Members' Stories

Submitted by Mary Hawthornthwaite on 18 October, 2017 - 16:19

I was lucky to be invited to the Not Forgotten Association (NFA) visit to Highgrove on Monday 25th September. Despite the poor weather, we had an enjoyable day and I was pleased to meet Gayna, who was the other representative of the AOW for this treat,  (see attached photo). 

WWII in the Isle of Man

An emotional return to the Isle of Man

Dorothy Runnicles (neé Grover) recently returned to Ronaldsway - a Fleet Air Arm base, now an International airport - where her first love was killed in 1944.

Dorothy went to Douglas cemetery to visit the grave of Sub-lieutenant James Finlayson, who was killed on a training exercise when he was 21.

Margaret sails past HMS Dauntless

Lt Margaret Wall SCC accompanied the Unit contingent from TS IRON DUKE for a weeks training at HMS RALEIGH. 

After an exciting journey of two taxis, five trains and two minibuses they finally arrived nine hours later! One of the trains got waterlogged at Dawlish after being engulfed in waves. 

Unperturbed their training included sailing around the harbour where they happened to be alongside HMS DAUNTLESS - what a lovely sight.