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Date August 24, 2016
Name Ron Kerr
Email ron.kerr1@gmail.com
Home Page
City Ballina
State NSW
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details comments: Born in Southend but escaped to N.Ireland during war. Returned to Southend 1952 and lived there until emigrating to Australia in 1966. Went to the Vindi Dec 1953 - Mar 1954 and sailed on the RMS Oronsay, MV Regent Leopard and SS Somerset. Live on the Pacific coast of Australia very comfortably. Now I have made myself legit as, to be honest, I didn't know that there was an Essex Branch which is good, (I am a member of the Queensland Branch) I have a question for you knowledgeable types. I have heard from somewhere that there is a Vindi Boy who is Mine-Host of a pub (the Criterion?) on the seafront at Southend.Can anyone help?




Date August 19, 2016
Name Dave Gummer
Email joan-dave@tiscali.co.uk
Home Page
City Minehead
State Somerset
Country England
Comments + Vindi details 2016 Vindi reunion




Date August 10, 2016
Name Terry Smith
Email starboy61@talktalk.net
Home Page houseflaglapelbadges.blogspot.com
City Falmouth
State Cornwall
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details 'Vindi', catering, December 1960 - January 1961. Subsequently sailed with Port Line and Blue Star Line, nine trips in total. Many thanks to the TSVA committee for yet another outstanding reunion - here's looking forward to the next one. For anyone wondering about the whereabouts of Ted Snell from Bromham in Bedfordshire, a regular reunion attendee of many years: Ted was involved in a road accident on his way to the reunion on Saturday morning and ended up in Swindon hospital. Thankfully, his injuries weren't severe and he returned home later in the day. He had intended travelling home by train - his car having been written off - but on espying a bus bound for Oxford caught that instead, changing for Bedford at Oxford and travelling the entire distance, about eighty miles, on his bus pass, displaying commendable 'Vindi Boy' resourcefulness.




Date August 10, 2016
Name Terry Smith
Email starboy61@talktalk.net
Home Page houseflaglapelbadges.blogspot.com
City Falmouth
State Cornwall
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details 'Vindi', catering, December 1960 - January 1961. Subsequently sailed with Port Line and Blue Star Line, nine trips in total. Many thanks to the TSVA committee for yet another outstanding reunion - here's looking forward to the next one. For anyone wondering about the whereabouts of Ted Snell from Bromham in Bedfordshire, a regular reunion attendee of many years: Ted was involved in a road accident on his way to the reunion on Saturday morning and ended up in Swindon hospital. Thankfully, his injuries weren't severe and he returned home later in the day. He had intended travelling home by train - his car having been written off - but on espying a bus bound for Oxford caught that instead, changing for Bedford at Oxford and travelling the entire distance, about eighty miles, on his bus pass, displaying commendable 'Vindi Boy' resourcefulness.




Date August 9, 2016
Name Alexander Dilworth
Email alexdilworth@hotmail.com
Home Page msn
City sydney
State nsw
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details Vindi 7th Jan 1963 the worst winter. Joined Cape Wrath March 13th 1963 catering. I have been to a few reunions last one 2015. We are definitely a dying breed. I will be over for the next one then it will be up to the guy upstairs. Take care one and all, a great bunch of guys that you could ever wish to meet. Great memories.




Date August 9, 2016
Name Alexander Dilworth
Email alexdilworth@hotmail.com
Home Page msn
City sydney
State nsw
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details Vindi 7th Jan 1963 the worst winter. Joined Cape Wrath March 13th 1963 catering. I have been to a few reunions last one 2015. We are definitely a dying breed. I will be over for the next one then it will be up to the guy upstairs. Take care one and all, a great bunch of guys that you could ever wish to meet. Great memories.




Date August 3, 2016
Name Paul Hart
Email paul.hart4@ntlworld.com
Home Page
City Chesham
State Buckinghamshire
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details I was on the vindicatrix from 12/10/59, to 18/12/59. My no was R716742. I am afraid I don't remember much, but my first ship was MV,Cedric, Then Port Nelson. I have a some photos of my cabin mate That could be from the Cedric taken In Australia about 25th of Jan 1960. We got into a lot of Trouble. I am now 74 and Disabled but still alive. Just a note. I Kept a log of all my trips, but I was not In the Merchant for very Long. Regards to All.




Date August 2, 2016
Name RICHIE BRADSHAW
Email countyaerials@hotmail.com
Home Page
City LIVERPOOL
State LANCS
Country England.
Comments + Vindi details jUST BEEN INFORMED THAT OUR FRIEND Brian Daley is in Hospital in Birmingham after a slight stroke.And will have to miss this year,s reunion which he was looking foreword to attending i,m sure you will all wish him a full recovery & get well soon & to be back to his old self. And not forgetting his good wife SUE hope all is back to normal soon.Richie & Liverpool Mates.




Date July 8, 2016
Name Mick Spencer
Email m.spencer220@ntlworld.com
Home Page
City Nottingham
State
Country England
Comments + Vindi details Not be long now guy's only a month to go, before we go back to being 16 years of age again. Hope to meet you all down at the VINDI. Cheers Mick




Date July 3, 2016
Name David BENGE
Email linens2013@tpg.com.au
Home Page NA
City Adamstown Heights
State NSW
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details Sad news of Kenneth Ruffles has suddenly passed on He was a R77???? Catering early 1962. I managed to catch up with Ken as he was a galley boy on the MV Port Fairy with me (DeckBoy/ Peggy) Aug62 0 Aug 63 on a doubly header MANZ Run. He will be sorely missed and a great mate David Benge (Ozzie) R 773853 Deck. Newcastle Australia.




Date June 6, 2016
Name Terry Smith
Email starboy61@talktalk.net
Home Page http://www.houseflaglapelbadges.blogspot.com
City Falmouth
State Cornwall
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details At long last I've updated and expanded my blog, www.houseflaglapelbadges.blogspot.com to include a number of photos, some of them previously unpublished. There is also new text to accompany them. Best wishes to all - look forward to seeing you at the 2016 reunion. Terry Smith, discharge book N0: R740045, 'Vindy' Catering, December 1960/January 1961.




Date June 2, 2016
Name EDMOND JENKINS
Email edmondjenkins@rocketmail.com
Home Page HIGH PEAK
City GLOSSOP
State DERBYSHIRE
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details I joined as a deck trainee in November 1962 and left in Feb 1963. I bcame a bosuns matee of hut C4 and my first ship after training was the MV ILLYRIC of the Shaw Saville Line. I remember our seamanship tutor was 'Scouse' Jackson. I am now 70 years old and disabled.




Date June 1, 2016
Name Paul Allen Trotter [R801411]
Email paul_allen11@hotmail.co.uk
Home Page
City Scarborough
State North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Comments + Vindi details Hi I was at the Vindi from 25/5/64 to 17/7/64 on the catering course under Mr Smith. Enjoyed every minute of my time there especially the going home bit! Best wishes to all you other old Vindi boys. Remember what they told us -- 'You aint never going home'!




Date June 1, 2016
Name Paul Allen Trotter [R801411]
Email paul_allen11@hotmail.co.uk
Home Page
City Scarborough
State North Yorkshire
Country united Kingdom
Comments + Vindi details Hi I was at the vindi from 25/5/64 to 17/7/64 on the catering course under Mr Smith. Enjoyed every minute of my time there especially the going home bit! Best wishes to all you other old Vindi boys. Remember-- 'You aint never going home'!




Date May 27, 2016
Name William gilchrist
Email morton3@xtra.co.nz
Home Page
City Auckland
State North shore
Country New zealand
Comments + Vindi details I have been looking at photos of vindi boys. I was a vindi boy in Oct 1943 I don't recollect wearing any uniform. Would that be correct. R300922 deck boy.i am sure I was in civvies all of my three months on the ship. I was also told that all the spare film was used by the R. A F. In those days. No class photo




Date May 4, 2016
Name martin j marum
Email martin.marum@virginmedia.com
Home Page
City locksheath
State Hampshire
Country England
Comments + Vindi details enjoyed the evening at the bowling club, will be attending again




Date April 30, 2016
Name Matthew Clement
Email m.clement2427@btinternet.com
Home Page
City MERTHYR
State South Wales
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details I Was on the Vindi in 1964 Catering my number is R801017 I have been looking for squad photes any one help




Date April 28, 2016
Name Norman A Brice
Email n.brice330@outlook.com
Home Page 12 Gailey Way, Aveley,
City Perth
State WA6069
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details R565266, 1951 Vindi,Blue Star,Cunard,Lyle Shipping Houlders,Cpr,Royal mail, Union castle, Shaw savill, General steam,P@O, pORT LINE,+ Trips with the Discovery, All great memories,




Date April 25, 2016
Name MATTHEW CLEMENT
Email m.clement2427@btinternet.com
Home Page
City Bae Colwyn
State
Country United Kingdom
Comments + Vindi details I was on the Vindi in 1964 catering my number was R801017




Date April 20, 2016
Name norman brice
Email normandbabs@talktalk.net
Home Page
City south darenth
State kent
Country uk
Comments + Vindi details R774204. joined the vindi in june 62 on deck. Served until 1969 on cargo boats, Blue Star, Royal Mail GSNC. mainly out of London Docks. Joined Londopn Fire Brigade served for 30 years,retired in 1999 as Station Officer.




Date April 11, 2016
Name Robin-WebsiteBosun
Email websitebosun@aol.com
Home Page http://www.tsvindicatrix.webeden.co.uk/#/crossed-the-bar/4592170843
City Brighton
State
Country England
Comments + Vindi details I have now restored the 'Crossed The Bar' page to our website which was a feature of the old site we once had on the server fsnet.co.uk, but which is no longer being updated and which I'm unable to delete from the internet. The link to this new page is in the header to this entry




Date April 10, 2016
Name john davis
Email vindiwa@netspace.net.au
Home Page
City Perth
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Comments + Vindi details It is with great sadness that Patricia Davis a member of the Vindicatrix Association of Western Australia, passed away on Friday 8th April. Pat was a most loved member of the Association, but to all Vindi boys, Pat's father was Captain Dudley Mason GC, the Captain of the Ohio that saved Malta in the Pedestal convoy in WW2 and gave the Merchant Navy Service the respect that it was entitled to.




Date March 26, 2016
Name Jim Barwick
Email jimbarwick56@talktalk.net
Home Page
City Witham
State Essex
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details R652909 C 26/3/1956 On this day 60 Years ago I walked through the gates of the Vindi for the first time. I will be at the reunion as I have been for a number of years, with the Tommy Tickner branch. All being well, looking forward to it




Date March 21, 2016
Name Martin J Marum
Email martin.marum@virginmedia.com
Home Page
City Nr. Southampton
State Hants
Country UK
Comments + Vindi details I attended the Vindi early 60's. Looking up my details I was born in Birmingham and trained at the Vindicatrix. I have just joined the Association and realised all the comradeship I have missed over the years.




Date March 20, 2016
Name JOHN BOTTOMLEY
Email ustwo59@hotmail.com
Home Page
City brighton
State
Country uk
Comments + Vindi details I went to the VINDI in 1954 ( R629788 ) and I was berthed aboard her for 8 weeks as assistant boiler man When I left her I was sent to Southampton to join the PRETORIA CASTLE and served two 6 week trips on her My next berth was aboard the RMS ALCANTARA n we arrived in Argentina as EVA toppled her husband n too over the Government there I spent 10 great years in the MN n only came ashore when I met my lovely wife in Brighton I met her on a Monday and we married the same week on Saturday n have been happily married now for over 53 years