The Wessex Association was formed when HMS Wessex (the former RNR Shorebase) which was situated in Southampton Docks closed.
Membership is open to any person who served at HMS Wessex regardless of rank.
Where we meet…
BRITISH LEGION CLUB
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Remembrance Parade March Past – Photo by Brian Wilson (Ref.B1)
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