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THE INDEFATIGABLE ROBERT GRIFFIN AWARD 2022

THE ROBERT GRIFFIN AWARD 2022

The IOBA can help our less fortunate members, so that they are able to attend future Reunions!!

In memory of, the above assistance is known as ‘The Indefatigable Robert Griffin Award’.

As some people will remember, Robert Griffin 1974/76 was an inspirational Petty Officer & Drum Major, let’s pause and think about a great guy who gave his life for the defense of his country, the best spirit of the Indefatigable, RIP school friend and Brave Royal Marine.

Robert sadly lost his life during the closing days of the Falklands War in 1982 (age 22).

Foxtrot 4 – The Forgotten Falklands Wreck


THE AWARD FOR 2022 is now open for applications

Guide on the parameters and criteria to be applied for 2022;

Applicant to be decided by the serving IOBA committee.

Maximum Award to be £300. Nominees will be asked to submit an approximate overall costing to justify.

To include; UK Travel expenses / Accommodation / Reunion Dinner & Bar.

The Committee have set the following guidelines;
1) £300 max.
2) Must be a fully paid up member of the IOBA.
3) Not previously been to an AGM under the terms of this proposal.
4) Committee to decide on the IOBA Member to attend (along with a second choice in case the offer is declined).
5) Less Fortunate Members Representative to coordinate.

The IOBA can help members, but I must stress at this point, your ‘application will be decided by the serving IOBA committee’.

If you would like to take up the offer, please write/email to:

THE ROBERT GRIFFIN AWARD Representative: 

Andrew Butler 1977-78 / Chairman.

Mob: 07783596046

e: aib1@talktalk.net

If you would like to make a donation, large or small, to the IOBA, you can do so via PayPal below… , thank you.

Link:  Donate to the IOBA

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Dedication to: Gerald (Gerry) Corrall 1949/51

It is with great sadness that OBA Member [OBA 00053] Gerald Corrall passed away on 5th July 2020 at West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance. After a very small burial service and C/19… , now 15 months later the Memorial Service is on 20th October 2021.

TS Indefatigable between 1949-1951.

Calling all Indefatigable OB’s living in the South West of England

This is a reminder to all that there will be a memorial service for Gerald (Gerry) Corrall 1949/51 on Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 1.30pm at Crowan Church, Praze-an-Beeble, Cornwall, followed by light refreshments at the St Aubyn Arms.

This is not a funeral so dress is smart but not somber! Hopefully we will see you there. Take care. Stephen Corrall – Son of Gerry.

Biography

GERALD NOEL WILLIAM CORRALL

In 1942 at the age of seven, Gerry was evacuated from Leyton, East London to Newlyn Cornwall. Where he was lucky enough to spend the war years with his grandmother.

After attending Tolcarne School, Newlyn, he started at Penzance Grammar School in 1946.

After having lost his father, Luke Noel Corrall, in 1943 on HMS Dasher during a (still) ‘unexplained explosion’, Gerry was drawn to the sea and left school in 1949 at just fourteen, to join the nautical training school TS Indefatigable, Anglesey.   

After two years he completed his seamanship training and, still too young to join the Royal Navy, took up his first post with the Merchant Navy in 1951 on the SS Empress of France.

In late 1952 Gerry joined the Fleet Air Arm, one of the five fighting arms of the Royal Navy. Specialising in aviation electronics, communication, and radar. During his career he was stationed at Lossiemouth and Culdrose, and also served at sea on aircraft carriers and destroyers including HM Ships  Ark Royal, Eagle, Albion and Bulwark. Working on fixed wing and rotary aircraft including Sea King helicopters.

During this time Gerry also focused on his formal education, attaining six O’levels.

He left the Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1975 after twenty-two years of service.

After a short spell with Marconi-Elliot as a QA engineer, Gerry joined Camborne School of Mines as an Electronics Technician before joining Cable and Wireless, Porthcurno in 1981 as a lecturer in telecommunications.

During the next five years he studied with the Open University, achieving a BA Hons Degree in 1985.

After leaving Cable and Wireless in 1986, Gerry continued using his lecturing skills with Cornwall IT Centre, and later as an IT technician at Humphry Davy School.

Gerry also ran his own business, Beeble Microelectronic Services and gave private tuition.

He had a wide range of interests, including singing with Marazion Apollo Choir and he was a keen philatelist. He served on Praze Parish Council and later took up Warden duties with Crowan Church.

With great sadness.  

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Indefatigable tribute to Prince Philip, 1921-2021

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE

Principal Patron 1964 of the INDEFATIGABLE AND NATIONAL SEA TRAINING SCHOOL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Philip,_Duke_of_Edinburgh

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Indefatigable Memorial Benches


OLD Indefatigable Memorial Bench at the National Memorial Arboretum (Alrewas, Staffordshire)

In 2019 the IOBA removed the old Indefatigable bench from the National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas, and placed it in the Memorial Garden at JSMTC Indefatigable (the Old School).

Names of those ‘connected to the Indefatigable Ships and School’ (who have passed away), may now have their names attached to the old bench (as on 2” brass plaques). Names so far included are, LT COL Simon Hall OBE, Spencer Bell 1958 (past IOBA Chairman) and now Mac McNeill 1941/42.  

It has been agreed to include named plaques of past ‘Indefatigable Connected’ Old Boys & Staff at the following cost of £40:00 each, paid by the requester, to be coordinated through the IOBA Committee. <https://www.ts-indefatigable-oba.org/contact-us/>  

If you would you like to purchase a named brass plaque please contact us <https://www.ts-indefatigable-oba.org/contact-us/>, once payment has been cleared, we will ensure named plaques will be attached to the Indefatigable Memorial Bench at JSMTC Indefatigable by the following IOBA Reunion.  



NEW Indefatigable Memorial Bench at the National Memorial Arboretum (Alrewas, Staffordshire)


NEW Indefatigable Memorial Bench at the National Memorial Arboretum (Alrewas, Staffordshire)

NEW Indefatigable Memorial Bench at the National Memorial Arboretum (Alrewas, Staffordshire)

NEW Indefatigable Memorial Bench at the National Memorial Arboretum (Alrewas, Staffordshire)

<http://www.thenma.org.uk/>  

The replacement Indefatigable bench has been placed in the Navy Review area at the National Memorial Arboretum.   Mapped location: Please note the bench’s mapped location is not at any of the NMA kiosks in the remembrance centre at this time (Jan 2020). So to find the Indefatigable Bench, please ensure you have a copy of this map (attached) and or bench reference B343. B343 is the bench behind the Indefatigable, B343 has been here for a while so will be on the kiosk maps.   

The National Memorial Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.  

Other than the Indefatigable Memorial Bench, we have another memorial called the TS Indefatigable Memorial. The NMA team of volunteers are always happy to help visitors locate memorials and individual dedications in their grounds. You can also use the computer terminals in the Remembrance Centre to search for individual dedications and their locations.  Memorial listing R-Z: TS Indefatigable Memorial <http://www.thenma.org.uk/whats-here/the-memorials/memorial-listing/>  

Dedication Ceremony 26th April 2001 took place at the National Memorial Arboretum: In memory of the ships and men of the Merchant Service who were lost in the Second World War, the National Memorial Arboretum was established near the village of Alrewas in Shropshire and was dedicated in October of 1998.  The Arboretum takes the form of 2,536 trees representing all British merchant ships and fishing vessels known to be lost in World War 11.  Certain shipping companies have adopted specific avenues of trees, each one of which is marked with the name of a ship lost.  In addition there are a variety of specific plaques, benches and other forms of memorial.

Steve Paris 76/78 standing next to the Indefatigable tree, of 2,536 trees representing all British merchant ships and fishing vessels known to be lost in World War Two 2004
The Indefatigable tree, of 2,536 trees representing all British merchant ships and fishing vessels known to be lost in World War Two 2019

The purpose of that dedication service was to dedicate plaques and avenues of trees for six shipping companies, Union Castle Mail SS Co., Clan Line Steamers, Scottish Shire Line, Houston Line, Bullard King & Co. and King Line, and plaques in memory of former cadets and staff of five training establishments, H.M.S.Conway, H.M.S.Worcester, the Nautical CollegePangbourne, S.A.T.S.General Botha, T.S.Indefatigable and T.S.Mercury.

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