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Old 11-07-2017, 17:32
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Hello,
Have joined as I am trying to piece together my father's naval service as best I can.
He served in the 50s and early 60s.
I know he served on Rorqual, Alaric and Sea Devil (all subs) but that is all I know so far.

He was the LREM on the Rorqual at its Service of Blessing on 24/10/1958
There was a fire on Rorqual in 1958 for which my father received a commendation from the Rear-Admiral in the following January. I know nothing else re the fire or what he did..

My user name is a nickname he had due to his liking for Champagne.

I am in the process of requesting his service records but have yet to receive them.

I did not follow in his footsteps, however. I joined the Army....

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Old 11-07-2017, 20:48
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Hello BubblyBonham and a very warm welcome to the Forums. Hopefully, you will get his records shortly and you are welcome to add a copy to this thread and we will endeavour to explain its contents. The Submarine at Gosport might be able to help you regarding the fire but, hopefully, one of our members may recall the incident and help. Good luck with your research.

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Old 12-07-2017, 18:58
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Thank you for the warm welcome.
I will contact the Submarine Museum in relation to the fire.

Would i be right in thinking my father's service number looks like this C/KX followed by 6 numbers (my Army number was just numbers....)?

I thank you for the offer in deciphering his records - I will upload what I can when I get them.

Thanks again,

Chris.
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Old 12-07-2017, 21:34
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Would i be right in thinking my father's service number looks like this C/KX followed by 6 numbers (my Army number was just numbers....)?


Chris.
Yes, and the C would indicate that his base port was Chatham.

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Old 13-07-2017, 07:29
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Yes, and the C would indicate that his base port was Chatham.

Jim
If he was a Submariner his Prefix No would have been P

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Old 13-07-2017, 13:52
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Not so. C denotes Chatham base port, K = stoker and the X defines his pay scale. This was introduced in the 1931 pay award. The X was dropped in 1953.
Home port drafting P=Portsmouth, D=Devonport and C=Chatham was done away with in 1957 when central drafting ( HMS Centurion at Haslemere) took over but the letters remained on the official number simply to show a man's base port preference.
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Old 13-07-2017, 18:42
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I have access to the crew listing for the Rorqual at ts Service of Blessing in 1953 and he is listed as LREM - I think this means Leading Radio ****** the rest I am not so sure.
Anyone know the rest (of course you do.... ) and what this would entail? I always thought he was "Radio and Radar" but I am not sure..


Chris

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Old 13-07-2017, 21:36
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I have access to the crew listing for the Rorqual at ts Service of Blessing in 1953 and he is listed as LREM - I think this means Leading Radio ****** the rest I am not so sure.
Anyone know the rest (of course you do.... ) and what this would entail? I always thought he was "Radio and Radar" but I am not sure..


Chris
LREM - Leading Radio Electrical Mechanic who would maintain radio and radar equipment onboard.

Jim
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Old 14-07-2017, 10:33
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Hello,
Have joined as I am trying to piece together my father's naval service as best I can.
He served in the 50s and early 60s.
I know he served on Rorqual, Alaric and Sea Devil (all subs) but that is all I know so far.

He was the LREM on the Rorqual at its Service of Blessing on 24/10/1958
There was a fire on Rorqual in 1958 for which my father received a commendation from the Rear-Admiral in the following January. I know nothing else re the fire or what he did..

My user name is a nickname he had due to his liking for Champagne.

I am in the process of requesting his service records but have yet to receive them.

I did not follow in his footsteps, however. I joined the Army....
I would have expected the affectionate term of "Bubbly" referred to a liking for Rum rather than Champagne. The most coveted duty on the mess-deck was "Bubbly Bosun" responsible for serving the daily tot !

Regards

Gerry
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Old 14-07-2017, 19:19
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I say champagne.....it might have been the rum; he did like a drink or two.
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LREM? Yes that would make sense as I believe that at time electrical and engineering were combined under one umbrella and ergot his official number explains things absolutely.
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