MAY THEY FIND SAFE ANCHORAGES FOREVER
It is with sadness that the association has announce the passing of our shipmates;
Lt Cdr John Mudford MBE who passed away peacefully at home on
21st November aged 98. He served on HMS Cossack as a Lt Navigating Officer in 1945
Shipmate E.A. Kellaway who passed away on the evening of 3rd March 2020. In January he had reached the grand old age of 102 – and most of us thought he’d go on forever! S/M Alec joined the RN in February 1936 as a Junior Stoker and, after his training in R.N.B. Portsmouth, passed out as a Stoker 2nd Class in September. He was then drafted to HMS HOOD. Soon after war was declared in September 1939, HOOD paid off to go in for a dockyard refit, although Alec being one of a motor boat’s crew remained with the ship a bit longer. On joining RNB again he soon found that he’d got another draft. He joined HMS COSSACK as a Stoker 1st Class in April 1940 but shortly after was rated Temporary Acting Leading Stoker to fill a vacancy. He left Cossack in April 1941 to take further courses which would also qualify him for P.O,’s rate.Alec also served in HM Ships SKATE, LOCH TARBERT and CONCORD. During that time he was rated P.O. Stoker.
Shipmate Commander A.G.F. Crosbie, OBE, RN The announcement in the Daily Telegraph of 6th April 2020 read as follows:
CROSBIE – Cdr AGF Crosbie, OBE, RN died on 2nd April 2020. Twin of Allen and brother of Anne Crocker. Married to his darling wife Rosemary for 67 years. Father of John and Susan Webborn (divorced). Proud grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather. No funeral.
He served as a Lieutenant in HMS Cossack (D57) 1952-53 and has been a member of the Association since it’s early days.
S/M Roy Syson served as an Able Seaman in HMS Cossack (D57) 1950-52. His son James reported that his father had passed over the bar on 28th April 2020, aged 90. S/M Roy, who did a 12 year engagement in the Royal Navy, also served in HMS Superb. James said that his father was very proud of his time in the service.
S/M Stan R Freeland who joined the RN on 3 June 1941 as a 19 year old and less than 2 months later was serving aboard HMS Cossack (L03) as an Ordinary Seaman. In October 1941 he was fortunate to survive the ship’s sinking. After a passage back to UK with other survivors in HMS Rodney, he became a submariner for the rest of the war. His ships/shore bases included Collingwood, Victory, Pembroke, Dolphin, Cyclops, Wolf, Forth, Elfin (Tuna – Operation Franklin (Cockleshell Heroes)) and Seraph (Operation Mincemeat). He was released on 8th March 1946 as an Able Seaman
S/M Peter Edward Taylor, born 13th November 1936 and passed over the bar on 23rd September 2019. He joined the RN in 1953
as a Junior Assistant Cook 2 and progressed steadily up the rates to
Petty Officer Cook (S) in 1964. He did his fair share of sea service, serving in amongst others, Tyne, Loch Fyne, Cassandra, Eastbourne, Zulu and, of course, Cossack. He saw out the last commission of D57 (1958-59) as a Ldg. Cook (S). He left the RN in February 1968 but spent the next five years in the Royal Fleet Reserve.
S/M Taylor joined the Association in 1999 and took up the
post of Deputy Standard Bearer in 1950.
S/M J. Allchorne D57 1946-47 Died 30th June 2019