MORE TRIVIA WITH NO KNOWN HOME ON MY WEBSITE but gathered with other research projects

1.  In 1964 the MOD[N] took over from the Admiralty

2.  AFO 2132/54 Changed the award of Good Conduct Badges [GCB's]  from the 3/5/4 pattern [first after 3 years, second after five years, and third after four years] to each after a four year interval, i.e. 4/4/4.

3.  Note from 1 above, DCI's [Defence Command Instructions] supplanted AFO's [Admiralty Fleet Orders].

4.  Post WW2, marriage allowance for officers was payable from the age of 30 but when paid, non taxable. By 1947 the age limit was reduced to age 25 but became taxable. 

5.  Admiralty/MOD statistics. Total naval losses [deaths] to rounded figures, WW1 = 30,000.  In WW2 = 50,000. In the Cold War years, 1948 to the late 20th century including all wars, the IRA Terrorist activities, accidents and losses [e.g. the Truculent, Affray, Sidon and Falklands] = 10,000.

6.  RN_SAILORS_FORCIBLY_TRANSFERRED_TO_THE_ARMY_TO_BOLSTER_NUMBERS.htm
Yes, you have got to believe it - terrible!

 ROYAL NAVY

Transfers to Army

HC Deb 22 August 1945  

Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why sailors in their sixth year of service are being transferred to the Army; and whether he will stop this practice.

Mr. Alexander

Transfers from the Royal Navy to the Army ceased on 16th May.

ROYAL NAVY

Prize Money

HC Deb 10 October 1945

Mr Touche

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether naval personnel who were transferred from the R.N. to the Army in the latter part of 1944 are entitled to receive any prize money.

Mr. Alexander

I am not yet in a position to add anything to the reply which was given to the hon. and gallant Member for South Paddington (Vice-Admiral Taylor) on 22nd February last. The matter is one that concerns a number of other Departments besides the Admiralty and inquiries have taken longer than previously expected.

7.   BRITISH ARMY

Prisoners of War (Pay)

HC Deb 21 August 1945

 

Mr John Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider taking immediate steps to alter the present policy of the Government 434 whereby deductions are made from officers' pay based upon allowances made to them while prisoners of war in Japanese hands, particularly having regard to the fact that the balance of Japanese pay left over to them, after the deductions, had to be used to buy additional food in order to keep them alive.

Mr Lawson

The question raised by my hon. Friend is already under examination in the light of the information at present available and that which will be obtained from the prisoners now being released. It raises complicated issues owing to the diversity of practice in the various areas in which prisoners were held.

Mr Lewis

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the American Government have decided to disregard completely payments received by their men during the time they were in prison in Japanese hands?

Mr Lawson

As I told my hon. Friend, the question is under examination in the light of information at present available. We are also awaiting further information from the prisoners now being released.

8.  T124X PERSONNEL!

 ROYAL NAVY

T 124X Personnel

HC Deb 22 August 1945

Mr Callaghan

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty to what extent the de-mobilisation of former Merchant Navy men now serving in the Royal Navy under T 124X Agreements is lagging behind the rest of the Navy; and on what grounds.

Mr. Alexander

The rate of release of T 124X personnel has not up to the present been as rapid as that of general service ratings because of special operational requirements for classes of ships manned by T 124X personnel. With the cessation of hostilities in the Far East the position has been under revision, and arrangements are being made which will, it is hoped, speed up the release of T 124X personnel and within the next few months enable it to equal the rate of release of General Service ratings.

9.  RNAS CULDROSE

 ROYAL NAVY

Air Station, Culdrose

HC Deb 22 August 1945

Mr Stokes

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that a further year's work is required to complete Culdrose Aerodrome, Cornwall, for the training of pilots; that there are at least six other aerodromes already completed in Cornwall; and whether, in view of the fact that this completion involves the employment of approximately 1,000 building operatives urgently required for the building of houses, he will stop work on the aerodrome until the houses have been built.

Mr. Alexander

In common with all Admiralty works projects, the construction of the Royal Naval Air Station, Culdrose, is already under review with the object of releasing as much building labour as possible for civil housing. I hope that I shall be in a position to let the hon. Member have a definite reply in the near future.

10.  PORTSMOUTH NASTIES, ESPECIALLY SOME OF THE MEN WORKING ON SOUTHERN RAILWAYS!

 ROYAL NAVY

Hooter Signals, Portsmouth Dockyard

HC Deb 22 August 1945

Sir J Lucas

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if his attention has been called to the fact that the use of air-raid sirens instead of bolls as time signals in Ports- 626W mouth Dockyard is causing great annoyance and distress to the citizens; and if he will arrange for hooters of some other note to be installed instead.

Mr. Alexander

Yes, Sir. Factory hooters will be used instead as soon as they can be obtained.

SOME SOUTHERN RAILWAY CREWS - POMPEY's "SLIME BAGS".  LEAVE TRAINS WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE WAR WHICH CONTINUED POST WAR. TO DENY SAILORS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL HOME TO THEIR LOVED ONES BY SIMPLY NOT TURNING UP FOR WORK WAS A HEINOUS CRIME.

 RAILWAYS

Leave Trains (Cancellations)

HC Deb 22 August 1945

Sir J Mellor

asked the Minister of War Transport if he will explain the recent cancellation of leave trains on the Southern Railway.

Mr Barnes

I am informed that the cancellation of leave trains on the Southern Railway on Sundays 29th July and 5th and 12th August was due to the failure of railwaymen to report for duty on these days.

 ROYAL NAVY

Dockyard Workers (Release)

HC Deb 12 October 1945

Mr Medland

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will release the 438 building trade workers now working in His Majesty's dockyards as dilutee shipwrights, in view of the urgent necessity for these men on bomb-damage repairs and building of temporary and permanent houses in devastated Plymouth.

Mr. Alexander

All restrictions on the release of workmen of the shipbuilding and engineering trades in the Royal dockyards were removed on 17th August last. It follows, therefore, that any dilutee shipwrights in the Dockyards who are building trade workers may take their discharge if they so wish.

11. FOR OBVIOUS REASON SECURITY WAS THE WATCHWORD IN WW2 [inter alia] AND CORRESPONDENCE CENSORSHIP WAS RIGIDLY IMPOSED.

 ROYAL NAVY

Correspondence (Censorship)

HC Deb 23 August 1945

Mr Callaghan

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will abolish the censorship of letters written by officers and men from His Majesty's ships.

Mr. Alexander

Instructions have already been given that censorship of naval correspondence, including telegrams, may now be withdrawn from all His Majesty's Ships and shore establishments. Token censorship of mail from Naval personnel on shore in liberated and occupied countries in Europe still continues, and it may be necessary to apply similar arrangements in the Eastern Theatre.

12.  EVERY NOW AND AGAIN A QUESTION WITH COMMON SENSE IS TABLED IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

 GERMANY

GERMAN WAR CRIMINALS (EXECUTIONS)

HC Deb 09 October 1945

Sir H Morris-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will, subject to the exigencies of the service, arrange that all capital sentences imposed on German war criminals by British courts should be carried out by the Jewish Brigade who are now in Germany.

Mr Lawson

No, Sir.

13.  CHATHAM NAVAL BARRACKS

 ROYAL NAVY

Chatham Naval Barracks

HC Deb 10 October 1945

Mr Palmer

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is now satisfied with the conditions at Chatham Naval Barracks.

Mr. Alexander

No, Sir, but there has been considerable improvement in the last six weeks and conditions are less crowded than they were. A number of camps have been obtained for the purpose of relieving the over-crowding and others are being brought into use as quickly as possible.

14.   BORSTAL BOYS

HOUSING

DARTMOOR PRISON (USE AS BORSTAL INSTITUTION)

HC Deb 11 October 1945  

Miss Rathbone

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what categories of boys, committed to Borstal, he proposes to send to Dartmoor.

Mr Ede

More mature boys for whom open camp conditions would be inappropriate.

15.  ORIGINAL BROADCASTING RELAY STATIONS

 ROYAL NAVY

POST OFFICE (BROADCAST RELAYS)

HC Deb 12 October 1945

Mr Randall

asked the Postmaster-General

(1) whether it is proposed, on the expiration of the licences of broadcast relay companies, to acquire the system for operation by his Department in accordance with the recommendation of the Ullswater Committee in 1935;

 (2) whether the development of a Post Office service for broadcasting wireless programmes to telephone subscribers, plans for which were suspended in 1940, is now to be revived;

(3) to what broadcast relay companies licences have been issued: what is the number of relay exchanges in operation; and the number of subscribers receiving broadcast programmes on the relay system.

Mr Burke

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 11th October, 1945, Vol. 414, col. 419] supplied the following list

List of companies and persons licensed to operate wireless relay exchanges in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

         Aberdare Relay Service, Ltd.

         Afan Valley Relay Service, Ltd.

         Amalgamated Relays, Ltd.

         Ashton, R.

         Atherton Wireless Relay Co., Ltd.

         Atkinson, H.

         Ayrshire Wireless Service, Ltd.

         Bacup Radio Relay Co., Ltd.

         Bancroft, G.

         Bargoed Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Barrow, C. S.

         Basingstoke Wire Broadcasting Service, Ltd.

         Bates, R. J.

         Blackpool Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Bloods Relay Services, Ltd.

         Bognor Regis Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Bolton Bros. & Co.

         Braintree Broadcast Relay Service, Ltd.

         Bridgend Relay Service, Ltd.

         Bridlington Relay Service, Ltd.

         Brighton and Preston Relay Station, Ltd.

         Brighton Radio Circuit, Ltd.

         British Relay Wireless, Ltd.

         British Wireless Exchange, Ltd.

         Broadbent, B.

         Broadcast Exchanges, Ltd.

         Broadcast Listeners Service, Ltd.

         Broadcast Relay Service (Clacton), Ltd.

         Carmarthen Radio Relay, Ltd.

         Central Relay Wireless, Ltd.

         Central Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Charles Radio Relay Co., Ltd.

         Charles Midlands Relays, Ltd.

         Chorley Radio Relay Sce., Ltd.

         Christy Bros. (Wireless Relays), Ltd.

         City Relay Services, Ltd.

         Cliff Radio Services, Ltd.

         Colne & District Radio Relay Services, Ltd.

         Community Radio (1928) Ltd.

         Coombes, W. J., Radio Relays, Ltd.

         County Down Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Coventry Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Crabtree, R.

         Cymric Relay Service, Ltd.

         Darlington Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Davies, W. A.

         Dewsbury Relay Service, Ltd.

         Doncaster Dist. Relay Service Ltd.

         Durham County Relay See. Ltd.

         Dyer, L. S.

         Eastleigh Radio Relay Ex., Ltd.

         East Yorkshire Relay Co., Ltd.

         Electric Service Station (Halifax) Ltd.

         Evesham Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Exeter Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Faversham Relay Service, Ltd.

         Featherstone Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Folkestone Radio Relays, Ltd.

         Galashiels Relay, Ltd.

         General Wireless Relay Co. Ltd.

         Goole Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Gravesend Relay Service, Ltd.

         Great Yarmouth Radio Relays, Ltd.

         Greenwood, A.

         Greenwood, E.

         Griffiths, L. B.

         Gwalia Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Gwent Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Hall, T. H.

         Hants Relay, Ltd.

         Hardcastle, A. M.

         Hartlepools Radio Relay, Ltd.

         Harwood, T.

         Hazelton, Mrs. G.

         Hebden Bridge Radio Services, Ltd.

         Hereford Radio Relays, Ltd.

         Herne Bay Relay Services. Ltd.

         Hessle Relay Service, Ltd.

         Hetton Relay Services, Ltd.

         Heywood Relay Services, Ltd.

         Hobson, J. L.

         Holts Radio Relay (Blackburn) Ltd.

         Home Radio (Lowestoft) Ltd.

         Home Wireless Service (Brighouse.) Ltd.

         Hornchurch Broadcast Relay Co. Ltd.

         Horton Relays, Ltd.

         Hunt, A. R.

         Ingham, R., & Howarth, J. W.

         Isle of Thanet Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         James, J. E. J., & C. J.

         Johnson, W. F. & Howells, G.

         Kingston-upon-Hull Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Kirkby Radio Rediffusion, Ltd.

         K.L.M. Rediffusion, Ltd.

         Knox Bros.

         Lancashire & Cheshire Rediffusion Services Ltd.

         Lincoln Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Little Lever Radio Relay Co. Ltd.

         Loft house, A. J.

         Lowe, A. M.

         Lumb's (Patmos), Ltd.

         Luton Broadcast Relay Service, Ltd.

         Maidenhead Radio Service, Ltd.

         Maidstone Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Mansfield Relay Rediffusion Co. Ltd.

         Medway Relay Service, Ltd.

         Mercer, E.

         Merlin Radio & Television Relay Service, Ltd.

         Merthyr Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Metropolitan Relays, Ltd.

         Mid Glamorgan Relay Services, Ltd.

         Middleton & Dist. Radio Relay Service.

         Midland Radio Relay Services, Ltd.

         Midland Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Midland Wireless Relay Co. Ltd.

         Miller, H. H.

         Mitchell, E.

         Moore, F. & H.

         Morris Relay Services, Ltd.

         Motherwell Relay Service, Ltd.

         Mountain Ash Relay Service, Ltd.

         Multi-Relays, Ltd.

         Nelson & District Wireless Service, Ltd.

         N.E. Radio Relay Services, Ltd.

         Northampton Wireless Relay, Ltd.

         Northern Radio Distributors, Ltd.

         Northern Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Norwich Relays, Ltd.

         Noset Radio (Relays) Ltd.

         Nottingham Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Notts & Derby Radio Relays, Ltd.

         Ogmore & Garw Radio Ltd.

         Osman & Co. Ltd.

         Ossett Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Otley Relay Radio Services, Ltd.

         Padiham Wireless Relay Co. Ltd.

         Parker Bros. (Mildenhall) Ltd.

         Pechey, H. A. & Gt. Yarmouth Radio Relays, Ltd.

         Pencoed & Dist. Radio Relay Co. Ltd.

         Penny, L. P. & Yolland, E. R.

         Petherick, E. E.

         Phillips, P. J.

         Pickles, J. H.

         Pinchbeck, C. R.

         Pinchbeck, H. & Smith, J. S. P.

         Plunkett, N.

         Plymouth Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Pocklington Relay Services, Ltd.

         Pontypridd Rediffusion Service. Ltd.

         Provincial Electrics & Refrigerators, Ltd

         Provincial Relay Concessions, Ltd.

         Radio-by-Wire (Beverley) Ltd.

         Radio Furniture & Fittings. Ltd.

         Ramsbottom, J. S. & Co. Ltd.

         Ramsbottom Relay, Ltd.

         Redcar Radio Relays, Ltd.

         Relay Systems (Earlestown) Ltd.

         Relay Systems (Hawick) Ltd.

         Relay Systems (Port Glasgow) Ltd.

         Relay Systems (johnstone) Ltd.

         Relay Systems (Rawtenstall) Ltd.

         Rhondda Rediffiision Service, Ltd.

         Robinson, J. W. C. & H.

         Roberts. A. B.

         Rochester Relay Service, Ltd.

         Rochdale Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Rood, W. A., Ltd.

         Rotherham Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Royton & District Relays, Ltd.

         Scarborough Relay Services, Ltd.

         Scottish Relay Services (Kilmarnock) Ltd.

         Selective Radio Relay Co. Ltd.

         Shipley Radio Relays, Ltd.

         Shorrock, T. W.

         Simmons, J.

         Sittingbourne Relay Service, Ltd.

         Skipton Wireless Service, Co, Ltd.

         Snowden, R.

         Southall Radio Relay Service Co. Ltd.

         Southern Relay Service, Ltd.

         South Wales Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         S.W. Yorkshire Radio Relay Exchanges, Ltd.

         Sowerby Bridge Relay Services, Ltd.

         Standish Radio Wire Broadcasting Service, Ltd.

         Stirk, H. K.

         Stretford Rediffusion Service, Ltd.

         Surburban Radio Relay Co. Ltd.

         Super Relay Service, Ltd.

         Sweetmore's Electrical Services, Ltd.

         Swindon Radio Relay Exchange, Ltd.

         Switchit Service, Ltd,

         Tate, R. M.

         Taylor, E.

         Taylor, H. P.

         Telefusion, Ltd.

         Thomas, F. M.

         Thomas, T.

         Thomas, W. E. & F. M.

         Tilley, J.

         Tobias, H.

         Treve Radio Relay Ltd.

         Trowbridge Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Uni-Relays, Ltd.

         Universal Relay, Ltd.

         Wakefield Relay Services, Ltd.

         Walter Needham (Electrical) Ltd.

         Waters, F. M., & Thomas, P. T.

         Watson, J. T., Ltd.

         Wearside Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Wellingboro' Broadcast Listeners Service, Ltd.

         West Cumberland Relay Services, Ltd.

         Weston-super-Mare Radio Relays, Ltd.

         West Riding Radio Relay Services, Ltd.

         West Wales Wireless Relay, Ltd.

         Whitworth, W.

         Wm. Graham Ltd.

         Williams, Mrs. M.

         Wilson, J. E.

         Wireless-on-Tap, Ltd.

         Wireless Services, Ltd.

         Worcester Radio Relay Service, Ltd.

         Worksop Radio Relays, Ltd.

         York Relay Services (1934) Ltd.

Youles, S. F.