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I do not know much about John Birch, Jan as he was always known by, but why remains a mystery. Jan came from Birmingham and served on HMS Gambia as an Able Seaman for the 1950 to 1952 commission.
Jan started emailing me with information for this website in 2004 and it was with regret that I learned from his son, John, that he passed way on November 26, 2018.
John "Jan" Brich in 1950-52
Alan Clements, John "Jan" Birch, and Bill Hartland in Glenelg (near Adelaide, Australia) in 2009 at the Royal Marines Band Reunion. Alan served on HMS Gambia's 1950 to 1952 commission and helped Bill with the original website pages. Jan lives at Whyalla Jenkins. Picture from Bill Hartland