Association News

Association trip to Chatham. :27th August 2011

Hi - this is just a rundown on the mini trip to Chatham for the weekend starting 1 July. All 13 of us arrived safely during the afternoon, and we were soon socializing together. Before long Crash Evan got his camera out and starting snapping away.

After an hour or so we went off to our rooms to get sorted out, unpacking, hanging gear up and such, then about 7pm or for those sailors 1900 we made our way to have dinner. Afterwards we had a relaxing evening talking, swinging the lamp, and such.

Saturday morning we all met up at breakfast, and about 10.00am we got into four cars and made our way to the Dockyard. The weather was on our side, so we spent the morning roaming around the dockyard. Some of our group went onboard the Victorian sloop, HMS Gannet, then onto the Submarine HMS Ocelot, and then made our way to the roperery where of course they made ropes. It was then time for a bite to eat and some liquid refreshment, tea, coffee and cold drinks, more cold drinks and yes, even more.

After lunch a few of us went to have a look over HMS Cavalier (my old ship) where Stoker Stan rung my bell (for those with a sense of humour not really) But I do have a photo to prove he rung the bell. I think that could be a talking point at the reunion later this year. Then it was off to the lifeboat shed which was very interesting. After a time looking around the old boats, most of us had had enough, so we made our way back to the Hotel. That evening Stan had organised a special Menu for dinner, it was first class. I have stopped at that hotel many times and never had such a meal. I personally enjoyed every course that was put in front of me and the staff that waited on us were great. We then retired to the lounge to relax after such a busy day.

Sunday morning arrived and we all managed breakfast. Five of our group decided to leave after breakfast, but the remainder of us, wearing blazers and association ties went to visit Pembroke House in Gillingham (a Royal Navy retirement home), where we was given a guided tour of the home. Afterwards we said our farewells and made our own way back to our homes.

This was a really enjoyable week-end, and I look forward to many more.

Recruitment Campaign. :27th August 2011

Calling all ex Victorious R38 crew members from 1941-1968, and all serving and ex members of HMS Victorious S29. We are looking for recruits for the VICTORIOUS ASSOCIATION. All ranks and rates are welcome, and should relatives of ex Victorious crew wish to join us, we will welcome you as associate members.

For Association membership form and further details contact our Membership Secretary, Stuart Turner.

Association Secretary:
Stuart "Topsey" Turner
01785 245 226

For any other queries please contact

Stan McLellan at stanley675@btinternet.com or leave a message on our guest book.

HMS Victorious Memorial Plaque. :14th February 2010

Victorious Memorial Plaque (replaced at request of Arboretum) is now in place at the Victorious Tree. A number of members will be on site at the tree at 1300 hours on 23rd April,(St Georges Day). All members are welcome for an informal get together

Details will be on the forum, or contact Stan.

"Commander Speaking!" :7th July 2009

DVDs are available featuring the remeniscences of Commander JCV Ross and his time on the Victorious in the Pacific theatre. The DVD lasts approximately 1 hour and features many pictures of HMS Victorious and her crew from that time.

Contact Stan McClellan for further information.

Website Gallery : 5th April 2008

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We are aiming to have the best library of Victorious images on the 'net. We can only achieve this though with your help.

If you have any images, then please get in touch via our gallery uploads page and we will aim to have your pictures on the website. Please give as much information as possible so thatwe can identify people, places, times and events.

We will always acknowledge your copyright, and would respectfully remind you to respect the copyright of others.