HMS Ark Royal R-09
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July 20, 2019

I served on the Ark Royal R09 as an AB from 1964 {when she was in refit} and for the following far east commission. Having only just found this site I apologise for the delay in answering the question. After some searching for the quarterdeck bell, we located it at RNAS Yeovilton Air Museum and decided to recreate a photo of me polishing it taken in 1964 on the quarterdeck in the North Sea before setting out for the far east.

On arrival we found a bell quite quickly, but realised that it was the commemoration version with all of the names on it but not too far away we also found the quarterdeck version. The recreation of me polishing the bell 54 years on was duly carried out, but I must admit that the bell looked in much better condition than me! If you wish to get any information on the whereabouts of any items, we found the Portsmouth Museums in the dockyard very helpful.

Mike Cox
Leonard Stanley, Gloucestershire, U.K.

June 7, 2019

I was wondering if there are any Royal Marine records of those who served on the Ark Royal in the 1950's. I have been told my father was a batman on board at some point but that is all I know. His name was Ronald Willey.

Glyn Willey

May 26, 2019

Would like some help. I'm trying to find a crew member of HMS Ark Royal. Served in late 70's. Who dated a Julie Folley from Glenholt in Plymouth. He had a friend called Steven Salter 1976? He was tall dark hair, maybe surname Dillingham? or Handley. Not sure. I be grateful for any help even. Navy wedding took place 1978 in Plymouth.

Thank you,
Brook Easton

May 3, 2019

My mother met my father in 1965. I was told he served on the Ark Royal as Chief Petty Officer (Chef). His name I was told was either Kenneth Charles Ware, or it was Peter Kenneth Ware. My relatives told me this. I was wondering if any one can help me track him down. I was 6 when I first saw him. I have a twin called Shireen and not seen him since. I was told my mum stayed in Plymouth on the base in 1965 she was called Beatrice Mary Bates. If anyone can help I would be grateful.

Jacqueline Latham

Feb. 27, 2019

I am attempting to find a cousin who served on HMS Ark Royal in the early 60's his name is David Low, born in Kirkaldy Scotland in 1939. Any info would be gratfully welcomed.

Tom Smith

Feb. 26, 2019

Hoping to find anyone who may remember my late father Peter Stokes who was an able seaman on RO9 anytime up to 1964. At that time he would have been in his late 20's. I'm ashamed to say I never really paid much attention to his naval career and now he's gone it's too late. I can remember his hat with the Ark Royal ribbon on though. He was stationed in Malta where he met and married my mother and had 2 children out there, me being the oldest. I've several photos of ships at sea. Aircraft carriers and alike. Pictures of shipmates, but no names. No dates and no info. All very sad really. As I'm going into my pension years I would like to at least pass on some info of his naval past to his grand and great grandchildren. A very hopeful sailor's daughter.

Jane Andrews

Feb. 17, 2019

Am trying to find Malcolm Argyll Scott, he was R.N.A. Mechanic in mid 60's. He was from Co. Durham.

Maggie Bridges

Dec. 3, 2018

Having served on the Ark Royal as a Leading Seaman 1965 / 1966, can you tell me if their is an Ark Royal Association. I am now 79 living in Carterton Oxfordshire by the RAF Brize Norton airbase. I am also in contact with Terry Rice who was serving on the Ark Royal as an AB at the time. We are both members of The Royal Yacht Association which I left before joining the Ark Royal and Terry joined after he left Ark Royal.

Ron Bemmer

Nov. 13, 2018

I have seen a lot of people asking about Ark's ship's bell. It is at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.

Brian Fairbotham


Aug. 6, 2018

I am trying to find anybody that served with my dad James Hewitt (Jim) in 815 squadron in the 1960's. He passed away 3 years ago unfortunately. I'd just like to hear any memories or story's about him.


Aug 5, 2018

Looking to make contact with anyone that served with my father, Graham Morris. I believe he worked in the engine room? Not sure what years he served, somewhere in the 50's and 60's? Graham now resides in Australia.

Thor Mclean

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