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

 

    

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

 

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.

 

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

 

 

      

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

 

 

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

 

Stop Press

 

With tremendous sadness we very much regret the passing of:

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

A.B. Fred (Kiwi) Lemberg. (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

Apr 2015

 

World War II

Updated Mar 2016

 

Operation Brassard -The Assault on Elba

Jan 2015

 

        Operation Husky - The Invasion of Sicily

Jan 2015

 

Fred (Kiwi) Lemberg

Mar 2014

 

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

 

Ships Complement & Crew Photos

 

Ship’s Logs

Jan 2015

 

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

Apr 2012

 

Sudbury Revisited  

Dec 2014

 

Warship Weeks (Peter Schofield)

Dec 2014

 

Albert Harold Grainger

Dec 2014

 

James McKean

Apr 2012

 

Len Mell

Mar 2014

 

Isaac (Ike) Law

Apr 2014

 

Harold Bainbridge

New June 2015

 

Ship’s Mascots

Aug 2014

 

The Hong Kong Refit 1939 - 1940

Jan 2014

 

HMS Scarab in Burma (The Final Chapter)

Dec 2014

 

 

 

H.M.S. Dauntless

 

 

The Early Years (1918–1935)

Mar 2012

 

 World War II

Apr 2012

 

 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.

New Sep 2015

 

Leslie Shiers

Apr 2012

 

Madagascar (Chronology of Events)

Mar 2014

 

Crossing the Equator

Dec 2014

 

The R38 Airship Disaster

Dec 2014

 

 

 

H.M.S. Birmingham

 

 

HMS Birmingham The Early Years (1913)

Oct 2011

 

World War II

Dec 2011

 

Clifford Reginald Turner

Updated Aug 2015

 

Frank Bee

Dec 2014

 

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

 

James Herbert Hemsley

Jan 2014

 

Herbert George Bateman

Mar 2014

 

Walter Sweeting

Apr 2012

 

 

 

H.M.S. Victorious

 

Frederick George Taylor

(Uncle George)

New February 2016

 

 

 

Royal Navy Insect Class River Gunboats

 

 

Insect Class

Mar 2014

 

 

 

H.M.S Aphis

 

 

Peter J Miller

Mar 2014

 

Jimmy Jones

Mar 2014

 

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 HMS Aphis.

New Apr 2015

 

 

H.M.S Ladybird

 

 

John James Johnson

Mar 2014

 

 

H.M.S. Tarantula

 

 

William “Bill” Tough

Mar 2014

 

 

 

China Station and The Far East

 

 

Wanhsien Incident (2014) 

Oct 2014

 

Wanhsien Incident – A. Cecil Hampshire’s Account

Aug 2014

 

American River Gunboats (The Yangtze Patrol)

Sep 2014

 

Judy the Dog (HMS Gnat and HMS Grasshopper)

Dec 2014

 

 

 

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.

We will be happy to assist you.

 

 

 

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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