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HMS Londonderry
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1960 - 1962

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R N A Andrews A/CPO N W Atha RO2
P Bennett Lieut Commander T Bevan Lieut Commander
M Boland TO2 R C Brain EA1
C H A Brewster Lieut R G Bridgeman Sub Lieut
C L Brown REM2 T D Burford Stwd
C Chipchase LM(E) C Clark AB
Clarke LM(E) C Cooke-Priest Lieut
B L Cooper PO Stwd J B Coram Shpt 1
W T Curnow A/ERA2 B J Darrington AB
D Dawson Jnr Sea R J Dufton ME2
R F Earp CH.Mech N S Gardner CPO CM(E)
E Gasston Shpt1 (HMS Vernon) R G O Gatacre Lieut
R A B Gordon EM2 K W Hagger AB
D P Halfacre J/Sea J J Hatch JM(E)
R W Holland EM1 M J E Howard-Smith Lieut Commander
L G Hymas REM2 D James J/Sea
P A Jarvis LEM A R Jenkins AB
P R T Kemish PO D R Lavender (M)E1
T S Lynch Ck(S) A Maclean AB
D Manders PO M R Mays A/COA
R D McNeil LM(E) T O P Melton AB
R H Mobley AB R B Nicolls AB
R J Nicholls AB J H Power REM1
I S Primrose Commander J V Read LEM
D L Rees Sub Lieut J Roy M(E)1
C L Salmon Lieut Commander H Simcock M(E)1
A Simmonds EM2 J Sinclair SA(S)
J S Sloan M(E)1 L Smailes POM(E)
P Sothcott REA1 G B Stephens CPO(V)
D Stoddern L/Stwd J C Tett M(E)1
E A Tivey M(E)1 R L P Usher PO Ck(S)
L R Weightman LM(E) D B Whittaker Ord Sea
A N Wigley Sub Lieut J Wilcox Jnr Sea
F Wood AB    

Vice Admiral Sir John Edward Ludgate Martin KCB DSC

Vice Admiral Sir John Edward Ludgate Martin KCB DSC crossed the bar 31st of May 2011 aged 93.
Joined the Royal Navy in 1938. He served in World War II as a navigation officer in the Mediterranean and in 1943 taking part in the invasion of Sicily. He was appointed Deputy Director of Manpower Planning at the Admiralty in 1959, Senior Naval Officer in the West Indies in 1961 and Commander of British Forces in the Caribbean Area in 1962. He went on to be Captain at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1963, Flag Officer, Middle East in 1966 and Commander of British Forces in the Gulf in 1967. His last appointments were as Director General of Naval Personal Services and Training in 1968 and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in 1970; he retired in 1973.
In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.

Rear Admiral Tim Bevan CB
(April 7th 1931 - 6th June 2019)

Joined Royal Navy 1949; specialized in Torpedo and Anti-Submarine Warfare; commanded HM Ships: Decoy (1966), Caprice (1967), Minerva (1971-72), Ariadne (1977), Ajax (1980), Ariadne - Captain 8th Frigate Squadron (1980-82).

He also served in various capacities aboard HM Ships and Shore Establishments including HMS Glasgow, HMS Superb, HMY Britannia (1954), Flag Lieutenant to CinC Mediterranean (1957-58), HMS Londonderry (TASO) 1960-62, Royal Naval College Greenwich - Directing Staff (1973), HMS Excellent (1974-75), Asst. Dir. of Defence Policy MOD (1978-80), Captain Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (1982-84), Asst. Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence) (1984-86).

On retirement he became Chief Operations Officer at Vigers, a commercial property company in London and later at Action for the Communities of Rural England, a charity promoting the maintenance of strong village life. Rear Admiral Bevan in retirement settled in rural Gloucestershire. His wife Sarah pre-deceased him in 2016 and he is survived by his three sons.


Rear Admiral Colin Cooke-Priest, CB, Commander RVO, FRAeS
Born March 17th 1939, crossed the bar Monday 6th April 2020.

Colin Cooke-Priest entered the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in 1957. After service worldwide in a variety of major warships, he joined the Observer School at the Naval Air Station Hal Far, Malta, in 1962 and gained his 'wings' the following year. Flying anti-submarine helicopters with 814 Squadron in HMS VICTORIOUS and HMS ALBION, he saw service in Aden, the Far East and in Borneo during the confrontation with Indonesia.

After a tour as Operations Officer in HMS RUSSELL, he served in the Royal Australian Navy for a two year exchange appointment with 817 Squadron in the aircraft carrier HMAS MELBOURNE. On return he was appointed Senior Observer of 824 Squadron in HMS ARK ROYAL and then as Senior Instructor at the Naval Observer School.

Colin was promoted to Commander in 1973 and in that rank commanded the frigates HMS PLYMOUTH and HMS BERWICK before taking over the 'Future Helicopter' desk in the Directorate of Naval Air Warfare.

In 1979 he was appointed Naval Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet. He was promoted Captain during this appointment and then returned to the Ministry of Defence as Assistant Director of Naval Air Warfare. His subsequent appointments included Director of the Maritime Tactical School and command of the Type 22 frigates HMS BOXER and HMS BRILLIANT as Captain Second Frigate Squadron. In 1988 he commanded the Royal Naval 'Armilla' Task Force in the Gulf.

He was promoted Rear Admiral in 1989 on his appointment to SHAPE, Belgium as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) and Maritime Advisor to Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He became Flag Officer Naval Aviation in December 1990, serving in this appointment until his retirement from the Navy in 1993.

On leaving the Navy he spent five years as the National Director (CEO) of the Trident Trust, an educational charity whose principal activity was placing over 150,000 young people annually in work experience from 60 offices around the Country.

Commander Ian S Primrose

The following notice of the death of Commander Ian S Primrose was received 23rd December 2010

Dear All
I thought I should post the very sad news that Uncle Ian died, at home, on the 19th December. As I am sure you all expect, he was firing on all four right up until the last moment, but in the end it was all too much for him.
Embarrassingly, I don't many of the details yet of the next stages, but as soon as I know, someone will post them on here.
I apologise for this being so "matter of fact" but I only found this site when I was having a look at what he had done in his life. Like most of "us youngsters" the only time we look up things like this, it is usally too late..
Yours sincerely
Dan Primrose

The following translation from Spanish is a brief history of Commander Primrose's Royal Navy career taken from the South American Cruise Special Squadron booklet.

Scottish by birth, Captain Primrose joined the Royal Navy in 1938 as a Boy Seaman. At the time of the outbreak of war he was serving aboard HMS Repulse staying with her until 1941, then serving for the remainder of the war aboard destroyers. He took part in the Allied invasions of North Africa and Normandy. After the war ended Commander Primrose specialised in gunnery, serving in various ships and shore bases. Recently he was Commander of HMS Striker, operating with the Amphibious Operations Squadron in the Mediterranean. He took over Command of HMS Londonderry on completion of the construction in 1960. Captain Primrose is married and has one son and one daughter.

Lieutenant C.H.A. Brewster

Lt. C.H.A. Brewster's career started at "HMS Ganges" in 1939, when he was barely 16. He came from a fairly poor family and he always said that the best thing he ever did was join the navy, 3 meals a day for a start... After "Ganges" he joined "Shropshire" a County Class cruiser and was in her for a couple of years during which time, age 21, he advanced to Petty Officer and did some gunnery courses at Chatham. "Shropshire" was in the Arctic convoys before she was given to the Australian Navy to replace the "Sydney" which had been sunk by a German armed merchant raider. Charles always had a strong affection for the "Shropshire" and over the last few years he carried her standard for the HMAS "Shropshire" Association.

In 1943 Charles joined the "Campbell" for a short while and then the "Kilmore", both ships were serving in the Western Approaches, but he was called ashore to complete gunnery courses. He finally emerged as a Gunnery Instructor (Gunner's Mate then), went to the "Wolfe" and "Chieftan" at which time he married Dot and managed to wangle a 2 year draft to Malta for the "Forth" and then "Maidstone". Charles qualified as a Commissioned Gunner and qualified as a Dagger Gunner for which only a few exceptional gunners were selected.

He had some time in "Loch Alvie" and "Crispin" (Red Hand Flotilla): was a Sub Divisional Officer at "Ganges" in 1954. 1955 he was G.O. in "Cassandra", the following year as 2nd G.O. in the "Jamaica". In 1959 was appointed as the G.O. for "Londonderry" (and I joined him as his Fire Control Officer). After "Derry" Charles spent a short while in the Reserve Fleet before taking an early retirement. His Reserve Fleet time had given him the opportunity to acquire some accounting skills and he came to Australia in 1965 (I think). As we all know Charles was an excellent Divisional Officer and was proficient in every undertaking, as a seaman and as a well qualified gunnery officer. I was extremely disappointed when Charles was "passed over" for promotion to Lt. Cdr, it was a dream of his to get that far, but it was not to be. Such were the machinations of the Navy in the 1960s.

Charles died on July 3rd 2004 and was buried on the 8th July at a ceremony attended by his family, representatives from the RNA, HMS Ganges Association, friends and shipmates.

David Rees.

Sub Lieutenant D L Rees

David Rees joined the Royal Navy at HMS Ganges as a boy seaman entrant, 1945-46, Drake 39 mess. He trained initially as a Radar Plotter and qualified in 1959 as a sub-lieutenant special duties (gunnery) at which rank he served aboard HMS Londonderry. He returned to HMS Ganges as a second divisional officer 1962-64 after leaving HMS Londonderry. He retired from the Royal Navy in 1968 and subsequently emigrated to Australia and served in the RAN from 1968 until 1970. Sub Lieutenant Rees was a founder member of the HMS Ganges Association, Victoria Division, Australia and worked tirelessly for both the HMS Ganges Association and the Royal Naval Association in Australia. Vale David Lawrence Rees 1929-2014.
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