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14-06-2008, 20:47
Admiral F.R.Twiss was my skipper aboard the cruiser CEYLON 1958/60 commission and held in high esteem by the crew. He was the Gunnery Officer aboard a cruiser which was sunk by Japanese Naval planes off Singapore and ended up in a Japanese P.O.W.camp where he like most prisoners of the Japs suffered a great deal ie:hunger and beatings, when he was released after the war he weighed less than 6st. He returned to service after a period of recovery and ended up an Admiral and also was "Black Rod", the guy with the baton who bangs on the doors at parliament to be let in. You might be interested to also know that Admiral Twiss was the instigator of getting the the issue of rum stopped in the Navy--we all make mistakes. While in charge of the CEYLON he put a ban on chewing gum on the upperdeck and on a visit to YOKOHAMA the mayor of the city invited him to a meeting but he refused the offer(never got over the treatment that he received from the Japs) and sent a message back to him that if he wanted a meeting then he would have to come to him, the mayor came aboard to a cool reception from the Captain,
he never put a foot ashore on Japanese soil while we were there.

14-06-2008, 22:00
Interesting post Dave. He sounds like he was a bit of a character!

14-06-2008, 22:37
His attitude to the Japanese was fully understandable in view of his past experience as a POW.

15-06-2008, 08:44
I was at a CEYLON reunion in which he was invited shortly after he was made up to an Admiral and there were 8 of us from the last commission which he was captain and I was surprised when we were introduced to him by the chairman he remembered us all by name---can you beat that, as I said he was held in high esteem by the crew of that ship, not now with us (R.I.P), A gentleman,and a great guy.

15-06-2008, 08:55
It's men like him that made the RN great.

A good story. Thanks for posting it.