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Is there anyone who served on the Superb Dec 51-Jan 54 who may know my father Gunner Fredrick William Ralph . He is alive and well aged 94 in Taupo New Zealand after serving 19 years in the RN he transferred to the RNZN in 1955 for another 20 years


Information from daughter Linda Farley from the Association's  Facebook Page on 17th March 2015


Linda updated this post on 2ns April 2015 as follows

thanks for your message re my dad SCG Fred Ralph. We left the UK in 1955 and dad transferred to the RNZN where he served for another 20 years making his total naval time 39 1/2 years. He finished as a Lt Cdr , Whilst he is frail now and hasn't much sight or hearing his mind is still good and he shares many naval ditties with us. He is in a rest home in Taupo along with Mum they are both 94 years old. On April 25th I will be wheeling him to the local cenetaph for our ANZAC day service which he attends every year. Thanks Lynda Fairley

Lynda Fairley 4 days ago



RALPH, Frederick William (Fred).

Lt.Cdr. Rtd. M.B.E. RNZN. On Anzac day 2016, peacefully at Wharerangi Rest Home, Taupo aged 95 years.

Dearly loved husband of Iris. Much loved Dad and father-in-law of Lynda and Bob, and Geoff and Elaine. Much loved Pop of Wayne and Jeannie, Michelle and Paul, Paul and Caroline, John and Jacqui, Michael, Di and Darren, Dan and Marian.


Adored Grand Pop of Anelies, Matthew, Mikayla, Amber, Indiya, Davis, Emily, Connor, Isabella and Tessa. A service to celebrate Fred's life will be held at the Founders Chapel of Remembrance, 117 Rickit Street Taupo, Friday 29th April 2016 at 2.00 pm. At Fred's request, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army Taupo, 2 Kiddle Drive, Taupo would be appreciated, or may be left at the service.


All communications to Fred's Family, C/- P.O.Box 940 Taupo. Taupo Funeral Services Ltd FDANZ

Published in The New Zealand Herald on Apr. 27, 2016




Does anyone have any information of Edward Elliman who served on the ship around 1945.  His son Roger has asked for help so if you are able to assist please contact us in the first instance. He joined the navy in 1942 aged 19.


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On 24 February 2014 15:51, from DAVID MIDDLETON




have the paper work when they went over the equator, when they dip them in water and give funny name, brian where are you, near chatham, went on ship when in dry dock in chatham beside a sub that went down on a test run, 01634 327065 he was R P O,on superb i think, then he was at waterloo, giving tickets to the boys 


Contact David                                                     Photograph of RPO Middleton on Photo Album Page


Full details have now been obtained & published. You can see them in the Photo Album

February2014 from Godfrey [Jeff] Dykes




have just done some research on my website and I have found the answer I needed to know.


In March 2013 I asked the Superb Association if they had a picture of the skipper of the ship 21.12.1948-(05.1949)Commanding Officer, HMS Superb & Flag Captain to Flag Officer Commanding 2nd Cruiser Squadronbetween the 21st Nov 1948 and May 1949.


His name was Alan Scott-Moncrieff. I managed to get a photograph of him from GOOGLE IMAGES and was able to complete my story which was Scott-Moncrieff was the CO from December 1943 until December 1945.


Better late than never, but thanks for the contact anyway.


Best regards.Godfrey [Jeff] Dykes                           Photograph of Captain Scott-                                                                 Moncrief on Picture Gallery Page                         Contact Jeff    


Mark Wagstaff is trying to find shipmates of his late father, Barry Wagstaff, an Able Seaman serving on the Superb in 1946.Can anybody help?



I have received a request for anyone who served with Fred, the only information I have is a photo of a 2 badge PO, taken in Malta, Branch is unknown, believed to be on Superb 1949-51. His nephew is enquiring. E-mail me if you can help.



I have had a request from a Marine from the USA who was serving on USS California in 1945 and was invited to a meal and a tot with in the Marines barracks on H.M.S Sussex in Singapore. I know this is not a H.M.S Superb topic, but as we made many good friends during our visits to the U.S.A., I would like to help if we can. He would like information on the Sussex, and if possible anyone who remembers the visit of the USS Marines from USS California in Singapore in 1945. Does anyone know of a H.M.S. Sussex re-union?


Electricians mess 1952-53 A& WI and Fleet review

I am surprised that we can't find more from the Electrical Department, particularly as so many came from East Anglia, no doubt when they get electricity out there we will get a reply. Where are you Debussy Scrivens, Peter Chambers,(last known of in bloater country) Ginger O'Connor, Effy Chilcott,( last known of in Thetford) Smudger Smith (last known of in St.Ives Hunts.) Ginger Panayi ( Cambridge, I am told but not too sure) etc. etc. We have found Paul Rider and Abdul Porter ( he hasn't changed, well he's better looking now!), and a couple of others we know of but haven't seen. Also where are you Able Seaman Ned Corp (a Londoner then), we had some good runs together. Who was in the crowd that took some station leave from Bar Harbor, not all of whom returned on time? I really can't remember. I remember our attempts at hitch hiking, the great hospitality from an American airbase, and the pr**t of a Midshipman who refused to let me on the liberty boat because the bow of my cap tally didn't suit him, go back up said the Killick of the mess (Bill Bailey), he won't know the difference. He didn't! Who was on the floodlight party for the Marines Beat the Retreat? Well, there was me, Ginger O'Connor I think, but then memory fails me.



I have had a request for anyone who knew him, on board from 1/8/49 to 7/11/51. His daughter would like to be put in touch with anyone who knew him. E-mail me if you can help.

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