Requests are often made for Squad Photos and the whereabouts of individual squad mates in the Guest Book, so I wondered if a page devoted solely to these request might be of help to our membership. It will be the responsibility of members to contact me with their requests and valid e-mail address, which will be linked to the entry. Please be brief and as specific as you can with your entries; a starting date of your course would be better than 'sometime in the Summer of...". Requests should be sent to 'Looking for.." .
To contact someone who has made an entry, click on their title name in red. If you have an entry up under your name, and subsequently change your e-address, please let me know.
Bob Montgomery V57 C R678980. Is looking for D. Paul (R 678952) from Dundee. I think he was catering intake July /August/September 1957 Doing a bit of research and am sure it was him and I that caught the 9.00 PM train from Dundee to South Shields on the 10th September 57 heading to join our first ships ???? We met under the clock on Taybridge station and were dressed identically with blue serge/beret/and fawn coloured trench coats couldn't miss !!!!!!!!! thatís where we were issued with rail warrants and the usual spiel by the Pool man. I just got a bit melancholy and thought I'd see what would happen with a search you never know,but we are all now on the wrong side of 65 ?????
Bob Malcolm R780029 is looking for any of his Deck Squad who were at the Vindi from Oct '62 into Feb '63, in particular for three other suspects R780043 P H Pickersgill, R780042 P C Lucas, and R780037 M J Rudd. . For those who need reminding, it was the winter of the Big Freeze as witnessed by the slide show of pictures which are now on the website
Arthur Woollard, R706094, Class of April-June 1959. Looking for anyone at Vindi at that time, particularly R706094 Terry Powley aka Cowboy (address then was Bird-in-Hand, Ellingham, near Bungay, Norfolk).
Norman Thrower R564814 is looking a squad photo of Deck, August 20th to October 26th 1951.
Hugh Dennis R664810. I was at the Vindi from November 5th, 1956 to January 11th, 1957. I would appreciate any pictures or contact with shipmates who were of my time. If you have any information please forward it to this e-mail address. firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
W. D Francis I have got my fathers seaman's pouch from Nat Archives, R294680 William Donald Francis which include pic of him aged 17. He was on Vindicatrix in September, October and November 1943.I wondered if anyone remembered him from those days or indeed if any photos from that era. He was from Liverpool. Any knowledge gratefully received.
Jimmy Carroll from Liverpool is looking for a Deck class photograph from October 1964 to Dec 1964, his Discharge Book number is R808050, Jimmy remembers the names of R808060 S Kennedy (Bosuns mate at the Vindi) who he sailed with on his first trip and R808052 D H Smith from Hull.
Ian Houghton R645315, is looking for any shipmates who sailed with him on the Crystal Jewel up to the Great Lakes from 23 10 63 until 26 1 64, particularly, R Colaluca ,Tommy Orr, B Ogden , Derek Brown , A F Brown, John Daly, Dan Hedges, and S H Meyerhoff
Alec Pearson A Deckie of 23rdMay-29th July '60 Deck, is looking for his mate in this picture
Bernard (Paddy) Forward. R820392. Hi there I'm looking to catch up with mates from Catering who were there from June until Aug. '65. Please get in touch
.A (Tony) Harben asks, " Was I the only Deckie who trained on the Vindi from December 14th. 1959 until February 19th. 1960.? I have searched the Vindi records but cannot find anyone or even a photo of our mob. Can anyone help? My Discharge Book number is R720357
Jude Spencer-White. My Fatherís name is Kenneth John Spencer. DOB 29th May 1936. He joined the Vinicatirix in June 1953
John Malone R673890 Catering 20th May-28th June is looking for the two other suspects who were in this 1957 Sport Day photo with him.
.Mike Hall Is looking for more pictures of the Vndi site and a plan of the site if it exists.
Roger Price (Brummie) R720625. Looking for squad photo, Catering ( C 2 ? )from 15-2-1960 to25-3-1960, also ,anyone who was on the m/v Suffolk on the China trip from May to Dec 1960
Ken Rowe Hi hut A2. I'm Ken Rowe R404105 Deck Jan 19--Apr 4 .1948. I'm looking for C. Sayers . R. Nunn. or anyone on the squad photo ?.have a look on squad photos. Come on mates, just a email or a phone call away .
Brian Jessop R626855 would like photo of group from 7 2 55 to 15 4 55 don't know if one exists but would be pleased to hear from any one from that time. I was Deck.
Alan Percy (R779852) Joined the Vindi on the Catering November 1962-December 1962. I would like to hear from any of the lads in hut B1 that might remember me from that time. It would be nice to know how everyone got on. In particular Alan Norman from Southampton who I later sailed with on the Mauritania August 1964-December 1964. , and also R779849 Trott D R779850 Brown W R779839 Bertram J R779842 Frost AM R779842 Geraghty PJ.
I attended Llandarcy CT College in September 1969 till December 1969. I am from Newcastle
Jim Stent My name is Jim Stent R753507 Catering 5th June 1961 to 14th July 1961. Is there anyone out there who was around then, particularly, R779849 Trott D R779850 Brown W R779839 Bertram J R779842 Frost AM R779842 Geraghty PJ. Unfortunately I haven't any photos of those days and would love to see some and make contact.Does anyone remember the "grudge" boxing matches on a Friday night?
Kevin Fowler R808158 is looking for a copDeck y of his Oct.'64 to Jan.'65 Squad Photo. He is also looking for contact with his other Squad Mates, R808159 Jeff Dobson, R808160 Brian Bohannon, R808166 Brian Prime, R808167 Pat Prouse and R808101 Danny Watts. He has available a 'Mates Photo' of them together, a copy of which can be had on request from the Website Bosun
Doug Turner R658808 Deck. Trained on the Vindi Mid July - 9th Oct. 1956 is looking for anyone who remembers me, also a copy of my Squad Photo
Fred Grice To all piss jackets on board in May to June1952 John Bainbridge (R576167). Lofty Lorrie,' Jock'. Our trainers were John Wayne. Ginger. Popeye ( deck instructor) If you made the knot, you name a well known saying of his. If you can remember, as a group we nicked a small wooden keg from the farmer it was full of scumpy. Jock passed out. Fred Grice (R576170) A Vindi Boy, now in his seventies. email@example.com
Roy Bridger R626966 Is looking for John Mouton R626967. Deck 1955
Ray Witkowski Deck' 64 R801218 on the Vindi from 23/3/64 till12/6/64 is looking for class photo for that group, the only name remember is Stone Kibby? ? which is unusual.
Dave Morris Deck '60 Is looking for a Bill Yates Vindi from 4/4/60-17/6/60 he was originally from Yorkshire. in 1960 his address was 38 Park St., South Kirby, near Pontifract Yorkshire. I did meet up with Jim Spratt. (Bosun's note:- On 13th Feb '11 Dave Morris writes "I finally made contact with Bill Yates today. Some one found a Bill Yates on the Electoral Roll so I wrote and the letter went to everyone in his family till he got it.")
Mike Lynch R709842 Aug.-late Sept '59 Catering; first ship Belgrade 24/8.59. Is looking for anyone who can remember him him when he was at the Vindi?
Jimmy Gallacher R648566 Deck from Wigan. is looking for Tony Sweeney from Liverpool who was at the Vindi with me during Jan/ Feb/March 1956. We sailed together on the 'St.Tudno'. I'm also looking for John Bird from Birkenhead, we were together on Lamport and Holt's South America run
M.Harvey is looking for looking for. George Smith Deck Squad 26 3 1956. Intake number 600/027.
Ray (Taff) Jones R664517 is looking for John Helmke R664518 (Dutch) at the Vindi late 1956. "We met at Lydney Station and became good mates. Also for T.E.Findlay R664502, G.W.Amies, R 664512, and B.E. Best R664522"
Alan Budd R737752 Oct/Dec 1960 Deck, is looking for Dougie Reeves R737658
Contributions can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to :-
Bill Marshall (South Shields) R744231 Catering Feb/March 1961, remembers Vindiboys
If anyone have memories of the time please get in touch.
R599687 Harry Lockwood
September 1953 - November 1953.
Charlie Kirby Has anyone out there got any info or possibly a photo of Deck course 2nd July to Sept 1956; Memory very dim. Cheers
Colin Hawken R510709 from Southampton and still living there, is looking for... Eddie Hunter, Bill Hicks and John Roger. Vindi Boys (Deck) April-June 1949 with him. Eddie was from South Shields. Bill was Ship's/Camp Bosun. It would be good to hear from one or all of them.
Franny Conlin I have a a Squad Photo from Jan. Feb March 1961but can't rememeber all the names so here are about a dozen , Pat McCauliffe, Billy Lovering, Richie Bradshaw, Jimmy Rice, John Brady, Stan Alexander, Tommy Morris Sinbad [the bigun] Errol McKensie, two lads lads from Wallasey, Cheshire Stuart & Gaham, a lad from St Helens --sorry just can't remember other names--all brilliant lads----there is another squad photo out there with these lads and more on it...Davy Bazzatelli, 'Smush' Williamson, -Bobby Jeffers to name a few. The missing photo has twenty eight Scousers on it.
H. Colin Smith
is Looking for...Intake June-August 1957 Deck, Discharge Book Number R678810.
I have just visited the Old Camp at Sharpness for the first time since my enjoyable spell as a Decky there in 57. I did not realise the Association existed until had a chat with a chap on a motor boat in the canal basin. I doubt very much if any pictures of our group exist since I distinctly remember sending at least one photographer away with a flea in his ear. I'm looking forward to examining your Web site and looking to see if any names come to mind..Thanks for the opportunity..
Rachel Breen I'm looking for anyone
that trained with my late father R730698 Antrim Breen
from Gorleston, Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk. According to his Discharge Records, he was
there for 6 weeks catering around November 1960. The record copies I recieved
from the National Archive unfortunately tell me nothing of which ship he joined
- if indeed he sailed at all - after his training etc.. I would love to hear
from anyone with any information, and hopefully a photo. Many thanks,
Alex Whyte. R 645539 VB [deck] from 28 Dec 55 to 2 March 56. Sailed mostly out of Grangemouth -Leith and Middlesborough with the Currie Line, BP, Royal Mail, Shell, Tate and Lyle, MacGregors. Happy days at the Vindi, so hungry that Pete Stacey R645442 [Steatham, London] and I broke into the ships stores and took a slab of bacon along with bread and margarine. The boys in hut A9 feasted well that night after we grilled the bacon on the hut stove.
Would like to catch up with Big Bill Pike [Lake Penask] Derrick Collier [Vindi] Also Tam McDonald and Ian Cambell [Rutland Shetland and Pineland.
Tam last known to be in New Zealand and Ian in Stirling. So many happy memories, wish I could do it all again.
28th Mar. '09
Bernard Hale (Bunny). I am looking for a squad photo of hut C1 deckies between 21/9/1953 & 27/11/1953. I can't remember having one taken but perhaps someone has one I also have quite a few names of boys who were in the squad at the same time.
John Kieran and Eugene Doherty are looking for contact with any of their Deck Squad of Feb. '62, particularly the remembered names highlighted in blue on this list.
Bryan William Colins R568953 - at Vindicatrix 19th November 1951 to 25th January 1952. I am his son and doing the family tree bit - would be grateful if anyone who knew him got in touch, especially if you have photos of the time. email@example.com
Bob Goulden (Ginge) R621469 I was at Vindi from Nov. 1954 until Jan.1955. I would like squad photos, and would like to contact anyone from that time. I cannot remember my hut No: I would also like to contact Colin from Birmingham who's Dad had a butcher's shop.
Ralph Harding R737660 from Liverpool, Vindi Oct.-Dec. 1960 Deck would love to hear from Dougie Reeves from Wembley R737658. I would love to get in touch with him. I have Squad Photo and another photo taken with him.
I have tried for many years to make contact with him.
Norman Henry Clark is looking for old mates from Vindi, He joined in 1954. He has a shocker memory so he is going to give me a full list tomorrow, but in the meantime the only name that came to his old brain was Johnny Fenn.
Charles Bull is looking for Vindi mates from Jan 48 Deck. Bill Boyd, Keith Gladwell ,or any of the boys on the squad photo supplied by Ken Rowe. 1948 .I was Bosun's Mate of a Catering hut (B4 I think) I would be delighted to hear from anyone of the intake who might remember me so that we can swop stories. To contact Ken Rowe click here
Bob Hanley I trained on the Vindicatrix around 1950 / 51 for deck crew No. R548321. Are there details of the lads training at. that time. ? My first ship was Port Chalmers . It developed engine problems in the Australian Bight and remained in Melbourne at first then limped to Sydney awaiting spares part s from England . Where might i obtain deck crew members names on that voyage? Note by The Bosun: Too late for the National Archives, Kew as there aren't any Crew Agreements for the Port Chalmers after those of 1950.
Robt. Skillen R404134 I am writing on behalf of my cousin, Mr Robert G Skillen who was a Vindi boy from 16th Feb 1948 to 10th April 1948. Attached is a photo of him, and hope to find some of his friends from that time .(picture taken later date). I have looked on your site for a group picture at around that date but cannot find Robert (Bob) on any of them.
Eric Jacombe R698400 Is looking for his old squad mate Richard Andrews R698401 from their Deck Squad of July-Sept. 1958
Ian McCurry I'm hoping to trace or get photographs of anyone who remembers family relative R693408 Andy "Tiny" Bell who was on the Catering course I believe in May or possibly June of 1958. He hailed from Glasgow.
George Gathergood R.294646 I'm looking for information and anyone who knew my dad George Gathergood born 12/1/26. He was at the Vindicatrix 1943 or thereabouts; I don't know much else. He was then on the 'Curacao' during the war for a short time.
I am his daughter Jayne. Any help would be appreciated, just trying to piece his Merchant Navy life together as I am a sea scout leader. Thank you.
(Footnote by Robin, I have pointed Jayne in the direction of George's records at Kew and given her a contact for another Vindiboy, only 18 Discharge Book Nos. away)
David Benge R773853, is looking for old shipmate John Caddell, who was an SOS in 63-64 on the English Star with him .
Terry Ryan R761313 2/10/61 to 8/12/61.Deck. Is looking for his old Squad Mates. John Kelly, 'Taffy', from Hay on Wye./Gloucester, 'Geordie', Big Taffy'. and 'Mush'
Left to right - Alan Peter (spike) Garvit, Jimmy Weston, Keith (tex) Peter Munday (front kneeing), J A Ward
Gerald Maddox ( Vindi 1948) looking for any information on Gordon John (Johnny) Parker (Vindi 1953) who sailed with me on S.S. Somerset 1953 and subsequently
on the m.v.Suffolk. His parents had a pub in East London during this time,the name of which escapes me. He was born in Berkeley Glos. Any news would be welcome
Ken Thompson (Deck) would like to find any info about anyone who was on the Vindi between 27/1/64 and 17/4/64. Has anyone got any squad photos from this time too?
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