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Denys Powell served on HMS Gambia from 1949 to 1952 as a Stoker Mechanic. From HMS Gambia he then served on HMS Cook from 1953 to 1956. HMS Cook was a Bay-class frigate of the British Royal Navy, named for the explorer James Cook, which served as a survey ship, mostly in the Pacific Ocean from 1950 until 1964.
HMS Cook in April 1951. Photo: Imperial War Museums FL8464
In December 2002, his daughter, Anita Neads, very kindly sent these photos to me.
The following photo was among those sent to me by Anita Neads in December 2002. Amazingly in July 2021, Rebecca messaged me saying that she thinks the middle man kneeling in the photo is her father Ronald "Taffy" Phillips!
George Burkett, Denys' mate is the man in the centre of this group from HMS Cook
with possibly Ronald "Taffy" Phillips in the center.
Photo kindly submitted by Denys Powell's daughter, Anita Neads.