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1939-1945

 

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Ramsay,
Helen McGregor
(Mrs.)
H.M. Ramsay (Photo courtesy of Mr Colin Ramsay)
Married (15.03.1944) Lt.Cdr. (A)
Alexander Robert Ramsay, RNVR
;
one son, two daughters.

28.08.1918
Lisburn or Belfast, Northern Ireland
-
11.07.2007
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
3/O
?
2/O
29.04.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
30.06.1942
-
(06.)1944
HMS Caroline (RN base, Belfast)
(10.1944)
 
 
no appointment listed
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
Reid-Jamieson,
Helen Marion
(Mrs.)
H.M. Reid-Jamieson
31.05.1890
-
(12?).1978
C/O
25.09.1943
       
Richards,
Margaret Wybrants
"Margot"
(née Hamilton)
(Mrs.)
M.W. Richards (née Hamilton) (Photo courtesy of Fiona McLaughlin)

Only daughter of Lt.Col. & Mrs H.W. Hamilton, of Northam, Devon.
Married 1st (18.06.1940, St Margaret's, Northam, Devon [following a civil ceremony in Edinburgh]) Paym.Lt. Noel Lawrence Clifford Richards, RN ((03?).1915 - 11.01.1941), younger son (with one brother and one sister) of Eng.Capt. Thomas William Richards (1874-1961), and Gertrude May Giles (1880-1959), of Rochester, Kent, later of Forrest Lodge, Winnersh, Wokingham.
Married 2nd (20.11.1944, King's Chapel, the Savoy, London) Lt. Thomas [Avery] Crane McLaughlin, RCNVR (27.11.1912 - 18.04.1988), youngest son of H. Douglas McLaughlin, and Eunice Andrews, of Winnipeg, Manitoba; one son, two daughters.
14.03.1917
-
18.06.2002
Wren ?
3/O 28.06.1942
2/O 22.10.1943 (reld 11.1944?)
      WRNS officers' training course at Greenwich
28.06.1942 - (04.)1944 HMS Eaglet (RN base, Liverpool)
15.05.1944 - (10.1944) HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)
Richardson,
Doris Sanderson
(Miss)
D.S. Richardson (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Dempster)
D.S. Richardson (Photo courtesy of Mr Michael Dempster)
Married (late 1943 or early 1944) ... Dempster.
c. 1920 ?
-
12.2007 still alive in the USA
Ldg. Wren
?
3/O
14.06.1942
2/O
14.06.1943 (reld 13.08.1945)
14.06.1942
-
(10.1944)
HMS Lynx (RN base, Dover)
[travelled with Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill to the Quebec conference 08.1943]
Ridley,
Leta Mary
(Miss)
L.M. Ridley
Daughter of ... Ridley, and ... Hall.
Married ((03?).1958, Greenwich district, Kent) David R. Frost.
(06?).1923
Birkenhead district, Cheshire
-
13.09.2012
A/3/O 11.03.1945
2/O ?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.01.1954 New Year 54 [investiture 09.03.54]

Joined the WRNS training centre at Westfield College 1942 when wartime service took her to Aberdeen as an administrator then to the Fleet Air Arm’s night fighter school at Drem, near Edinburgh; she also worked as a cipher officer. Post-war she attended the navigation school Dryad, Millmeece, Staffordshire and Excellent. After training as a safety equipment officer at Gosport she was sent to Eglinton, Northern Ireland, then Malta where she had to test a new radio beacon intended to be stowed in parachute packs. Dropped into the sea in a rubber dinghy, she activated the beacon and waited to be found and rescued by a Sea Otter seaplane. In the winter of 1955-56 she jumped into the English Channel to test a new method of rescuing survivors from the sea by helicopter using a ‘Sproule net’ which could trawl a person out of the water even if he or she was unconscious; the net remained in use until the late 1970s. She also flew as aircrew in winching experiments in which she was lowered beneath a helicopter on to a barge in the Solent while directing the pilot (who could not see her) over the radio; she was appointed MBE for her work on these trials.

19.05.1945 - (07.1945) HMS Merlin (RN Air Station, Donibristle, Fife)
... - ... ...
(1954)     RN Air Station Hal Far (MBE)
Robertson,
Nancy Margaret
(Miss)
N.M. Robertson
?
-
C/O
24.04.1942
       
Robertson,
Rina Patricia Westwater
"Pat"
(Miss)
R.P.W. Robertson (Photo courtesy of Murray Hohnen)
Elder daughter of Robert Robertson, and Kate Skingsley, of Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire.
Married (07?.1945, Chelsea district, London) Lt. (A) David Alexander Brown, RNZNVR; one daughter, two sons.
15.12.1919
Brentford district, Oxfordshire
-
08.07.2014
Sydney, Australia
3/O 23.04.1944
2/O 16.07.1945 (reld > 07.1945, < 10.1945)
23.04.1944 - (07.1945) HMS Jackdaw (RN Air Station, Crail, Fife)
Robinson,
Beryl
(Miss)
see: Service,
Beryl (née Robinson)
(Mrs)
 
Robinson,
Eunice Joy
(Mrs.)
E.J. Robinson
21.04.1911
-
11.1988
Fakenham, Norfolk
C/O
01.01.1945
       
Rogers,
Eva Anne
(Miss)
E.A. Rogers
?
-
C/O
21.04.1941
       
Rombulow-Pearse,
Nora Kathleen
(Mrs.)
N.K. Rombulow-Pearse
?
-
C/O
09.06.1944
       
Rose,
Margaret "Peggy" (née Thomson)
(Mrs)
M. Rose
Daughter of the Rev. Peter Taylor Thomson, Baptist minister, and Mrs Lily Thomson, of Holmer Green.
Married (11.09.1943, Little Kingshill Church) Lt. Richard Michael Rose, RN, son of Prof. Herbert Jennings Rose and Eliza Harriet "Elsie" Plimsoll, of St Andrews; two daughters.
?
-
3/O
01.11.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
01.11.1942
-
(01.)1945
HMS Excellent (gunnery school, Portsmouth)
(07.1945)
 
 
no appointment listed
Rundle,
Mary Beatrice
(Miss)
M.B. Rundle
Daughter of R.Adm. Mark Rundle (1871-1958), DSO, RN, and Elsie Cameron (1879?-1935).
Unmarried.

09.1907
Swaythling, Southampton, Hampshire
-
29.09.2010
hospital
1/O 26.08.1939
C/O 15.12.1941
A/Supt. 27.02.1946
Supt. 1946?
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) CBE 10.06.1948 HM's birthday 48 [investiture 20.07.48]
Private secretary on the Royal Commission on the Coal Industry in Alberta, Canada, 1935-1939.
(04.1940) - (10.1940) HMS Victory (RN base, Portsmouth)
? - (02.)1941 HMS Victory II (accounting section, Newbury)
1941 - (12.)1941 HMS Victory III (accounting section, Wantage, Berkshire)
15.12.1941 - (06.)1943 Tyne Area Staff of Flag Officer-in-Charge, Tyne [HMS Calliope]
14.06.1943 - (06.)1944 WRNS Training and Drafting Depots [HMS Pembroke III] (for Drafting duties at Westfield)
14.08.1944 - (07.1945) WRNS Headquarters [HMS Pembroke III] (in charge of Manning)
(04.1946)     HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent) *
01.07.1946 - (10.1947) Superintendent WRNS, HMS Daedalus (RN Air Station, Lee-on-Solent)
Secretary to the Managing Director of the large packaging firm Metal Box until retiring in the early 1960s.
 
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