Keith Forster Radio Operator

JKForsterJnr
12th November 2012, 15:36
Hi everyone.
I am asking for anyone who knew my
dad to contact me so I can find out
more about his seafaring days
Many thanks

R58484956
12th November 2012, 15:39
Greetings JK and welcome to SN on behalf off all the moderating team. Bon voyage.

fred henderson
12th November 2012, 16:47
A warm welcome to SN. I wish you luck in your search. I also hope that you will fully enjoy the benefits of your membership by joining in the discussions on any topic that you find to be of interest to you.

gdynia
12th November 2012, 17:27
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

trotterdotpom
12th November 2012, 19:28
Welcome James. It would help if you gave a bit of info, such as what companies your father worked for and in what time period, and where he came from. Good luck.

John T

Quiney
12th November 2012, 19:38
Is this the same Keith Forster who was at Fleetwood Nautical College in the early 70's?

Pompeyfan
12th November 2012, 19:41
On behalf of the 'SN Moderating Team', welcome aboard JKForsterJnr.

Treborvfr
12th November 2012, 21:35
Hi everyone.
I am asking for anyone who knew my
dad to contact me so I can find out
more about his seafaring days
Many thanks

If this is Keith from Wigan, ex Fleetwood Nautical College, elder brother Brian, younger sister whose name I forget, married Sue (Suzi Quattro lookalike) from Fleetwood, then, yes, I knew your Dad very well, but know nothing of his seafaring days as we lost touch shortly after he finished college. We shared the same digs for nearly 2 years (and were thrown out of two of them together (EEK) ), I was at his wedding, and he was supposed to be best man at my wedding but was called away to sea early. The last time I saw him (assuming it is the same Keith), was when he and Sue lived in a house that could be seen from the West Coast Mainline Railway on the outskirts of Wigan. At the time they had two small children one boy and one girl (I think).

The right or wrong Keith?

Either way, I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, especially so if it is my old 'best' mate.

Bob Bryne

sparkie2182
13th November 2012, 00:05
I recall Keith at FNC (1971 onwards) but can't add much more than the above members.......he was a very agreeable lad indeed.

I too am sorry to hear of your loss...........R.I.P.

I am right in thinking "London Rd" being the location of the digs............?

Treborvfr
13th November 2012, 00:47
I am right in thinking "London Rd" being the location of the digs............?

Yes, we were both in London Road for about 15 months (along with Keith's brother, Brian, and Steve Lamb of these forums, amongst others) before we were asked to leave.

We then went to stay at a B&B run by one of the lecturers at FNC and his wife (Paul Hughes?) near the Mount Hotel. Greg Simmons was in the same digs.

Keith was at FNC from Sept 71 until sometime in 73, he left after failing one of the theory exams (Radio?) a couple of times. He later returned in 1976 when he completed the course and gained his MRGC and went to sea. I think he went with one of the Radio Companies, initially, but I can't remember which one.

Bob

sparkie2182
13th November 2012, 00:58
"before we were asked to leave."

Ah.............the old fashioned quintessentially English politeness of the Fleetwood landlady.

I remember it well.

:)

Steven Lamb
13th November 2012, 01:31
Hello JKF Jnr
Like some of the other Fleetwood College lads who have posted above - please could you confirm that we are talking about the same Keith Forster ? It has already been mentioned that he has a brother called Brian - please are we talking about the same man ?
If it is - then I am 'very very sorry' to hear of his passing.
The last time I saw him was back in 2001 on a Fire Training course at the Teeside International Fire Training Centre. He had just joined the same outfit as me at sea.
Irrespective - if it's not the same man then I am still genuinely sorry to hear of your loss.

Please reply soonest as i'm sure a few of us here are eager to know if it's the same person ?

Best Regards
Steve Lamb

JKForsterJnr
13th November 2012, 22:46
Sorry to say this but pretty sure it is a different Keith
My dad was in the navy in the 60's will be updating my
Info soon. Well at least the chances of the other Keith
being alive has increased.

Treborvfr
14th November 2012, 00:52
Sorry to say this but pretty sure it is a different Keith
My dad was in the navy in the 60's will be updating my
Info soon. Well at least the chances of the other Keith
being alive has increased.

Thanks for the confirmation, again, sorry for your loss and hope you can find someone who can give you some info on your Dad's sea life.

Bob

Steven Lamb
14th November 2012, 03:29
Sorry to say this but pretty sure it is a different Keith
My dad was in the navy in the 60's will be updating my
Info soon. Well at least the chances of the other Keith
being alive has increased.

Thanks for that JKF Jnr

Hope you gave your Old Man a great send-off in true Navy fashion !

All the best for the future & likewise good luck in pursuit of your enquiries.

Best Rgds
Lamby

Tony Selman
14th November 2012, 10:13
JKF Junior, it depends on which 'navy' your dad served in. I had the pleasure of sailing with a J K Forster in 1965 in Brocklebank Line where I was a second R/O and he was my senior. He came from the North East (Durham I think) and was a very popular character. His party piece was an excellent version of The Lambton Worm. I have been trying to get back in contact with him for years but everyone seems to have lost touch with him. He was always known as Keith and I do not know what the 'J' stood for.

If it is him I will gladly provide you with details of my time with him and I have one, maybe two, photos of both of us on a beach in Ceylon.

JKForsterJnr
14th November 2012, 13:44
Tony Selman
That's my dad. I know the Lambton Worm
Thank you so much for the message will continue
my research and get back to you. Thanks again

JKForsterJnr
14th November 2012, 13:45
And it was James Keith Forster :)

Tony Selman
14th November 2012, 17:56
I will send you a private message.

billyboy
15th November 2012, 05:05
A warm welcome aboard from the Philippines. Please enjoy all this great site has to offer

John Leary
16th November 2012, 20:38
J K Junior
I take it from the way in which you have worded your enquiry that your father has passed on in which event I would wish to offer you and the rest of your family my sincerest condolences.

I had the pleasure of meeting your father a few times during my brief career
with T & J Brocklebanks in the early 1960's. I met him in Newcastle and in Colombo. The latter occasion was when I was junior R/O on the Mahseer and your father was senior on the Matra.

I was sent over to Matra to borrow a spare part that he had and which we needed in order to repair a piece of Mahseer's equipment.

He was extremely kind, very interested in what we were doing and to his great credit, surrendered the required item even though it depleted his own spares holding. He was extremely friendly and courteous and someone who left an abiding impression on me that has remained over the intervening years.

I have often thought of him since then. If you were able to share any part of his life since that time, I and many others who knew him and held him in high esteem would be pleased to hear his story.

Kindest regards
John

JKForsterJnr
17th November 2012, 11:51
John Leary thank you for the comments and for adding another piece to
the jigsaw.

Tony Selman
17th November 2012, 15:43
John and JKF Junior. I was on Matra at the time and remember John coming over from Mahseer in Colombo.

JKF junior, I am in the process of writing up some notes of my voyage with your late father on Matra and will get them to you by email sometime over the weekend. I am having trouble finding a couple of missing slides to supplement the story.

Roger Bentley
17th November 2012, 16:56
I remember him well but always thought we called him Ken, does anyone else agree? Salaams, Roger

Tony Selman
17th November 2012, 18:22
Roger, are you sure you are not getting mixed up with Ken Fawcett?

sparkie2182
17th November 2012, 18:24
..............the best superintendant Cunardbrock had.

Roger Bentley
18th November 2012, 13:23
Roger, are you sure you are not getting mixed up with Ken Fawcett?

Tony, Yes I have made a mistake! It was indeed Ken Fawcett I was thinking of. Put it down to grey cell failure. Salaams, Roger (*))

johngeoffreynicholls
21st November 2012, 16:40
Hi I sailed with your dad on Brockebank's MANGLA 1963.
He was second radio officer to Bill Curry. I was 4th Mate.
We had some great times together. We had a memorable couple of weeks" iced in" in Copenhagen.
He could sing alright. Apart from the "worm" he had another favourite, something like " a tourie on his bonnet, a red tourie on it."
Sorry to hear of his passing.
Geoff Nicholls

Old Cunarder
21st November 2012, 17:02
If he is the Keith I remember, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was an R/O in Carmania for a year or two, a great guy and a very popular one. I have an excellent picture of him. He had a very serious accident whilst skiing ( in Barbados?) being hit in the head by the prop of the ski boat.

JKForsterJnr
28th November 2012, 15:48
Thanks very much to Johngeoffreynicholls and old cunarder, he did mention getting iced in in Copenhagen, and yes he did get run over by a speedboat he ended up with a haemothorax and about 6 broken ribs if I remember right! Best wishes to you all

JKForsterJnr
28th November 2012, 15:49
Sorry missed the sparkie 2182 comment off thanks really nice to hear that!

RMM
20th December 2012, 15:55
I met your father while in Colombo in June 1965 when he was R/O on Brocklebank's ship Matra. I am from County Durham too so it was especially nice to meet him. He was one of those rare people you remember for the rest of your life, very friendly and even charismatic.