Ray Clark:ex-Member Funeral  Monday 24th of June 11-00am.

Ray Clark an ex Standard Bearer of Bristol Branch will be cremated at Canford cemetery following a Church Service at All Saints Church , Pembroke Road Clifton. 

Sad to report that member Roy Clarke crossed the bar on 4th April. His funeral is on Thursday 18th April at 10.45 at Haycombe Cemetery near Bath.

Sad to report that Stan Williams has crossed the bar. His funeral is at South Bristol at 12.30 on Monday 22nd January

Sad to report that Betty MacDonald crossed the bar in October 2023

Ken Williams crossed the bar on Wednesday 13th December at 7am. His funeral is on Wednesday 31st January at South Bristol at 2.15.  The wake is at Whitchurch RBL at approximately 3.15.


David Ball crossed the bar on Saturday 25th November.

Funeral was on 11th January but his family wanted a quiet service. Paul Mitchell attended on behalf of the branch.

Sadly reporting that Gordon Well crossed the bar on Sunday 26th November. His funeral is at Westerleigh on 19th December at 2pm. Please let me know if you are intending to go as the family have requested likely numbers of attendees. Thank you. Doug

It is with much sadness that “Wings” Barry our dedicated National Standard bearer for 20 years crossed the bar on Sunday 17th September.

His funeral and wake will be held at HMS Flying Fox on Wednesday 4th October at 11am (Flying Fox, Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2NS. Tel 01179668667) He and his family have close ties there and would welcome all Association Standard bearers and MNA members to honour his final journey.

Sadly reporting that our old friend Dick Carey crossed the bar yesterday, Friday 23rd December. Funeral at Bristol South on Friday 20th January 2023 at 1.30 pm. Hope we can give one of our founder members a good send off.

Our old friend Ken Hill crossed the bar on 19th November 2022. Funeral at 3pm on Friday 16th December at Bristol South. All welcome

HILL Dendle Kenneth “Ken” passed away peacefully on Saturday 19th November 2022 aged 91 years. A much loved father to Martyn and Martyn’s partner Karen, and much loved by Ashley, Marsha, Wayne, Joshua and Lydia.  Ken will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.  A Funeral Service will be held on Friday 16th December 2022, 3.00pm, at South Bristol Crematorium.  Family flowers only please but donations, if so desired, for the Merchant Navy Fund may be made online via the website www.aedavey.co.uk for sent c/o Arthur E. Davey & Sons Ltd, 82 Silver Street, Nailsea, BS48 2DS. Tel: 01275 852307 

A tribute to Captain Hamish Grant

Captain Hamish Grant

For those who cannot attend his funeral it can be watched on line:

A web cast has been arranged. The url, Username and password for watching the secure web cast of Hamish’s service is below. 

It will be live on the day, then 3 working days later, made available online for about 20 days for subsequent watching, then it is deleted.

 Timing of the start of the service ( scheduled for 22 July at 12:00 GMT) may vary slightly, given there are services at the Crematorium before Hamish’s.

The link will be made live 5 minutes before at 11:55 GMT.  Everyone should be mindful of respecting others in the event a service prior to Hamish’s overruns and viewing of the prior service is possible for a few minutes, as the technicians won’t want Hamish’s service web cast not put live in good time.

It is suggested people test the link and password on their device(s) before the day of the service.

Website: https://watch.obitus.com

Username: neja3331

Password: 409296

Captain Hamish Grant

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you that our President, Captain Hamish Grant, crossed the bar on 15th June at Southmead Hospital. Our sincere condolences to his family.

The funeral will be at 12noon.

The wake will be held at the PBA Club in Shirehampton.

I have been asked by Hamish’s son Alastair to supply him with a list of attendees to help with the numbers of service sheets to print, for the catering and to save duplication of those he knows will be attending. 

Blazers and medals may be worn and there will be a guard of honour as Hamish’s coffin enters.


Sad news indeed for as Chairman Hamish was a fine figurehead for the branch at a time when it needed a calm and firm hand on the wheel to steer it through some very important and busy times in its short history. Hamish provided exactly that with the support of his wife. He will be missed.

Norman Date

That’s really sad news. We’ll all have fond memories. Mine go back over 50 years working with him when he was a pilot, a ‘Gentleman’ to us Tugmen.

Andy Sheppard

Thank you for letting me know. I understand he hadn’t been well, but a sad passing for many friends and colleagues I imagine.  Let me know if I can do anything. 

The Rev Charles Roberts.

Sorry to hear the news, I have updated our files.  

Roy Glencross

Oh Dear – Thanks for info.  

CaptainJoe Earl

Thank you for letting me know.  I’m sad for his family and friends and am grateful that I got to know him a little bit before he died. 

Jacqui  Furneaux

Thank you so very much for this heartbreaking news.  My friend Margaret and I were planning a trip down in August to see him.  Give my condolences to his family and all at the Cottage.  

George Baker 

Please forward the Branch and Club deepest sympathy to the family of Hamish.  

Bob Sharples, Whitchurch Branch Chair

We are so very sad and sorry to hear about Hamish. Thank you for letting us know and please give our condolences to his sons.   We know that he will be greatly missed by you all. 

Mandy and John 

Thank you for the email I have fond memories of all at Bristol, please pass my sincere regards to all, I will rase a glass to his memory.  I still think fondly of the respect Sheena was shown by Bristol.

Graham Mewha

A very sad loss.  He was always a most likeable person and always a gentleman.  I send my deepest sympathy to his family.   

Tim Brant

We are saddened by Hamish`s passing.  

Bill and Sue Martin

Very sad indeed to hear that Hamish has crossed the bar.  Please give my condolences to the family.  

Captain Phil Rice

Thank you for letting me know. I am sorry to hear about Hamish, he was a lovely man and will be missed.

Keith Shattock

Very sad news, he was a charming man and will be missed.

Sara Haydon

Hamish Grant was one of the nicest men you could meet.  In all my years with the association I cannot recall him saying a bad word about anyone else.  He was a safe pair of hands through some difficult times in the early years of the branch.

Like most successful men, he was ably assisted by a good woman and Maureen was that lady.  

As a seaman, his record speaks for itself and a word that everyone had for the man himself was respect.

Doug May, Bristol Branch Chairman

Our deepest sympathy to all family and friends. Lovely man.  

Pete and Shirley Edwards

Toni Thompson

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you that associate member Toni Thompson 1950 – 2021 crossed the bar on 22nd November 2021. Our sincere condolences go to his widow Vivienne and family.

Michael Fleming

Crossed the Bar on 24th July 2021

A private cremation took place at Canford cemetery on Friday the 5th of August with only his daughter and son-in-law present at Michaels request

Herbert (known as Bert) Henry Harris

Crossed The Bar on 17th May 2021

Harry Butler 1929 – 2021

Crossed the bar at 2.00 am on Friday 24th September 2021.Our sincere condolences go to his family