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.


APRIL 2019

Where we meet…

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

Date: Wednesday 3rd April 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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Remembrance Parade March Past…. by Bob Baker RO2(TC), Bunting Tosser

Regarding the photo of Remembrance Parade March Past

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Simon Dungey – Thanks for the memories….

28 years ago today I left Southampton to join the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh. I had a great time and got to see many places and meet people I would have never had expected to if my life had been that of a civvy. Thanks to Solent Division RNR I was given great training and helped immensely by my sea dads, especially LMEMS Mal King, Bob Heasman, Jim Arthur, and Senior ratings such as Les Mortimer, Eric Churcher etc. Sorry I cannot remember the rest of the names as the memory bank is not what it was but to all of you I served with, I thank you for what you did for me, it will never be forgotten. I had some great times with all of you and I fondly our weekends on the old Alfie and then the Itchen. Great times and great mates and great memories. Yours Aye Simon (JR) RED CREW we are the best 1986. Sorry I blooped Phil Carroll on your immaculate sweep deck mate.

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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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Swinging the lamp….

If any member has a story/memory/or any photos they wish to share about their time with HMS Wessex RNR (Southampton Shorebase) you are very welcome to do so here.

If you wish to add further information to any photos/entries, please contact me, quoting reference number under photo.

Email: contact@wessexassoc.org.uk

Remembrance Parade March Past - Photo by Brian Wilson (Ref.1)

Remembrance Parade March Past – Photo by Brian Wilson (Ref.B1)

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I recall a ‘Rig Run’ in Torquay…

I went for a quiet run with someone who had better be nameless (call him Tim McCullen, for the record!!) We were in a pub where I was talking to a rather nice girl.

She mentioned it was her birthday and suggested we guess her age. I said 20 but my mate (?) suggested 25. ‘No’ she said it’s 21.’ Tim then said ‘Oh, and I thought I was being kind’
End of any possible romance!!

Ian (Doddy) Dodds Leading Seaman

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