Welcome to the HMS Wessex Association (RNR)

The Wessex Association was formed when HMS Wessex (the former RNR ShieldShorebase) which was situated in Southampton Docks closed.

Membership is open to any person who served at  HMS Wessex regardless of rank.



Due to this virus, meetings have been cancelled until further notice.


Where we meet…

366 Brook Lane, Park Gate,
Southampton, SO31 7DP

First Wednesday of each month at 20.00hrs
Pay £1 entry to The British Legion 

You can usually be signed in by one of our members.

We organize events during the year, including a Christmas and a Summer Meal.
Email: contact@wessexassoc.org.uk

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David Clover, son of Cdr. A.S.Clover V.R.D. has contacted us:

My Father, Cdr. A.S.Clover V.R.D. made a number of 8mm films of activities at H.M.S. Wessex as a member of the Solent Division from around 1964 to 1967.

My sister, Sue Diamond and I have just had the film professionally digitised and it is now available to view at:

I don’t know if any of your association members will remember these times, but it’s certainly one for the archives anyway. He was very proud to be a member, continuing his R.N. service from 1939-45 as a Paymaster Lieutenant. I remember with fondness the annual Christmas parties given for children in the drill shed at Southampton.

You can, if you wish, download the video from the Vimeo site for any use you deem suitable

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Eric Churcher

Dear all,

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that my father Eric Churcher passed away 26/03/20.

Unfortunately, because of the pandemic Dad’s memorial/service is being postponed as three of his four children live abroad and cannot travel home, we plan to hold a celebration of dad’s life at some point in the future.

I know my father looked in on this website from time to time and always had fond memories of HMS Wessex.

My family had some wonderful parties at HMS Wessex and dad loved both teaching marine engineering there as an instructor and the family functions we held at the shore base.

I also see my late grandfather mentioned on this site too, for the few surviving members of HMS Wessex (The WOGS), Bill Crews was Eric’s father in law and my grandfather.

For my part, I also joined HMS Wessex shortly before it closed in 1994 so my family had three generations with the base and I may be the youngest member who officially passed out at HMS Raleigh and was assigned to HMS Wessex before it’s closure !  

(I’m 52 later this year).

I have included some photos as they often say a thousand words and I personally enjoyed looking at some of the old faces I remember growing up at the Christmas parties and functions at HMS Wessex.

Click here

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Is there a way to try to identify members of the formation?

My name is Martin Carroll, I used to be in the RNVR based at HMS Wessex some years back – would have been late 70s. I used to turn out on the cenotaph march pasts and I think I may have seen myself in the photo but can’t be sure.

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Remembrance Parade March Past…. by Bob Baker RO2(TC), Bunting Tosser

Regarding the photo of Remembrance Parade March Past

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Old ship mates… by Graham Mackenzie

After being asked by Vince to come up with old photos for the website, I found these three. The black and white ones were sent to me by Doug Toogood. Continue reading

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Who remembers attending Basingstoke RNA for the annual tot night “do”?

We would attend in rig and usually get wrecked somewhat!  My first experience was Aug 4th 1984 when a group of us went up from Wessex and had a great time. Continue reading

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