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.

Where we meet…


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

Date: Wednesday 4th October 2017 at 20.00hrs
Just sign in and say you are a guest of either Barbara Belfield or Tony Simpson. Entry is a £1

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

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Wessex Christmas Meal 2017

Christmas Meal 2017

We have provisionally booked a Christmas meal at The Grosvenor Casino, Southampton on 14th December at 7.30pm.

An email was sent out to members and so far there have been 24 members confirmed going.  Looks like another good turnout.  This is the first time we have arranged a meal at The Grosvenor Casino and hope it turns out as good as our previous meals which were at Genting’s Casino.


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The passing of Lt. Cmd. Roy Prowting

Lt. Cmd. Roy Prowting

His funeral took place on Thurs 27th July at 1215 at Wessex Vale Crematorium, West End.
It was very well attended by over 140 people.  His son Mark gave a very moving eulogy of his father’s life.
Afterward many went on to a wake at The Farmer’s Home Pub.

This is a photo of Roy leading the Wessex Shooting Team to victory at Bisley


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Request for help: Re-HMS Wessex Ship….

Although the Wessex Association is purely for ex-HMS Wessex SHOREBASE, we received the following request concerning HMS Wessex SHIP:

To whom it may concern,

My grandad (who is 91 this August!) was in the Royal Navy in the Second World War and remembers being moored at Auckland for a re-fit in 1945 (July). He was aboard the HMS Wessex and remembers having a whole crew photograph which he has since lost. He asked me if I could have a look for it as he’d love to see it again! He said the photograph was taken by a private firm local to the area and I was wondering if you had any photos from this time of the ship or knew anyone who anyone who might. If not I also wondered whether you had any suggestions of where else I might be able to look to find the photo. It would mean a lot for both of us to find it.

Many thanks for your time- I really appreciate your help!

If anyone can help in her quest, please let me know and I will pass your details on to her.

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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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Would any ex-members of Wessex be willing to help at Southampton Sea Cadets?

We are looking for:-

1.    People to serve on the Unit Management Committee as we have recently lost three members due to ill health.  No experience necessary but a willingness to help manage the unit & help with fund raising ideas. The committee meet approx once a month & members help out at the Boat Show in September. Continue reading

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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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