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JOHN BRYANT  
hms-undaunted(at)msn(dot)com
Location:
BRISTOL
Saturday, 16. November 2013 13:19 IP: Write a comment Send E-mail

GUESTBOOK NOW CLOSED (HACKERS FCUKED IT FOR ALL) PLEASE USE FACEBOOK HMS UNDAUNTED ASSOCIATION .... JOIN F/B THEN JOIN THE GROUP. BIG JOHN.
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Jim Bryce  
Location:
Sunderland
Monday, 11. November 2013 16:55 Host: host-78-148-5-136.as13285.net Write a comment

Pleased you both managed to attend and get home safely. I went to my local cenotaph along with a few dozen others. Numbers increasing year on year, so bodes well for the future.
The parade in Sunderland city centre was one of the largest outside London, so pleased there were so many paying their respects.
Jim
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Dave Mead (Bopper)  
astaria(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk
Location:
southend on sea
Monday, 11. November 2013 08:19 Host: cpc8-sout7-2-0-cust105.20-1.cable.virginm.net Write a comment Send E-mail

aye shipmates as you most likely know that whiskey and myself marched at the cenotaph on Sunday.i was proud to march with the royal navy once again and also along side whiskey not bad for the only pongo marching with the royal navy.we had a great day but tired and worn out at the end of the day but worth it hope to be there in 2014 with whiskey again. all the best to you all if you went to your local services.
from Dave (Bopper)
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Whiskey  
alan666(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk
Location:
Basildon
Sunday, 10. November 2013 17:06 Host: cpc14-basl10-2-0-cust180.basl.cable.virginm.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Not long back from the Cenotaph in London where our wreath was laid on everyone's behalf:
Bopper and myself (along with 9,998 other well meaning veterans marching proudly with the sun full in our faces down Whitehall)
Met up with Wol Nangle during the muster round in Horse guards Parade (Good to see you again Wol) Never had much time to chat as Wol was marching with the HMS Tiger Section and Bopper and myself with the RNA contingency
A grand day as was had by all with all the usual gripes about standing about for almost 2 hours with aching legs and backs - Passing the time away by counting the number of hip flasks appearing and disappearing in the flash of a quick wet of the lips (Medicinal purposes only of course)
Before long it was down to business - Left - right - Left - right - Eyes left
(We even had an "about turn" thrown in to confuse everyone today - tut - tut - Oh how so easily they forget which way round to turn Ha Ha Ha)
A bloody great day and one in which Bopper and I were proud as Punch to have taken part in:
If you took part in your own local parades - then well done to you as well
Whiskey
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Jim Bryce  
Location:
Sunderland
Friday, 8. November 2013 21:36 Host: host-78-148-5-136.as13285.net Write a comment

Thank you for the informed sitrep Whiskey. It is appreciated, and I am sure that others who were unable to attend will share my thanks.
I am pleased that everything went off well and I would like to add my personal thanks to BJ for doing such a great job over the years.
I share your sentiments about Captain Cassidi, he was a great skipper, the best that I served under.
Brum, good luck with organising the 2014 reunion at Liverpool and I hope everything goes off well.
Jim
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WHISKEY WALKER  
alan666(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk
Location:
BASSILDON
Friday, 8. November 2013 09:13 IP: 5add8b77.bb.sky.com Write a comment Send E-mail

OK folks - Here we are again with the annual re-union Wash-Up BJ has asked for:
Weekend started with the usual job of Reception dishing out T-Shirts and Daily Orders to all arriving participants - Some new faces to meet this year as well which was rather nice, so welcome to those 1st timers and really great to see so many familiar faces arriving as well
Total "bums-on-seats" for Friday night was 97 and as per usual with The Aztec - dinner was really nice
Followed this with a first time experiment - we had a Quiz Night - Set by yours truly - I think it went down OK - Looked and sounded like it was enjoyed by everyone
Saturday saw 39 of us loading up onto a coach and headed off to Weston-Super-Mare for a bit of a day out: Luckily for us the weather held out so it wasn't too bad - Got us out of the hotel for a few hours anyway
Saturday evening - Gala Night was made even more special for us this year because we had a Guest-Of-Honour in attendance. Admiral Sir Desmond and Lady Cassidi had accepted BJ's invitation to attend as G-O-H
(For those who don't know - Some of us Undaunteds actually served under Captain Cassidi back in the 60's)
A truly memorable evening made all the more so by our old Skipper turning up: Those of us that knew him and served under him all respected the man (and still did) for what he was and meant to us - Probably the best Skipper any of us ever had in our respective time in The Mob:
We had 105 sitting down to eat this night - Others having arrived through the day for our Gala Dinner
After dinner the presentations were made to Admiral sir Desmond Cassidi and his good lady wife (Thanks must go to Taff Lages for that wonderful painting of the Undaunted the Admiral was presented with) He was chuffed to bits with that picture and it showed - Bloody well done Taff - From all of us mate
Then it was BJ's turn to get "stitched up" with his own presentation - Again it all went off perfectly and yet again a big thank you to Taff for the lovely picture of the Eagle / Yarmouth / Undaunted he did on behalf of all of us
BJ was stumped and touched by his gifts (for which by the way - May I say a huge thank you from my heart to all of you who made that possible - Your generosity was fantastic - Thank you)
Sunday alas came with the news of an impending storm blowing in from the Atlantic and due to hit the Bristol area early Monday: This caused a small "evacuation" by some of our numbers (Not that they could be blamed either - It was supposedly going to be blowing a "Hooli" come Monday morning - not the best weather to have to travel in)
We were reduced to 54 "bums-on-seats" for dinner Sunday night where we made the best of the night we could - - singing and dancing long past a sensible bed-time:
In summing up:- I'd say that as a final re-union as Organiser BJ can hold his head up and walk away feeling proud of what he has achieved these past 7 years.
He has ensured that everything that could be done - was done - and to the best of his abilities as well: Been some ups and been some downs but having served in The Mob we all know what life is really like - it never runs smoothly no matter how much you plan for it to do so:
I for one owe BJ so much because he has enabled me to meet up with a lot of old Shipmates I knew many years ago in another lifetime and also to meet a lot of new friends as well - - People I never knew or had never met - But am now more than proud to call my friends
Thank you for everything BJ - - Proud to have been at your side helping out.
Which leads me to the last of this report:- Welcome to Brum Durber - our new re union Organiser - you got a hard act to follow mate, but I'm sure we'll get there in the end because you'll have all the support needed from each and every one of us
Thanks again to everyone involved in Bristol 2013 - - Let's see what Liverpool 2014 brings shall we
To the best and For the best because you lot ARE the best
Whiskey Walker
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Dave Mead (Bopper)  
astaria(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk
Location:
southend on sea
Wednesday, 30. October 2013 07:20 Host: cpc8-sout7-2-0-cust105.20-1.cable.virginm.net Write a comment Send E-mail

AYE SHIPMATES HAD A GREAT TIME AGAIN AND IT WAS A PLEASURE TO MEET UP WITH EVERYONE AGAIN.THANKS TO BJ FOR INVITING MYSELF ABOARD AND ALL THE HARD WORK INVOLVED AND NOT FORGETTING WHISKEY THE HAPPY SNAPPER.
DISCO STEVE WAS GREAT ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY NIGHT CANT SAY MUCH ABOUT SATURDAY NIGHT VERY DISAPPOINTING. THE HOTEL,FOOD. ROOMS, NO FAULT ALL STAFF EXCELLANT.
HOPE EVERYBODY ARRIVED HOME SAFE ON MONDAY.
THANKS FOR MAKING ME WELCOME AGAIN
THE BOPPING PONGO
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Whiskey  
alan666(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk
Location:
Basildon
Tuesday, 29. October 2013 14:54 Host: cpc14-basl10-2-0-cust180.basl.cable.virginm.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Well what does one say after THAT weekend? Apart from how lovely it was to meet up with everyone once again of course.
I know the weather didn't help anyone but that's something we can't control unfortunately.
Massive congratulations to BJ on his last outing as Re-Union Organiser and I for one was more than pleased to see him squirming on Saturday night (GOTCHA BJ!)
On that note - From my heart to all of you - Thank you so very much for making that presentation to BJ possible - The man deserves the recognition for his outstanding workmanship over the past 7 years
Now we need to get as much behind Brum Durber as we did for BJ - Brum will need all the help he can get:
I shall be working closely with Brum (Just as I did with BJ) helping him out as best I can
Thank you all again for not making me go to the hospital to have that camera surgically removed from somewhere painful
I know it's a pain at times but you'll have some lovely memories when you get your discs (704 memories in fact!!!)
On that note - I shall be posting them out to morrow morning (Wednesday) so be patient - They are on their way.....
For those who wanted a disc and said they will E mail me with their postal addresses? Yep - - Any time you want please - Sooner I get it the sooner I can post your disc off to you
Thank you so much everyone - - It was great meeting up with everyone again and great meeting new friends for the first time as well
Whiskey Walker
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BIG JOHN  
Location:
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Monday, 28. October 2013 16:56 IP: 5add8b77.bb.sky.com Write a comment

this is safe shipmates ... aye. B.J.

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Jim Bryce  
Location:
Sunderland
Sunday, 13. October 2013 21:12 Host: host-78-148-5-136.as13285.net Write a comment

Some useful information regarding your
WINTER FUEL ALLOWANCE
About this time of the year, older taxpayers will again be receiving another 'Winter Fuel' payment.
This is indeed a very exciting programme and I'll explain it by using a Q & A format:
Q. What is a 'Winter Fuel' payment ?
A. It is money the government will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government get this money ?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money ?
A. Only a smidgen of it.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment ?
A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase gas and electricity...or a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?
A. Shut up.
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.K. Economy by spending your 'Winter Fuel' payment wisely:
* If you spend the money at Asda or Tesco, the money will go to China, Taiwan or Sri Lanka
* If you spend it on petrol your money will go to the Arabs
* If you purchase a computer it will go to India, Taiwan or China
* If you purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico , Honduras and Guatemala
If you buy an efficient car it will go to Japan or Korea
* If you purchase useless stuff it will go to Taiwan
* If you pay off your credit cards or buy shares, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.
Instead, keep the money in the UK by:
1. Spending it at car boot sales
2. Going to night clubs
3. Spending it on prostitutes
4. Buying beer or whisky
5. Getting yourself a Tattoo
6. Visiting a bookie
(These are the only UK businesses still operating in the U.K. )
Conclusion: Be patriotic - go to a night club with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a car boot sale and drink beer day and night !
No need to thank me...just glad I could be of help.
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Mac McPherson  
macadian(at)gmail(dot)com
Location:
Canada
Thursday, 3. October 2013 18:06 Host: xplr-234-225-35-174.xplornet.com Write a comment Send E-mail

And so another unsung hero (to the masses) crosses the bar....RIP Sir!
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Whiskey  
alan666(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk
Location:
Basildon
Thursday, 3. October 2013 10:36 Host: cpc14-basl10-2-0-cust180.basl.cable.virginmedia.com Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Jon
Didn't know your Grandfather but that doesn't matter: The fact is he was a Shipmate of the Undaunted and that makes him "family" to us lot as well
My deepest sympathies to your good self and to your family at the sad loss of John
I'm sure you'll all miss him
He'll be at the rum fanny now awaiting his tot - I'll raise my glass to him and wish him a calm passage to Home waters once more
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Jim Bryce  
Location:
Sunderland
Wednesday, 2. October 2013 18:57 Host: host-92-17-10-108.as13285.net Write a comment

Hello Jon and many thanks for breaking the sad news of the passing of your grandfather. Anyone who served on Undaunted, regardless of the time, is considered part of our wider family, your grandfather being no exception.
The ship was laid down in September 1942, launched in 1943 and entered service in March 1944, so it is probably from that time that he served on her.
My condolences to you and your family at this very sad time.

Jim
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jon cottrell  
joncot1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk
Location:
s.wales
Wednesday, 2. October 2013 00:00 Host: host-2-102-89-87.as13285.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello, My name is Jon Cottrell. My grandfather John Trevor Cottrell recently passed he served on the undaunted for approx. 4 years around 1940-44. My grandmother would like to extend a invitation for anyone who may have known him to attend the funeral being held on the 10th October in Cardiff my email is joncot1@hotmail.co.uk for anyone who would like further details.
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Jim Bryce  
Location:
Sunderland
Wednesday, 4. September 2013 21:01 Host: host-78-146-161-250.as13285.net Write a comment

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.
Well, for example, the other day, my wife and I went into Newcastle and visited a shop. When we came out, there was a Traffic Warden writing out a parking ticket.
We went up to him and I said, 'Come on, how about giving a senior citizen a break?'
He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.
I called him an arsehole.
He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn-out tyres.
So Anne called him a shit head.
He finished the second ticket and put it on the windscreen with the first.
Then he started writing more tickets.
This went on for about 20 minutes.
The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.
Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it and went home.
We weren't too concerned about the vehicle's owners because of the "Newcastle United" stickers on the back windows.
We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired.
It's important at our age.
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John Bryant  
hms_undaunted(at)msn(dot)com
Location:
Bristol
Tuesday, 20. August 2013 12:32 IP: 5e0cf92f.bb.sky.com Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi my name is Lynne Brown - my Dad - Thomas Lawson DOB - 20/07/1925 was presented with the Arctic Star Medal on sunday 19/08/2013 by Captain Chris Smith - He served on HMS Undaunted as a gunner in 1944 .Hope this is of interest to you .

alasdairbmacgilp@tiscali.co.uk
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Mac Mcpherson  
ralstonmcpherson(at)hotmail(dot)com
Location:
Ontario, Canada
Monday, 19. August 2013 19:22 Host: webacc.csc-scc.gc.ca Write a comment Send E-mail

One of many unsung heroes, just like your dad Harry, mine and so many others. Heartening to see such as Thomas Lawson being recognized and appreciated!

From the Courier - He served on four or five missions. It was a really bad time and a lot of people didnt want to talk about it. But for him to receive the medal was very special.

Serving on HMS Undaunted, Mr Lawson, a gunner, was one of around 66,000 sailors who risked their lives to help the Soviets fend off German advances by supplying them with arms and ammunition during the conflict.

More than 3,000 died on the missions, which saw crews navigate a gauntlet of German U-boats and planes and ice fields. The Arctic Star was only issued last year after a near 70-year campaign by veterans to have their service recognised.
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Whiskey  
alan666(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk
Location:
Basildon
Monday, 19. August 2013 13:15 Host: cpc14-basl10-2-0-cust180.basl.cable.virginmedia.com Write a comment Send E-mail

Many congratulations to young Thomas for his Arctic Medal award
Took them long enough to recognise the work that Thomas and the rest of the lads did during that conflict but better-late-than-never as they say
Well done Shipmate

Harry Hawkes:
My dad did 2 trips, but not enough time was served as he was on loan, not awarded the Atlantic Star, so no medal
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Jim Bryce  
Location:
Sunderland
Sunday, 18. August 2013 21:11 Host: host-78-146-161-250.as13285.net Write a comment

Very pleased to read that Thomas Lawson has received his medal in recognition of his service.

Jim
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Captain Chris Smith Royal Navy  
Location:
Rosyth
Sunday, 18. August 2013 20:33 IP: 82.153.149.182 Write a comment

As the Naval Regional Commander for Scotland & Northern Ireland, it gave me huge pleasure to present Thomas Lawson (age 88) with his Arctic Star Medal today. An absolute delight to meet him and the family who had arranged the medal and presentation as a big surprise. Enormous privilege. Thank you.
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