RNA 10 Area
Unity, Loyalty, Comradeship and Patriotism

RNA 10 Area. In Remembrance.

S/m Albert Garvey (Chairman Bury Branch)

Bury branch regrets to announce the "crossing over the bar" of their branch Chairman S/m Albert Garvey.in september 2010.

S/m Leslie Wilson.

It is my sad duty to inform you that Llangollen RNA Chairman Leslie Wilson passed away 19th June 2009, age 84. He was a great figure in the RNA although walking with two sticks with many health problems he attended most of the area meetings and spoke at the Blackpool conference. His seaboots will be very difficult to fill.

S/m Charlie Crute.

S/m Charlie Crute (Chairman of South Liverpool Branch) crossed the bar on Sunday 28th June. He will be sadly missed by so many.

S/m George Calnun

It is with great saddness that the Macclesfield Branch has to announce that their standard Bearer for many years S/M George Calnun has crossed the bar on Thursday 4th June 2009.

S/m Joe WorthS.m Joe Worth

Llangollen Branch are sad to announce the sad loss of S/mJoe Worth, a long standing faithful member of the branch. Joe was a member of the Russian Convoys Association, having served 4 years in World War 2.

Joe was a Chatham rate, a stoker, number C/KX142290 and served on many establishments and ships, notably HMS Pembroke, HMS Gambia and HMS Kent.

Joe succesfully obtained his "dolphins" and served on HMS Upright.

A keen member of the Llangollen choir, the guard of honour was provided by both shipmates from the Royal Naval Association and the Llangollen Choir.

Joe was buried alongside his first wife in the West Midlands.

S/M Harold Worsley

S/M Harold Worsley of Trafford Branch recently crossed the bar aged 90.

S/M Roy Fradleypoppies

S/M Roy Fradley late of Trafford and Chorley Branches has passed away.

S/M Terry McGloughlin

S/M Terry McGloughlin former Secretary of North Manchester Branch has crossed the bar.

S/M Neville Garlick.

It is my sad duty to inform you of death of Kendal Branch's vice chairman, S/M Neville Garlick.

He volunteered for the Royal Navy when he was 17 but his manager refused to release him. His wish was granted when his call up papers for the Fleet Air Arm arrived. He passed his trade test while in the Navy as an air fitter. During the war years he travelled to the South Atlantic and with the Indian Ocean repairing aircraft on aircraft carriers. He was de-mobbed in 1946.

S/m John Dixon Chairman (No.10 Area)

John Dixon at HMS GangesJohn Dixon who died on July 4th aged 76 was the Area Chairman of No.10 Area, RNA and the recently elected Chairman of the HMS London Association; he was also the Secretary of the Salford RNA branch.

After an early upbringing in the North West of England, John volunteered for the Royal Navy joining HMS Ganges as a boy entrant in early 1947. On completion of his training he was allocated his port division of Chatham joining HMS Pembroke. He was soon drafted to the Cruiser HMS London which was in the process of preparing for a Far East commission. As flagship of the 5th Cruiser squadron, HMS London travelled extensively throughout the Far East. In 1949 the ship was involved in the "Yangtze incident" and John saw 15 of his shipmates killed and many wounded as a result of the engagement. In September 1949 London arrived back in the UK and paid off: with the ships company dispersing to various ships and establishments. After various drafts to other ships including HMS Cheviot and Hengist, he volunteered for the Chatham division Field Gun crew; unfortunately breaking his leg in training.

Sm John DixonOn leaving the service his main occupation was with the Royal Mail in Manchester: it was there in 1982 that John and several of his fellow workers who had seen service in the RN formed the Salford RNA branch in 1984 at the then Post Office club in the city. He was elected as the Branch Secretary on its formation – a post he held until his death. He was for a number of years the Standard Bearer for the branch. In 1986 he was invited to join the No.10 Area committee and served on this committee until succeeding the late Shipmate Harry Blythe as Area Chairman in 1994.

Since his appointment as Area Chairman, he was involved in several changes within the No.10 Area: one of these saw the re-introduction of the Area annual reunions to which John played a full part. He was instrumental in providing the entertainment at these functions which ensured their success. Earlier this year he assumed the Chairmanship of the HMS London Association, - the ship that was dear to his heart. He was busily engaged in planning their 2008 reunion in Warwickshire and indeed, researching their 2009 reunion venue. He had not neglected the 2008 Area 10 reunion: having already engaged the artistes for the Blackpool event next April. He was also involved in other important changes to conference organisation such as the introduction of a single delegate representation at Area meetings, and the recent decision to re-time these meetings to a more suitable hour.

John had many friends in the Area and also in many of the other Area’s of the Association. He was until 2002, ever present at National Conference until his wife’s deteriorating health forced him to stand down as delegate. However, he remained very active in both Area and branch activities.

He is survived by his wife Olive, and Daughter Susan.

S/m Fred Atkinson   National Council Member (No.10 Area)

Fred Atkinson who died on February 6th 2007 at Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester had been the National Council member for No.10 Area since 1994.   He was 59.

Fred had been an enthusiastic member of the RNA for over 20 years he was also Chairman of the Wythenshawe RNA branch and club. Prior to his election as National Council Member, he was for three years the deputy NCM for the Area.  He retained a keen interest in the Submarine service joining the Submariners Association before leaving the service. He became the Secretary / Treasurer of the Manchester branch and for a short period was the Association’s national Secretary.

He was born at Irby on the Wirral on May 14th 1947 joining the Royal Navy at HMS Ganges on February 5th 1963.  After initial training in the Engineering branch as an ME (Stoker) he joined HMS Ark Royal in January 1964   He also saw service in HMS Tiger (1967) before transferring to the Submarine branch at HMS Dolphin Gosport in June 1967 for training.  He served on various submarines, mainly the ‘A’ class boats until his discharge from the service in 1974.

On discharge, Fred joined Scragg industries as maintenance and Security staff until 1975 when he took up the post of boiler man at Manchester University rising to shift/day charge fitter. He remained at the University until ill health forced him to retire in 1996.

In 1967 Fred married his childhood sweetheart Angela, and together they raised three children, David, Paul and Kerry. Fred suffered several heart attacks and had undergone heart by-pass surgery.  Although his health was fragile he never let it interfere with his love of the RNA and SOCA.and his duties as National Council member for this Area. 


S/m Bert Webber (Ellesmere Port)

With regret Area 10 announce that S/m Bert Webber of the Ellesmere Branch crossed the bar on February 3rd 2007. Bert was for many years the Standard Bearer for his branch.

Funeral arrangements are as follows; St. Paul's Church, Hooton, Cheshire on Tuesday February 13th 2007 at 1400.

Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Joan and family.

S/m Walter Clarke (Ramsey )

Walter Clarke 78 yrs of Ramsey R.N.A branch crossed the bar on the 23rd January this year after a long illness. His funeral took place on 30th January attended by shipmates and the Branch Standard.

Walter served in the Royal Navy during his National Service and was the Branch Secretary for a number of years.

Mrs Edna Clarke - Ramsey Branch Secretary.

It is my sad duty to inform you that on 8th Dec. S/M Alan Ette crossed the bar. He has been a stalwart founder member of the RNA Kendal branch and served as secretary for the past 27 years. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and fellow shipmates.
"May he find safe haven."

It is my sad duty to have to inform you that the President of the RNA Preston Branch S/m John James Rowcroft crossed the bar on the 8 June 2006 at the age of 82.

John Rowcroft was the last of the founder members of the RNA Preston Branch and was awarded Life Membership in 2000.

John joined the Royal Navy in 1938 at HMS Ganges and served until July 1947 when he transferred to the RFR as a Petty Officer (AA1) before being finally discharged in December 1952. His wartime service was mainly in the cruisers HMS Newcastle and HMS Sussex and in LST3022.

John was a big man with a big presence. He was very proud of his RN service and the RNA in which he was actively involved right to the very end. He will be greatly missed at all our meetings and functions

S/m D Banks (Branch Secretary)

S/M James Sinnott aged 83, crossed the bar on the 5th December, he served in the R.N. from 1939 to 1945, the one ship he always mentioned was H.M.S.FERNEY. He was a member of the KIRKBY Branch for 32 years and the funeral took place on the 12th December, Jim Roberts (Branch Secretary) attended with the KIRKBY Standard.

We regret to report the death of S/m Tom Chapman of the Leyland branch in early December.  Tom was for many years the Secretary of the Leyland branch, and one of its longest serving members. He was also the author of the book, HMS Lookout which detailed his experiences whilst serving in the ship during World War 2

We regret to report that Shipmate Harry Blythe, Area Vice President of No10 Area Crossed the Bar on November 20th 2005 aged 83. Harry was the son of a Cheshire police officer, and was a native of Duckinfield, Cheshire – now part of Greater Manchester. The family moved around the county in the wake of the father’s various police postings, finally settling in this area.  Harry served in the Royal Navy as a seaman during the war, mainly on the Atlantic convoys. Harry’s involvement with the Royal Naval Association began in the late 1960s   He held the post as Area Chairman for 22 years having been elected as Chairman in January 1973.  Prior to this appointment he was Area Vice Chairman for four years.  Along with the late S/m Ces Matthews, the former Area Secretary, they became a great ‘double act’- it was they, who welded the branches in this Area into the biggest single unit in the Association.  Formerly Chairman of the Northwich branch, Harry brought a wealth of knowledge to the Area committee.  He could be relied on to offer sound advice and leadership in the task of administrating a large, and complex area with many branches and clubs – all with their own particular interests and styles, Harry could be relied on to know what made these various branches ‘tick’, their strengths and sometimes, their weaknesses.   Many branches that commissioned during his years as Area Chairman will be indebted to his help and guidance on their commissioning nights – Harry made a point of being present on many of these occasions.

Having stood down as Area Chairman in 1993 he was invited to assume the role as Area Vice President because the Area committee valued his experience so highly. His knowledge of the Association and in particular, the many facets of an Area as diverse as No.10, was much appreciated by all who knew him.

Shipmate Robert Hodgson Secretary Longsight RNA Branch for a number of years ‘Crossed the Bar’ October 10th aged 76.

Funeral Service, and committal at Manchester Crematorium on October 19th.

It is with deep sadness that Trafford Branch report the death of S/m Arthur Mitchell on September 3rd. aged 85. Arthur served the branch both as Chairman and committee member for a number of years. He will be sadly missed.

His funeral took place on September 12th at Manchester Crematorium and was attended by many of his branch shipmates.  Our sympathy is extended to his loving family and his many friends.

His ships included, Galatea, Hardy, Hasty, Lowestoft, Valiant, Wolverine, and Heron.

S/m George Riley, Branch Treasurer and long serving member of the Longsight branch crossed the bar recently.  George was well known throughout the Manchester branches and in No10 area. His funeral took place at Manchester Crematorium  on Wednesday August 24th  at 1255.

S/m Denis Crossley Secretary at the Llangollen Branch “Crossed the Bar” on June 11th 2005 he was 79.

Dennis, or Den as he was known, was born in Salford on November 26th 1925 and joined the RN in 1943 as a Wireless Operator. His ships included the destroyer Kimberley, and the Minesweeper Magicienne.

After leaving the service in 1946 he later moved to Llangollen, eventually joining the Llangollen RNA branch, where he became a stalwart member for many years.  He became Branch Secretary in 2000 following the death of S/m Cyril Edwards.

Following his funeral service on June 16th Dennis was interred at St John’s cemetery Llangollen.  Standards from the Llangollen RNA, the RBL RAFA and his shipmates formed a guard of honour.

S/m Albert Bennett (Crewe branch) C.ERA served 1940 to 1946 on Russian and Malta convoys, East coast, Salerno landings and D Day. Ships include HMS Blankney.

He served as Vice chairman of branch, member of Crewe and Nantwich Council. Crossed the bar 20.03.2005.

The funeral of shipmate Stan Voigt who crossed the bar earlier this month, took place at Manchester Crematorium on Friday May 13th. Stan, who was 68 had been ill for some time, was a former member of the Area committee and was also past Secretary of the Hazel Grove branch for a number of years. He was a long serving member of the Submariner’s Association.The Area Chairman, S/m John Dixon and the National Council Member S/m Fred Atkinson represented the RNA and Submariners Associations respectively.

Skelmersdale Branch regret to announce the death of S/M Bill Fenney. Bill was a founder member of the branch, and had held the posts of President and Chairman. He was also a founder member of the Skelmersdale SCC unit. He was deeply involved with the Royal British Legion who in gratitude for his efforts named a sheltered housing scheme for ex-servicemen after him.

S/m Bob Large crossed the bar on Sunday morning, 6th of February. Bob had been the treasurer of the Wigan Branch RNA for a number of years until he had to relinquish the post last year due to ill health.

S/m Joe Sealey (Skelmersdale) crossed the Bar after short illness on 15 January 2005 aged 79. Members of the Branch formed a guard of honour at his funeral, with more than 150 people in attendance.