We are unfortunately not able to celebrate VJ Day at our August lunch but we will remember the sacrifices, many ultimate, that led to that day 75 years ago.
We will remember on Saturday 15 August in our own ways and again when we can all meet up.
The latest Newssheet is now available in the Members’ Area
A virtual Committee Meeting was held today. Papers are in the Members Area
Whilst researching the Past Presidents for the Centenary Book, we met with Lt Cdr Roden’s Granddaughter and her husband, Victoria and Fred Silvester. They had numerous photos and papers and also a log of his time in HMS Caronia, an armed merchant cruiser. This log covered the period August 1914 to May 1915 and was painstakingly transcribed by Fred Silvester. We thought this would make a great article for the Liverpool Nautical Research Society (LNRS) and Ted Scaplehorn has edited it and made it available on the LNRS website at https://liverpoolnauticalresearchsociety.org/. I am sure that you will find it a fascinating read and though not full of “derring do”, it gives a wonderful insight into life onboard at the start of WW1
We are sorry to inform you that we have received the sad news that our member ‘Cec’ Jones passed away yesterday, four weeks after celebrating his 95th birthday.
WESTERN APPROACHES MUSEUM, LIVERPOOL – AN EXCITING NEW PROJECT – TO INCLUDE A DEDICATED WRNS MUSEUM WITHIN ITS EXISTING LOCATION.
The Western Approaches Museum, situated near the River Mersey in Liverpool, tells the story of the designing and war-gaming to protect the Allied convoys crossing the Atlantic against the U-boat threat during WWII. Many of those involved in this planning were members of the WRNS.
The Museum can now offer to remember these women by providing a dedicated WRNS Museum within its premises. This new WRNS Museum will not only cover the period of WWII but is intended to tell the full story of the WRNS from 1917 to 1993 (when it was disbanded) in order to educate school children and members of the public.
Currently the area for this new WRNS Museum in undergoing some structural alteration so will not be ready for a year or two. However, more importantly it will be the memorabilia and artefacts that will ensure its success. All items will be professionally catalogued, looked after with care and necessary preservation, and many will be put on display or carefully stored for ease of access.
The Western Approaches Museum and the WRNS Museum location in Liverpool means that it can be easily reached from all parts of the UK – and Liverpool is a City that provides many areas of interest together with its own seagoing history. Please look through your homes to contribute and share your own or your relatives life as a Wren. This is not just a one-off request but will be an on-going request! However, anything that is donated to Western Approaches will be on a permanent basis and we will not be accepting items on loan. Now let’s make this new WRNS Museum a resounding success.
Therefore, if anyone has any WRNS historical items – photographs, documents, notebooks, uniforms, hardware etc that requires a good home please forward them to:
WRNS Museum, Western Approaches HQ, 1-3 Rumford Street, L2 8SZ
For email enquires: email@example.com or alternatively call on 0151 227 2008
Newssheet 2 is now in the members area (without attachments)
We are saddened to advise that we have learnt from his daughter that Sam has recently passed away. He was 94 and one of the Club’s Fleet Air Arm members.
Members may recall that during BOA 70 the Club was well represented by BBC television and Sam, together fellow Sea Urchins, John Felice, Charles Gough and Jack Thomas were interviewed during our monthly luncheon at the time. Sadly they are no longer with us.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
It is with regret that we have learnt of the death on Tuesday of Geoff Loram, one of our members and Past President in 1994.