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Feb. 4, 2019

I am making enquiries regarding a relatives service on the HMS Eagle. His name is Stanley Kitchen and we believe he served on HMS Eagle in 1952. He is 90 this year and we are having a celebration for him on 28th April. It would be fantastic if we could have some recognition of his service. We were also wondering if we could buy a model of the ship. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Lyn Small

Aug. 20, 2018

I hope someone remembers my dad, George Brown (Jud). He served on HMS Eagle in the 50's - early 60's (I'm not sure). He was a cook and I believe may have been a PO. If anyone remembers Jud I would love to hear your stories or see any pictures you might have.

Julie Brown

Mar. 24, 2018

I was trying to find information about my grandfather, who was in Mombasa an east African coast region around 1964-1966. As far as I checked it was HMS Eagle that was around in Mombasa, Kenya in those years. His name was Collins Phew as far as we know or maybe close to that he used to date a local girl named Zeynab Maabadi and they had a son he named him Robert. If anyone remember anything or remember him I would appreciate the info.

Ishore Collins

Jan. 16, 2018

It's a long shot but I'm trying to find anyone that new my dad only info I can find is that he was listed on the crew of HMS Eagle in 1966. His name is hard to forget it's Kenneth Ernest Reginald Williams.
Any help please

Mikey Williams

June 23, 2017

I am absolutely amazed to recognize some old 800 Squadron Personnel on a site I had never tried before, Steve Platts, (number 32 , Mar 15 2014 ). I had only just been looking at old photos of he and I in number 1s and shades in Nice in 1971. And chopper N. Harris was also familiar as he was on detachment from the RAF to 800 NAS SQD, (number 37 May 1st 2014.) I was serving on board EAGLE as a L/A 1 Safety Equipment person. I also ended up in Changi hospital but with sunburn. Wow small world, I now live in S. Wales.

Mike "Taff" Evans

Sept. 1, 2016

I am looking for people who have sailed with John Jessop (my girlfriends father) on HMS Eagle and have stories about things which happened on board. He is still alive but his health is decorating and I hope to be able to cheer him up by telling him about stories and provide him with photographs etc. He used to be second in command and also has been commander of Eagle and Centaur during an Eagle refit, whereby Centaur did provide a place to stay for all seamen. Although he has a couple of nice photo-albums, his hat, monoculars and decorations, he does not have any commission books as far as we know. He also used to be captain on HMS Alliance, so if there are people who know him from Alliance commissions, I am also happy to know more about that.

With kind regards,
Erik van Garderen

June 22, 2016

An HMS Eagle sailors hat, in fair condition with strap has just come into my possession, with the name "P SWARTY" on the inside lining. I've searched various crew lists without success , in a effort to find family members to pass the hat on to. Any suggestions would be welcome in this matter.

Kindest regards,
Peter McDermott


Nov. 12, 2015

My late farther, Stanley John Spencer, served so I believe on HMS Eagle either in the Navy or part of the Fleet Air Arm. I know he went to Malta and Rome and that's about it? How can I find any information on him as my mom and dad separated in the early 70's? I have no other information. I really would appreciate any help, assistance or guidance were I could start to find out some more history or records of him.

Kindest regards,
Dean Spencer

May 27, 2015

My birth father served on HMS Eagle when I was little, as far as I know he was a PTI. (I was born 1963, and my sister was born in Malta in 1960.) His name is Mick (Michael) Large. I have not had any contact with him since he left when I was 5. I was told he has a new family, I do not want to contact him, but would just like to know if he is still alive.

Sandi Castle

Mar. 27, 2015

I have an old friend who served on the Eagle in 1954 for two years as part of the fleet air arm, his job I believe was in the oxygen dept. and sometimes helped move aircraft on deck. His name is Nevil (Mort) Morton. Wondered with all your association contacts whether anyone remembers him.

With best regards,
John Lewis

Dec. 7, 2014

I was just wondering if anyone knew my dad, C.P.O. James (Dodger) Long, he might have still been a P.O. then. He was on H.M.S. Eagle during the Suez Crisis. When he was drafted we went home to Scotland and I remember getting a Christmas card "From Daddy and ship mates". Dad was in the photo, I can recall it being a kiddies party and them getting pressies. I was always miffed I couldn't go to the parties, but being just seven I could be forgiven. It could have been the year after that the photo wad taken because i'm sure I didn't see him for about two years or maybe my memory is not as good nowadays. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers him.

Thank you,
June Clubb (nee Long)

Oct. 23, 2014

I was a boy Seaman at HMS St. Vincent in Gosport Hampshire for a year, 16 Years old. I joined HMS Eagle in about May 1955 I was on there for about 9 months, I wonder if anyone remembers John Brewer who was a Signalman from bridgewater in Somerset, and Leading Seaman Bray. We sailed also to Gibraltar, Malta, Sicily, Naples, Trondheim. I was in the Navy for three years. I signed on for nine years, but I was Honorably Discharged. After serving on HMS Whitby, Anti-Submarine Frigate. Those were not my most happy days, but I did make a few friends with the Sailors. If any of you are still around can you say hello.

Anthony "Tony" Houghton
Aliso Viejo, California

Reply 1.
Dec. 10, 2014

Tug Wilson, an HMS Consort Association shipmate, has of recently drawn my attention to the H.M.S. Eagle, message board, where message 38 on 23rd October 2014 from Anthony "Tony" Houghton, was enquiring about an old shipmate of his named John Brewer. Well Michael, due to the fact that "Tony" Houghton, within his message made mention of the fact that John Brewer, was a Signalman who hailed from Bridgewater in Somerset, that was enough to establish the identity of John Brewer who was one of the founder members of the H.M.S. Consort Association. Michael, pass this email on to Anthony "Tony Houghton as the link below will I am sure be of interest to him.                                                                                                                                                                                     Yours Aye,
Willie Leitch

May 1, 2014

I am now retired, but was a junior officer in the RAF when assigned to 800 NAS in 1970. I was a Buccaneer observer and flew on Eagle during her final commission. Unfortunately, I was medevaced off to Changi Hospital and so I was not with the ship for the final month. I am interested in contacting anyone from the ship's company who may have known me. In particular, anyone who may have been involved with producing 'Eagle Express' - the daily paper - and Radio 4XO. I contributed to the paper on occasions and had a regular spot on the radio.

A. Harris

Mar. 3, 2014

I have an interesting problem that I hope you can solve for me. I served with the "Big E" on her last voyage before transferring to the Ark Royal around 1972.  Last seen together alongside in Plymouth dock yard bow to bow and the local paper headline was "Home to Die" before being scrapped off.  I have been trying to find this important photograph for many years without success but as you can see I am still trying.

Kind regards,
Francis Gallagher
demobbed 1974

Mar. 3, 2014

I believe my father, John Arthur Spencer, always known as Jack, was on HMS Eagle around 1956 - 1962. Unfortunately he passed away in 1988. I am interested to learn more of his time on board and in Malta around 1960. I have two photographs of him and a couple of mates from this time. I would love to have a photograph of the ship too.

Thank you,
Gail Spencer-Mollington

Oct. 31, 2013

With regard to PO Janering (Message #30), and his widow's posting; the name certainly rings a bell, but I do not recall his "trade"; Aircraft Artificer (AA)?? Electrical and /or Radio Electrical Artificer ?? However, I do have a large photo of all the Senior and Junior Rates, in "whites", taken aft by the "rounddown", with white ensign flying, and PO Janering may well appear in it  (I hope !!)

As to CPO Lynass ; he was a Chief Air Fitter (Ordnance), and would have been concerned with bombs, rockets, ejection seats, anything that went "bang"; these people tended to be a bit remote from the rest of us, down in the magazines etc, BUT; one of his "underlings" from that period lives near me  (I am in Tewkesbury) in Upton -on -Severn, so I will have a word with him. I understand that CPO Lynass, whose name appears in the ship's "roll of honour" of the six crewmen who died (1966-1969), died of heart failure in Stonehouse Hospital, Plymouth, but I can't be certain. Extraordinarily, last year I visited Beer, in Devon, and spoke to a total stranger (a lady) who turned out to be the aunt of a young ERA 3 who went over the side from Eagle (fatally) near Addu Attoll in the Indian Ocean in 1967. His name, confusingly, was Lynall. Unbelievable.

Roger Mills , ex -REM(A)
Ships Company, HMS Eagle,
Air Engineering Department, 1966-1969

Oct. 25, 2013

I was wondering If anyone can help me? I am trying to retrace and pictures of my grandad PETER HURVED who was a deep sea diver on HMS Eagle HMS chilcompton and HMS port Chester castle. I think this would of been between 1960's to late 1970's?

Hannah Barber

Apr. 2, 2013

I was on Eagle 1970, 71, (far flung) until her docking at Pompey on jan 22 / 72. On your site a Debbie Scott/ Elliot (Message #23) is asking of Stephen Platts. He and I were very good friends on 800 Sqdn at that time. Last time I saw him was at HMS Daedalus early 1972. He bought himself out and went back to Sydney. Debbie, or anyone who knows his whereabouts, I would very much like to contact him, also any other (old) friends. Keep up the good work.

Roger Gardiner

Reply 1
Mar. 15, 2014

Wow, hi ya Roger, just seen your message. How are you my old mate? We had some good times, very many happy memories. I'm living in UK at the moment, never did get back to Sydney, unfortunately. Working for MoD in IT Networking. Married , 2 kids, well they're grown up now, both boys, 31 and 35. 65 next month but no plans to retire just yet. Be great to hear from you.


Steve Platts

Feb. 12, 2013

It is my sad duty to announce the passing of my dad, Michael Rainsforth, on the 4th of Feb. 2013. He was born 11th of Sept. 1937 and joined and trained at H.M.S. Ganges in 1953. Then went on to serve on various ships. Shipmate called him Michael "Stormy" Rainsforth hence rains come forth stormy weather.
(Able Seaman Michael Rainsforth, R.N. Collection)

Michael Rainsforth, Jr.

Jan. 24, 2013

I do hope someone can help me. I am looking for a photograph of my late husband, Brian David Janering, who was a Fleet Air Arm artificer. He was a PO on the Eagle in the 1960's in the workshop I think. He joined her in the Far East and was aboard her standing off Aden when the British Forces were repatriated. I remember seeing an official photo of him with the crew on board Eagle in my Mother-in-law's house, they were all in tropical whites and shorts. 

Sadly we were abroad when she died and no-one knows what happened to the photo. He then transferred to the Air Force and became an Officer and an Air Traffic Controller.  He died last year after a heroic battle with cancer and our Grandchildren would dearly love to see a photograph of him on the Eagle. I have managed to find them a photo of Eagle steaming towards Gib, but a photo of him in uniform would be even better.

Thank you,
Mary Janering

Dec. 5, 2012

I'm looking for any information or pictures of my Granddad. He served on HMS Eagle in the Mid 50's as a Chief Petty Officer. His name is George Reginald Collins. I'm told he was nicknamed Jumper! He played for the Hockey team and I believe was pictured with the ship's company and the Queen in 1955. Any information would be wonderful.

Thank you,
Becky Collins

Nov. 13, 2012

I'm looking for any information on CPO James (Jim) Lynass Fleet Air Arm. He was serving on HMS Eagle when he died suddenly on August 10th 1968 aged 42. He was given a full naval funeral.  He left behind my mother Margaret, myself Lesley aged thirteen and my sister Linda aged 9. We had just moved to St. Budeaux from Lossiemouth and it was a very traumatic time in our lives. My mother never remarried and recently passed away. I would now like to find out all I can about him.

Many thanks,
Lesley Lynass

May 21, 2012

My brother-in-law is 60 this year and served on HMS Eagle 1968-72. I'm trying to locate any of his old comrades or information about his service days. His name is PETER RONALD MILLEN official no. D105399T and prior to leaving was Acting Leading Engineering Mechanic in Steam. Can you point me in the right direction?

Kind regards,
Roger Hill

May 15, 2012

My dad, Malcolm Liddle served on HMS Eagle during the late 60s/ early 70's, much of his time playing rugby for the ship and Royal Navy whilst serving around the far east, Australia and Med. I wondered if any of his old shipmates remembered him and have any stories to tell? Unfortunately, he's not too well at present so any contact would really make his day.

Many thanks,
Graeme Liddle

Dec. 31, 2011

I served on HMS EAGLE from approx Oct 1956 to Feb 1958. Although I was Engineering branch, I worked in the laundry onboard. It was a fully fitted laundry and capable of serving up to 2000 men. The laundry operatives which included myself had been fully trained in a civilian laundry in Devonport, prior to re-commissioning her.

I believe it was one of the best jobs aboard, the day to day regulations were not to stringent, and you can imagine the perks we were able to acquire from the various departments such as catering in exchange for extra laundry service. I have many happy memories of my time aboard her and the men I worked with in the Laundry.

Most of my time with Eagle was spent in the Mediterranean, Malta, Gibraltar, Cyprus etc, in fact Eagle spent a couple of periods anchored of Cyprus, when they had the Turkish/Cypriot crises. Unfortunately  any photos etc.  I had from  my Navy days, were lost many years ago,  I assume during one of three house moves. Anyway I was hoping to find some writings from that period on the site, however it appears not. But I shall continue to monitor it in the likelihood someone contributes.

Pete Purchase

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