SJ Fitzgerald Fitzy Morrow 1 TBA
Rod Blair Morrow New South Wales
They have no grave but the cruel sea
No flowers lay at their head
A rusting hulk is their tombstone
Afast on the ocean bed.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. "
Lest we Forget
Sadly, Fitzy took his own life aboard an A boat in Sydney
Rod was killed in 78 in a car accident he was best man at Greg and Sandra Kirleys wedding, I will post more details when I get them from Greg.
John Menzies Morrow 2 Western Australia
John passed away in February 2005 from cancer. He was unaware of the illness until a few months before his death. John was in my cabin and was one of lifes gentlemen. He will be missed.
CS Eldershaw Morrow 2 TBA
Clive was in a car accident with 5 MOBI's on Jenolan Caves Road he was the only fatality but several others were discharged medically
Peter was killed in 1975 along with his pillion passenger as they were leaving Garden Island on Cowper Wharf Rd. His motorbike was left at the gates of GI for a long time as a reminder to the other sailors.
This page was last updated: April 11, 2018
Mick Hilet was killed in a motorbike accident in 1978
He stayed in touch with Clive Eldershaws mother right up until his death, sadly she suffered a double blow
Mal Burnside was killed tragically in 1976 driving a dune buggy in Northampton WA. He jumped a dune only to find there was no back to it... He was found deceased a few days later. There was a newspaper article which I will try to locate.
Gavin was also killed in an auto accident he was asleep on the back seat of a car which was broadsided. He died instantly .
CJ Lunardi Marks Divvy PO Tasmania 2009
This is the link to a new Bereavement Pin
Jenny of Jenny's Side Party - Died in Hong Kong
JENNY Side Party BEM
Died Not known Reported by AE(OL) on 20-Mar-09
Generations of sailors who visited Hong Kong will mourn the death of Jenny. She was a much loved living legend who. for all the colony's constant change, remained the same incomparable institution for over half a century.
Much of her life was an enigma. However. the authors of her twenty-seven Certificates of Service generally agreed that she was born in a sampan in Causeway Bay in 1917. Her mother, Jenny One, according to her one surviving Certificate of Service, which was copied in 1946 from an older, much battered and largely illegible document., 'provided servicable sampans far the general use of the Royal Navy, obtained sand. and. was useful for changing money’. She brought up her two daughters to help her.
Behind her perpetual great gold-toothed grin Jenny complained; “I vcIIy chocker. All time work in sampan. N0 learn to lead or lite.” But what she lacked in education she made up more than a hundredfold with her immense and impressive experience in ship husbandry. her unfailing thoroughness and apparently inexhaustible energy. her unquestionable loyalty and integrity, her infectious enthusiasm and her innate cheerfulness.
Officially Jenny's Date of Volunteering was recorded as 1928. From then until 1997, when the colony became a Special Administrative Region of China and the Royal Navy moved out. she and her team of tireless girls. who at one time numbered nearly three dozen, unofficially served the Royal and Commonwealth Navies in Hong Kong by cleaning and painting their ships. attending their buoy jumpcrs, and, dressed in their best. waiting with grace and charm upon their guests at cocktail parties. Captains and Executive Officers would find fresh flowers in their cabins and newspapers delivered daily. And many a departing officer received a generous gift as a memento from Jenny. For all of this she steadfastly refused ever to take any payment. Instead she and her Side Party earned their keep selling soft drinks to the ships' companies and accepting any item of scrap which could be found on board.
Jenny's huge collection of photographs - too big. she said. to be put into books - she stored in a large envelope. They dated back to the mid 20th century and showed her in the ships she so faithfully served, with Buffers and Side Parties, and with grateful officers. many of whom became distinguished admirals. In two thick albums she proudly kept her letters of reference, all without exception filled with praise and affection for her. One was a commendation by the Duke of Edinburgh for her work in the Royal Yacht during her visit to Hong Kong in 1959. She has a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal presented to her in 1938 by the captain of HMS DEVONSHIRE, and a bar engraved 'HMS LEANDER 1975’.
Most treasured of all Jenny's distinctions was the British Empire Medal awarded her in the Hong Kong Civilian List of the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1980 and with which she, formally named Mrs. Ng Muk Kah, was invested by the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Murray MacLehose.
In later years Hong Kong was no longer visited by the great fleets of battleships and cruisers which gave Jenny and her Side Party their livelihood and she found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Yet she stayed fit and always willing to undertake any work available. To the end of the Royal Navy's presence in Hong Kong there could be seen in the shadow of the towering Prince of Wales building within the naval base, a small round figure in traditional baggy black trousers and high-collared smock, with a long pigtail and eternal smile who, regardless of time. remained it seemed for ever – just Jenny.
Jenny died peacefully in Hong Kong on Wednesday 18th February 2009. She was 92 years old.
Dave Fletcher Morrow1 Goulburn
Dave passed away peacefully in the Gosford hospital where he had been treated for Cancer.
Phil Mousie and I attended his funeral to represent the 34th intake RIP old mate
Alan Henry Morrow1 Gawler SA
Al retired from the Navy in 91 and worked with Subs till 95
He suffered from Diabetes. Al fell from his bike and hit his head. He felt dizzy for a few days before passing away at home. He leaves a loving family and a lot of upset shipmates..
Mal McGregor Morrow1 NSW 28/11/2012
Mal passed away from a heart attack whilst being anaesthesized for an operation.. He was a top bloke whose funeral was packed out... he will be sorely missed
Guy Hunter Morrow 3 QLD September 2013
Guy passed away in the Mater hospital Bundaberg after a long battle with Skin Cancer. I have never met a person so at peace with their fate.. Guy is going to be missed by his mates in the 34th.
Henry Knight Marks 2 Mid 80's aged 32
Henry passed away from a heart attack in the 80's. His uncle notified us in July 2014. Henry's sister was sent the photo on the left and now cherishes it. Gone way too soon smooth seas Henry RIP
Bruce Mitchell Morrow 3 WA April 2016
Bruce had been down on his luck and was found in poor health by the guys from the Up Periscope ex submariners group a week after he had passed. They had been helping him with accommodation and the DVA to get him back on his feet sadly too late to save him. RIP
Vale Bruce (Blake) Vernon Mitchell
The Funeral of Blake Mitchell was held at the HMAS STIRLING Chapel at 1030 on Thursday 23rd June 2016.
The service was conducted by the Submarine Force Chaplain Stephen Hutchinson. In attendance was Blake’s son, Fabian, his brother Kevin and their wives. Also present were representatives of the Salvation Army and AA who had recently supported Bruce, some members of Marks and Morrow Division LEEUWIN Entry 34, representatives from the Submarine Force Commander and brother submariners.
The Eulogy was given by Kevin and Fabian with tributes from Peter O’Donohue and Warrant Officer Mark Dixon. The Naval Ode and the Submariners Prayer were presented by Terry Rowell and Peter O’Donohue with two poems read by Paul Meakin and Buster Keating.
After the service the attendees retired to the Rockingham Navy Club for mourning tea. A toast to Blake was made with Pusser’s rum and Fabian and Kevin enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with each other and with Blake’s mates. Fabian will return to NSW and will seek to lay Blake to rest by scattering Blake’s Ashes at the old submarine base at Platypus.
Moose and his friend Sylvia taken Xmas 2015 the photo below is of him with Terry Baker and Jim Green at the 2015 memorial day
Peter Fennell Marks 1 October 2016
Sadly I have to report the passing of Peter Fennell he has been crook for the past 2 years with liver failure and was awaiting a transplant, his health deteriorated in the last six months and he passed in October RIP mate
Jack Ots Morrow 2 Tasmania
Jack passed away in June 2017 after a 10 year long fight against degenerative organ failure. He attended the reunion held in Perth in 2008 and told me he had been diagnosed a year earlier. His service was attended by Mal Dann and Phil Jackson whose presence was greatly appreciated by his mother and sister. He was taken home to Tasmania for burial
Gordon Maguire Morrow 2 West Australia
25th October 2017
Gordon passed away after a battle with cancer in Collie WA. His funeral was held in Bunbury. I have asked Geoff stokes for a photo of Maggie in later life and will update this post when I receive it.