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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #140 on: May 12, 2019, 11:39 AM »
Tomorrow,for me at least, marks the 37th anniversary of QE 2 sailing off to war.

I just found out, about 2 days ago. that all the crew on board at that time are now officially recognized as Veterans of Her Majesties Armed Forces. Amazing after 37 years!
We have a cool lapel pin that we can wear.
I will be going to our reunion dinne Jun3 15th in Kissimmee, Florida.

I am glad the crew have been recognised in this way, congratulations Rod.  All the crew who agreed to stay with the ship were very brave, I am not certain I would have done this had I been in the same boat, so to speak.
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #141 on: May 13, 2019, 10:22 PM »
Congratulations Rod, well deserved and about time you and your colleagues got official recognition.
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #142 on: Aug 31, 2019, 12:08 PM »
I have literally just discovered this and didn't even know I had it.

It seems to have been a cover put together by J. Sanders. a philatelist company in Southampton, the owner of which was a friend at the time.

The typed bits and the image of the ship have been stuck on to an envelope of Windsor castle. It has then been date stamped.

It might even be a one off, I just don't remember.
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #143 on: May 12, 2020, 03:46 PM »
38 years ago today!


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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #144 on: May 14, 2020, 09:51 AM »
Thanks Rod, for the picture and the reminder of the anniversary of the Falklands War. I remember you saying that there was an annual Falklands reunion that you attended every year. Maybe not possible to have a physical reunion this year because of Covid-19, but I hope you were able to meet with friends over the internet to commemorate the event. 

Last year you told us that all QE2 crew were recognised as Veterans of HM Armed Forces - a badge to be worn with pride.  Maybe you could wear it at today's Zoom session!

Tomorrow,for me at least, marks the 37th anniversary of QE 2 sailing off to war.

I just found out, about 2 days ago. that all the crew on board at that time are now officially recognized as Veterans of Her Majesties Armed Forces. Amazing after 37 years!
We have a cool lapel pin that we can wear.
I will be going to our reunion dinne Jun3 15th in Kissimmee, Florida.
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #145 on: May 14, 2020, 12:24 PM »
Has there ever been a list published of those members of QE2 crew who sailed south, maybe even by department and nationality.

As far as i remember, in my time on QE2, there were only a handful left, Capt Warwick, John Davies, Andrew Nelder & Jacqui Hodgeson.

Michael G; are there any more i've forgotten about?

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #146 on: May 14, 2020, 12:56 PM »
Many years ago, possibly 9 or 10, i was at my local Farmer's Market when i saw a cahp in a QM2 baseball cap, i was wearing my QE2 Crew windproof at the time. We got chatting and he turned out to have been a Purser on QE2 when she went south in 1982. He said that he had a CD of photos he'd taken during the trip and would i like a copy!
Anyway a week or so later he phoned to say the CD was ready so i drove out to collect it, he lives in a village about 4 miles away. It's fascinating to look through these private photos, i'm sorry but i won't publish any without his permission.

A couple of years later my wife and i went to the village's AmDram production of 'Goodnight Mr Tom', an excellent production by the way, and in one of the scenes there was a RN Officer, dressed in a Cunard 2nd Purser's uniform!! No idea's where that costume came from!!

Sadly i haven't seen him in a few years and don't even know if he's still alive, i must check with a friend who knows him through the AmDram society.

Another job for lock down, look through his CD again.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #147 on: May 14, 2020, 02:07 PM »
Thanks Andy.

It would be great to "rescue" his photos and have them here so everyone can learn from them.
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Offline Terry Foskett

Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #148 on: May 27, 2020, 05:38 AM »
Andy, you left out me. I was the Junior 1st Hotel Officer - Berthing Officer and I also provided some open source intel on the Argentines for the RN and 5th Inf Bde Intelligence.
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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #149 on: May 27, 2020, 08:04 AM »
Andy, you left out me. I was the Junior 1st Hotel Officer - Berthing Officer and I also provided some open source intel on the Argentines for the RN and 5th Inf Bde Intelligence.
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Terry.

Many, many apologies for that, as soon as I saw your name on your post it suddenly dawned on me I'd forgotten about you. I kept trying to remember who I could see In my mind's eye wearing the SAM.
Thanks for also adding the last little snips of info, it all goes toward increasing our knowledge of Op Corporate.

Stay safe yourself 'shipmate', looking forward to sharing a wet at the next QE2 crew reunion, whenever that may be.

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Re: QE2 and the Falklands War
« Reply #150 on: Jun 01, 2020, 09:36 AM »
Historically interesting video here showing QE2 disembarking the Falklands troops in Southampton, and with an excellent blast of her whistles towards to end.

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