WELSH BRANCH SUBMARINERS ASSOCIATION or commonly called Welsh Submariners
The original branch of the Welsh Submariners (Welsh Branch of the Submariners Association used to be called the Wales No 1 branch of the Submariners Association, it was formed in 1960. The first Chairman was Rolly Harris, from 1960 to 1962. He was followed by Frank Young, who was in the Chair until 1966. Bill Peel, now our Vice President, took the Chair until 1975, when he went to Venezuela to work. Since then the Chair has been occupied by John Huntley, so far a total of 33 years! John, was also the Chairman of the Association for four years, guiding it through the name change, to the Submariners Association. He is still a Vice President of the Association.
Our President, is Vice Admiral, Sir IWAN RAIKES, KCB,CBE,DSC,DL, and is an ex Flag Officer Submarines. It is worth mentioning that for the only time in the history of the Submarine Service, that his father was also a FOSM.
The Branch, which at one time had over 100 members, still has 61, and is one of the biggest in the Association. The Branch’s members are drawn from, mainly all Wales, has some ex pats who want to retain some Welsh roots, from over the world, Canada, America. We even have some members from over OFFA’S DYKE, but there, someone has to civilise the English!
Recently, the Association branches have “adopted” a Submarine. Our two “adopted” boats are the WW2 “Turbulent” and “Usk”. The Turbulent, because of her extremely good Skipper was “Tubby” Linton, VC, who hailed from Newport, in Gwent, and the “Usk” for geographical reasons. The “Usk” had a shorter life than the “Turbulent”, but not without incident.
I am for my sins, Secretary/Treasurer of the Welsh Branch, and past Treasurer of the National Association.
Archdeacon Raymond Roberts, a past Chaplain of the Fleet, and our Honorary Chaplain. Raymond was, untill 2006, also the National Association Chaplain. He is now a life member of the Association.
A branch news-letter is published four times a year, and sent out to each member.
The Branch meet on the last Thursday of each month, at the United Services Mess, Wharton St. Cardiff. The short meeting is always followed by a few pints and “swinging of the lamps”. We also try and have some socials, with our wives during the year, and always celebrate St David’s Day in style!
The name of the branch was changed to the more appropriate WELSH BRANCH, on 27th October 2001, and a new Standard was dedicated on the same day, at the Church of St John the Baptist in Cardiff.
Mr Roy James (Secretary & Treasurer)
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