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George Cunningham Paton MENZIES [1900-1968]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Menzies
Given: 
George Cunningham Paton
Birth
Date: 
1900-01-30
Birthplace (town, state): 
Cheddleton, Staffordshire
Death
Date: 
c.1968-01-01 (Day is approximate)

George Menzies was an officer in the 4th Submarine Flotilla serving on the China station in 1928-1929 commanding one of the L Class submarines.  He had already served in the 1st World War 1916-1919 and in the 2nd World War commanded the Submarine Depot ship HMS Forth. He married Constance Grice-Hutchinson in April 1936.

Birthplace (country): 

L27 Changing propellor.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1929

I'm not sure how often a submarine's propellor needed changing. Perhaps L27's propellor had been damaged.

Titania Hong Four.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1928

This is a very crumpled photo at the very beginning of WRF's 1928-1929 album. I was going to relate it to https://gwulo.com/atom/34562 and the 23 March 1929 Hong Fours one mile race, but I see that WRF has labelled the photo 1928. Was this an annual event? Yes - moddsey has confirmed this in his following posting of the relevant newspaper reports.

Titania's Smoking Room.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1928

Stand by for a couple more photos of HMS Titania memorabilia in advance of David's talk - and a couple showing activities of the L Class submarine crews while in port.

There are certainly a lot of messages on Titania's notice board.

Light Airs prelim page.JPG

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
2019

Light Airs Cover.jpeg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
2019

I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to upload "Light Airs" as a Book, as I've recorded the pages as scans and photos when the scanner failed to work. Perhaps David can compress it into a more compact format later. Meanwhile, here goes....

"Light Airs" Vol. VI

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Mon, 1929-07-01 to Mon, 1929-09-30

"Light Airs" in seven volumes was the journal of the 4th Submarine Flotilla. The submarines seem to have each taken it in turns to compile a volume of the journal. Printed by Kelly & Walsh Ltd., Hong Kong, Vol. VI was compiled by members of the crew of HM Submarine L3. The editor was R.G. Liveing and the pages I shall be uploading is from the copy kept by the commanding officer, Lt.-Cdr. W. R. Fell. The journal  gives a flavour of life on a submarine and is a nice example of 1920s humour - submariner humour.


 

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Piratical Fishing Junks.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1928

Presumably taken from HM Submarine L3. From the 1928-1929 album of William Richmond Fell. There may be an account of what happened next in his journals.

Randall Thomas GORDON-DUFF (aka Randy) [1904-1942]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Gordon-Duff
Given: 
Randall Thomas
Alias / nickname: 
Randy
Birth
Date: 
1904-08-19
Death
Date: 
1942-01-31
Cause of death: 
Ship torpedoed and sunk

Lt Randy Gordon-Duff was an officer on the HM Submarine L3 in the 4th Submarine Flotilla on the China Station 1928-1929. The task of the flotilla was to chase down pirates up and down the China coast, mainly around Wei-Hai-Wei, Bia's Bay and Hong Kong. Gordon-Duff was promoted to Lt Cmdr and returned to Hong Kong commanding HMS Proteus in 1939-1940. He died when the HMS Culver which he was commanding in 1942 was hit and sunk by two torpedoes off Cape Clear while escorting a convoy. He married Mollie Olga Sinclair in 1937.

Birthplace (country): 

Auntie+L27.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1928

HMS Titania was known to the submarine crews, whose depot ship she was, as "Auntie". Here she is with HM Submarine L27 alongside.

The photo is from the 1928-1929 album of W.R. Fell who commanded HM Submarine L3.

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