Thousands of people from all over the country, including readers of this newspaper, served at the Royal Navy shore training establishment HMS Collingwood, in Fareham.
The HMS Collingwood Association has received a request, and I am hoping readers can help to track down a Wren, or her family, and her service history.
The request says: “I have in my possession a long service and good conduct medal, written on the side is 42359 J.M. Wilson Chief Wren HMS Collingwood. If you know of anyone who could help in my search of information I would be very grateful.”
We hope to return the medals to her or her family. Can we build a history? Did you serve with Chief Wren J.M. Wilson, either when she was a chief or at any time before? Is the number 42359 near your service number?
The association would love to hear from anybody who can help in any way at all. Write to Mike Crowe, 7 Heath Road, Lake, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8PG or send details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those wishing to join the association are just in time for our next reunion, to be held at the Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes, from April 17 to 20, email email@example.com, visit our website www.hmscollingwood.weebly.com, or contact Shirley Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01983 405116.
Which old shipmates will you meet? Can we reunite the medals at the reunion? A true ‘reunion’. I am certain someone will come up trumps.
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