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    Hi Vernon. Dad gave these copies to me when he was eighty, which would have been in 2000, as that was the time when I taught him to use the new Pachard Bell computer we had got him and incredibly, he took to it like a duck to water and was making Christmas cards for everyone and typing letters, making pictures etc, he was in his element.
    I only wish that I had been able to lead him here to this wonderful forum, full of good friends, who would have intimately recognised and understood the trials of life that forged him into the man he was.
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    Hi Vernon. I recall having an argument with my brother Denis many years ago about our Dad's involvement in the war and he likened Dad's stories much like Uncle Albert's Del boy stories. I remember Dad saying something about him being a Petty Officer and when I told my brother, he laughed and said that our dear old Dad wasn't anywhere near the war but that was because he and Dad were always at odds. I found a Petty Officer's cap similar to my Dads but it is from HMS Ausonia. Although the cap emblem from 'The Royal Fleet Auxillary' looks similar too. Here below is a better image of Dad in his uniform.

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    Thank you Danzo
    That again as i look at it more and more is most definately one of a Cap Badge i have seen before here on site,in fact if i recall correctly i and either Louis or Terry on site searched and i did came up with this Badge,but i cannot now find it again. That threas was some time ago though by memory about two to three Years back!
    All i can do is hope that i will again be able to find it for you!
    That sort of Emblem is the Key,and that is why i recall it so well!
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    Having looked at that badge several times I am convinced that it's definitely a Royal Navy PO cap badge . The current RFA badge has RFA embroidered around the anchor whether that's been the case for the last 70 years I don't know
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    This was my thinking a while back Rob,as said in one of my posts it is possible that he was in the RN Reserve Section at some time for a short spell.
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    Added As the Camera angle on this shot is not all that clear its a wee bit difficult but possibly yes a PO Cap Badge.
    Here are two that could well be the same ???

    petty_officer_small.jpg RN CPO cAP bADGE.JPG
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    For some reason only just found this thread, all seems in hand
    RE: Main request, just wondered if the man is positively ID'd
    from birth -Dover / London etc.

    Can take a look, only if needed.

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    All sorted as best we can thanks Keith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Cameron View Post
    If it is a RN uniform, then four button jacket signifies a officer, senior rates in the RN only have three button jackets, and I see no stripes, I would suggest itís a Merchant Naval wartime uniform

    The Cap badge certainly looks Merchant Navy. Note there are no gold leaves around the anchor so not an officer.

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    Hi Danzo - RFA's were crewed by Merchant personnel. I was RN and served on Med minesweepers '61 - 63 - Brown Ranger was still around then and a familiar site - was possibly RAS'd (Refuelled at Sea) by her on more than one occasion. Sadly I think she was scrapped around 74/75
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    Hi - yes definitely RN - I read in one of the threads that there was a connection with HMS Ausonia. She was submarine depot ship whilst I was on Med 'sweeper' ('61-63). Anchored permanently in Sliema Creek - it was rumoured that she was resting on all the beer cans on the sea-bed !!
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