Crew Notes: A - B
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John D. Abberley
John was an ordinary seaman on HMS Gambia for the 1955/56 commission. John joined the Police force on demob and spent going on to 33 years in the service before retiring in 1987 reaching the rank of Superintendent.
John served as a Leading Stoker in Gambia from November 1958 until he left her in the reserve fleet in March 1961. He is (July 2017) the acting President and Social Secretary of the HMS Gambia Association.
John was a Stoker 1st Class on HMS Gambia for the 1946/48 commission. He became a founding member of the HMS Gambia Association but passed away in September 2011.
Graeme Maunsell Douglas Beere
Commander and RAdar Specialist Graeme Beere NZ11795 passed away peacefully on Friday, June 3, 2017, aged 95 years. He first saw service in the army in 1940. Then from 1942 to 1975 was in the navy, He sereved through WW2, Korea, and Malaya; on the ships HMNZS Gambia, Bellona, Royalist, HMS Lanka, Kenya, Jamaica, Maori, and Wakefield. Sadly, his wife Winifred Margaret Beere (née Ward) passed away the following day on Saturday, June 3, 2017
Branegan was an Electrician Sub Lieutenant on the 1957/8 commission. He was also a keen ornithologist or twitcher, at least he was interested enough to send reports to Royal Naval Birdwatching Society. In the December 1959 issue of The Sea Swallow he reported seeing various species of Cormorants, Frigates, Gulls, Noddies, Petrels, Shearwaters, and Terns on the commssion around the Indiana Ocean includingthe Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Chagos, Mauritius, Reunion, and Sand islands.
Anthony joined HMS Sandhurst as a NAAFI Boy in 1934, and finally retired from the RN on September 1, 1957. He spent just six weeks, from February to April 1950 on HMS Gambia, but had an interesting career. He was on HMS Bulldog when Commander A. J. Baker-Cresswell cptured U-110 and the Enigma coding machine it carried. His varied career is online in a Times of Malta, November 13, 2016 article, "Anthony Buhagiar – A Lifetime's Service with the Royal Navy"
Jack Edward Bundock
Jack's service number was JX 316187 and he served on HMS Gambia from February 1942 until November 1943. He then served on HMS Pembroke and HMS Cubitt from November 1943 until January 1946. HMS Pembroke was a shore establishment at Chatham. HMS Cubitt was a frigate. Jack was also at HMS Cochrane, another shore establishment at Rosyth, Scotland.
Thomas served on HMS Gambia as Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic on the 1952 to 1954 commission. His service number was D/KX.80366. The London Gazette of 16 February, 1954 reported that "The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the British Empire Medal (Military Division) for distinguished service in the Greek earthquake relief operations in August, 1953" to him.