The First Euryalus a fifth rate 36 gun frigate
1803 - 1850

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The Second Euryalus a fourth rate 51 gun screw frigate
1853 - 1867

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The Third Euryalus a screw driven cruiser
1877 - 1897

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The Fourth Euryalus a Cressy Class armoured cruiser
1901 - 1920

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The Fifth Euryalus C42 Dido Class light cruiser
1941 - 1959

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The Sixth Euryalus F15 Leander Class anti-submarine frigate
1964 - 1989

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SIR ANDREW SLOAN QPM (1931-2009) - Obituary
AB  ~ Served 48 - 50 ~ Crossed the Bar 11 November 2009
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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 in1953.

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 2009
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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 Euryalus Association.

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 submarine.

S/M Ken Taylor

Stan Rose - Obituary
Royal Marine ~ Served 44 - 47 ~ Crossed the Bar 27 December 2009
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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 a jackstay.

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 met. 

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 Lancashire Fusiliers. 

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



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