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S61 - Where are you now ... ?


TuftyI am John Rowlands and I joined the Royal Navy at HMS Fisgard with S61 Entry of Artificer Apprentices on the 11th September 1967.
I lived in C6 mess in Cooke Division and was universally known as Tufty.
I still am! I left the Service in August 1980 as an REMN1 :-) having left Fisgard after 2P.

I don't think anyone knew everybody in the entry so it is my hope that you may see someone you knew on the Divisional pages and perhaps renew an old friendship. Maybe even make some new ones all these years later !

My thanks to the late Andy Blagg (COOKE) for his help in getting the site off the ground with photographs and information, and to Jeff Marshall (COOKE) who contributed a huge amount of information on clankies and chippies at HMS Caledonia. If you send me a picture, please send as much info as possible, especially names and divisions.

You can contact me on the address at the bottom of the page. Oh, and just a quick note about cookies - I don't use them!!

S61 Evening Meet Ups at The George, Queen Street, Portsmouth

The GeorgeThese are organised by Bob Daubeney on the second Wednesday evening of every January, May and September in The George, a really nice pub just a few minutes walk from the ferry and railway station.

Next one should be 8th September 2021. Can't really see there being one in May.

Royal Naval Engineers' Benevolent Society

Many of you will have joined the RNEBS at Fisgard and, almost certainly, some of you will have lost contact.

In 2022 the Society is celebrating 150 years since its founding. A special one-off event will take place in the form of a Gala Dinner to be held at a location TBC during that year. As happened for Artificer150 back in May 2018, there is a dedicated web page on this RNEBS 150 web site set up for expressions of interest, likely venues, menus, costs, table layouts etc.

For RNEBS members, please email Mark Stevens at with your name and class number to register an expression of interest. Click HERE to see who has already registered.

Artificer Apprentice Entry Regulations

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John "Tufty" Rowlands

Tufty Rowlands at the Passing In Parade Leading Hands Leadership Course HMS Royal Arthur HMS Birmingham 1 HMS Birmingham 2 Twenty Fifth Wedding Anniversary Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary

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