SIR ANDREW SLOAN QPM (1931-2009) - Obituary
AB ~ Served 48 - 50 ~ Crossed the Bar 11 November 2009
He will be sadly missed
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Andrew Sloan was one of the most distinguished members of
the Association. He joined the Royal Navy as a boy in 1947
and soon showed his leadership qualities. He was rapidly
promoted to Leading Seaman and served in the cruiser HMS
Euryalus 1948-50, as coxswain of the Captain’s motorboat.
This is a responsible task in where one is always on show.
He then served in the same billet in HMS
Devonshire, where during a visit to Trondheim, he
met and fell in love with Agnes. Andrew subsequently
volunteered for submarines; he always said this was
for the few extra shillings pay, but it was probably
because the less rigid way of life allowed him to
use his initiative freely. Typical of this was how
he wangled his way onboard a Norwegian submarine for
a few weeks to revisit Trondheim and marry Agnes
Andrew was promoted to petty officer and finished
his time as second coxswain of HMS Tireless. He then
joined the police service for a second and highly
distinguished career. As the national regional crime
squads’ co-ordinator, he was one of the specialists
sent in to review the actions of the West Yorkshire
Police in 1980 over the Yorkshire Ripper. This soon
led to the conviction of Peter Sutcliffe. Andrew was
awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 1983. His last
post (1985-91) was Chief Constable of the
Strathclyde force, the second biggest in the
country. Always proud to be a Scot, he regarded this
as the pinnacle of his career, topped off by being
knighted by HM the Queen.
On retirement, he and Agnes joined our
Association and Andrew persuaded his ex-RAF brother,
Bill, to join too! Always an active member, Andrew
was soon invited to be a Vice-president, and took
over as President in 2001. In this post he provided
gentle but highly useful advice to successive
secretaries and chairmen of the Association, and
indeed to many others. His guidance during the
difficult transition of leadership between
generations was particularly valuable.
His devotion to duty was typified by the way,
despite being ill, he tried hard to come to the
ceremonies in Chatham last June but this proved
impossible in the end.
We shall miss him, not only for his guidance, but
also for his comradeship and good humour.
NORMAN COMB (1924—2009) - Obituary
Royal Marine ~ Served 41 - 46 ~ Crossed the Bar 17 August
When he got into a heated conversation with a Royal
Marine from Liverpool with his scouse accent it sounded like a
couple of foreigners in the mess.
Norman’s action station on board ship was in Y
gun turret taking shells off the hoist from the
magazine as number 4 in the turret then putting them
on the fuse setting machine. My job was to set the
fuse when the light came on before loading it into
the gun. Norman’s other job was turret sweeper to
keep it clean. Norman was a member of RM Transport
Division at RM Lympstone before he was sent to
Chatham for sea service training.
He liked to be involved in everything he could,
he was a member of Tyne and Wear Branch, Treasurer
of Durham RMA and of course founder member of HMS
He went to as many of the reunions he could such
as Armistice at the Cenotaph and a trip to Hong Kong
a few years ago. In 2005 he came down to me for 4
days and went to Chatham dockyard with my daughter
Josephine when we both went on the submarine HMS
Ocelot. During the tour of the submarine in the
control room when we were being informed how it all
works when submerged Norman suddenly shouted ‘DIVE
DIVE DIVE’. When we finished the tour my daughter
was asked how old we were, she replied a combined
age of 162 years. The tour guide was surprised how
we managed to get through the hatches on board the
S/M Ken Taylor
Stan Rose - Obituary
Royal Marine ~ Served 44 - 47 ~ Crossed the Bar 27
He will be sadly missed
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I first met Stan Rose when I joined HMS Euryalus at
John Brown’s dockyard, in August 1944.
Stan was already on board ship as part of the
advance party, following finishing his leave after
serving on HMS Cleopatra in the Mediterranean, when
he took part in many of the battles. At that time
his ship survived a hit by a 500lb bomb at Malta.
Stan, being a Senior Royal Marine, helped us new
recruits. I was in Stan’s mess, which was known as
the flunkeys mess. Most of us looked after officers
and served meals in the Wardroom, which was a bit
hectic with the ship rolling and pitching in the
rough seas sometimes.
Stan’s other duties on board were in X turret at
action stations. At this time we were attached to
the 3rd and 5th United States Fleet in the Pacific
Ocean after Home Fleet operations in the North Sea
and East Indies.
HMS Euryalus took part in the recovery of Okinawa
and at about this time, the ship off-loaded bombs
and other ammunitions from a British Aircraft
Carrier. Stan was part of the team running up and
down, pulling the bombs across between the ships on
HMS Euryalus shelled mainland Japan, and the ship
was about 1000 miles off the coast of Japan when
both Atoms bombs were dropped in August 1945.
HMS Euryalus was designated to go to Hong Kong where
UK forces reoccupied the colony, and Stan and other
Royal Marines, took part in the advance landing
party on 29 August 1945; this was 17 days before
Japan surrendered Hong Kong. After this the ship
went to various places including Fiji, New Zealand,
Borneo, Shanghai, and also Nagasaki, Japan.
After I left the ship and came home on HMS Argonaut
in 1946, I lost touch with Stan until I found the
HMS Euryalus Association about 12 years ago, and met
Stan again in 1998, some 52 years since we last
Stan and I kept in touch and met at reunions, where,
he was standard bearer, and he also took part in
many functions including Gallipoli week with the
Like many of us who survived the war, we cannot beat
old age, as many old shipmates have found in the
past year in what we call ‘Crossing the Bar’.
He will be sadly missed.
Shipmate Ken "Spud" Taylor