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A Prayer for those who have “Crossed the Bar”
Eternal Lord God
Before whom we stand united as shipmates,
Enable us to be worthy of those who have served here before and have now gone to their rest,
Especially those who have served in HMS Naiad
Grant them rest, peace and joy everlasting,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Old shipmates never die, they just accept their sailing orders,
they cannot refuse
When the charts are handed out and the course is set,
we know where we are going
May God our loving father who rules the wind and the waves,
grant them a fair wind, and fine weather
and bring them safe into the house of everlasting peace
Former MEM Jim Longcake’s son, Matt, has informed the association that his father crossed the bar on 4th August 2012 after a 3-
His funeral was held the same month in Plymouth. Along with many of the current association membership, Jim served aboard Naiad between 1979-
Jim is mourned by all ex-
Brian Pennington’s father, Stanley, a former stoker who served aboard HMS Naiad during WWII passed away on February 29th April 2012, aged 89.
Stanley survived Naiad’s sinking in 1942, when he was just 19 years-
Stanley will be greatly missed by his family and friends and mourned by all former Naiad crew. members.
Former Flight Chief Petty Officer, Don Garthwaite crossed the bar on 1st April 2011.
Don served aboard HMS Naiad during the mid-
On leaving the Royal Navy Don relocated to Wales and eventually became an active member of the RNA Cardigan and District branch.
Don is sorely missed by his family and friends, and remembered by all who served with him.
Former Chief Communications Yeoman, Fred Fox crossed the bar on 25th June 2009, shortly before he was due to attend a naval reunion in Gibraltar.
Originally from Grimsby, he was widely known as “Freddie” and not only served aboard HMS Naiad during late 70’s and early 80’s, but was also based in Singapore, Gibraltar and aboard HMS Penelope.
He is remembered as an avid fan of his home town football team Grimsby Town, and recalled fondly by ex-
Fred will be sadly missed by his family and friends, and is remembered by all who served alongside him.
Reginald Amos, husband of Betty, and ex-
Affectionately known as Reg, he joined the Royal Navy in 1939 and survived the sinking of the Naiad in March 1942. During the sinking Reg was in the wardroom serving drinks at the bar and recalled the “dead quiet” just after the ship had been hit. He scrambled to the upper deck and threw himself into the water below, eventually being rescued from the cold sea over 2-
Born in Lincolnshire, Reg joined-
Reg is remembered fondly and proudly by his family; friends and loved ones. All shipmates salute him.
Ronald George Eastwood
Former CPO Electrical Articifer Ronald Eastwood passed away on June 23rd 2013 aged 94.
Ronald served aboard HMS Naiad during the WWII campaigns in the Arctic, the Battle of Crete and The Malta Convoys. He was onboard when the ship was attacked and sunk in the Mediterranean in 1942 and spent valuable time before the ship went down, ensuring the backup electrical dynamos provided enough power for emergency lighting to enable his shipmates to escape the vessel. He was rescued from the sea by HMS Jervis and can be seen in the photograph on our Dido page, front-
His family and friends are extremely proud of him and are saddened to have lost such a lovely man. All ex-
Former MEM, Allan Walker crossed the bar on 12th February 2012.
Affectionately known as "Whisky" Walker, Allan served aboard Naiad from 1979 to 1981 and is remembered by many crew members of the 1980 Far East deployment. Former shipmates remember him fondly and recall him famously cutting the ship's officer's hats in half during his time aboard.
Allan was originally from Middlesborough and often spoke about the Far East trip and how his time in the Navy was one of the happiest periods of his life.
Allan is sorely missed by his family and friends, and remembered by all who served alongside him.
The men of HMS Naiad lost in action at sea on 11th March 1942.
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
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