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Old 19th May 2016, 22:18
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my best friends at woolverstone were a couple of twins(at the moment cannot remember their names)but they both went to Ganges,
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Exclamation T.s. Exmouth.

Battle of Jutland.
Today's service in Orkney featured the song below.
When I located it on Y.T. its video contained a photo of 'our' ship.
I thought that some of you might like to see it:

Lonely Scapa Flow
Song composed by Allie Windwick of Kirkwall about the scuttling og the German fleet in
Scapa Flow in the Orkney Isles of Scotland. The song was originally sung by the late Angus Findlater
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Exclamation T.S. Exmouth.

Battle of Jutland.
Today's service in Orkney featured the song below.
When I located it on Y.T. its video contained a photo of 'our' ship.
I thought that some of you might like to see it:

Lonely Scapa Flow
Song composed by Allie Windwick of Kirkwall about the scuttling og the German fleet in
Scapa Flow in the Orkney Isles of Scotland. The song was originally sung by the late Angus Findlater
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I have only just come across this site, but I see that the last posts were 2008, from Alan Rawlinson.
Is anybody still there?
I also left in 1951, the last of the Naval uniformed pupils.
Hallo Brian

Your surname rings a loud bell in my memory, but like most of us I could be getting mixed up. Were you a brainy one? I seem to remember a Franks going to Dartmouth... Was it you, perhaps?

Will send a PM s I see you don't access very often here.

Cheers/Alan R. ( author of 'Any Budding Sailors?' which has a chapter on Woolverstone days between 1948 to 1951.)
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Just for info I left at Christmas 1948.
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Hallo Brian

Your surname rings a loud bell in my memory, but like most of us I could be getting mixed up. Were you a brainy one? I seem to remember a Franks going to Dartmouth... Was it you, perhaps?

Will send a PM s I see you don't access very often here.

Cheers/Alan R. ( author of 'Any Budding Sailors?' which has a chapter on Woolverstone days between 1948 to 1951.)
I cannot find Brians original post so Alan i have to tag onto this one.I can also lay claim to being the last of the uniformed pupils,but i also had a year in civvies and left summer term 52,
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I cannot find Brians original post so Alan i have to tag onto this one.I can also lay claim to being the last of the uniformed pupils,but i also had a year in civvies and left summer term 52,
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Jim

Brian Franks was our era and left in the summer of 51 when I also left to join the ' Forthbank ' in Cardiff docks. We don't remember each other but we have been swapping emails in an attempt to find common memories. Brian mentioned that he was in the second dorm down from the road ( 2 dorm?) so he was near you and had the same letter F as the first of his surname. Any recall?

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Some might this of interest - http://gcaptain.com/****-school-ships-uk/ - plenty of scrolling.
The site has changed characters in the link so try Googling this - Maritime Monday for October 22nd, 2010: Take Yer **** to School (Ships).uk
Ok so the **** is alfa romeo sierra echo
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Some might this of interest - http://gcaptain.com/****-school-ships-uk/ - plenty of scrolling.
The site has changed characters in the link so try Googling this - Maritime Monday for October 22nd, 2010: Take Yer **** to School (Ships).uk
Ok so the **** is alfa romeo sierra echo
Hi Exo

Thanks for that - an interesting link, worth exploring...

Reading back through the posts, I see that you left Woolverstone just one term after I joined in Sept. 48. There were a couple of old timers in 12 Dorm on my arrival who also left soon after. They were lads called Mick Mann and Keenan. Do you remember the names or the have any recall? I bumped into Mick Mann 6 months later in Colombo when I was on the coal burning Hazelbank and he was on a Bank Line ship adjacent on the buoys. We took a picture which I still have.
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Hi Exo

Thanks for that - an interesting link, worth exploring...

Reading back through the posts, I see that you left Woolverstone just one term after I joined in Sept. 48. There were a couple of old timers in 12 Dorm on my arrival who also left soon after. They were lads called Mick Mann and Keenan. Do you remember the names or the have any recall? I bumped into Mick Mann 6 months later in Colombo when I was on the coal burning Hazelbank and he was on a Bank Line ship adjacent on the buoys. We took a picture which I still have.
Sorry Alan cannot remember many names. I am in touch with George Fitz-Costa of that era and Pat Jones who left Exmouth prior to LNTS. Have a look at our Facebook Group and you may spot a couple of names - https://www.facebook.com/groups/98085012092/ -The photos on there may be of interest. I came from Bray to Woolverstone and left at Xmas 1948 to join Ganges.
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Exclamation Woolversone july 1949 prize day

Please find attached the programme.
'Fitz' - Fitz-Costa is still with us.
We both went to Ganges from Exmouth so hence a couple of pre-war post cards also attached.
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Please find attached the programme.
'Fitz' - Fitz-Costa is still with us.
We both went to Ganges from Exmouth so hence a couple of pre-war post cards also attached.
I remember the swimming pool we used to go down to ganges on a regular basis for a dip.

Alan,on the woolverstone hall web site they mention thatLNS was for the poor of the east end, well when i moved down from Scotland we moved in with our grandparents up in highbury and i went to st.Aloyiseus college ,I thought that i went to LNS because I wanted to go to sea,
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Please find attached the programme.
'Fitz' - Fitz-Costa is still with us.
We both went to Ganges from Exmouth so hence a couple of pre-war post cards also attached.
Great post! And thanks for the 1949 pic of the prizes etc... my dorm mates and friends Alex Loveday, and Peter Lightbody both mentioned. As I vividly recall, I was still struggling to come to terms with the regime and new life style, so no prizes for me that year.

Jack Wesson was my pal - he went into BP. Alex Loveday was accepted by Hogarths of all companies, and I heard later he had left them in Australia. As a top student and all rounder, it was a mismatch for his talents.

There was Weston, later i/c 11 Dorm. He went to the Bank Line, and had the misfortune to fall overboard and then to be luckily picked up. I don't know the ship, but he joined us on the Inchanga for a positioning leg on the way back home and told this story.

Reeve and Manning I also remember.

Would dearly love to see the 1950 and 51 programmes!

Thanks for posting

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I remember the swimming pool we used to go down to ganges on a regular basis for a dip.

Alan,on the woolverstone hall web site they mention thatLNS was for the poor of the east end, well when i moved down from Scotland we moved in with our grandparents up in highbury and i went to st.Aloyiseus college ,I thought that i went to LNS because I wanted to go to sea,
Hi Jim

I remember our trips to Ganges for sports. It was an ' eye opener'!

The tag LNS Woolverstone had was of course a hangover from the old ' Exmouth' days when it was widely regarded as a sort of correction school. Although a lot of the old boys resent being told this, the impression generally was maintained by the RN officers we had like Mr Mathews, Pamphlin, and Denton who enjoyed telling tales about the ' tough' old days and the punishments on offer!
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Woolverstone church

The photo on this link brought back Sunday morning memories:
http://shotleypeninsulanewsandfeatur...olverstone.php
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Some more from pat 310

Various but they are self explanatory.
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SOME MORE FROM PAT 310 Pt. II

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Hms exmouth

Taken when TS Exmouth became HMS and served as a Sub. depot ship and mother whip to minesweepers at Scapa Flow in WW II.

"HMS Exmouth Depot Ship Signalling class on the poop deck."
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Exclamation Woolverstone church

A couple of recent photos.
Our standard may be on the right hand wall?
The second is a recent exhibition - just to show the interior.
P.S. Following since received from Simon via FB:
Simon Pearce No David, not your banner I’m afraid. Your banner has been removed from the church and we are trying to find out what has happened to it. We are told by the PArochial Church Council that the fabric had deteriorated. However, in eight months since we asked they have not given a clear answer as to where it is, what has happened to it or what the future holds. We hope it’s deterioration can be arrested. Will let you know more when I know more.
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Can anyone give me information about Commander Smithwick or Smethwick? He signed a calendar with a photograph of Woolverstone Hall with an observation platform on the roof. I just wanted to know a bit more about him as he is mention in this thread.
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Can anyone give me information about Commander Smithwick or Smethwick? He signed a calendar with a photograph of Woolverstone Hall with an observation platform on the roof. I just wanted to know a bit more about him as he is mention in this thread.
He was there during my time 48 to 51, and was a remote figure at the head of the establishment. Gave out a sort of Avuncular image, and left all of the day to day contact with the boys and instructors to Commander Wiseman, who was very involved. Wiseman was a tall, good looking man who had a severe (well earned) image, but he had a softer side and found an overnight bed for my Father who arrived unannounced on a bike one day from London!

Matthews took all of the divisions etc, and Smethwick would appear silently for a few minutes for ceremonies etc.

Langley was the civilian headmaster. ( nicknamed 'Tapper') and one of his rolls appeared to be scouring the countryside in his Morris Major for runaways. This happened a few times a term.
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Is the attached a picture of Cmdr Smithwick?
Not anything I recognise but the Commander Smethwick of 48/51 was a much older man and heavier. The one you posted could be at an earlier age?
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Thanks for the help, Alan. This photo would have been inthe 1960s so he would have been at least 10 years older than when you knew him. Must be two Commander Smithwicks!
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I have the school photo of Oct51 which shows all the staff,BUT I do not know how to transfer it on to this site,

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