The HMS Gambia Association

The HMS Gambia Association was formed in 1988. It's first chairman was Brian Hughes who served as cook on HMS Gambia's 1958/60 commission.

The Officers

President: Arthur Robinson - Engineroom Artificer, 1941 - 1943
Chairman:

Brian Hughes - Cook, 1958/60 commission. Served as chairman from the Association's formation in 1988 to 2006. Bill Hartland reported that "Brian conducted the Meeting with great decorum, seeing as he kept on saying, "This is my last time in the Chair, and I am going to follow the procedure in full and properly too!""

William Casbolt - Electrical Mechanician, 1957/59. Brian Hughes chose not to be reelected because of health issues, at the Annual General Meeting in Chester on Saturday, September 16, 2006 and Bill was elected Chairman.

Standard Bearer: Frank Farmer to 2005. Anthony Hockenull - Seaman, 1958/60 commission
Social Secretary: David Lister - Radio Electrical Mechanic 1st Class, 1958/60 commission
Raffle Organiser: Vivienne Stevens (passed away in December 2012)

To Present:

President: John Andrews - Leading Stoker, 1958 - 1961
Chairman: Mick Martin - Able Seaman, 1958/1960 commission
Treasurer: Anthony Hockenhull - Ordinary Seaman, 1958/60 commission
Secretary: Michael Flanagan

Newsletters

May 2018 - Planning the AGM in September 2018
September 2006 AGM - A report by Bill Hartland

40th Anniveresary Reunion of the Commissioning of HMNZS Gambia in 1983 at Hokitika, New Zealand 40th Anniveresary Reunion of the Commissioning of HMNZS Gambia in 1983 at Hokitika, New Zealand HMS Gambia Association invitation to the 45th anniversary of the commissioning of HMNZS Gambia in 1988 The Association marching up Dale Street away from the Club before turning right into Warwick Street and then right again into the Parade, Leamington Spa in 1991. This photo was kindly submitted by Ian Frost of Leamington Spa RNA The Association marching down The Parade, Leamington Spa in 1991. This photo was kindly submitted by Ian Frost of Leamington Spa RNA 'Sods Opera', Leamington Spa in 1991. Left Maurice Rose, rear Harry Finch, rear Joe Sittleton, front Arthur Frost (Ian Frost's dad), right Les Newman. This photo was kindly submitted by Ian Frost of Leamington Spa RNA HMS Gambia Association on parade, Leamington Spa in 1992. This photo was kindly submitted by Ian Frost of Leamington Spa RNA HMS Gambia Association on parade, Leamington Spa in 1992. This photo was kindly submitted by Ian Frost of Leamington Spa RNA Standard Bearers at the War Memorial, Leamington Spa in 1992. Left to right: Ron Capers, Leamington Standard Bearer; Tony Hockenhull? HMS Gambia Association Standard Bearer; Alan Fletcher, Warwick Branch Standard Bearer. This photo was kindly submitted by Ian Frost of Leamington Spa RNA Standard Bearers at the War Memorial, Leamington Spa in 1992. Left to right: Ron Capers, Leamington Standard Bearer; Tony Hockenhull? HMS Gambia Association Standard Bearer; ???; Alan Fletcher, Warwick Branch Standard Bearer. This photo was kindly submitted by Ian Frost of Leamington Spa RNA HMS Gambia Association presentation to William Casbolt. Bill was chairman of the Association HMS Gambia Association reunion October 8, 2011 HMS Gambia Association reunion October 8, 2011 HMS Gambia Association reunion October 8, 2011 HMS Gambia Association reunion October 8, 2011 After emailing each other for nearly 15 years Bill and Ray finally meet. Bill and Joan Hartland with Ray and Patty Thomas, August 2017. Photo kindly supplied by Bill Hartland HMS Gambia Association reunion in Blackpool, 2018 HMS Gambia Association reunion in Blackpool, 2018