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Joined this forum to hopefully help me break down some naval mysteries:)
I`m ex Army myself (10 years in the Royal Signals) but my father (Basil Wilfred DANIEL) served as a national serviceman from 1951-57 as a Stoker Mechanic. He served on the Oceanagraphic Survey Ship, HMS Dalrymple during that time surveying the Gulf.
My main interest is however local history and twofold; first trying to trace the service history of two ships "sponsored" by the Ogmore Valley during World War II, one was HMS Quannet, a boom layer the other an MTB.
Secondly I am trying to trace the career of a "Naval Pensioner" as stated on the 1841 census who allegedly spoke several languages and taught a local "titled" family in Margam. He was born in 1767 and died in 1843. Not au faux with Naval pensions, would he have been an officer to qualify for a pnsion at this time?
Welcome to the forum Huw. I hope you get answers to your mysteries and whilst with us, read the many interesting threads.
There's more here than just naval matters. As an ex army man I hope you find them of interest to you.
Many thanks Herakles. I have an interest in all things military, particularly when connected to the Ogmore Valley (ex Mining Community in South Wales), having just spent several years extracting all the military deaths of men and women from the locality, which we hope to publish before too long, although I keep discovering the odd one to add every now and then.
As Secretary of our local history society we often get "military" articles for our annual Journal and I have a graet time researching "additional" factual information to add in to the articles, if appropriate.
This year we have a article on how the VIGUS family came to the valley with the Great Western Railway in the 1920`s after the authors father (William George VIGUS) had joined the Royal Navy Division in 1915 and was on board HMS Vindictive for the "Dover Raids".
Whilst resarching this I discovered the co-incidence of another Ogmore Valley man, Davies NOYE was also on HMS Vindictive for the Dover raids and survived to tell the local paper his story of this naval engagement...
It looks like your Society is doing great work keeping history alive. I hope local schoolchildren are exposed to all this.
Welcome . The HMS Dalrymple connection caught my eye and if you want more info you could contact the Survey Ships Association. The editor of our magazine Fix and Sound is Bert Miles and I know that some of our members are ex-Dalrymple, they may have known your father.
Berts email is email@example.com
Best of luck.
Welcome, I remember the Dalrymple..She was in the Gulf at the time I was there on the Wild Goose. Met members of the crew a few times and had a few wets in Bahrein with some of them.I believe they were at Korumshah??,at the same time as us. This of course before the Mossadeque problem.
Absolutely....We have very close links with the three remaining schools (2 Primary and one Secondary) in our area. Indeed we have located our Ogmore Valley Miners Memorial, Timeline and Archive in Ogmore Vale Primary School where the teaching staff are extremely enthusiastic also.
With Lottery help we gave a copy of our Miners Memorail Journal (miners killed in the Ogmore Valley 1865-1984) free to every child of the three schools and Olympics permitting we`ll be doing the same with our "Military Deaths" Journal....
Many thanks I`ll drop them a line.....
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