Author Archive for Tony Darbyshire

Lots to say, most of it probably rubbish. But hey, I know you love to read boring stuff, so here goes: (more later so come back it will be riveting!!)

Russ Whalley

Many of you will have worked with Russ during your own time in the branch. Sadly we have to report that Russ crossed the bar on Friday 2nd February 2018, aged 76. He hadn’t been very well for some time and died in his sleep.

There was a Requiem Mass at St Joseph RC Church, Goldenhill, High Street Stoke on Trent, ST6 5RD on Monday 26th February at 1.15 pm prior to a private committal service.

 Donations preferred to  CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) C/O the funeral director., Dolven Funeral Services, 31 – 33 Congleton Road, Biddulph, Stoke on Trent ST8 6DY.

Russ was in the branch throughout the sixties and the seventies and ended his career as a Chief Phot. Russ’s family put up their own bereavement piece in the Stoke Sentinal newspaper and you can read more here on a notice place in the newspaper.

When he left the navy he settled in Talke, just outside Stoke-on-Trent.
Russ was highly regarded and I’m sure those who knew him will mourn his loss. When we have more information we will publish it in the next newsletter and also on the website.

RIP Russ.

Mike McKnight

Janet and Mike McKnight

Janet and Mike McKnight at our Chatham Dockyard Reunion in October 2015

We’ve received very sad news that one of our members, Mike McKnight, crossed the bar on Monday 19th February 2018.

Mike served in the branch for many years and attended a number of our reunions. In spite of his declining health in recent times his good humour was always evident. A few years ago he and Janet had moved to live in Shropshire and they had settled there very well.

Mike passed away in a hospice in Shropshire and Janet, his loving wife, was with him at the end.

We will let members know more about Mike’s career in the Photographic branch on the website and in the newsletter in due course.

Our thoughts are with Janet and Mike’s family. We have sent our condolences to Janet on behalf of all of our members

RIP Mike.



Peregrine Trophy Gallery

Lots of new photographs on this page…

See them by clicking on the link, or go to the menu bar and click on Peregrine Trophy Awards and move down to 2016 Gallery.

You can enlarge them too by clicking on the bottom right corner icon.

Peregrine Trophy Awards – On board HMS Bulwark – 7 June 2016,

A group of our members attended the Peregrine Trophy Awards. We will be putting up photographs and the other details up in the next couple of weeks.

Those attending were: Paul and Sue Parrack, Ray and Pam Whitehouse, Jan and Doreen Larcombe, Brian Jackson, Pete and Bridget Bunting, Val and Tony Darbyshire, Paul and Sheila Hopley, Mike and Jean Keeling and Steve and Hilary King.

David Casaru – ‘Cass’

We were informed recently that Dave Casaru has crossed the bar. His nickname was ‘Cass’, and he was at Lossiemouth in 1965 when I was doing my Phot 2’s course.

To the best of my recollection he was a member of the Lossie Phot. Section at that time. Jan Larcombe has informed me that the only record we have in our archive is of David being at Lossie in 70/71 and at DPRN in 1973. (Jan gleaned this information from the Peregrine Trophy results.).

If anyone knows any more of David’s naval career, and his subsequent life after the navy, it would be helpful if you could write to me with your memories and recollections. I seem to remember he was a Yorkshireman?

His funeral is taking place in Barrow-in-Furness on Tuesday 19 April 2016. We’re not sure of the time yet but when we know I will post a message here.

RIP Dave

Update to the RNPA website (16 November 2015)

The website has been updated as of this date;

The changes are:

The reunion over the second weekend in October 2015 at the Royal Historic Dockyard in Chatham has now become a ‘past social event’. By clicking on ‘Social Events’ on the main menu bar there is now a link to this event to reflect that it’s now history!

Other changes include the update on the Planned Social Events page which now gives brief details of what is being planned for our next reunion over the weekend of 30th Sept. to 2nd October 2016. Not a lot of content there at the moment but Ray intends to give out more details during the first quarter of 2016.

Also, the photographs on the home page for ‘Social Events’, ‘Personal Details’ and Days Gone By’ have been changed.

Finally, a new gallery of photographs taken over the Chatham reunion weekend has been added. Just click on the ‘Gallery’ tab on the main menu bar, scroll down and you will find the new pictures. website…

On the left hand side bar in the Royal Navy links we’ve added a link to the website.

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