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18/09/2018 - 2018 Remembrance Service
This years annual Remembrance Service will take place in Westminster Abbey on Saturday 24th November at 11.15am. See the newsletter for more details.
18/09/2018 - 2018 Newsletter
The latest newsletter has just been published here.
28/08/2018 - George Knott - RIP
George Knott the last UK survivor aged 94 sadly passed away on the 8th August. He was just 17, a Boy 2nd Class (the lowest of the low according to George) when HMS Barham was struck and sunk. He was on the mess deck having a tea break and got to the upper deck to slide down the side of the listing ship. The barnacles took the skin off his back.
01/12/2017 - Rememberance Service
This year our service was held on 25 November and was conducted by the Reverend Canon David Stanton. This was the 76rd anniversary of the sinking of HMS BARHAM.
01/11/2017 - 2017 Newsletter
The latest newsletter has just been published here.
09/09/2016 - 2016 Newsletter
The latest newsletter has just been published here.
19/05/2016 - Battle of Jutland - A Brief History
The Associations chairman, Michael Stratton-Brown has written a brief history of the Barham in the Battle of Jutland.
21/09/2015 - Memorial Service 2015
This years memorial service will take place in Westminster Abbey on Saturday 28th November 2015.
22/11/2014 - Memorial Service 2014
A brief write-up on our recent Memorial Service held in Westminster Abbey can be found here.
26/11/2014 - Article in The Times
30/09/2014 - September 2014 Newsletter
The September newsletter has been published here.
01/12/2013 - Memorial Service
Our 2013 Remembrance Service was held on St Andrew's day and attended by 74 people. The service was conducted by the Reverend Canon David Stanton, the new Canon Treasurer. Survivor Jack Nealon supported by his grandson laid the wreath on the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of HMS BARHAM. Survivor George Knott also attended in a wheel chair having discharged himself from hospital the day before. As ever our beautiful wreath was made and donated by Patricia Picket assisted by her husband Alan who brought it to the Abbey. Many thanks yet again. Association Chairman Michael Stratton-Brown read the Tennyson poem "Crossing the bar".
24/11/2013 - Annual Remembrance Service Reminder
The service takes place this Saturday (30th November) in Westminster Abbey. The Reverend Canon David Stanton, the new Canon Treasurer, will take the service.
22/09/2013 - Annual Remembrance Service
Arrangements are well under way for this years Remembrance Service. It takes place on 30th November in Westminster Abbey.
20/09/2013 - Autumn Newsletter
Our Autumn newsletter has been published and is available here.
28/07/2013 - Death of survivor George Parker
Roy Parker has informed me that his father George died on 23rd July. His funeral is to be held at 1100 on Wednesday 7th August and at 1215 on the same day his body will be cremated at Aldershot Crematorium.
25/11/2012 - Annual Remembrance Service
The annual service of Remembrance was held at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, November 24th 2012. 57 attended including 2 Survivors. A wreath was laid, but as advised last year, for the first time at the Service, the Ship's Standard was not paraded.
21/09/2012 - Autumn Newsletter
01/04/2012 - RN Boys Memorial
On Sunday 18 March a memorial stone was dedicated by the dean in the ambulatory of Portsmouth Cathedral to the 534 Royal Naval Boy Seamen who were killed in World War II.
16/02/2012 - Tom Cropp
Sadly a survivor, Tom Cropp who was a Petty Officer at the time of the sinking died on 4 February.
05/12/2011 - St Anns Church Service
The service at St Anns Church at the naval church in HM Naval Base Portsmouth was well attended by Association members. CPO Bob Woodgate paraded our Standard with great dignity and it was accepted by the Chaplin of the Fleet.
30/11/2011 - Thank You
I should like to thank EVERYONE who has helped to make my position as Secretary more fulfilling. My sincere thanks must go to all who attended the Remembrance Service at Westminster Abbey we had a record number os some 225 persons, which is most pleasing for all the work that goes in to make the day a great memory.
27/11/2011 - Rememberance Service
A big thank you to everyone who attended the service yesterday. It was great to see so many people there.
13/11/2011 - Arboretum Service June 11th 2011
A video will be posted on youtube during the coming weeks, showing the service of this important event which took place at the National Aboretum in Staffordshire, this summer.
14/10/2011 - Annual Rememberance Service
Survivors, members and guests are requested to enter Westminster Abbey by the west door no later than 1430 on Sat 26th Nov 2011 and proceed to the seating in the centre of the nave.
14/09/2011 - Autumn Newsletter
The Autumn 2011 Association newsletter has been posted on the website. View it here
26/09/2011 - Leslie Baker
We're sorry to have to announce that Leslie Baker passed away on 25th September 2011.
14/06/2011 - Dedication Service at the National Memorial Arboretum.
On Saturday 11th June 2011 some 79 persons including three survivors, Mr John Nealon, Mr Richard Laland and Mr Ted Clow attended the Service of Dedication of a memorial Stone at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.
06/06/2011 - Memorial Dedication Service
We look forward to meeting you all on Saturday 11th June at the National memorial Arboretumat ALREWAS Staffordshire and sincerely apologise for the late details.
16/05/2011 - Keith Miller
We're sorry to have to announce that Keith Miller passed away on 22nd April aged 60 years after many years of illness.
20/04/2011 - Dennis Kitchen
We're sad to have to announce that Dennis Kitchen passed away in his sleep last week. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP.
26/04/2011 - Memorial Stone
Douglas Heath from Tamworth RNA has been in touch regarding the forthcoming Dedication Service on 11th June.
22/03/2011 - Memorial Stone
Plans are well under way for the Dedication service for our Memorial Stone in the National Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire.
22/03/2011 - Spring Newsletter
15/03/2011 - Mess Rounds Christmas Day 1940
02/02/2011 - Remembrance Service
For those readers who were unable to attend the Remembrance Service in November, we've put together a video of the highlights of the Service held at Westminster Abbey on 27th November 2010.
15/12/2010 - Remembrance Service
Many thanks to the 114 or so people who attended the wreath laying service at Westminster Abbey today on a very cold London Afternoon. It was marvellous to see so many people and to meet a new 'Survivor' who only recently contacted or became aware of the association. He was a Mr David Stewart and it was his first time attending the service with his family.
02/11/2010 - Remembrance Service, 27th November
Survivors, members and guests are requested to enter the Abbey by the west door no later than 1430 and proceed to the seating in the centre of the nave.
15/08/2010 - Memorial Stone
07/01/2010 - Lord Barham
A Requiem Mass for the Lord Barham, the Earl of Gainsborough will be held on Thursday 28th January at 11.00am at the Brompton Oratory, London.
01/01/2010 - Lord Barham
Unfortunately we have to inform you that Lord Barham, the Earl of Gainsborough, our associations President, died on the 29th December 2009.
29/11/2009 - Remembrance Service
I personally would like to thank everyone who attended the Remembrance Service yesterday th 28th November. It is much appreciated by the committee that so many attend. Our wreath was laid by the two survivors Mr George Knott and Mr Jack Nealon and the standard paraded by CPO Bob Woodgate.
01/10/2009 - Autumn Newsletter
06/04/2009 - Spring Newsletter
01/11/2008 - Annual Rememberance Service
The annual remembrance service is almost here and we've been asked my the Abbey staff to pass on a message to everyone planning on attending.
05/10/2008 - Crew list in the Times newspaper
Regular contributor to our website Geoff Wearmouth has posted a message in our guestbook about an article printed in the Times newspaper on 23rd February 1942. Its the article that formally announces the deaths of the crewmen lost when the Barham was sunk.
18/09/2008 - Commemorative Service in Bootle
18/09/2008 - Autumn Newsletter
02/07/2008 - Bryan Samuels
It is with great regret that we have to report the death of survivor Lt Commander Bryan James Samuels.
28/05/2008 - Spring '08 Newsletter
09/04/2008 - New account 2
Janice Clark also sent us an account written by her father John Cross, who was a survivor of the sinking.
09/04/2008 - New account 1
Janice Clark, daughter of survivor John Cross came across a newspaper article that we hadnt seen before. It was written some years ago by another survivor Ronald Dando.
24/01/2008 - Funeral Arthur 'Ginger' Bryant
We've just received details of the funeral service for Arthur Quantrill Bryant who died on the 14th of this month.
16/01/2008 - Arthur Bryant
It is with great regret that we have to report the death of ARTHUR BRYANT, a survivor of the sinking. Arthur died yesterday morning 15th Jan 2008.
23/12/2007 - Mrs Evelyn Petherbridge
Sorry to be the bearer of sad news but we've just heard that Mrs Evelyn PETHERBRIDGE wife of Sidney died on the 15th December 2007 and that the funeral will take place at St Paul's Church,Winchester Hampshire on the 2nd January at 1400 Hours. Evelyn donated so many gifts to all the raffles at the reunion dinners and was a stalwart of the Association. Sidney was a telegraphist at the time of the sinking and for many years was the treasurer of the Association.
06/11/2007 - Name to the face
Martyn Smith has emailed Barham HQ with a query that we hope our readers will be able to help with.
18/10/2007 - The Decorations and Honours Register
The Decorations and Honours Register is now accepting registrations for the Commemorative Edition to be published in the spring of 2008.
19/09/2007 - Autumn '07 Newsletter
26/06/2007 - John Crichton Masters
Tom Masters, son of survivor John Masters, has informed us that his father died peacefully at his home on 1st June 2007.
18/04/2007 - Spring '07 Newsletter
11/06/2007 - John Gale
Unfortunately we've been informed of the death of another survivor. John Gale passed away on 6th June 2007 aged 87 in his home town of Kidderminster.
24/04/2007 - Reader enquiry
We recently received an email from a reader enquiring about purchasing photos from the website.
03/04/2007 - Cameraman who filmed the sinking of the HMS Barham
As you may have read in Geoffreys message in the guestbook, John Turner, the cameraman who filmed the sinking of the Barham died recently.
19/03/2007 - A Survivors Account - by Douglas Ralphs
A while ago Brian Ralphs sent Barham HQ some photos of his father, Douglas, who was a survivor of the Barham sinking.
02/03/2007 - We were hacked!
Yep, thats right. Some time Thursday morning you may have noticed our homepage was overwritten.
18/02/2007 - Recognise this man?
04/02/2007 - John Laraway
Greg Laraway has written to us: It is my sad task to inform the HMS Barham Association of the death of survivor John Laraway. He died in the QA Hospital Portsmouth on the 18 January 2007, he is survived by his wife and will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren. The funeral will take place on 7 February.
03/02/2007 - Godfrey John
Unfortunately we've been informed of the death of another survivor. Godfrey John passed away on 19th January 2007.
24/01/2007 - Graeme Sorley
The association is sad to announce the death of Graeme Sorley on 23rd January in Victoria, BC, Canada from cancer of the pancreas. Graeme, aged 74 was the son of the late Surgeon Commander E.R. Sorley who was lost in the sinking of the Barham. Graeme was the first person to sign the guestbook of the Barham website when it began in 1999 and has become something of an expert on the ship and all matters connected to it. He was also part of the memorial voyage (here) to the site of the sinking which took place in 2003 in which a wreath from the Barham Association was placed on the water.
15/01/2007 - Novembers Memorial Service
We've added a write up of the Memorial service held in Westminster Abbey to the site. It can be found here.
25/12/2006 - Merry Christmas
We'd like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2007.
22/12/2006 - Keith Bennett
Im sorry to have to pass on the news that survivor Keith Bennett passed away on Wednesday 20th December.
14/12/2006 - Reflections From 'Guzz'
After a number of requests, ive posted a copy of the poem that Reverend Jeremy Bradford so movingly read at this years service in Westminster Abbey, online.
30/11/2006 - Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey
This is just a quick post to thank everyone who attended the memorial service on Saturday. It was a lovely afternoon and a very moving service.
29/11/2006 - Pin found in Westminster Abbey
18/11/2006 - Memorial Service - this Saturday
The details for the Memorial Service on the 25th November are as follows: Meet at the West Door of Westminster Abbey at 2.30pm to be seated in the nave by 2.45pm. The main service starts will start at 3pm and last for about 45 minutes. We'll have our own service at 4pm, with a minutes silence at 4.30pm, exactly 65 years to the day when the ship sank. Hope you see you all there!
30/10/2006 - New picture of the ship
29/10/2006 - Annual Memorial Service
This years memorial service is fast approaching so nows the time to start planning.
28/10/2006 - Website downtime
You may have noticed a few blank screens and a couple of hiccups on the website over the last day or so. Ive been moving all my work to a new hosting company so it took a while to copy all the files and photos over, and to rebuild the database that runs the site (the website is weighing in at around 120meg now!!).
16/10/2006 - Contributions wanted
Is it me, or does there seem to be a lot of Barham experts reading the Daily Mail? The replies have all got some very interesting information regarding the ship, whether it be personal or as a hobby. So Bob Cubitt from Northampton, Dennis Lorriman from Cheshire, Rosalind Harris from Staffs, Kirk Gemmill from Lanark, John Dixon from Gloucs, Tony Campbell from Northampton If youd like to write something for the website and put your knowledge in print so that its saved for generations to come, we have a plenty of webspace to publish it and plenty readers waiting to read it. Heres an open invitation. Give it a thought and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While im posting, we're also very keen to get photos of the past crew. We currently have pictures of 72 of the crew members - we'd really like that number to grow! So if youre one of the 117 people who have recently added themselves as a contact to a crew member, or one of the 158 people who have updated crew information, please have a dig around for any photos you may have. We promise to return any sent via post.
13/10/2006 - Daily Mail VII
Another article printed in the Daily Mail regarding the Barham. You can see all the articles by clicking here.
10/10/2006 - Daily Mail comment VI
Another article printed in the Daily Mail regarding the Barham. You can see all the articles by clicking here.
02/10/2006 - Another article from the Daily Mail
28/09/2006 - Website analysis - pats on the back all round
Its been just over six months since the website relaunched with the new domain name and the new look.
28/09/2006 - A question for our readers
27/09/2006 - George Sweetingham
Unfortunately we heard the news that another survivor has passed away.
25/09/2006 - Derek Allaway
We're very sad to have to announce the death of survivor Derek Allaway.
24/09/2006 - Missing envelope from the reunion
We've had an email from Jack Nealons family recently regarding an envelope mislaid at the Barham reunion this May in Portsmouth.
22/09/2006 - Memories from South Africa
18/09/2006 - September '06 Newsletter
September is always a busy month for us here at Barham HQ. As regular visitors to the site will know, November is a newsletter month so there has been many a sleepless night spent writing and compiling the Associations newsletter. You can download a free online version of the newsletter by clicking here.
12/11/2006 - Another follow-up from the Daily Mail query
There seems to be a few Daily Mail readers visiting the site recently, and also a few Barham experts reading the Daily Mail. Heres another follow up to a Barham related question published on 12th August.
07/09/2006 - Annual memorial service
Is it really that time of year already? As in previous years, the associations annual memorial servive will be held in Westminster Abbey, London. This year it will be held on Saturday 25th Novemeber, 2006.Accounts and photos of other services can be found here.More details will be posted here nearer the time.
06/09/2006 - September Newsletter
Writing Septembers newsletter is now well under way. As we speak the typewriters are being worked overtime and the writers are burning the midnight oil.If anyone has anything they'd like to have included, we can be reached at the usual email address. All contributions would be gratefully received.The newsletter should be available in the next few weeks. Check back soon for more details.
30/08/2006 - A follow-up from the Daily Mail query
After the question published in the Daily Mail on the 12/08/2006 (see below) wondering why the Barham isnt mentioned in accounts of the war very often, there was an answer sent in by a Mr Cubitt from Northampton.
25/08/2006 - A readers query
12/08/2006 - Clipping from the Daily Mail
A reader of the website spotted this question in todays Daily Mail newspaper.
09/08/2006 - Obituary to Douglas Lynd
An obituary to Douglas 'Ginger' Lynd who passed away in May is published in todays Daily Telegraph.
02/07/2006 - A query from the MoD regarding a battle ensign
Survivor George Knott has received a letter from the Historical Branch of the Minitry of Defence regarding a battle ensign found in the Royal Naval Trophy store.
14/06/2006 - Irene Potts
Derick Potts, a member of the association, and whos brother was lost when the ship sank, has been in contact with us here at Barham HQ to inform us of the sad news that his wife Irene passed away on 27th January 2006.
25/05/2006 - Douglas Lynd
As you may have read in the guestbook, Mike Lynd has informed us of the sad news that his father, Lieutenant Commander Douglas Lynd, RN, MBE, a survivor of the sinking, passed away on 20th May 2006 at the age of 84.
23/05/2006 - Another photo of the reunion
Jim Samuels has sent in a photo taken at the reunion this month. Four of the survivors are sitting in the front row. Thanks Jim.
18/05/2006 - Reunion dinner - what a success!
The Association held its final reunion dinner in the Royal Sailors Home Club, Portsmouth on Saturday 13th May. It was a resounding success with 118 attending, including 9 Survivors.
09/05/2006 - Crew members medals on Ebay
An eagle-eyed visitor to our site has spotted medals belonging to crew member Alfred Meech, who was lost when the Barham went down, up for auction on Ebay, along with a picture and accompanying blurb. As of today there are still 5 days of bidding left with the current bid at £51.01. See here for more details. (update - the final price for the medals was £360)
02/05/2006 - Can you help?
This community will only continue to grow with your input.
22/04/2006 - HMS Barham Reunion Dinner - 13th May 2006
As you know, the 50th annual reunion is almost upon us and what a celebration it is promising to be. So far over 110 tickets have been sold, with people flying in from as far afield as Canada to attend.
09/03/2006 - April '06 Newsletter
27/02/2006 - George Oliver
We are sad to hear that survivor George Oliver, a regular at our reunions and a member of the Royal Naval Association died on 19th November 2005 after a short illness. His funeral was held on 28th November 2005 at Southend Crematorium. Mick represented the Association with the Barham standard.
08/02/2006 - Video Clip of the sinking of Barham
Geoff Wearmouth, son of Melvin Wearmouth has put up a video clip of the tragic end to the ship here
08/02/2006 - Vandalising of war memorials
This matter brought to our attention by Anne Randall of the Dunedin Society.
08/02/2006 - Cap for sale
Matt Blair has been offered a cap for sale - he writes, "Can I ask your opinion on whether it looks authentic or not?"
15/12/2005 - Sidney Petherbridge
We have heard the sad news that Sidney Petherbridge, a survivor who made a great contribution to the Association died on 12th December 2005. His funeral is to be held on January 3rd, at 12pm at St Paul's church, Winchester.
04/10/2005 - George Elliot
Geoge Elliot, stoker, founder member and past Chairman of the HMS Barham Association died 4th October 2005. George was an inspiration to the Association as well as a man determined to keep alive the memory of the ship mates he lost when Barham sank. He had been ill for some time and last attended an Association meeting in August 2004.
01/10/2005 - The People's War Website
BBC - WW2 People's War Website has just announced that they will accept no further contributions after December 2005 when it will be "sealed" for all time. Their purpose will have been accomplished - a history of personal experiences recorded in cyberspace for posterity accessible for research, family memorabilia or for any other reason. If you would like to record and shareyour experiences of the war either as a participant, child, or in any other way hurry and get them in. There are is a good deal of material on Barham submitted already by Graeme Sorley, son of Surgeon Commander E.R. Sorley who has put his father's letters written from the Barham on the website. Go ahead! Share you experiences for future generations. Visit the site and have your say at http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/
02/09/2005 - HMS Duchess
We've added a new page to the site concerning the sinking of the HMS Duchess by the Barham on 12th December 1939, off the Mull Of Kintyre. Read about it here.
01/09/2005 - The Battle of Matapan
A new page has been added about the Barhams role in the Battle of Matapan in March 1941. Read about it here.
01/08/2005 - Art for sale
Paintings done by Mick Tapsell, son of a survivor are now available for £5.00 including p&p contact webmaster for more details or call (+ 44) 01306 640841. You can see both the pictures here.
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21 June 2015