Francis George MBE

Francis George sent a message to say he has just found the web site and would like to know if anyone remembers him! He was at the school from August 1960 until 1962. 

Brian Manley

Brian Manley has sent a message. He was in Broughton House from 1962 until the home closed. He remembers being in the band and their final parade. Happy days.

Message from Bob Seymour

Bob Seymour has sent a message to say "Hi guys, sorry it has been so long since my last entry in the log but have had quite a year. Ship book number is LRCH 180 and I was at PSTS 1954-57 when I joined Ganges, my house parents were the fabulous George and Ann Moore. Still in touch with mate from that time Ron Preston who I meet up with at least once a year."

Found!! ..... a record of an old boy at RCNS

We recently had a request from the son of a Frederick Charles Peach, enquiring if his Father could have been at WNTS, RCNS or Parkstone Sea Training School. The dates given were 1930 to 1939. Unfortunately we had to advise that we do not hold any personal records of boys who attended the Sea Schools, WNTS, RCNS or PSTS. However we were able to advise where these Records are held, which is at the National Archives, Kew, London. 

Frederick Peach’s son persisted with his research and came up Trumps! He obtained a copy of a Certificate written by Commander L.C. King RNR Rtd. who was Captain Superintendent, of the Russell Cotes Nautical School from 1939 to 1949. The Certificate stated; 

    This is to certify that FREDERICK CHARLES PEACH was a boy at Russell Cotes Nautical School (RCNS) from; 19 March 1938 to 17 January 1939, when he left to go

    afloat as a Deck Boy in the Merchant Service. During the whole period as stated he was receiving full Nautical Instruction. Captain Superintendent.

With further Information regarding Frederick Charles Peach we were able to advise of a find of the Merchant Service Records; the National Archives held for Frederick Charles Peach. These are in a 'Collection'; Merchant Seaman serving after 1917. 

Its good to read a Good News Story, and our congratulations go out to Frederick Charles Peach’s son for his perseverance in chasing these records up.

The National Archives is a real Treasure Trove of Records and Information. For any readers looking at researching Records for the Merchant Navy, at the National Archives, start by looking at the ‘Research Guides’ these are the real; ‘how to’ and can be invaluable….. For the Merchant Navy there are 26 Research Guides, that range from Records of; Births, Marriages and Deaths at Sea or Abroad, to Merchant Seaman Serving between; 1858 to 1917, to Merchant Seaman Medals & Honours, to Ships Sunk or Wrecked.

The Resources at the National Archives are vast so the Guides are a good place to start.

Gordon Brocklehurst

We have received a message from Gordon to say he has downsized to a recently built four bedroomed house in North Ferriby from whence he can see the village church and (just) hear the bells. He has kept in touch with Barnardo's albeit with some misgivings. He asked whether we can still enjoy nautical school exchanges through the site and sends his thanks. I have told him that although the activity on the site has been somewhat dwindling we will continue. 

Malcolm Sawdy

We have received a message a message from Malcolm Sawdy who writes "It often drifts through my mind and memories, that July morning way back in '64. I was fortunate enough to be on "Duty Bugler" duty and played the last reveille and later, with the band The Ceremonial Sunset conducted by "Charle" Chalice our band master.  Life is a tad different now ....But hell or high water, I would not have missed my time at Parkstone and send my thoughts to (where ever they may be) all the folks who influenced my life from 15th January 1961 to 31st July 1964. My grateful thanks ....."

Thank you message

We received a message from Greg Rickard who lives in Sudbury, Canada. "Just a very belated message to thank you for the courtesy and help you provided my wife and I on our trip a few years back. Your assistance, along with the Bournemouth & Poole College were invaluable to assisting us with locating the site of my father's old school (RCNS). We are going to be returning to visit family in the UK in 2017, and may try to visit the site of the former RCNS again, if the buildings are still able to be visited. Once again, thank you so much for your assistance".

School Site

Hi Folks. Just to let you know that Poole Borough Council are still undecided over the future of the site. Will let you know if I here anything new. Rachel.

75th Anniversary of the Arctic Convoys

Alfie Windsor has been asked to circulate the following by Pam Brown who is a Deputy Lord Lt of Merseyside, active in many naval charities and organisations, and particularly in organising the event described below. Could you include the following details in the next issue of your magazine or in any other suitable communication with your members? Convoy veterans are now in their 90s so this could be the one of the last events they can attend.

The Arctic convoys delivered aid to Russia in World War 2, a mission Churchill acknowledged was “the worst journey in the world”. The four-year struggle (1941-46) to provide material to support the Soviet war effort cost the lives of around 3,000 sailors and merchant seamen – over 100 civilian and military ships were lost, with the nadir coming in the summer of 1942 when convoy PQ17 was mauled by the Luftwaffe and nine U-boats. 

The following links have useful information: and

75th Anniversary of the Arctic Convoys - Monday 31st October 2017, Liverpool. The MoD wish to mark the 75th anniversary of the Arctic Convoys in Liverpool on Monday 31st October 2017, in the early afternoon in the Town Hall. The organisers are seeking Royal and Merchant Navy veterans who served in the convoys and who would like to attend the event. The Town Hall is wheelchair friendly and a carer can join the veteran. The MoD hope that a Type 45 destroyer will be in attendance and open for visits by the veterans. 

Please send details (name, address, phone number and email address) of any veteran who wishes to attend to Pam Brown, 35 Winston Drive, Nostrum, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH43 9RU or email her at

PS This has been sent to Conway, Worcester, Pangbourne, General Botha, Indefatigable, Mercury, London Nautical School, Parkstone, Warsash, Prince of Wales Sea School and Vindicatrix old boys associations and the Honourable Company, the RN Officers Association and MN Association. Please forward it to any other body that can spread the word.

Yours aye Alfie Windsor (Conway 64-68) 07703 599 220

Site at Constitution Hill

As some of you may be aware the future of the site of the school has been uncertain for a while. I have been in regular contact with the planning department at Poole Borough Council. The site was bought by them in June last year and was officially taken over in the September. A decision has still not been made over the future of the site. It is hoped that a decision will be reached within the next month. There are currently guardians on the property for security purposes but as yet no changes have been made. As soon as I hear any further news I will let you all know.