpoint, the machine was a pig. I can certainly conjure up more emotive names for the beast than the somewhat sterile ‘Humphrey’! The role of ‘L2’ was complicated since, in addition to the run of the mill electrical snags, (and there were many), he was also responsible for 50% of the weapon loading procedures. I recall only too clearly the ‘crack of dawn’ live depth charge loads on Sunday 25th April for the attack on the Santa Fe. I equally remember our feelings of ambivalence when ‘Humphrey’ returned with the third unused depth charge for an ‘unload’ on the flightdeck. It had been loaded on Bungy’s side of the aircraft, guaranteed to concentrate the mind and stimulate the adrenal gland! Despite being thrown into the Falklands War at short notice, Bungy became a trusted and dependable colleague. His phlegmatic character and refusal to be panicked by any turn of events was often very reassuring. Sadly, he did not join the Association until 1998, however, he, together with his family, attended the 1998 Home Club reunion. He took a keen interest the local community of his beloved Suffolk, becoming a local councillor. It is a measure of the impact that the events of the early eighties left on him that the family home today bears the name ‘Antrim House’. Bungy, we salute you and all send our heartfelt sympathies to Judith and the other members of the family. Judith has indicated that she would like to become an Honorary member of the Association and we hope she will feel free to attend a future reunion. (Words of Terry Bullingham)
Eric joined the Royal Navy in January 1950 at HMS Drake and subsequently discharged to pension in January 1974 with an exemplary character. During his career Eric saw service in HM Ships Devonshire, Triumph, Indefatigable, Curlew, Chaser, Lynx, Orion, Kent, and finally Antrim from 1970-73. Browsing through Eric’s service certificates one reads comments from former heads of department such as:- “An excellent, cheerful and willing worker”, “Professionally excellent”, “ Maintains the highest standards”, “Experienced”, “Loyal” “Sense of humour”. Having served with Eric in Antrim during its formative years I can only endorse these comments, it was down to his grounding and others like him, that laid the foundations for the success that Antrim undoubtedly became. Eric’s passion for the game of rugby ( which can be verified by the number of hurt certificates in his SCs) helped Antrim win many successes, most notable whilst still at Govan being the winning of the Scottish Combined Services Sevens. Quite an achievement when you consider the size of a ship’s company in builders hands when compared to the number of matelots and Royal Marines available at that time in service ships and establishments in Scotland. Although only 5’ 2¾”, Stumpy, as he referred to himself, made up for being small in stature with a big heart and a bigger personality. His input to the Association newsletter (Cookies Corner) will be much missed by all who shared his memories. During his career with the Navy he catered for several world famous people. Whilst serving in Gibraltar he cooked for the then Prime Minister of the UK, Harold Wilson, and the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, Ian Smith, and of course any member of Antrim’s ships company daring to venture from the Giant’s Causeway into the Wardroom Galley in attempt to sneak a tasty morsel, thereby risking the loss of one or two digits, Eric’s carving knife being at hand. Sadly I was not aware of Eric’s demise until after his funeral, however I have been in touch with his wife, Amy, and have received a card from her in which she expresses her gratitude to those members of the Association who attended the funeral, with special attention to Jim Milne who brought the Standard from Edinburgh, Tm Smith our past Chairman from Derby, and Mel Camp from Portsmouth, all accompanied by their wives. The RNA Standard from Bloxwich was also paraded at the service. Our thoughts at this time and in the future go out to Eric’s family, may they have fond and lasting memories of Eric, a shipmate, a friend, someone it has been a pleasure to have known and served with. (Words of Peter Robertson)
Peter Robertson, or Robbie as we knew him, was a big man in every sense. He served the Royal Navy well as a Regulator and Antrim in particular as Master at Arms. Another of the all important ‘First Commission’ who did so much to set the standard by which Antrim would be judged throughout her time with the Royal Navy. Robbie was a staunch supporter of the Antrim Association who only missed our reunion if it clashed with the Regulating Branch reunion. He was the keeper of our memorabilia for many years, and provided a safe home for the model. His overwhelming popularity was displayed admirably by the attendance at his funeral service held in Portsmouth Cathedral. Not only his family, but also many attendees from the Regulating Branch, The Masons, and Antrim Association all added to swell the congregation to about 300. The Association will miss him greatly, especially at AGMs where, along with his ‘partner in crime’ Dave Quade, they always seemed to find the awkward question which had the Chairman on the back foot. Always the first to welcome new members and chat as though he had known them for years, he provided again the standard to which we in the Association should aspire.
It is with great sadness and much regret that I have to report the death of Petty Officer Graham Smith who ‘crossed the bar’ on Sunday 19th January 2003, aged 48 years. His funeral service took place on the 29th January at Glynn Valley Crematorium, Truro, Cornwall. A most beautiful and peaceful setting, and a place which gave him comfort and strength prior to his death. I had the great honour of not only attending his funeral but also of representing the Association and was particularly honoured when Sue, his wife asked me to be a pallbearer, a very sad moment in my life. I was also honoured to make a short remembrance speech recounting our friendship and lives together not only in Antrim but also in civilian life. Smudge lived in 5 Mess on Antrim from 1991 to 1993 and worked on the Seaslug Section doing his bit, as he put it, down the Falklands. I am sure that for those that knew him, and let’s face it, few on board didn’t, he will be remembered not only for his swashbuckling, never say die, somewhat cavalier attitude, but also his wonderful nature and overwhelming zest for life. After his Naval career, Smudge worked in the electronic industry and for the MoD. He also found time to set up his own party-plan company selling......... LADIES UNDERWARE. You were a good friend and ‘Oppo’ Smudge, till we meet again........... Bon Voyage. (Mike Powell)
Brian Young joined the Royal Navy as a 14 year Cadet in 1944, undergoing further academic education and basic naval training at Eaton Hall, Cheshire, followed by Dartmouth. There after he served as a Midshipman and Sub Lieutenant in HM Ships, King George V, Theseus, and Wren. In 1952 he trained as a fixed wing pilot in the USA, this was the beginning of a remarkable career in the Fleet Air Arm which saw him develop as one of the finest aviators of his generation. Over a 4 year period he flew Seahawks from HM Ships, Albion, Centaur, Bulwark and Ark Royal. Whilst serving with 804 NAS in Bulwark he flew ground attack missions in to Egypt during the Suez Crisis. From 1958 to 1960 he was a Hawker Hunter flying instructor on exchange with the RAF. Brian would have relished teaching ‘the crabs’ how to fly! His aviation experience advanced when he became Senior Pilot of 804 NAS flying Scimitars while embarked in Hermes. Further key appointments followed:
He packed so much into his distinguished career yet managed to avoid serving in the MoD!
We were privileged to serve with Brian Young as our Captain in HMS Antrim, mostly notably as a member of the Falklands Task Force. His cool, calm leadership inspired confidence in everyone onboard including our Royal Marines and Special Forces, the SAS seemed to have arrived from nowhere!
Brian Young led us south; and, with the exception of the seriously injured Terry Bullingham, brought us all home safely, a remarkable achievement! Interestingly, having survived his amazing flying career, including the missions during Suez, he didn’t consider himself ‘lucky’.
We all owe a great debt of gratitude to this fine, courageous officer and gentleman. We honour his memory and will remember him with considerable affection.
(Taken from the words of Angus Sandford)
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