Dougie, Sorry to hear the news regard Lt/Cdr Walton. My thoughts are with Davids family. RIP.
Shipmates et al Just a quick dit to remind everyone that next year's Remembrance/Reunion will be on Sat 25 May 2019 down in Portsmouth. Same routine as in previous years. We will muster at the Still and West for around 1700 and then parade to the FI Memorial site on the sea wall along the road in Old Portsmouth and after at the GIs Ass on Whaley. I will put up the full agenda later in the year but for now please put this down in your diaries. Finally, I note a few dits just placed on here. It was sad to learn of the passing of my DO David Walton, a nice guy and the only official RN person that came to see me in Haslar whilst recovering..so rest in peace David. Also, on a warmer note it was good to see that Ginge Applegate has found our website. Ginge please consider joining us next year at the reunion on 25 May, would be good to see you again shipmate even though you were Starboard mess! Any questions re any issues please do not hesitate to contact me as always. Take care Chris Howe MBE - Chairman
Further to Ginge A's comment, this from the President of the Type 42 Assoc: It is with deep regret and a profound sense of personal sadness that I have to report the death of Lieutenant Commander David Walton (COVENTRY 1982; NEWCASTLE & YORK as SWO(U) to Capt D3) who died peacefully at home last Thursday. David and I joined the Navy together in Sep 1971 and served together on the staff of Capt D3, in the Fish Squadron in the late 1970s and both fought in the Falklands Campaign in 1982. He was a great friend and highly professional warfare officer; while I will miss his company enormously I will remember with fond memories the many years we served together. His death will be a tragic loss for his wife and daughters as well as for his many friends. As yet I do not know of his funeral arrangements etc and will post those details here when they are known. David - you went down to the sea in ships; you served your country in great waters; you have seen the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep. May you now rest in His peace. PW
Hi everyone, I spoke to Paddy Kennedy this afternoon and he passed on the sad news that Lt Cdr D Walton (affectionately known as Trackerball), crossed the bar sometime last week. I thought I should let you all know. R.I. P. Sir.
An enormous thank you to all of the crew of D118 for welcoming me into your march and reunion this year and allowing me to represent CPO Keith Blenkharn - especially Up Spirits - which he would have be looking down on! I feel both humbled and extremely grateful to you all.
Once again, a memorable occasion, loved it. A big thanks to Chris etc Al for the organisation. Cov SCC did a bang up job. Raised some funds for a good cause (glad I'm not married). Looking forward to seeing you all in Pompey.
I have been reading through the guestbook and have seen many names that I recognize. I was on this wonderful ship 1979 to 1982 as a PO Gunner and PO of the Fx. As I left the ship just prior to her sailing down south I knew all those that are still on patrol and I always raise a glass to them and a fantastic ship every 25th May. I recently met up with Faz and he put me on to this site, I intend to be a regular visitor to it from now on. Best wishes to all ex D118 ships company where ever in the world you may be.
In my thoughts today, all lost and all affected by this tragic loss. I still remember the day.
Thoughts are with all the ex Cov's and families on this day. Never forgotten.
As the former CO in HMS CLYDE I was privileged to embark some of the Ship's Company of D118 from Pebble Island last Oct to conduct a Remembrance Service at sea over HMS COVENTRY. On the eve of the 36th Anniversary of the loss my thoughts and prays are with the Ship's Company, their family and friends and those still on patrol.
Hi Shipmates. My Commander in Chief has booked us to go to Turkey on the 26th May hence unfortunately I will not be able to make the reunion however I will have a tot on the 25th at 1800 to remember the shipmates still on Patrol. be good to the Pres and March/Bimble correctly.
Just a quick email to say hi to all the Cov's out there, unfortunately I am not able to attend again this year due to work commitments but I will be thinking of you all on the 25th. I am currently onboard Queen Victoria as Safety Trainer so if you know of any Cov's or families due to travel with Cunard let me know. I am meeting up with Bungy Edwards next year in Australia when hopefully he comes onboard for a cruise as my guest. Hope to see you next year. Yours Aye. Trev (Ex Bunting Tosser)
Hi Jack. Lovely to read that a reunion is planned for Pompey. Hope to see you Friday evening. Topsy Turner ex-LS(R)
Hi All Re email addresses,. The memership data in particular email address is getting really poor and therefore you are being kept upto date. Please let me know your active email via “Links” Thanks Craig
Shipmates et al Just a further reminder to let me know any intentions to join us at this year’s remembrance service and reunion in Coventry on Friday 25 May. Please let me know by email or text or call with numbers in your party. List is growing nicely See you soon Yours aye - Chairman
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Hi, Chris & Val look forward to seeing you all on Friday 25 May in Coventry Best wishes to all
Dear Shipmates, Families and Friends Folks, Due to the Main Event taking place in Coventry this year; It gives me great pleasure to announce that the next "Portsmouth Locals" HMS Coventry D118 Reunion/Remembrance weekend will take place on Friday 25th May 2018; (25th May 2018) Commencement with a Meet & Greet Session (I shall be in attendance from 1430 Hrs) in the "PONDEROSA" Home Club/Maritime Club in Queen Street, Portsmouth (Near the Hard) followed by the Usual Curry and Cobra session later on in the evening. Saturday 226th May 2018 is a Dinner-Time Sesh, starting at the Park Tavern (Type 42 Association Club-House) All to be Fallen-in for 1230 Divisions, Ladies will/may Slip and Proceed to Commical Road for a Shopping Extravaganza, or they may wish to partake in the Libations. Saturday Evening is a Make it your own thing night, with Personnel able to do whatever they may wish. Sunday 27th May 2018. The Service of Remembrance will take place at the Falklands Memorial at Old Portsmouth. Dress code: Smart and/or Casual "Come as you are/Feel". 1100 Muster 1100 Service of Remembrance. Address Bugler Roll of Honour Parting Address This will be followed by our Return to the Ponderosa for a few Libations, and Personnel will then be able to Slip & Proceed to their destinations. The following itinerary is planned to which, as always, you can join in as much or as little as you would like. If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact me; hope to see you in Sunny Pompey on 25th May 2018. PLEASE PLEASE let me know if you wish to attend as I need Numbers for myself to Print up the Order of Service that I have written for issuing at the Muster. Thanks in Advance. Yours Aye Jack Russell. Fortis Fert Securiatum.
Shipmates et al Would you please let me know by email or text etc if you intend attending the reunion in Coventry on Friday 25 May. All details on the reunion tab adjacent. Let me know numbers in your group as well in order for me to assess catering needs. A small raffle prize as always would be appreciated. See you in May, best wishes to you all whatever you are up to. Yours aye - Chairman 07786 156763
Son of SLT Lee D JONES now Tindall-Jones, I'm honoured to brief HMS Coventry for my presentation on my Leading Rate Leadership Course which I'm on right now and continue in the fleet as a LS AWW Thank you for your Service Guy Tindall-Jones