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Thread: Tributes to Non-Lowie's who have 'crossed the bar'

  1. #71
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    Just found out today at his funeral that Bert Lowe was the holder of a Burma Star, one of his ships, HMS Searcher was involved fighting the Japs, he never ever mentioned that at all.
    "Wot,no Airlocks on the Lowie!!!!"

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    Ensign Celia Stobbart MBE

    Received the following announcement:

    If you served in the sixties, seventies and eighties and your ship berthed in the NE of England then you may have known Celia Stobbart who was responsible for looking after the ships and crews who docked in the area.

    Celia passed away last week, she was 88 and took a fall in her house, got pneumonia and never woke up.
    The funeral is on Monday the 11th Sep, at Tyneside Crematorium at 15:00.
    Should anyone wish to attend or send flowers I know her family would be touched, and I would ask you to please pass the word round to all your contacts who may have known her. She gave a lot to her job and it would be nice to receive a word or two from those who served at the time, especially as the MOD just handed her a retirement and then turned the back.

    She was a fixture in the Navy for quite a while and I know that she was well-known and popular, she even had a certain Lt Cdr Andrew Windsor worried that he might have unintentionally offended her on one occasion.

    For those who don't know, Celia dedicated herself to making sure that all ships and sailors had the very best available and was an absolute wizard at solving problems. During the Falklands spat she went through a lot of anguish as she knew all the ships involved and a lot of the crews and I have rarely seen her as tense throughout the whole time that her lads were in danger.

    She looked after the average matelot too, often never having even met them. I remember that once a mother and daughter came to her office claiming that the daughter was pregnant by a lad on a certain ship, she had his name, when he was berthed in Newcastle. Celia explained the processes, said she would contact the ship and the lad and explain the situation. She then chatted to the pair and got them relaxed and enquired as to when she expected the baby. The girl said that she was four months gone which Celia pounced on pointing out that the ship hadn't docked till just over three months before, and invited them to leave the office.
    I remember her being indignant that they would try to pin the fatherhood on a lad who might have tried to do the decent thing and so the girl would cop for a steady wage as a service wife when it wasn't his fault.
    That was Celia, looking after the lads.

    Sad news but that's life.

    Thanks Gents.

  3. #73
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    Very sad to hear this news.

    I knew her well when I was at Calliope, she certainly loved the RN and worked tirelessly for it.

    RIP

  4. #74
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    Never met Celia but she seemed to be quite a woman, and a mother figure for the lads up in the North East.

    RIP Celia, a true lady.
    "Wot,no Airlocks on the Lowie!!!!"

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