Re: RN College Dartmouth

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Posted by Joe Windsor on August 07, 2006 at 17:13:15 from user Joe.

In Reply to: Re: RN College Dartmouth posted by Owen Roberts on August 07, 2006 at 16:16:18:

Nice post Owen - many thanks.

Given the mid-war problem of no promotion I think we might assume (oh, no, never 'assume' because it makes an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me' Groan) that he was made up to Commander - but was a ship's Captain. That would be more likely. Come WW 2 he would have been boosted to Captain.

It so happens that there is a VERY FAMOUS Captain Walker who achieved wondrous things - and died because of his service to his country. He commanded HMS Starling - and, believe it or not, I took a group of RAF Officers to HMS Starling which had been turned into a Navigation Training ship in the 1950's. Oh, that really did it for me I can tell you! (There's also the story about what happened when I took the afternoon position for the chart. Later, later)

Frederick John Walker was born on 3rd June 1896 and entered the Royal Navy on 15th June 1909. He passed out top of his class at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, received the King's Medal and did well in his examinations in the training cruiser. He went to sea in June 1914 as a midshipman in the battleship HMS Ajax and stayed with the ship until he was promoted to sub-lieutenant on 1st January 1916 and moved to HMS Mermaid based at Dover. In 1917 he moved to HMS Sarpedon, which was part of the Grand Fleet. At the age of 21, he became involved in the battle against the U-boats that was to dominate his remaining time in the Royal Navy. In 1919, Johnnie Walker married Eileen Stobart and together they had three sons and a daughter. At the end of the First World War, Walker was sent to HMS Valiant as a watch-keeping officer. In 1921 he began to make a determined effort to learn everything he could about a new subject in naval warfare, anti-submarine operations.

Hmm. It's so very tempting!!

Cheers Owen - Joe

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