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October 04, 2019, 14:05

 

The RNPSA


The Royal Naval Patrol Service Association,
Registered Charity no 273148, was founded in 1977 to unite the veterans who served in the Royal Naval Patrol Service 1939-1946 and to assist those of them and their dependents who might be in need. The Association also maintains and preserves a record of the work and experiences of RNPS during World War 2 by means of a Museum which seeks to educate subsequent generations about this aspect of WW2.

Although the Association occupies some of the original buildings of HMS Europa it was not formed until 30 years after the end of WW2. None of the original naval records were still in the pemises when the Association moved in and the only records we have are those donated by veterans and/or family members.

This website aims to make as much of the material held at Lowestoft available as ossible to online visitors. It also acts as a finger post to those researching family history to guide their research in the right direction.

Please follow the links placed in the column at the left to find the information that you might be seeking. If you need further assistance then there are several officers of the Association available to help but please check what is already available online first.

For a map of how to find us if visiting please see the Contact page.

2019 Annual Reunion

The Annual General Meeting will take place in the Studio Theatre in Sparrows Nest Gardens as last year at 13.30 on Friday 4th October. The service of remembrance will be at 11.00 (muster 10.45) at the memorial in Belle Vue park on Saturday 5th October. After the memorial service 'Sunset' will take place at the mast outside the Museum after which there will be a buffet in 'Giardino's' for ticket holders ONLY.

 

Heritage Open Days 2019



The Museum was open for a little longer than usual during the Heritage Open Days period of 13th - 22nd September. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday it stayed open until 4.00pm and on Sunday 22nd it opened  10.00am until 4.00pm, giving more people the opportunity to visit.

We might have opened for longer if we had sufficient volunteers to man the museum. As with many other voluntary organisation we are desperately short of helpers.

In 2020 we hope to open for longer. If you have any sort of interest in the Royal Naval Patrol Service and its connection with Lowestoft and could offer a few hours per week please contact us. We will give you any training necessary and voluntary work at a charity will look good on your CV.

 

Charlie Harris RIP

 

The funeral of our Vice-chairman 'Charlie' Harris took place at the Lowestoft parish church of St. Margaret on Friday, 26th July. A moving service was conducted jointly by the Rector of Lowestoft, Revd. Michael Asquith and Superintendent Tim Jenkins, of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.

The packed church included many RNPS Association members and after introductory prayers the service opened with memories of Charlie by members of his family. After the Navy Hymn, 'Eternal Father', our President, Commander Garry Titmus RN, related his memories of Charlie and read the Pilot's Psalm.

This was followed by further prayers and after a brief address came the hymn 'Abide with Me', followed by a closing prayer and commendation. A private committal took place in Lowestoft Cemetary.

Many joined together to exchange memories of Charlie at the Norman Warrior, one of Charlie's favourite venues. It is understood that many tots were drunk and lamps swung in keeping with the occasion.

Charlie was a stalwart of the Headquarters head office and any new arrival was always greeted with his invitation to have a tea or coffee. The galley has since been renamed 'Charlie's Kitchen' in his honour.

 Anno Domini

Sadly the passage of time continues to take its toll on members of the Association who once served in the RN Patrol Service. Surviving relatives might like to help us commemorate the contribution made by those who served by joining the Association in their own right. You would be very welcome.

Museum news

This space is reserved for the Museum Curator who will use this area to publicise help he needs in relation to the Museum, for example with cataloguing museum exhibits, etc.

Website news

We have updated the links from a number of pages of our old site to pages within this site. Where they don't quite match we have linked to the nearest page above so please update your favourite pages or bookmarks.

Minor amendments have been made to the Memorial database records

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