More from New Zealand.
17th February. 2014.

 I have received this message from Ray Graham in New Zealand.

Hi Richard

 We had a nice time catching up with Mick and Vicky Aves while they were staying in Rotorua. We spent the afternoon and evening with them and had some laughs about the days of P.S.T.S.!  Mick has a good memory of those days and brought back some funny incidents for Ray of when they were in the relay team together (Ray dropped the baton at a crucial point of the race!)  Ray had another copy of the DVD made and gave it to Mick. Vicky and Mick are going to see Tony Oberdries when they get to the South Island after they cross Cook Strait from Wellington on the Inter-islander ferry. They are enjoying their New Zealand Coach Tour and leave the country on the 26th February. When they get back to Auckland, Alan Parker is hoping to see them before they fly out.  I've sent you a couple of photos of us meeting up at their hotel in Rotorua. Wishing you all the best and thanks again for all your work and all the great results from your web site! It's very much appreciated!

Kind Regards, Ray & Carol Graham.

See Recent Pictures for photos.

News from New Zealand
11 February 2014

 This morning I had a call from Ray Graham ( Broughton house number 23, 1950 to 1954)  in New Zealand. He tells me that he  is due to meet up with Mick Aves tomorrow and that Mick and his wife Vicky will be travelling to South Island where they hope to meet Tony Oberdries.  Ray will keep me informed of their meetings.

Latest news.
8th February. 2014.

 I guess that this is as good a time as any to bring you up-to-date with my health situation.  I am sorry to say that it is not good news as I have a very aggressive form of cancer to which I am told there is no treatment available,  evidently I am too weak to undergo chemotherapy.  However, looking on the bright side, I went into Bournemouth hospital on Tuesday and had a permanent drain fitted into my stomach, this means that after a bit of practice I will be able to drain fluid off myself which will save me having to go into hospital every four days or so.

 It seems that every day we read in the press about the terrible things that the NHS are responsible for,  for the record I have been into all the four local hospitals since December,  Southampton Gen, Lymington, Poole, and Bournemouth, ( does this make me a health tourist?).  In every hospital I have found that the doctors, nurses and other staff have been magnificent, I consider that I have had the very best treatment possible and have been looked after with care, compassion and a dedicated commitment to duty that is very rare to find in any other profession.  I must at this point say a big thank you to my local medical practice and in particular to my GP who has been wonderful. So thank you NHS, I am so glad that I am lucky enough to live in Britain.

 I am hoping to hand this website over to my daughter so that she can carry on posting your messages, updating any information and if required providing any of you with any further help. My great friend in Australia, John Trott, has expressed his willingness to help her in any way that he can and I'm very grateful to John for this.

 One of the things that I have found during this illness is the great number of friends that I have, it has absolutely amazed me that I have received so many messages of support, phone calls from all over the world, visits from so many people and the support of my neighbours. It really does make a difference and I would like to thank everyone who has participated. I have found it a bit difficult to answer everyone so I am hoping that you will accept my thanks through this message.

 I have not to date received any messages that need posting on the site but if and when they come I will continue to do it.

HMS Amethyst crew member crosses the bar.
18th January. 2014.

I received this email from Raymond J Mccullough recently, and thought it might be of interest to some of our more senior members.

"It is with great sadness that I wish to inform you of the passing away of my father Raymond Mccullough,who served on HMS Amethyst during the "Yangste incident."

My father passed away on January fifth after falling ill on christmas day. It is with great pride that I remember my father and all his fellow crew members who have now "crossed the bar " as it is known and I have only recently been informed of this saying by a fellow crew member of my father,  Mr Stewart Hett.

I must also thank Mr Hett for his kind and thoughtful letter of condolence to my mother .

 Our family and friends wish everyone well  and you will always be in our prayers. Raymond J Maccullough."

January 10 th .2014.

 I must apologise to you all for my inability to carry out duties on the website for some time. As many of you know I have been very ill and find that I could just not muster up the energy to do anything. 

 To all of you who have sent in messages of support and comfort you have my heartfelt thanks, I will try to get round to replying to you as soon as I am able.

 There are a number of messages from people trying to trace relatives and are asking for your help that I will post below.


I am researching my family history. My brother Terry Herbert was at Parkstone

Sea Training School in the 1950s, about 1953 or around that date.

Just looking to fill in some blanks about him. If you are unable to help

could you point me in the right direction for information.


Thank you


Mr R D Herbert.


Good Morning,

I am researching my Father's life, and discovered he was sent to Dr.

Barnardos at 3.11 years of age in 1912

He was transferred to Russell Cotes Nautical School as an 11 year old on the

15th January 1920,  where he stayed till was sent to Australia at 14 years of

age as a farm labourer.

Maybe there are photos or other information regarding this period of time. I

do have a photo of my father and hos brother in the uniform during their time

there, if that is of interest to the site.

kind regards

 Lenore Eggins


I was at PSTS from 1958 to 1961 and left to become a musician first at

Bovington camp then with

The Queens Own Hussars.

Attained the rank of sergeant before entering civilian life in 1976.

I was in the band at PSTS and think the bandmaster was a mr Challis.


Could someone please verify this?  Many thanks, Wayne Read.


My late mother worked as a cleaning lady in Johnstone House and then became a

seeing lady at LRCH. She worked under the Harringtons, Searles and Lindops. I

used to spend my school holidays at PSTS and thoroughly enjoyed it. Shortly

after my mother's death in 1994 I met Paul Wilkie who used to be at Johnstone

 House.  Alan King.

Peter Simons.
10th January 2014.

It is my very sad duty to report that Peter Simons (Howard house 33 and a petty officer boy while at PSTS) has passed away at his home. Many of you will remember Peter as the hard-working and willing chairman of the Sea Schools Association, along with his committee he organised many reunions. He actively encouraged me to start up this website as the Sea Schools Association was not able to continue.

 I am sure that you will wish me to pass on to his wife and family our sincere condolences and our grateful thanks for all the hard work Peter did for us.

Merry Christmas to all.
22nd of December 2013.

 I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and to thank the very many of you who have sent messages of support, they really do mean a great deal to me. I do hope to get round to sending to you all personally but at the moment I am finding it rather difficult to use my computer for any length of time. 

 I am not sure how long I can keep this site running for but I will do my best to try and find someone to take over from me, there is far too much information and memories to let the site just expire.


11th December 2013

Hello to all,

Sorry I have not been in touch for some time. I have been in hospital and they have given me some bad news.

I will catch up with you as soon as I get some energy.

Kind regards to all, Richard.

HMS Ganges Association.
14th of November 2013

 I am in the process of joining the "HMS Ganges Association" as an associate member. Hopefully this may lead to making contact with some of our old boys. I will of course keep you informed of any progress.

The Yangtze incident.
12th November. 2013.

 Philip Morrell has sent in a very interesting account of HMS Amethyst and the Yangtze incident. It is on the stories page. Many thanks Phil.