Union Jack rh  FRANK  S. TAYLOR  FAMILY AND ROYAL NAVY HISTORY.NET  UK Naval Ensign White L

 

 

 

 

 

Dedicated to Mum, Dad

and all Crewmembers on H.M.S. Dauntless, Scarab, Birmingham

 

 

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Frank Sutton Taylor - Ann Mary Bridget Meehan

 

Courting Days - St Kilda Beach

Melbourne

November 1950

 Wedding Day - Wesley Church

Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

February 1951

  

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July 1975

February 1982

 

My parents: Frank Sutton Taylor and my mother Ann Mary Bridget (Meehan) Taylor

The Lady who graced my Father’s home was known affectionately as Joyce 

Beloved parents –

in our hearts forever

 

 

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In recent years a photo album which had not seen the light of day for many years was recovered. The contents were faded and very worn because of time. I have since started having all them professionally re-done mainly of HMS Scarab. I also made application to the Ministry of Defence and received my Father's WW II Medal entitlement which for reasons unknown he did not collect. These include: 1939 - 1945 Star, Atlantic Star with France and Germany Clasp, Africa Star, Italy Star and 1939 - 1945 War Medal. I believe that the contribution made by gunboats Scarab, Aphis and Cockchafer and the significant role they played in the 8th Army advance in North Africa and in the Mediterranean were grossly underestimated. With her small crew of 70, the men of Scarab seem to have been a very close-knit bunch, at least from the photos I have recovered.

 

I have since been in contact with a former crew member of Scarab, Mr. Fred (Kiwi) Lemberg. Not only did he serve with my Father but they were good mates. He advised that the crew of Scarab were ‘a great bunch with a fantastic Skipper as well. Everyone got on well.’ One of many great blokes I have met along the way was Mr Frank Bee, a real character. He is the sort of bloke you just know you would get on with. However, going out for a good time, he'd be the one to get you into trouble. I liked him straight away. Another whom I met was Dr. Peter Miller who was Surgeon Lieutenant aboard HMS Aphis. Also Mr. Derek Grainger, who's dad (Albert Harold Grainger) was able to share some of his father's first-hand accounts and Mr. Gordon Smith the site author from http://www.naval-history.net/.

 

My travels have taken me around the world on a voyage of discovery. I have met so many very fine people along the way which has been very fulfilling. Contributions in the form of anecdotes, photographs, memoirs and diaries, the discovery of Scarab’s commemorative shield in the market town of Sudbury in Suffolk (not seen for 60 years) and the excitement that produced, a visit to the Royal Navy Archives at Portsmouth, the list goes on and continues to grow. (See Acknowledgments) I also visited Myanmar (Burma) to meet Si Thu Kyaw Thein Lwin (K.T.) who was the Navigation Officer of HMS Scarab 1946-47 when the ship was on-loan to the Government of Burma.

 

New details regarding my family also emerged which included my Uncle, Fredrick George Taylor's (HMS Victorious) Wartime Photo Album, and my Father's older brother Harry Taylor who enlisted with the 40th Anti-Aircraft Brigade in April 1939.

 

And to my delight I was able to re-establish contact with the family of my Father’s wartime comrade Ernest “Blondie” Thomas with whom he served for 16 months on board H.M.S. Scarab.

 

It is very evident that I did not know where it would take me or where I was going with this project. What started off with some very old, faded and yellowed photographs has made a tremendous impact upon my life. It has become a portal into the past, an intimate look into a time when the future, all that one held dear and survival itself was at stake. When the whole world was at war and nobody and nowhere was safe.

 

When I mentioned to a few people what I was doing most thought it was a great idea but many felt I would be wasting my time as WW II veterans would be very old or would have passed away. Undeterred I nevertheless felt it was a story that needed to be told, especially about Scarab as very little is written about these river gunboats that served in the Mediterranean or their contribution to the various campaigns.

 

Special Acknowledgment

 

Mr. J D (Dave) Downey of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia was my Father’s best mate. When I first enquired of him if Dad would mind me going into his war service he gave me an order - “Do it”. Dave Downey was a WWII Sergeant, a decorated veteran of the Pacific Campaign and has been a family friend for over 60 years.

 

 

With tremendous sadness we very much regret the passing of

Mr. J D (Dave) Downey

 

He was the best mate of my Mum and Dad, Frank and Joyce Taylor

and my long-time personal friend and mentor.

My Uncle Dave.

 

I will miss you in my life

With love and the greatest respect

Russell J Taylor

11 June 2016

 

 

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           Dave and Winnie Downey                         Dave Downey Present Day (August 2014)

 

   

 

 

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Uncle Dave's Original Sergeants Uniform

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Downey recent

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WWII Pacific Medals + Ribbon Bar + MID

 

1939-45 Star

Pacific Star

British War Medal + MID  (Mentioned In Dispatches)

Australian Service  Medal 1939-45

 

Mentioned in Despatches

 

Author's Note

Mentioned in Dispatches (MID) is a military award for gallantry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembered with honor

 

 

 

 

 

And by crikey what a magnificent story it has turned out to be.

 

Russ Taylor 2012

 

 

 

 

Russell J Taylor

      Design concept

 

Gordon Wright

Artist

 

Avola Bay

Sicily 1943

Operation Husky

 

 

In Memoriam

 

With tremendous sadness we very much regret the passing of:

 

Surgeon-Lieutenant Peter J. Miller. (HMS Aphis)

A.B. (Radar) Frank Bee. (HMS Birmingham)

A.B. Fred (Kiwi) Lemberg. (HMS Scarab)

Mr. Gordon Smith. Author and Founder of Naval-History.Net

Angus Jones (Ex 42 Commando Royal Marines) (HMS Aphis)

Ship’s Telegraphist Harry Berry. (HMS Scarab)

A.B. Ernest (Blondie) Thomas. (HMS Scarab)

 

 

Valued friends and contributors

We will miss them

With respect.

Lest We Forget

 

 

H.M.S. Scarab

 

Royal Navy Insect Class - River Gunboat

 

 

(A Lucky Little Ship)

 

 

The Early Years

 

The Hong Kong Refit 1939 - 1940

 

World War II

H.M.S. Scarab in World War II and My Father Frank S. Taylor JX324358 Able Seaman

 

Ships Complement & Crew Photos (Oct 1943)

 

Ship’s Logs

 

Operation Brassard -The Assault on Elba

 

 Operation Husky - The Invasion of Sicily

 

Warship Week February 14-21 1942 (Sudbury, Suffolk)

 

Sudbury Revisited  

 

Warship Weeks (Peter Schofield)

 

Ship’s Mascots

 

 

 The following tributes relate to the men who served aboard H.M.S. Scarab

May their names live forever more and be remembered with affection and honour.

 

 

Fred (Kiwi) Lemberg

With tremendous sadness we very much regret the passing of A.B. Fred (Kiwi) Lemberg.

  A valued friend and contributor. This article is dedicated to his memory.

With respect.

Lest We Forget

 

Kiwi’s Video Interview of Life aboard HMS Scarab

 

Ernest (Blondie) Thomas

 

Harold Bainbridge

 

Harry Berry

 

Albert Harold Grainger

 

Isaac (Ike) Law

 

James McKean

 

 Len Mell

  

HMS Scarab in Burma (The Final Chapter)

 

 

 

 H.M.S. Dauntless

 

 

The Early Years (1918–1935)

 

The R38 Airship Disaster

 

Crossing the Equator

 

 America and West Indies Station 1930 - 1932

A complete account of the ship's commission with photographs taken by Able Seaman W. Fox.

Three cruises, adventures and experiences in the West Indies, the West Coast of North America and circumnavigating South America.

 

 America and West Indies Station and The Mediterranean 1932 - 1935

A complete account of the ship's commission in and around South America and with the Mediterranean Fleet

including Egypt and Palestine.

 

World War II

 

Madagascar (Chronology of Events)

 

 

The following tributes relate to the men who served aboard H.M.S. Dauntless.

May their names live forever more and be remembered with affection and honour.

 

 

Thomas Barlow

 

Leslie Shiers

 

  

H.M.S. Birmingham

 

 

HMS Birmingham - The Early Years

 

World War II

 

 

The following tributes relate to the men who served aboard H.M.S. Birmingham.

May their names live forever more and be remembered with affection and honour.

 

 

Frank Bee

With tremendous sadness we very much regret the passing of A.B. (Radar) Frank Bee.

  A valued friend and contributor. This article is dedicated to his memory.

With respect.

Lest We Forget

 

 Herbert George Bateman

 

James Herbert Hemsley

 

Clifford Reginald Turner

 

 Walter Sweeting

  

 

 

Taylor Family History

 

Frederick George Taylor

(Uncle George)

 

Frederick George Taylor

War Service

 

Harry Taylor

(Uncle Harry)

Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers

69th Searchlight Regiment and 1st Airborne Division

 

  

Royal Navy Insect Class River Gunboats

  

Insect Class

  

 

 

H.M.S Aphis

 

A Sea Voyage in a River Gunboat (1927)

 A handwritten account of a voyage from Malta to Hong Kong with photographs.

Recorded by Lieutenant Commander J. K. B. Stephenson of H.M.S. Aphis.

 

H.M.S. Aphis - China Station 1929 - 1930

 

 

The following tributes relate to the men who served aboard H.M.S. Aphis, Ladybird and Tarantula.

May their names live forever more and be remembered with affection and honour.

 

 

Peter J Miller

 

Jimmy Jones

 

 

H.M.S Ladybird

 

John James Johnson

 

 

H.M.S. Tarantula

  

William “Bill” Tough

 

 

 

China Station and The Far East

 

Yangtze West River Patrol Squadron

H.M.S. Cicala, H.M.S. Moth and H.M.S. Tarantula

  

Wanhsien Incident (2014) 

 

Wanhsien Incident – A. Cecil Hampshire’s Account

 

American River Gunboats (The Yangtze Patrol)

 

Judy the Dog (HMS Gnat and HMS Grasshopper)

 

 

 

Acknowledgments

 

 

Copyright

 

We have added the watermark “© Taylor Family Collection” to our documents to stop illegal copying and to

ensure that re-mastered digital copies of our images will not become available on either eBay or the Internet.

The water mark is not on our originals. If anyone wishes to access an original please contact us.

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ANZAC Day Parade (1985) with fellow members of New Lynn R.S.A.

(Returned Serviceman’s Association)

Auckland, New Zealand

My Dad Frank Sutton Taylor (circled top left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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