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.


MAY 2018

Where we meet…

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

Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 20.00hrs
Just sign in and say you are a guest of one of the following:
Barbara Belfield, Tony Simpson, Brian Ferry, Vince Walker or Frank Hoy. Entry is a £1

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

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The Flying Fox Association

The Flying Fox Association (FFA) has put much effort into collecting historical information about the RNR in Bristol, its Sea Tenders and the RNR more generally. It has been published over the last year on a new website.

Our site can be found at:  flying-fox-association.org.uk

If you need any more information, please contact Bob Wilcox (Wessex WE dept 1966-69 and 75-77) or email: webmaster@flying-fox-association.org.uk


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Contact from Jerry Maycock

My Father, George William Maycock, was a Sub then Lieutenant at Wessex on the old Ton Class sweepers in the 50s and 60s, 51st Minesweeping Squadron. I was christened there in 1956. He passed away in 1996 after finishing a distinguished career in the RNVR/RNR ending up as Oic HMS Scotia in Rosyth. Be interested hearing from anyone from that era or anyone with access to records.

Have some good photos of the Squadron I can scan and post

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Wessex Christmas Meal 2017

Christmas Meal 2017

Our Christmas meal took place at The Grosvenor Casino, Southampton on 14th December.  24 members attended which is a good turnout.  This is the first time we have arranged a meal at The Grosvenor Casino and it turned out brilliantly.

The food was very good and the staff were very attentive.  Many thanks to them and all members who attended making it a very successful evening.


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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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