HMS Albion R-07
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July 21, 2020

I'm trying to trace any information about my late cousin, David Notman, who served on HMS Albion up to 1967. He was an Engine Room Artificer 1Class. Sadly David passed away in May 1967, aged only 34. I'm trying to build a picture of his life, so if anyone has any stories or photos they could share, that would be amazing.

Many thanks,
Clive Ryan

June 7, 2020

I served on HMD Albion from 1970 to 1971 in Singapore as a Naval air mechanic under Captain Bastard. (As he use to say, "Bastard by name, Bastard by nature.) Spent 3-4 months in Simbang, pulled in Hong Kong, Subic Bay, Mombassa, (Silver Sands, Mersing, did mop up in Bangladesh after the typhoons and floods.) On the way home pulled in Greece, Cyprus, Mounts Bay then off to Norway hunting Russian Subs. On board was in 5D10 mess. Palls we're Buck (Hummingbird) Ryan, Ginge Harris, Harry Amchel, Jeff Twin, Crash Evans, Tony Timpson, Paul Fox, Shiner Wright, Pete Biddles and others. Flight deck officer was Soapy Watson. Be nice to know if any are still alive.

Larry Smith

Oct. 23, 2019

"The Old Grey Ghost of the Borneo Coast". Fond memories of a '62-64' Commission under Capt. Colin Madden.  As a "Pay Office" Scribes, I also thoroughly enjoyed the "Scribes" Deck Hockey occasions against numerous opposition (still got our complete record of matches: P. 109;   W. 54;   D. 25;   L. 30;  GF: 158 (personal 78);   GA: 110. First match v. Capt's Office: W 2-1;   Final match v. "Gents" (Wardroom): D 1-1.

Then there was the eagerly awaited "Albion Advertiser" (or "Pink 'un) which Roger Hirons, Allan (Taff) Brabant and myself used to produce and distribute onboard when at sea. The overall Editor was the Ship's CofE Padre. An annual re-union, normally in Pompey at Best Western in Southsea - this year on 2nd November (contact Keith Ridley @ : - but make it fast! Undermanned, over-stretched = happy ship's company always busy - no slack hammocks!

Bob Gelder
Hon. Secty, Bude Branch R.N.A.

June 5, 2019

I lived in Wilhelmshaven in 1970 when the HS Albion visited there for a couple of days. I had a tour of the carrier - my husband was a marine in the German Navy - we became friendly with one of the ingenieers. I can only only remember his first name ""John." We are trying to get in touch with him and I and my husband would be extremely grateful if you could give us information about the last name and whereabouts. There shouldn't be too many Ingenieurs on board in 1970 wit the name John. If you can't give us any information - maybe you can give the name and E-Mail-Adress to the man in question.

Thank you very much,
Regina Zippermayr
ex Wilhelmshaven

June 1, 2019

Brian Charles (andy) Anderson my father would have served on HMS Albion in the late 1950's or early 60's, sadly now passed, but would be interested in filling in blanks.

Steve J. Anderson

Apr. 11, 2019

I was in the Albion 1968 through to 1970. Joined in Singapore, December 1968. 5F26 messdeck as a JREM. Does anybody remember the band, especially Jess Jessup the guitarist, used to blast heavy metal music out just about daily in the 4F dining room. Great times.

Leigh Havard

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