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I attended the School of Nav at Warsash Summer/Autumn 1958 and Spring 1959.
Is there anyone else out there from that era that I could share what few memories I still have and maybe kindle some new ones ??
Cheers
Jim MacIntyre
 

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Hi Jim, I left in July 1958 to go to Outward Bound,Eskdale and thence to Alfred Holt.
Don't recall your name but was the CCC in your first term called Ryott or your JCC called Russell ??? If so, I could have been one of the senior term who gave you a few ' bacon slices' with a ceremonial bayonet !!!!!!
Bring on the memories......I'll share a few with you, anytime.

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Rising Sun sounds familiar Chief but I was a big fan of the Animals in the sixties and they had a hit with House of the Rising Sun, so i may be getting mixed up.
 

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cheddarnibbles said:
Hi Jim, I left in July 1958 to go to Outward Bound,Eskdale and thence to Alfred Holt.
Don't recall your name but was the CCC in your first term called Ryott or your JCC called Russell ??? If so, I could have been one of the senior term who gave you a few ' bacon slices' with a ceremonial bayonet !!!!!!
Bring on the memories......I'll share a few with you, anytime.

Cheers, Rob Niblett
Hello Rob
Wonder if Wally (Wakeford) had a thing going with Outward Bound ? I had to do a course at Elgin in March before showing up.. Did not appreciate those cold showers every morning.
Do the names Dowdeswell and Potter ring a bell ?? I think they were two of the CCC's during my time.
Bacon slicing - I still shudder when hanging up my clothes on a coathanger..
Do you remember Carol ?
Overtime - shoveling mud outside the sluice gate so that the torture machine (rowing barge) could get out.. what was the name of that 'craft' ??
Guard duty.. Inspections.. and the dreaded Dinner with the Director at The Salterns - 'leave some soup in your bowl..' My dinner date was Friday 13th of June. Parade drill (or overtime) with Billy..
Aaaah the good old days. recall I was assigned to Starboard watch with 'Yobbo' Pierce..
More recollections later
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Jim MacIntyre
 

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The barge I remember was called "stubbington" and used for "command training" (?)
The pubs in the village are the Great Harry, Rising Sun and The Silver Fern. I cannot remember the ferryman.
I rember seeing George Melly and his feetwarmers at the Great Harry as the landlord was Bert Soar, a saxophonist.
Luckily my time at Warsash was after the swords, but remember it with affection despite the early morning runs and marching!
 

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Jim, Too early for me - studied Masters there ten years after you, 1969-70.
I had B&B in Warsash village, a Mrs Warne, great lady knew how to keep her lads happy---plenty of good food. Never a dull moment in Warsash-The Rising Sun and Silver Fern were small beer, it was who was seen with whose daughter was the gossip at the breakfast table. Entertaining times, rumours concerning village bicycles-and the parking thereof, was rife among the good ladies of the village!!!!!
 

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Jim, You got it ! Dowdeswell was CCC in my term and Ryott was his deputy. So we were there together.
CAROL: One of the village bikes...One Sunday afternoon I was on lookout duty on 'the bridge' and she walked past with a boyfriend (remember the path ?). I followed their progress to the foreshore through the binoculars and watched what happened when the boyfriend got lucky !!! Meanwhile, a yacht had gone aground in the Hamble channel and was flying N over C. and I never noticed it. Yobbo however, did notice it and gave me 2 hours' drill for inattention to duty ????
During the summer term 1958 we had a massive graduation ball on Wally's lawn in a marquee....the food and the women he invited were out of this world.Sadly,I was assigned to a lovely lass...but she was the Dean of Coventry's daughter and I was his A.D.C. so never 'got lucky'
Outward bound was a pre-requisite of an apprenticeship with Alfred Holt.
I have several All Hands Magazines up in the loft....and will consult them for more nostalgia.
 

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Now I'm unhappily trying to recall all those 'bacon slicing ' incidents....
The foreshore was always an interesting place but all I ever saw from the lookout were the tankers at Fawley...
The barge was "stubbington' and how that design ever got past Pursey I don't know. Yes I remember some big bash while I was there because it was the one and only time I used the (rented) Gieves boat cape.
there was a cadet in my class who could play guitar left hand/right hand strung either way and a group of us put on a show one night - I remember playing 'drums' with a garbage pail and shoe brushes..(Ringo probably got a better start..)
Do you remeber Ray Briskham I think he was a senior cadet in my first term.
Always stood on a chair to put on his pants to avoid wrinkling the creases.
Believe he joined Bowater on leaving. Trying to think of more names but the well is currently dry.
Unfortunately never got to know any of the pubs locally (which is probably just as well)
I actually have a class photo somewhere which I will dig out and post (if I can figure out how). that may evoke some comments.
Cheers for now
Jim MacIntyre
 

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I attended the School of Nav at Warsash Summer/Autumn 1958 and Spring 1959.
Is there anyone else out there from that era that I could share what few memories I still have and maybe kindle some new ones ??
Cheers
Jim MacIntyre
Hi Jim
A blast from the past for you, it is I Ray Briskham, yes he who stood on a chair to put freshly pressed pants on. Last time I saw you was in New York in 1961, you were on The Queen of Bermuda at the time. If you wish to contact me, to catch up you could email me I m listed
All the best
Ray
 

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I was at Warsash for my MAR course in the late 60's. The pub we all used was the Great Harry, which was at the top of the drive.
 

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Hi Jim
A blast from the past for you, it is I Ray Briskham, yes he who stood on a chair to put freshly pressed pants on. Last time I saw you was in New York in 1961, you were on The Queen of Bermuda at the time. If you wish to contact me, to catch up you could email me I m listed
All the best
Ray
Hi Jim,
Further to above, As I recall you were J.L.C. Starboard 1. Your duty watch was as follows, Roy Watchorn Senior Cadet, Myself Serior Cadet, B>E>L> Kaye (Tinkerbell) Intermediate Cadet the two Juniors were I think
D. de Jeu C DENT , and Allen who was a good amature boxer.
All the best
Ray
 

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I was at Warsash for my MAR course in the late 60's. The pub we all used was the Great Harry, which was at the top of the drive.
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Have just joined SN, I was at Warsash Jan - Dec 1959. Have been emailing with Jim McIntyre. I note you have what looks to me like a Palm Line flag displayed against your message, presumably you sailed with them. I was with Palm Line 1963 - 1970 leaving as 2nd Mate when I came ashore for career in IT until retirement 2002.
 

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The barge I remember was called "stubbington" and used for "command training" (?)
The pubs in the village are the Great Harry, Rising Sun and The Silver Fern. I cannot remember the ferryman.
I rember seeing George Melly and his feetwarmers at the Great Harry as the landlord was Bert Soar, a saxophonist.
Luckily my time at Warsash was after the swords, but remember it with affection despite the early morning runs and marching!
Saw Acker Bilk in the room at the back of "The Great Harry" around 1968 when I was doing MAR. Watneys "Starlight" was 1s 11p a pint and if you were very rich you could go for "Red Barrel" at 2s 1p(K)
After the "Harry" a call at "Bosses" chippy was the usual thing.
 

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Memories of Warsash Billy Bligh

Not much traffic on this thread which Jim started so how about it? There must be lots of anecdotes and funny stories swilling around in your grey cells so let’s hear from you! Here’s a treasured memory from my days at Warsash in 1959.
Mr. Bligh’s title (known as Billy) was I think Drill Instructor. He had served in the Durham Light Infantry presumably through the hostilities of WWII. He retired in 1959 after many years at Warsash. By then he was not in the best of health, suffering short breath and walking with the aid of a walking stick. If you can imagine a very old, bent grizzly hobbling about looking after naughty, troublesome bear cubs you’ll get the picture. Nevertheless, although often cursed by “wet behind the ears” cadets, most of us, I’m sure, liked the old bloke whose heart was very much in the right place. Having unwillingly joined the “old-age” club and now suffering ill-health, which must have frustrated the hell out of him, by this time he didn’t always issue drill commands as clearly as he once did. Nor were his marching pace commands always spot on. I’m sure I heard him say, more than once, left, (pause) left (pause) left left left!!
Billy’s farewell ceremony on retirement, at which he was presented with a bound copy of the history of The DLI, came during my second term at Warsash. A cadet Guard of Honour was selected for the march past and salute, with cadets bearing rifles and the cadet Officer of The Guard saluting with drawn sword. The Blue-Jacket (RN) band from Portsmouth was invited to play at the ceremony and I was selected to play Sunset on the bugle with the band playing Abide With Me. The whole ceremony was planned and dress rehearsals were conducted by Billy himself.
It so happened I was also picked for a school cricket match which clashed with one of the dress-rehearsals. Cricket captain (Derek?) Randall who was one term ahead of me, asked Billy to excuse me from the practice and allow me to play cricket. He called both of us in to his little cabin behind the Guard Room. Billy looked at me in that way of his and said “I hear you want to play cricket on Saturday? Well laddie, you can either play cricket and drop out of the ceremony or you can attend my dress rehearsal. Which is it?”. Although I loved cricket and was mad keen to play there was no way I was going to miss the ceremony so I chose his dress rehearsal. Billy replied “Right laddie, off you go you to play your silly game of cricket and you can still be my bugler at the ceremony”! He may not have got his left, right, left timings right every times but he was a kindly wise old man.
His replacement (Mr Nelson) was an ex-RN CPO who also became well respected, certainly in my time.
Has anyone got any photos of Billy or of his retirement ceremony?
 
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