1930's Gunners Mate 1930's Director Layer 1930's Gunlayer 1930's Captain of the Gun 1st Class 1930's Seaman Gunner 1930's Rangetaker 1st Class 1930's Rangetaker 2nd Class
1930's Torpedo Gunners Mate 1930's Torpedo Coxswain 1930's Leading Torpedoman 1930's Seaman Torpedoman 1930's Diver 1930's Visual Signalman 1st Class 1930's Visual Signalman 2nd Class [CPO and PO]
1930's Visual Signalman 2nd Class [other ratings] 1930'S Visual Signalman 3rd Class 1930's Trained Operator [V/S] 1930's Signalman [not trained operator] [V/S] 1930's Master at Arms 1930's Regulating Petty Officer
1930's Physical and Recreational Training Instructor 1st Class 1930's Physical and Recreational Training Instructor  2nd Class
1930's Submarine Detector Instructor 1930's Submarine Detector 1st Class 1930's Submarine Detector 2nd Class 1930's Submarine Detector Operator 1930's Photographer Rating 1st Class 1930's Stoker Petty Officer 1930's Stoker 1st Class
1930's Stoker 2nd Class 1930's Observer's Mate 1930's Acting Observer's Mate 1930's Air Gunner 1930's Telegraphist Air Gunner 1930's Mechanician 1930's Chief Armourer
1930's Chief Shipwright 1930's Chief Petty Officer Artisan 1930's Shipwrights and Artisans 1930's Sick Berth Rating 1930's Supply and Secretarial - Writer 1930's Supply and Secretarial - Supply rating Stores 1930's Supply and Secretarial - Cook
1930's Supply and Secretarial - Officers Steward Left blank on purpose by me. Picture 52 is the last in the series. Click here to see other non substantive badges Click here to see non- substantive badges not shown in 1937 Click here to see boys badges and other badges relating to basic training. Click here to see specialist badges Left blank on purpose as a spare for further information

  During this period many of the branch badges proudly worn in 1930 had disappeared by 1980.  See also all 325 ratings titles listed by HMS Centurion in 1970 by CLICKING HERE.  These changes reflected the changing technology of the times and the way the Navy organised itself to fight in the light of experience gained in the first world war and throughout the 1920's.  The badges could well have been in use prior to 1930, and those shown in the 1977 Silver Jubilee Programme might still be extant post 1980.  As a comparison, officers too [other than medical], lost their branch...........

  Why have wings if you can't use them to fly in on parade? *** With WINGS in mind see also this URL [CLICK HERE]. Does this hand annoy you? Me too. Click on it to get rid of it. Send it to the starboard waist washdeck locker.        

If you point your mouse over the top of each picture [don't click] you will see the title of each separate branch badge.

Then, if you click the SENIOR badge of the branch you are interested in {e.g. 22 for Telegraphist: 1 for Gunnery etc} you will be taken to a page giving details of what was published in the Coronation Review for HM Queen Elizabeth on the 15th June 1953 and in the Fleet Review to celebrate Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee on the 28th June 1977.  If, like picture 14 [Diver] there is only one badge, point then click on it.

  Oh, 'ere comes old BUNTS showing off again!.  Never misses a trick. If it's not "I bent on Nelson's Signal...", it's "I was the boy in the burning deck story.." His semaphore reads "W E L C O M E"
 
ONE MORE THING!  Of what avail the loaded tube?; the cannon and the shell?; if Flags and W/T default, the Fleet will go to hell.

 ...............badges in the late 1950's, when the coloured bands inside their rings of rank ceased to be used.  Click here to see that change.

As well as branch badges changing, three other events in rate/rank badges and uniform took place. In  1956, at the time of the Suez War, I was in the Flagship, HMS Tyne, actually anchored in Port Said. We had an SCO, Lt Cdr Hugh Dickson, a Senior Commissioned Communications Officer [SCCO], Scutt, and  4 Commissioned Communications Officers [CCO], two of whom, were Tate and Drummond.  Sub Lt SD[C] Tate was later to be involved in an altercation involving a knife in HMS Mercury, and Sub Lt Drummond SD[C]  was later to be found dead in the Welsh mountains under suspicious circumstances. The CCO's thin branch-rank stripe was replaced by a thick one, thereby making them  Sub Lieutenant's overnight.  Simultaneously, the SCCO , who wore a thick ring, became a Lieutenant. At that time, all such officers became known as SD's, meaning Special Duties adding as a suffix the letter of the alphabet describing their speciality: for example Lieutenant H. Hornblower SD[C] Royal Navy, would be a commissioned communicator from the lower deck.   In the 1970's, supply and secretarial ratings [and in other times, other ratings like Coders for example] who had never been dressed in the square-rig like other ratings, lost their privilege of wearing fore and aft rig, modified by having black plastic buttons instead of gilt buttons, and a cap badge which was red in colour and lacked the other colours to be found on PO's, and CPO's  cap badges . From that time on, they wore square-rig until promoted to petty officer. Finally, 1972 saw the reintroduction of the Warrant Officer, but brought back as a rate and not a rank for non commissioned officers [the commissioned warrant officer rank ended in 1949] , and many years after 1972, they were allowed to call themselves Warrant Officers. The whole of the introductory period [approximately two years] was a farce, and ill thought out by the Admiralty.  At first. FCPO's kept their Chief's buttons on each cuff and wore just one warrant officers badge. Then, the buttons were taken away leaving just the one badge. Finally, a second badge was allowed, one on each cuff.  From 1972 to certainly 1983 when I left the service, they were called Fleet Chief Petty Officers as a group, and individually, by their rating/branch title:  mine for example was Fleet Chief Radio Supervisor [FCRS]. For more information on naval warrant officers have a look at this site.  Beware of the associated music!! http://www.hmsrichmond.org/warrant.htm

The table above shows the badges listed in the 1937 Coronation Review of the Fleet at Spithead by HM King George V on the 20th May 1937, but are known to have been in use earlier in the 1930's.  Clearly some do not make sense, but I have copied the text verbatim.  Take for example picture number 46 [the order does not run sequentially from beginning to end]. This 'one star' badge is for a CPO?  

Notice the King's Crown on the badges, as opposed to a Queen's Crown used in 1953, and of course in todays [2003] Navy.  On that sad day of the death of Her Majesty, all the buttons will have to be changed to show a King's Crown.

With the limited colours available, I have colour coded each branch.

Finally, what follows is the last paragraph of NAVAL REVIEWS: [you can read the full page in Bits and Pieces Volume II para 18]. It would have been an excellent opportunity to up date this page as you will read.

Finally, and incredulously there is no GOLDEN JUBILEE FLEET REVIEW.  Despite Her Majesty's very obvious pleasure with the way and manner in which her Golden Jubilee has been planned and executed, I cannot help wondering whether the Government REALLY understands the relationship The Monarch has with the Royal Navy and how Her Majesty, already deeply hurt by losing Britannia, is being further denied that unique and very special ROYAL SALUTE, a SALUTE the NAVY WANTS TO GIVE, and a SALUTE HM EXPECTED TO RECEIVE. Giving Her Majesty an in-house welcome/salute within HMS Excellent from ALL THREE ARMED SERVICE; a LITTLE bit from the RN but note, NO SUBMARINE PRESENCE; a LITTLE bit from the army from the days of Rushmore at Aldershot, and a LITTLE bit from the RAF, is insulting to say the very least, and thereafter a PATHETIC sail-past ships moored alongside in Portsmouth is  NOT the answer.  I asked the Editor of the Navy News twice [by email] why no review?, but even he didn't know the answer!  In passing, thank God for the fliers whose salute to Her Majesty was comparable to the fly-past's of other Fleet Reviews: they, the weather and our fellow street liners were excellent and we had splendid views of everything from our vantage point.  If  we are to believe the Portsmouth News newspaper of the 26th June 2002 page 17, the people of Portsmouth, are going to see their Queen for a LITTLE bit, just 45 minutes, from 1515 to 1600 on the 27th.  When compared to her other many visits to other cities  of recent weeks, it begs the question, what is going on?  Put your mouse pointer over the question posed!        I say bas New Labour. 

Now since I cannot show you any Golden Jubilee Navy pictures [it is now official - FLEET REVIEWS are a thing of the past, regrettably] - I can show you a couple of photographs Beryl [my wife] took  in Portsmouth for Her Majesty's brief walk about at Gun Wharf. 

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P.S., [to the main story line] If you went to HMS Ganges in the late 40's early 50's have a look at this revolving plan of the establishment. If you see any errors please contact me and tell me about them. One I have spotted for myself....please exchange the CPO Mess for the PO Mess.  Cheers.

If you prefer an all-in-one view of these slides, then please click here

However, if you have the time and you want to see every detail of HMS Ganges, then look at this page HMS_GANGES_ANIMATED_TOUR.gif  It is fully automatic [you just have to watch] but be warned, where there is a lot of text to read, the picture remains constant to take account of the slower readers, and then moves on.