World Naval Ships Forums  
VIEW ALL OF OUR CURRENT SPECIAL OFFERS HERE!

Go Back   World Naval Ships Forums > Naval History > Navy Ship Crew Reunions
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Navy Ship Crew Reunions Got information about a reunion? Announce it here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 19-09-2010, 12:59
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

There were 69 V & W Class destroyers built at the end of WW1 and although they were all scrapped at the end of WW2 some of the men who served on 25 of the V&Ws are still alive & active today. The V & W Association was formed in 1993 and publishes a magazine HARD LYING and has a REUNION once a year. Relatives of those who served on V & Ws can join as Associate members.

For further details see: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/V&W.html

Bill Forster
Associate member of the V & W Association
And son of Lt(E) William Redvers Forster RNR

Last edited by Bill Forster : 19-09-2010 at 13:01. Reason: correct number from 23 to 25
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 18-01-2011, 19:10
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default V & W Association Reunion, 2011

If you had a family member who served on a V & W CLass destroyer & would like to meet the men who served with him you should attend this year's reunion of V & W veterans at Weston-super-Mare from the 8 - 11 April.

Details can be seen at: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/V&W.html

Please note bookings have to me made by the END OF JANUARY.

Bill Forster
Associate member of the V & W Association
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-09-2011, 09:37
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default John S. Appleby, Secretary of the V & W Association

John Appleby, Secretary of the V & W Association, died on the 30 August aged 86. John served on two V & Ws, HMS WIVERN and HMS VIVIEN.

A brief outline of his service career can be seen on the V & W Associations web page at: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/V&W.html

In later life he was a school teacher and ordained Minister and was much in demand at naval functions and at funerals of naval officers.

In addition to being Secretary of the V & W Association he was branch secretary of the Russian Convoy Club and chaplain to both the Burma Star Association and the Merchant Navy Association.

Bill Forster
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 19-09-2011, 11:36
jainso31 jainso31 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: DONCASTER S.YORKS UK
Posts: 8,747
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

John Appleby had a long life and he spent it well. May this GOM Rest in Peace.
Thank you for the postings Bill.

jainso31
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 20-12-2012, 10:25
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default V & W Association Reunion, 2013

Next year's Weekend Reunion will be held at the Lord Leycester Hotel in Warwick from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April 2013.

Highlights are the annual dinner on the Saturday night & the the mystery coach tour on the Sunday.

Book direct with the hotel by phoning 01926-491481.

Relatives of men who served on V & Ws can join as Associate Members.

For further details see: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/V&W.html

Bill Forster
Associate Member
Son of Lt(E) William R Forster RNR
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-12-2013, 20:18
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

Just a reminder that veterans who served on V & Ws will be holding their annual reunion in Eastbourne on the 11 - 14 April 2014.

For further details of how to join the Association and to book a place at the reunion see: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/V&W.html

Bill Forster
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 18-01-2015, 17:09
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

The V&W Destroyer Association is developing its own web site so that the 69 V & W Class destroyers will continue to sail through time and space on the WWW long after its members have all "passed the bar".

See it here: http://www.vandwdestroyerassociation.org.uk/index.html

The Association is holding its annual reunion this year at Harrogate from the 20 - 23 March. Further details on the web site.

Associate members are welcome to attend.

Bill Forster

Last edited by Bill Forster : 18-01-2015 at 17:09. Reason: spelling!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 19-01-2015, 10:40
tim lewin tim lewin is offline
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: E. Sussex
Posts: 2,897
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

well done with this; i am in touch with a local chap who served the whole war in Westminster, a couple of years ago when Westminster came to the Pool of London i arranged for him to go aboard and present the new ship with the book of memories of the "old" Westminster put together when she paid off and the end of the War. A royal reception and tour of the ship was guaranteed. Anyone who went to sea in the Arctic, or Atlantic in these sturdy but small, and very narrow, ships deserves a medal just for being there.
I also participated in the ceremony to remember HMS Veteran and her total loss in the Atlantic escorting convoy RB1 (Convoy Maniac)
tim
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Greenwich memorial4.jpg (771.1 KB, 14 views)
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 19-01-2015, 13:19
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

Tim,

I interviewed Mick Baron at the the V & W Association's reunion at Eastbourne in April last year and link to his interview (on my Dropbox account) from a "skeleton" page for HMS WESTMINSTER.

It's not linked in since apart from the interview there is really nothing on the page but I hope to recruit a family member to research WESTMINSTER so that I can create a web site about it. Initially, the main resource will be the articles written by Association members for their Newsletter HARD LYING and republished in a book of the same name which is now out of print.

Perhaps I ought to send you a private mail about this in case you and your veteran friend are willing to help?

Bill
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-02-2015, 21:42
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

This year's annual reunion of the V & W DESTROYER ASSOCIATION will be held at Harrogate from the 20 - 23 March.

For details see the web site of the Association: http://www.vandwdestroyerassociation.org.uk/index.html

Bill Forster
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-03-2015, 20:14
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

I shall be demonstrating the web site of the V & W DESTROYER ASSOCIATION at their annual reunion at Harrogate from the 20 - 23 March: http://www.vandwdestroyerassociation.org.uk/index.html

And am looking for research editors for each of the 69 V & W Class destroyers.

Frank Donald's father was the CO of HMS VIMY and died on the bridge of his ship at Boulogne on the 23 May 1940.

Frank has began work on the web site about his father's first - and last - comand: http://www.vandwdestroyerassociation...imy/index.html

Are there others on this Forum whose fathers served on a V & W Class destroyer who would like to join us in creating this new web site?

Bill Forster

PS My father served on HMS VENOMOUS.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 15-04-2015, 20:01
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default HRH Prince Philip & the V & W Association

I read out a personal message from Prince Philip at the reunion of the V & W Destroyer Association at Harrogate on the 21 March.

Prince Philip served on the V and W Class destroyer and flotilla leader, HMS Wallace, from the 28 January 1942 until December 1943. He joined as a sub lieutenant, gained his second stripe on the 16 July and in October became first lieutenant, at 21 years old one of the youngest first lieutenants in the Royal Navy. He has been the Patron of the V&W Destroyer Association since 1994.

Please read the message from Prince Philip on the home page of the newly launched V & W Destroyer Association web site: http://www.vandwdestroyerassociation.org.uk/index.html

I need your support if this new venture is to succeed.

Bill Forster
V & W Destroyer Association
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-01-2016, 19:59
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

This year's Reunion of the men who served on V & W Class destroyers will be held at St Ives (near Cambridge) from Friday the 15 - Sunday 17 April (leaving on the Monday).

Join as an Associate Member and come to the Reunion to meet the veterans and find out what it was like to live and fight on the V & W's.

Further details of the Association and this year's Reunion can be seen on their web site: http://www.vandwdestroyerassociation..._ShipList.html

Work has began on telling the story of the 69 destroyers of the V & W Class: http://www.vandwdestroyerassociation..._ShipList.html

Bill Forster
son of
Lt(E) William R Forster RNR (1900-75)
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 18-01-2016, 14:10
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: Listen online to the veterans of V & W Class Destroyers

I have recorded interviews with the veterans at their annual reunions since 2013 and these can now be listened to online from a page on the web site of the V & W DESTROYER ASSOCIATION: http://www.vandwdestroyerassociation...ecordings.html

Bill Forster

son of
Lt(E) William Redvers Forster RNR
HMS VENOMOUS
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-02-2016, 13:11
tim lewin tim lewin is offline
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: E. Sussex
Posts: 2,897
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

Dear Bill,
Here is a "memory" for your collection, this one from HMS Westcott in the Arctic, Christmas 1943.....sorry I don't have a picture to go with it. I am still in touch with the writer....

tim
Attached Images
File Type: pdf V&W memories.pdf (1.12 MB, 17 views)
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 14-04-2016, 10:01
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

Tim,

Not having logged on for ages I have only just seen this posting about Christmas on HMS WESTCOTT in 1943.

It is obviosly part of a longer document and the author might like me to add it to the web site for HMS WESTCOTT: http://vandwdestroyerassociation.org...ott/index.html

Perhaps you could enquire for me?

The V & W Association are holding their annual reunion at St Ives near Cambridge this weekend but the Chairman, Clifford "Stormy" Fairweather (a signalman on HMS WESTCOTT) is unable to attend due to health problems. And most of the others attending are in their 90s.

WARSHIPS INTERNATIONAL had a nice two page spead in their February issuie about the Association and its reunion this weekend which some members of this Forum may have seen.

The family of veterans can join as Associate Members - details from Vic Green the Secretary - and attend the reunions.

See: http://vandwdestroyerassociation.org.uk/index.html

Bill
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 14-04-2016, 10:08
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default Re: V & W Class Destroyers & the V & W Association

Tim,

I think the "book of memories" is the Diary kept by Derek Tolfree while a sub lieutenant on HMS WESTMINSTER.

Can you confirm?

Derek died last year but I have published his Diary with the help of Mike Lewis and Lisa Tolfree, Derek's daughter, on the V & W Association's web site here:

http://vandwdestroyerassociation.org...k_Tolfree.html

Bill


Quote:
Originally Posted by tim lewin View Post
well done with this; i am in touch with a local chap who served the whole war in Westminster, a couple of years ago when Westminster came to the Pool of London i arranged for him to go aboard and present the new ship with the book of memories of the "old" Westminster put together when she paid off and the end of the War. A royal reception and tour of the ship was guaranteed. Anyone who went to sea in the Arctic, or Atlantic in these sturdy but small, and very narrow, ships deserves a medal just for being there.

tim
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 23-03-2017, 11:15
Bill Forster's Avatar
Bill Forster Bill Forster is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St Albans, UK
Posts: 177
Default A sad announcement ...

Clifford "Stormy" Fairweather, founder and Chairman of the V & W Destroyer Association, died on Sunday 19 March 2017. He had been unable to attend the annual meetings of the Association since the reunion at Eastbourne in 2014. Stormy served as a "bunting tosser" on HMS Westcott and you can read his wartime story on the HMS Westcott website: http://vandwdestroyerassociation.org...ott/index.html

It is unlikely that the Association he founded will long outlive him but the website of the V & W Destroyer Association will see that his name and that of the thousands of other men who served in a V & W Class destroyer in the war will not be forgotten.

The next reunion of the V & W DESTROYER ASSOCIATION will be held at Derby from 7 - 10 April: http://vandwdestroyerassociation.org.uk/index.html

This may be the last opportunity to meet some of the veterans who served on one of these old warriors as a motion will be proposed for the winding up of the Association. The remaining members are all in their 90s.

Bill Forster

Quote:
Originally Posted by tim lewin View Post
Dear Bill,
Here is a "memory" for your collection, this one from HMS Westcott in the Arctic, Christmas 1943.....sorry I don't have a picture to go with it. I am still in touch with the writer....

tim
Reply With Quote
Reply



Ship Search by Name : Advanced Search
Random Timeline Entry : 1st January 1932 : HMS Brilliant : 4th Destroyer Flotilla. Mediterranean Fleet

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Z Class Destroyers Association Reunion twist Navy Ship Crew Reunions 8 24-01-2013 12:54
RN Destroyers: V & W Class Pelican Royal Navy Ships and Crews 70 19-09-2012 05:53
RN Destroyers: L & M Class Chris Howat Royal Navy Ships and Crews 17 25-05-2011 15:42
River Class Frigate Association. PeterLonghurst Navy Ship Crew Reunions 0 09-08-2009 16:52


All times are GMT. The time now is 13:45.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.