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!!)

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. We’re not sure of the time yet but when we know I will post a message here.


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.

Membership of their Association costs £12.50pa or £90 for a ten year subscription.


Welcome to the new RNPA website!

It’s been quite a while since we had an online presence for the Association. It’s not yet the finished website and we have work to do on the History pages.

We want the website to have plenty of useful information, and links to other websites we feel are relevant. Please submit your ideas/suggestions to the Webmaster… at and they will be considered for inclusion on the website.

If you find any errors please let us know about them so they can be corrected.


We have now put a link to our RNPA facebook page in the USEFUL LINKS sidebar.

The Peregrine Trophy Awards – 2015

On Friday 7th May the awards ceremony took place on HMS Ocean, moored up by the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.

You can see a report and some photographs on this page…

Click here see the 2015 Peregrine Trophy Awards Ceremony

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