H.M.S. President, London Division RNR 


    72 St Katherine’s Way

    E1 9UQ
    Tel: 0207-480-7219
    Email: president@a.dii.mod.uk





HMS Chrysanthemum with whalers for the Shipmongers Cup, foreground, HMS President astern, 8th November 1987, happy days.

A sad loss the scrapping of the Chrysanthemum, the President lives on.

The Royal Naval Reserves celebrated 100 years in 2003. http://www.rnr100.com/

An excellent book to commemorate the Centenary of London Division RNR, has been compiled by CPO Mike Weight.

If you would like a copy, please contact him at  Wilmsey@aol.com  HMS President London Division RNR, address above.







The Chiefs and Petty Officers Mess invited, Admiral of the Fleet, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, as the guest of Honour, for the Mess Dinner celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Naval Reserves.

I managed to capture, a few autographs, of those attending.

Sadly Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA 27th August 1979

Congratulations to our Canadian Shipmate Al Simpson from Halifax Nova Scotia


Al has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his exchange duty and service time with the London Division RNR HMS President, he was the first candidate and laid the foundations for many more to follow to Royal Naval Reserve Units Worldwide. 


Al with Lord Louis Mountbatten, Al with Cdr (S) Brian Cole, Al with Supply Officer and POSA Smith.








Commodores Divisions, The Temple Gardens, opposite the H.M.S. President, May 1978


Royal Arthur Chief Petty Officer's Leadership Course 19th May 1975

Back Row

P. Burch (Tyne), A. McAlynn (Forth), K. Horspool (Solent), B. Lockyer (London), F. Hoy (Solent), J. Harrison (Forth), J. Rose (???),

D. Petford (Birmingham), M. Brown (Clyde), G. Smith (Solent) J. Frame (Clyde)

Centre Row

H. Davison (Tyne), A. Dryburgh (Tyne), G. Foxall (Tyne), R. Harper (Preston), D. Peckham (Sussex), J. White (Tyne), J. Lee (Forth),

J. Page (Mersey), D. Currie (Forth), T. McCoy (Ulster),

Front Row.

P. Burden (Severn), E. Evans (Severn), J. Nesbitt (Tyne), M LangBridge (Severn), M. Chime ( Severn), Lt. D. Bell RN (C.O.),

CPO R. Robinson (Instructor), R. Hall (Mersey), C. Hutchison (Mersey), G. Calderbank (Mersey), F. Everett (Sussex).

My old shooting oppo, John Lee, from Dumfries, is fourth from the right, middle row.

Where are you now, John.????




    September 20th 1976, H.M.S. Fittleton collided with H.M.S. Mermaid,

    whilst doing a R.A.S. and sank.


This Stained Glass Window, a Tribute to our lost shipmates.

Can be seen  on the drill deck at H.M.S. President.

I regret to announce that Lt. Cdr. 'Jan' Causley RNR, crossed the Bar in 2004


Sub Lieutenant Christopher GRENFELL

London Division RNR

Chief Radio Supervisor Philip BARBER

London Division RNR



Marine Engineering Mechanic Ian HEWSON

London Division RNR

Marine Engineering Mechanic Gerard HOEY

London Division RNR

Ordnance Electrical Mechanic Charles NEWELL

Sussex Division RNR

Radio Operator Richard MASSEY

Forth Division RNR

Cook Michael PILCH

London Division RNR

Chief Petty Officer Cook Frederick PILGRIM

London Division RNR

Radio Operator Patrick QUANTRILL

Southend Communications Training Centre

Communications Yeoman David SKINNER

London Division RNR

Mechanician First Class Stanley TURNER BEM

London Division RNR


We will remember them.



HMS Fittleton

The Royal Australian Naval Reserves donated a £1000.00 worth of .50 pence pieces to be sold and the proceeds to go to the Fittleton Fund

I bought one each for myself, my wife and children.



H.M.S. Fittleton, a beautiful tribute,  by the " Ton " Class Association.







Fittleton's lifebelt on display, Drill Deck HMS President




Memorial Plaques in Fittleton Parish Church



Fittleton capsized   Mermaid nearby



Fittlton being uprighted at Den Helder Netherlands 



Fittleton afloat at Den Helder




Fittleton arriving home at Chatham



Royal Naval Reserves, Long Range Small-Bore Rifle Team 1973

Back Row,

CPO Barry Lockyer, London, CPO??, Leeds, CPO Wilf Phillips, Bristol, Lt Cdr Graham Kershaw, Mersey, Lt Cdr Leo Hurley (Manager), Cardiff, CPO Nick Carter, Sussex, AB Jim Turk, Sussex, PO ??, Mersey,

Front Row,

CPO Alf Paddon, LT ??, Southampton, LT Pauline?, Southampton,  LT Lynne Kershaw, Mersey, CPO Keith Gough. Tayside.

HELP. fill in the ????'s for me


C.P.O.S.A.(S)  D. J. (Dudley) Banger (Courtesy of Navy News)

Dudley was my boss when I joined the RNR