Within the space of two days, three Downunder Vindiboys have joined the ranks of those who have 'Croissed the Bar', they are Capt. Alan Creasey of Bridgetown, Western Austrailia, Doug Duxbury the Patron of the Queensland Vindicatrix Assn, and Alex Bailey, Secretary of the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand Vindicatrix Assn.
Robin, Website Bosun 12th July '13
E W (Ed) Pollard, R568989, 13th.April.1935 to 9.th April 2013, Vindi '51 Catering
It is with much regret we have learnt of the 'Crossing' of Ed Pollard, originaly from Goole, but who had been lving in Bergenfield, New Jersey, for many years. In his later working life, Ed. was a bus driver for Stagecoach in the USA and one run he did was a communter trip into New York City each morning. It was on his return from one such trip on the 11th Sept 2001 that the terrorist bombers struck and Ed's was thought to have been the last bus leaving before that terrible event.
Ed only made it to one Reunion, that of 2003 when the Vindi Memorial was unveiled and was pulled over by the local constabulary, while driving back a load of other lads who had all been 'well refreshed' at the Dockers Club.
Our condolenses go the wife Ginni and their family
Wm, (Bill )Cole 29th May '27- 3rd Feb. '13 Vindi '43 Deck R292878
Hot on the heels on the crossing of his shipmate Reg Bourne, Bill Cole has now joined him in evelasting peace. Bill was one of those shipmates you could always rely to 'turn up' and in later years as his health declined, Bill had to be persuaded not to, for the good of his health.
His loss will be keenly felt by all in the Sussex Branch and any other shipmates who knew him.
Reg Bourne 1.6.1928 - 13.1.2013 R337437 Vindi '45Deck
The Sussex Branch has lost one if its oldest member with the passing of Reg Bourne, from Arlington, East Sussex. Details of Reg's funeral will be published, when known. Our condolences go to the Maureen and their family. Reg's Funeral was held at the Eastbourne Crem. on Tuesday 29th Jan at 11.30.
KENNETH WOOD 29.05.33 – 29.10.12 Discharge Book No: R535947
My dad, Ken joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 17 and arrived at Sharpness, TS Vindicatrix on 19th June 1950 for a six week catering course. He served on several ships, starting with the SS Lanarkbrook as a catering boy, rising to ships cook on the San Felix before he left the Navy in 1954. (Although his records show he served a week on the San Silvestre, dad has never mentioned this ship). He has written many stories about his time on each of the ships; the cargo; the places he visited; his wages; and the men he served with (some of these stories are quite colourful!) It is obvious from his recollections that he loved his time in the Merchant Navy. He has made several models of the ships on which he served and mounted them in glass cases. My mum thinks he did attend a ‘Vindi’ Reunion but she is unable to recall when or where.
In 2011 I took him to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire where we spent several hours on a cold, foggy November morning looking at the many tributes, in particular the bench and marble dedication to the TS Vindicatrix Association. He sat quietly for some time on the bench recalling fond memories.
John Mears December 11/1925– November 1/2012 Vindi June –August 1941 R253572
John was a well liked and respected member of our Association both here and overseas His funeral at the Palmdale Memorial Park was attended by twenty Vindi boys and their partners as well as many of his other friends and all his family. His casket complete with his photo and a bottle of beer that he was well
known for enjoying at the end of the day’s work was draped with the Red Ensign of which he was very proud .
John’s passing came upon us quickly, after being diagnosed with a cancer on his appendix under a year ago an operation showed that it had spread to other places. He told me that the operation had left him,still with an aggressive cancer. He held his own for a couple of months, then with pneumonia and other complications he went down hill quickly. Our sincere condolences to all John’s family.
George Cain -
* George widow Anne write, "George was was at the Vindi 1959, his Discharge Book No. R716952 and was the youngest Chief Cook & Baker for BP; he left the sea in 1963 after we got married" and has given me this link to his obituary notice posted on the Funeral Director's website, which doesn't mention his time in the MN.
John Christie -
* John Corr Christie lived here in Levin (in the North Island) for many years and was involved in many voluntary organisations including being a part-time minister of the Anglican Church in Levin. Although he was born in Glasgow in 1937, John's family moved to South England when he was about 8 years old, and so he lost his Glaswegian accent.
* John attended Vindi in 1954, in the Catering department. His first ship was M.V. Trevethoe, and his discharge book number was R611971. John also did several trips on the old Dominion Monarch. He married Mary, from the Pacific Islands, and they had six children _ mostly spread around New Zealand and Australia, plus a dozen grandchildren(and great-grandchildren as well).
* John was Secretary/Treasurer of our Central Branch of Vindi until being diagnosed with asbestosis about a year ago. His d.o.b. was 18 June, 1937, and he died on 20 March 2012. - [ Arthur Wollard]
David Johnson -
* Dave Johnson who lived in Birkenhead, crossed the bar peacefully in his sleep in February and his funeral was held at Landican Cemetry on Monday the 20th February, the Liverpool Branch were represented by Arthur Hughes, Gerry Churchill,and Peter Aston. Dave was one of the founding members of the Liverpool Branch and was present at the inaugural meeting in January 1998 and he attended very nearly every monthly meeting thereafter untill he was overcome by illness in February 2011. He will be sadly missed by all. - (Don Crellin.)
James Vennell -
* H was a quiet man and never really talked about his service - he went into the Merchant Navy aged 16 1/2 but was later discharged due to failing eyesight and was then in the Royal Artillery. He received the 39-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Italy Star & 39-45 War medal - I have since found all this out as he has a lot of info and memorabilia for that time and his involvement with the TS Vindicatrix Assn. & MNA in later years till around 2002 when his health deteriorated. - [Geoff Miller]
Don Wisden -
* It is with great sadness that the Sussex Branch announce the 'crossing' of Don Wisden, a popular Member of our Branch and of the TSVA. Don's funeral took place at Worthing Crematorium on Thursday 15th Dec. at 2.40p.m. attended by Members of our Branch. Rest in Peace Don. [Robin Hurst]
Captain Peter Mobley -
* An instructor at the Vindi in the '60s died on the 15 November after a short illness, His funeral was attended by myself and my wife on the 25th Nov. The cause of death heart and kidney failure. [Ken Long, Severn Area Branch]
Trevor Castleton -
* Trevor Castleton's Funeral went off well. It was well attended, and there was a lovely service of remembrance The family had their say, then guests, including Geoff Ward and myself, spoke on behalf of the "Vindi" Boys, and friends. Wendy Hassan spoke too mentioning her mother Val', our Treasurer, who, with Trevor for many years as Secretary, passed away on the 7th of this month. ( Her Funeral was on 11th October). Bill Wilson made a fine speech ending the Obituaries. Many tears were shed. 11 "Vindi' Boys" and their families, attended the service, Six of us where asked to be Pall Bearers and carried Trevor out of the funeral parlour to place the coffin on the hearse, for transport to Akatarawa Crematorium. Rita and myself, along with Geoff Ward, were invited to join the family at the service, before Trevor was taken away inside the Crematorium.
Afterwards we all mustered at the Angus Inn in Lower Hutt for drinks and a 'get together', meeting up with family and friends, and reminiscing about old times. Didn't get home until 9.45pm, and with Geoff, (who was staying overnight with us) didn't get to bed until midnight. We took him to W'gton airport for his flight back to Auckland for 1030, then visited Beverley, her Son and Granddaughter, at Stokes Valley, before returning to Levin. We were quite exhausted at the end of the day. So we fare welled another well liked, staunch member, of the Vindicatrix Association, and a very good personal friend of ours. He will be remembered fondly. [John Oswick]
Donald Dolby -
* The service will be at St Peter`s Church Sheringham Thursday 21st July at 1400 hrs, followed by cremation at Norwich Crematorium at 1530 hrs.Lawrence Richmond It was with sadness that I learnt of the passing of Lawrence, an 'original' Vindiboy, one of those who started his course at Gravesend and transferred to Sharpness upon the outbreak of WW2.
* Lawrence turned up at a Sharpness Reunion a few years ago, having found us on the internet. By then he was fairly frail but I was delighted to sign him up for Membership, and thereafter get copies of his MN Service Records from the National Archives. These records showed that he had a break in service, during which time he had served with the Australian Army. [Robin, Website Bosun]