Hi All, I know that its fast approaching the 40th anniversary of the loss of HMS Coventry. I remember some of those who were lost but I was just a child. It was my stepdad Mark (Billy) Graham WEM(R) who served on board from 1981 until her final day. He never speaks of it but I can remember coming onboard for the last families day out and falling in love with the Navy life. I joined the WRNS in 1987. I am just asking if anyone remembers my stepdad. As the saying goes " to all those on eternal patrol" rest in peace lads.
As the anniversary of the loss of HMS Coventry approaches we will be remembering those who lost their lives on May 25th 1982 including Petty Officer (Sonar) Michael Fowler. We knew him as Mick "Foxy" Fowler and he was my Patrol Leader in the 1st South West Herts Sea Scout Group in Watford. He is remembered by those of us who still meet up annually as a friendly and happy leader who inspired us younger Scouts. Attached picture show him being presented with a model lifeboat at a RNLI fundraising event where we helped run sideshows in 1957.
Dear shipmates, following on from the very sad announcment made last Friday 6 May, Jackie Wood has asked me to announce, on her behalf, the details of our dear shipmate Dave's funeral arrangements. The funeral will take place at Porchester Crematorium at 1115 on Monday 6 June 2022. Strictly family flowers only but donations can be made to the British Heart Foundation and/or Falkland Veterans; details for both will also be provided at the service. Afterwards at the Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club, all welcome. (There is no need to confirm attendance) Thank you - Chairman
Shipmates, families and friends of HMS Coventry D118, I am very sorry, and deeply saddened, to inform you that our dear shipmate Dave Wood 'crossed the bar' at 1130 this morning, Friday 6 May 2022. I know you will all join me in passing on our sincerest condolences and thoughts to Jackie and family at this very sad time. God bless you Dave, your watch is over shipmate. You will be sadly missed and will always be remembered. Calm seas.
Steve (Hale) Re the VHS cassettes. Thanks for your kind offer, I don't have your contact details. Are you the Steve H I knew from Sea Cadets???
“Do ya hear there.” Can anyone support this who lives up in west Yorkshire? Mirfield Falklands 40 Memorial Service Good Evening, My name is Sean Guy. I am chairman of Mirfield Royal British Legion and a Mirfield Town Councillor in West Yorkshire. I am contacting you to let you know that we are holding a memorial service for the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War on Wednesday 25th May at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Mirfield. This date has been chosen as Mirfield man Lt Cdr Glen Robinson-Moltke lost his life on HMS Coventry so we felt that it would be the most appropriate date for our community to remember his and everyone’s sacrifice. I don’t know whether you have any HMS Coventry Association members in West Yorkshire or wish to send a message to be included in the service. I am happy for you to publicise it on your website and pass my email address to anyone interested in attending. Regards Sean Guy
Remembering Stephen Dawson. He was a friend of my late husband Robert Crawford who was a Leading Caterer on his Petty Officer course during the Falklands. Stephen attended our wedding in 1979. Although Bob sadly passed away in 2018 I will continue in his behalf to remember Stephen. RIP
Remembering Former Pupil - Adrian Sunderland Are there close friend of Adrian Sunderland who can help me with this request please: Good morning, I’ve got your details off the the D-118 Association pages As well as being the IT Manager with 35 years service in Regulars and as an cadet instructor I am also the unofficial school military historian, and ensure we remember all 120 of our former pupils who have died in service of their country each year. We will be remembering our former pupil Adrian Sunderland on 25th May with a whole school service in front of our school roll of honour. I wondered if anyone from the association may be able to send me a message that we can include in the service please? Maybe you have a member who was a close friend of Adrian’s? With many thanks Dave Mr D Hill IT Systems Manager
Spoke with lovely lady on tube train after Army and Navy’s Rugby match. Turns out that she’s Mick Delucia’s daughter. Tears and memories ensued. Small world Mick. She’s a credit to you. Take care everyone.
Craig if you want to get in touch i can do the vhs tape transfer for you. All the best steve
Painting for Reunion Auction: Artist Angie Cheal, based at HMS Drake, runs an art therapy group supporting our WIS (wounded, injured and sick) Sailors and Marines. In my time on the Naval Base Chaplaincy Team I witnessed the very positive affect art therapy had, particularly with service personnel struggling PTSD or other mental health issues. During lockdown Angie herself painted an acrylics on canvass, 90cm x 60cm, a pastoral scene of a coastal field of wild flowers looking out on to a seascape. When she offered it for sale, the proceeds to provide ongoing materials and equipment for the therapy group, I bought it. Telling Angie I intended it as a donation for auction at this year’s D118 Reunion she then added in a small silhouette of HMS Coventry on the horizon. So, if you would like an original piece of artwork, that includes a very beautiful and peaceful reminder of D118, bring plenty of ackers for the auction. Photo of painting on HMS Coventry Facebook
Hiya Shipmates. Does anyone have access tools that can transfer VHS tape to digital format. Peter Ridler sadly crossed the bar in 2018 and his wife Margret has passed the Association 3 off video of historic HMS Coventry footage. I have a old player that I have tried without success. If I take them to a local company it is £25 per tape. If I can get them on digital format we can host them here on our site if that's what we want. let me know if you can help. R Craig MemSec
This note is also on both D118 FB pages: Shipmates, families, and friends of D118: More information for this year’s gathering for our annual service of remembrance and reunion. Many will already be aware the agenda has been up on the D118 website since last August but just in case you were not aware of it here is the link: https://www.hmscoventry.co.uk/d118/reunion/ Please look and update yourself on proceedings for 2022. Additionally, I am acutely aware of much higher intentions to turn out this year, obviously mainly since it’s the 40th anniversary. As we will be holding the reunion part over at the GIs Association again, I will need a list of names of all attendees. To that end, in slow time can you email me your intention to attend plus all names of persons in your group. Also, as we have the FVF Gosport parade on the following day, can you also let me know if you will be marching with the D118 platoon on the Sunday morning. Of course, any close family members are also welcome at the Saturday gathering, as many of you have already asked. My email address is: email@example.com Don’t forget any small raffle prize is appreciated, but not essential, we can then raise funds and negate the need to make any charges for the reunion. See you all at the Still and West muster – your round! Yours aye – Chris H - Chairman
Shipmate, families, and friends of D118: Just a further heads up about the Liberation Day event being held at the NMA on Tuesday 14 June 2022. Of course, any SAM holder or family member is openly invited to attend, and we are expecting that many will. I know that quite a few have asked me about this over the past months so here is the notice from the RBL (who are running it on behalf of the FI veterans) that has just been issued yesterday. Please note that anyone attending must register, so for those members of SAMA82 that’s easy as an event is already in place on the SAMA82 website and email to the Liberation email address for SAMA – details here: https://sama82.org.uk/rbl-40th-service/ but for non-SAMA members you need to complete a form (use the link on SAMA82 website as above) and email it direct to me and I will process it through the RBL on your behalf. You can list any guests you are taking on the same form. Shipmates, as always, if you are not sure just call me, I’ll help in any way I can. FROM THE RBL: In 2022 we mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands Conflict. The Royal British Legion will be commemorating this important milestone with a special event held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Tuesday 14th June. Falklands 40 will recognise the service of the 30,000 sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and merchant mariners who served in the Falklands War, along with the many civilians who supported the Task Force and remember the sacrifice of those 255 British personnel who lost their lives. In the afternoon, there will be a commemorative event centred around the Armed Forces Memorial. This will feature veteran testimony from key points in the conflict as well as the Act of Remembrance. On the morning of the event there will be an opportunity for unit associations to conduct intimate commemorations at their respective memorials within the Arboretum. The RBL's Falklands 40 is set to be a very special occasion, commemorating the conflict that ended 40 years ago. Veterans of the Falklands Conflict, their families and participating civilian organisations are invited to attend the event of the 14th of June at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. All those wishing to attend must register through their appropriate association. Registration will open in early February and if you wish to attend please email your association lead. Doors will open at the NMA from 0900 with the central Act of Remembrance Service taking place at 1330. Further details will be sent out in early February. Click here for the FAQs If you have any questions about the event or the accreditation process, please do not hesitate to email the event team at firstname.lastname@example.org Best wishes,
Good morning shipmates and families, some of you may well be aware of the Falkland Island 82 conflict Liberation Day event taking place at the NMA on Tuesday 14 June 2022 in order to mark the 40th Anniversary of the conflict. Whilst RBL and FIGO are the main organisers, SAMA82 are assisting and as a Trustee for SAMA I will be involved in aspects of the day. To that end, should any D118 SAM holder (with any family members also) wish to attend this event (and many have told me they wish to) then please use the link below to read about it and then use the form at the bottom in red to download, complete and register. If you are a SAMA82 member you can send the form to the email address stated on the link (email@example.com); however, if you are not a SAMA82 member you can still use the form (obviously no SAMA membership number needed) and email it to me. I will then forward all D118 non SAMA82 members (but SAM holders) registration forms direct to the RBL in due course. The main event will take place early afternoon and last for around 90 minutes or so. However, I am looking to hold our own D118 event in the morning and carry out a short Re-dedication of our Oak Tree at the NMA that we planted quite a few years ago now. Many other Associations/Regiments/Ships etc will also be doing something similar in the morning period. We can then take some free time in readiness for the muster of the joint main event. FIGO are laying on a refreshement tent for SAM holder use only. So, if interested and you are a SAM holder then use this link: https://sama82.org.uk/rbl-40th-service/ This will be the biggest event of 2022 the 40th anniversary year, so will be well attended and RBL are expecting up 10,000. Any questions re the event give me a call. I hope to see some of you there. Of course we have our own Remembrance and Reunion a couple of weeks before on the 28 May, Portsmouth.
I will be taking the RBL Remembrance Service at Wellington (Somerset not New Zealand!) on Sunday 14th @ 15.00. A wreath will be layed for D118
Dear shipmates, I was informed last evening of some very sad news and have been asked to place this notice of breavement on our website: From the family: It is with great sadness that I bring you the news that Steve Allwood, Class of 82, HMS Coventry D118 has crossed the bar. Fair winds and Calm seas Shipmate we have your watch. Details of the funeral arrangements will be posted soon. Thank you
I have recently been asked to do a couple of presentations on 'The Coventry Story'. The presentations are about Coventry Cathedral, Coventry Reconiclliation Ministry, and the Cross of Nails. There is reference to D118, but this is in the context of the relationship with Coventry and the Cross of Nails. As one who wasn't with you in May 82 I wouldn't presume to tell the ships story - that is your story to tell not mine. My slight concern, lest there be any misunderstanding, is that the publicity material, in which I had no input, features a picture of the ship, and so may give the impression (wrongly) that the event is all about HMS Coventry. * I remain duty sin bosun and look forward to our next muster. Martin
Shipmates of D118, Rachel Simons has kindly donated her 118th SAM scarf to the Association. Rachel has asked me as Chairman to see that this unique scarf (which is made from Falkland Islands wool) is presented to one of my HMS Coventry D118 shipmates from the crew of 25 May 1982. A big thanks to Rachel for all her efforts and for what she has done to promote this activity, BZ Rachel. So, how do I decide who the fortunate person is? Only fair way is to ask that those who would like to be considered to email or text me your details, you will be placed on a list for a 'draw' at some stage in coming weeks. Alternatively, I would be happy to recieve a recommendation for who 'we' think is a deserving recipient - think about this and let me know off line by email, NOT messenger. I need your help to decide this, cheers everyone, take care. Photo on HMS Coventry FB pages Chris Howe MBE - Chairman D118
Fellow servicemen & women, I have the sad duty to inform you that my father Mike Smith (GMC Smith) passed away after a long battle with Kidney Failure & Heart Disease. The last days of his were spent happily remembering his time in the Navy, especially his time on the Coventry. From her build & launch in June '74 to his final days in the RN in '76. He was a Stoker, through and through and loved his job & mates. If anyone remembers him or (better still) have any photos they would like to send me via email, please just drop me a line. Dave A