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Re: Captain Flint's Age

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Posted by Allan_Lang on April 11, 2017 at 18:15:52 user Allan_Lang.

In Reply to: Re: Captain Flint's Age posted by Martin Honor on April 11, 2017 at 23:29:13:

Quite possible for Ted and Mary to meet before, or even during, the early years of WW1. There were 9 cruisers on the Australian station in 1910. These had reduced to 4 in 1914, plus another 3 forming the New Zealand Division of the RN.

Less likely during WWI.
There were 9 Cruisers on the Australian Station in 1910, but they had all returned to England by 1913 (or would never return, being scrapped in Australia)

The 4 cruisers in Australian waters in 1914 (The Australia Station was transferred to RAN control in 1911, and phased out in 1913) were 2 new "Town" Class Australian cruisers HMAS Sydney & Melbourne, "Challenger" Class HMAS Encounter and "Perlorus" class HMAS Pioneer (both transferred to Australia in 1914).
The NZ Ships were 2 more "Pelorus": Psyche & Pyramus and the NZ operated "Pearl" class Philomel (as a training ship)

Now Ted could have been a "loaner" RN officer to Australia or New Zealand, but all those ships were scrapped in Australia after 1918, and only three made it out of the Indian or Pacific during the war.
Philomel, which served the early war years in the Mediterranean.
Sydney & Melbourne, which didn't reach English waters until late 1916, which is getting perilously close to John's presumed conception.

All in all, I favour a prewar meeting

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