Officer group photos
Officer group photos
This splendid photo was taken by Cdr (then Pay Lt) Jimmy Thomas who served in Neptune until shortly before she went down. It depicts a group of officers at Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee in August 1941.
From left to right they are:
Lieut Frank Woodward, Lieut Donald Wilson, Surg Cdr Thomas Larkworthy, Cdr Philip Berry (with the pipe), Pay Lieut Bruce Thomson and Lieut James Knowles. The Lieutenant on the ground at the front has not been identified yet.
Officers Beach Party taken in 1941 - exact date and place unknown.
The five at the back - unknown Midshipman, Midshipman Mark Alford, Lieutenant Frank Woodward, Gunner Cyril Laban , unknown Midshipman
The six in the centre - Midshipman Douglas Holloway, Midshipman Dean, Midshipman David Jay, Midshipman David Houston, Surgeon Commander Thomas Larkworthy (with bald head), unknown Midshipman
in Sand car in front with scarf - Midshipman CG Holdsworth
This picture taken in May 1940, in the centre shows Lieutenant Alan Hill, Lieutenant Lord John North and Chaplain Tom Harris in South Africa. All died in Neptune. On far left is Sub Lieutenant E. Barrett and on far right is Lieutenant Tony Thackara both of whom survived.
It is most likely that it was the stag party before John’s wedding – with the Padre on hand to keep matters under control!
Marriage of Lord John North to Margaret Glennie on Monday November 4th 1940 at Capetown.
Note: the actual date has been confirmed from the Journal of Midshipman Nigel Fawcett who attended the wedding
Lieutenant Lord John North's wedding. Right hand Guard of Honour.
From right to left - Surgeon Commander Thomas Larkworthy, Lieutenant Commander MacGibbon, ?, Lieutenant Frank Woodward, Lieutenant Derek Burke, ?, ?, Midshipman John Duncan
Larkworthy and Frank Woodward were Neptune casualties. Derek Burke was a Fleet Air Arm pilot and died in 1943. John Duncan joined submarines and died in HMS Untamed in the River Clyde.
John North's wedding - Left hand Guard of Honour
From left to right - Captain Rory O'Conor, Lieutenant Commander Malcolm Andrew, Lieutenant John Lyon, Paymaster Lieutenant John Pechell Parker, Captain Wilkie Miller, Sub lieutenant Brian Moth, Paymaster Sub Lieutenant Jimmy Thomas, Midshipman John Bartlett
Rory O'Conor and Wilkie Miller were Neptune casualties.
Wedding of Lieutenant The Hon David Hotham and Aileen Coates in summer 1939
Wedding of Lieutenant Hon David Hotham to Aileen Coateson board Neptune in 1939 - bridal group
From left to right: ?, Helen Thackara, Lieutenant Patrick Coates, ?, David Hotham, Aileen Coates, Lieutenant Pechell Parker, ?, ?
bridesmaids and pageboy unknown
David Hotham and Pechell Parker survived the sinking but Pat Coates died in HMS Ark Royal on 26 November 1940.
Wedding of Lieutenant Hon David Hotham to Aileen on board Neptune in 1939 - reception in Sailors messdeck
David Hotham survived the sinking but several of the sailors may have been amongst the casualties. Are any recognised?
Midshipman Jeremy Nash Midshipman John Bartlett Midshipman Nigel Fawcett Midshipman Frodsham Lieutenant Lord John North breakfast on beach
Midshipman Nigel Fawcett’s journal dates these two photographs. He describes it as “The Gunroom Picnic” including an overnight camp Monday/Tuesday 12/13 February 1940. Neptune was in dry dock at Dakar, Senegal for bottom cleaning: “We landed at a suitable spot between two villages but miles away from either at noon.”
The photographs were probably taken on Tuesday morning as he describes it turning cold early and putting on several sweaters which accords with the photographs (and, of course, they are eating breakfast in the photographs!).
Two boats went: a cutter with Lord North in charge and Fawcett, Thomas, Bartlett, Frodsham, Duncan, Hardcastle & Jones; and a whaler with Sub Lieutenant Hill and Nash, Duff, Bickford, Howard and Holdsworth.
John North & Alan Hill died in HMS Neptune. Neville Frodsham died in HMS Hood on 24 May 1941. John Duncan joined submarines and died in HMS Untamed in the River Clyde.
Lieutenant Lord John North Midshipman Jimmy Thomas Sub Lieutenant Alan Hill Midshipman Michael Mawson
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