What’s On

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FRIDAY 6th AUGUST – COFFEE MORNING

Dock Cottage between 10am and 12noon

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WEDNESDAY 11th AUGUST – BRANCH MEETING

RBL Whitchurch – 12 noon for 12.30 start

This will be a trial run to see how everyone feels.  Whitchurch RBL will not be using the one way system and, by then, you will be able to buy drinks at the bar as usual instead of the present table service.  As long as you can hear ok, you’re welcome to sit as spaced apart as you feel comfortable.

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Friday 3rd September – MND service at the memorial 11.00am.

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Wednesday 8th September -Branch Meeting

RBL Whitchurch – 12.00 for 12.30 start

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2 thoughts on “What’s On”

  1. My late father was in the merchant navy from 1935 until the mid 1950s and I have found a great deal of records for him, one thing I can’t find is any record of him at the Portishead nautical school I have visited the museum in Bristol but nothing. His name was John Thomas Churchill always known as Jack from Weston super mare. The other question is I think that his father Carl Claude Churchill might have been in the merchant navy sometime after leaving the Royal navy in 1906 but I can’t find any records for this time, if anyone can offer some advice on this it would be much appreciated. Best regards Rob Churchill.

  2. Hi Rob,
    There were several ways a person could obtain a merchant seaman’s book and number. most youngsters went to sea schools at Gravesend or the Vindicatrix training ship at Sharpness, but you could also obtain a book by serving 6 Months on the tugs, or 12 Months on the barges. Other people came in via the paddlers or the fishing fleets. Portishead nautical training school was mainly for youngsters who had fallen foul of the law at an early age, and it was a way of starting a new life at sea and in many cases was very successful.
    If you are in possession of your fathers seaman’s book there should be loads of information in there about his time at sea. There is also the records department at Kew Gardens ,
    Best of luck with your further research. I will ask at our next Branch meeting if the name rings a bell with anyone.

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