First Commission 1962-1965.
Updated 18th March 2016

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Due to the host (Virgin) removing the web space facility for customers the site will not be accessible at this address (http://www.submarineotter.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/) from the 28th April.  I have already moved the site to a new host which can be found HERE.  Please bookmark or add to your favourites as and when.

It is now 10 years (plus) since we had our little get together at the submarine museum and despite attempts to arrange another meeting of some sort nothing has materialised. Tug Wilson, Danny Daniel, Bryan Thompson and myself usually meet up at the Diesel Boat Reunion and in 2012 Dave (Blodwin) Griffiths joined us, Dave Willcock also made the effort in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed himself.  I have suggested this venue in the past, it is quite informal and always well attended (200 - 300) even though in essence it is only a glorified 'Dinner Time Session', of course we make a weekend of it. Should anyone require the details of the DBR please let me know and I will forward them to you.

I have recently been contacted by others who served on Otter, not the first commission but non-the-less Otters. The site was originally created after I was contacted by the late Keith (Scouse) Prowse, see below. Having not had a too great a response to the email requesting views on whether to restrict the site listing to first commission or open it to all I have taken it upon myself to throw it open.

Should anyone who served on Otter during their time in boats wish to have themselves added to the site and also add any contributions (Dits, pics and things) please forward to Dave Hallas (email link below).

Dave Hallas aka 'The Crow' 1962-1965 whilst onboard H.M. Submarine Otter.
Some four year or so ago I received an email through my 'Britsub' site from one Keith (Scouse) Prowse enquiring if it was the same Dave Hallas who he had served with during the first commission of the Otter.
Keith kindly forwarded some photographs which he had taken during the first commission and also informed me that he was in contact with Tony (Les) Thornton who had been 'Tanky' and also said it might be a good idea if we could see how many of the first commission we could round up and the possibility of some sort of a get together.

Over a period of time we managed, between the two of us to contact the following:(Alphabetically)

Australia
First Commission

Patrick "John" Beswick.
Ex ERA1 later MEA(P)1            NEW

 
1966 - 1969

Martin Buckley                             NEW
 
1966 - 1969
SECOND COMMISSION


Cambridgeshire
First Commission

Australia
First Commission

Joe Dolphin- REM                       NEW
Plymouth
First Commission

David Farmer - Chief EA             NEW
Plymouth
First Commission

Soudley, Market Drayton.
Shropshire
First Commission

 
First Commission

Cheltenham
First Commission

John (Zeke) Halley - SPO           NEW
Canada
1973 - 1974

Jeff Heard - Stoker (Oily)
 Grimsby
First Commission

Australia
First Commission

Canada
First Commission

 
Last Commission

Chatham
Last Commission

Jim Rogers - LRO                      NEW
 
Second Commission??

Daisy Roots - Chief Stoker
 
Last Commission

Mark (Jimmy) Ruddle - First 1st Lieutenant
Dartmouth
First Commission

Hamish Sneddon - Forendy
Gosport
First Commission

Stuart Sutherland - Stoker (Oily)
Essex.
First Commission

Northwich, Cheshire
First Commission

Bryan (Tommo) Thompson - Killick Stoker/Later SPO
Gravesend
First Commission


Tony (Les) Thornton - Forendy/Tanky
Australia
First Commission

East Anglia
First Commission

Dave Willcock - L/Sea RP/Later P.O.
Lincoln
First Commission

Tom Winter - L/Ck                       NEW
 
1966 - 1967

Ian (Tug) Wilson - Stoker (Oily)/Later Killick
Cambridge
First Commission

Frank Wolfe - RAN - Second Navigating Officer
Holland
First Commission

 

Non Email connections.

Gordon (Jan) Foad - Stoker (Oily)
Kent??.
First Commission

Brian (Jan) Pearce - UC
 
First Commission

John Speller - First Navigating Officer
Bucks
First Commission

Tom (George/Geordie) Stott - Stoker (Oily)
Peterlee
First Commission

Tony (Fingers) Wardale - First LO
Hants
First Commission

Brian (Willie) Whelan - UC
Australia
First Commission

 

 

 

Known losses to date are:

Patrick (Joe) Aldridge UC - Passed away 1st December 2008.
Trevor (Lofty) Castle - Coxswain - Passed away June 2008.
Brian (Sandy/BLP) Powell - Second P.O. Tel and survivor of Sidon - Passed away 2000.
Mick Godly - First P.O. Tel.
Alfie Mullett - TI.
Terry Metcalf - Stoker -18th December 2012
Topsy/Shorty R.J.F. Turner - 2nd Command Officer 28th December 2012
Keith (Scouse) Prowse - Forendsman - 14th July 2013.
Roger Bridgeman - Second Electrical Officer, relieved Tony (Fingers) Wardale - February 2014.
Nigel Gilbert - First Command Officer 9th May 2014, aged 86.

It is also beleived that Charlie Hewson may also have passed away but to date have no means of confirmation.

Will be attending the Diesel Boat Reunion (DBR/DTS) in Guzz on the first Saturday in August and hoping to meet up with Tug Wilson and Danny Daniel once again. Anyone else who may be interested in attending please let me know and I will send you the details.

Surfacing signal received from Willie Whelan now living in Australia, Willie doesn't spend much time on his computer and only found the site by chance. I have his snail mail address for anyone who may be interested in contacting him. Arie de Rooy contacted me today and if Willie isn't too far away he is going to contact him.

In 2004 those of us who were able had a small get together in the Submarine Museum, Gosport, it would be nice if we could make a repeat performance at a suitable venue to everyone before there are too many who will be unable to make it.
Plymouth was put forward for this year but didn't meet with too much approval, if this is the case again can you please make suggestions for an alternative venue, it was also suggested that we make a weekend of it rather than a one night stand.

My search is still ongoing and hopefully this site will help in bringing more of the crew out of the woodwork. If you were one of us and would like to get in touch please EMAIL me.

Treat this site as your own and if you have any contributions please contact me.