Norman and Gordon met again at the 1977 RNA Reunion at the Queen Elizabeth Suite at the South Bank, London where there was a Royal Marine Band Concert and Parade of RNA Standards. Contact was maintained, but sadly, Gordon became very ill with cancer and died the following year. In 1985 in the Scarborough RNA Club, a photograph of three sailors in uniform enjoying a drink in the Shanghai Naval Club many years before was being admired by the same three. This led to a meeting in Newcastle of Norman, George Dixon, Chick Henson. Pat Ellward, and Walter Clark, under the clock in the Railway Station. Good beer and good company was followed by tea at home with Ethel Ellward.
The following week Norman met former Corporal John Barlow at an RNA Reunion. Further contact included a chance meeting with Stan Rose in a buffet queue! As a result of these meetings and the interest and enjoyment they brought, an advertisement was placed in the and the Globe and Laurel asking any Shipmates of "HMS Euryalus" interested in forming an Association to attend the Combined ex-Services Association Meeting at Bridlington 17-19 June 1988.
Sixteen shipmates attended and despite all the bustle and toing and froing, the "HMS Euryalus Association" was commissioned on June 18 1988.
|Original Committee and Members were|
|Members:||Len Dunn, Ray Butler, John Dupre, Ron Goss, Arnold Heely, Jim Rilett, George Henson, Stan Rose, Roy Humphrey, Cyril Shaw, Charles Wiggin and Ken Young|
|President:||Colonel John Uniacke RM agreed to be President|
The first AGM was held in June at the British Legion Club, Bridlington during the Combined Ex Servicemen Reunion and the first Reunion Dinner was held in the Royal Sailors Home Club Portsmouth (now called The Royal Maritime Club) in September 1989.
The Association expanded rapidly in the 1990s as more shipmates got to hear of it. Furthermore, shipmates from the frigate F15 (1964-1989) were also welcomed as members. After 2005 however, age began to take its toll and membership began to decline at an accelerating rate.
Dissolution of the HMS Euryalus Association
Sadly, after 24 years, and as no volunteers came forward to form a Committee, the Association was wound up at an Emergency General Meeting in Nottingham on 23 June 2012.
After donations to the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum and to TS Euryalus Sea Cadet Corps, and the payment of various minor liabilities, the remainder of the Association’s funds were donated to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Also at the Emergency General Meeting it was decided that a notice should be added to the HMS Euryalus website Home page giving details of the Lancashire Fusiliers Gallipoli Centenary in 2015. This notice has been added to the right column of the Home page as a new section titled Gallipoli Centenary.
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