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Old 17th April 2019, 19:18
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Marconi Marine 1950's

I believe this is some sort of passing-out photo of a Marconi 'Induction Course'. I reckon early to mid 1950's.
My brother Jack is2nd from left, back row. He was previously a Radar Operator in the RAF. After a few years as R/O he did a couple of contracts on the DEW Line before settling down as Marconi Shore Tech in Montreal.
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This photo is early 1950s. Peter Graham is there. He was the 2nd R/O on PandO's "Canberra" and I was the Jr. 2nd R/O. (She had eight R/Os altogether in those days). I joined Marconi in 1953 so he must have started before that. This photo will have been of the three-week "Pre-Sea School" at AST College, Hamble.
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4th from the left has a smashing cap badge. Why the difference?
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Did we all look that Angelic ?
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4th from the left has a smashing cap badge. Why the difference?
Probably about 10 bob ..

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This photo is early 1950s. Peter Graham is there. He was the 2nd R/O on PandO's "Canberra" and I was the Jr. 2nd R/O. (She had eight R/Os altogether in those days). I joined Marconi in 1953 so he must have started before that. This photo will have been of the three-week "Pre-Sea School" at AST College, Hamble.
Thanks Searover, you would be right about it beong pre-1953. Jack was de-mobbed shortly after the war, maybe 1949, so probably started at Eglantine Avenue in 1950. Re Canberra, Jack was tech on a BBC Outside Boradcast team which did a documentary onboard at Belfast - that must have been in 1960.
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Did we all look that Angelic ?
Only radio officers looked angelic, they had the nicest job on the ship. Engineers could never have looked angelic. Any engineer trying to look angelic would have been highly sus.
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A Bombay Spreader??
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No, why the difference. Not whats the difference. My first cap badge cost me a quid, and I thought that's a lot. Having to cough up to put the companies insignia on to your own hat.
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No, why the difference. Not whats the difference. My first cap badge cost me a quid, and I thought that's a lot. Having to cough up to put the companies insignia on to your own hat.
The British MN cap badge cost about the same when I got my uniform.
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When I joined Marconi in 1962 there was a list of and advice on buying uniform. I remember a warning against purchasing a "Bombay" cap badge. It was considered too ostentatious or gaudy. The few times I wore the cap no one would have noticed!
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I believe this is some sort of passing-out photo of a Marconi 'Induction Course'. I reckon early to mid 1950's.
My brother Jack is2nd from left, back row. He was previously a Radar Operator in the RAF. After a few years as R/O he did a couple of contracts on the DEW Line before settling down as Marconi Shore Tech in Montreal.
This is a picture of Marconi's pre sea training course for newly qualified R/Os at Hamble. Situated on the civilian airfield there. the photograph was taken in 1953 certainly. Not sure of the month, February or March, and I think it was a three week course. We were billeted in a big house nearby, five or six to a bedroom. I am number eight on the photo alongside Peter Graham. Don Fish I remember, along with the rest. That was the start of a brief career with Marconi, but that's another story. Regards to any who remember me.
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