My Time On Christmas Island

It all started in the Orderly Room at RAF South Cerney in the summer of 1958. I had just been told I was on PWR’s (Posting Warning Routine for the uninitiated). So I volunteered for Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany. “You won’t get any of those” said the clerk, “it’ll be Cyprus or Christmas Island”. As ‘they’ were shooting at us in Cyprus, I was fairly relieved when it turned out to be Christmas Island. I went to RAF Wroughton for a blood test, to see if I had some I suppose.

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WOW!! What a year I'd just had, Called up in Oct'55, Square Bashing at 'Gamecock' Bramcote, Trade Training at 'Siskin' Gosport, Shore Base Draft to 'Fulmar' Lossiemouth. Then to top it all a Draft to 'Warrior', all in a year, what lies ahead next year?? With Andie Sparrow telling me the Warrior had a rubber deck and trials were about to commence for trying out Shackeltons on deck, and if they missed the arrestor wire, they just bounced off again, well who'd believe that!

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Fellow Sufferers

PRE-GRAPPLE: 'Paddy' Matthews (service ref. 3522227) 'Harry' Harris (gliding course mate- RAF Lyneham; 1956) Keith (RAF Innsworth & Christmas Island) Don Butterfield ditto Bob Blower ditto Vic Rodgers ditto Don Mason ditto GRAPPLE OUTBOUND Pat Coulter (BOAC stewardess; Stratocruiser 'Cleopatra' 4th/5th Dec. 1956) Marty Funk (United Airlines stewardess; 5th Dec.

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Christmas Island's participation in the race for 'War for Peace' campaign Christmas Island as part of Kiribati were a British colony up till Kiribati as a nation gained its independence on the 12th July 1979. Christmas Island's significance existence was further emphasised by its usage in the historical events surrounding the super power's ploys to find solutions to "War for Peace" campaigns of the Cold War.

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During the four years' occupancy, the Henderson & Macfarlane firm, under leadership of the resident manager, Mr Edward Freeman with his wife and about ten labourers from Tongareva, managed to collect about 200 tons of pearl shells, and planted some18,000 to 20,000 coconuts. 1888 - Captain Sir William Wiseman of HMS 'Caroline' took formal possession of Christmas Island for Queen Victoria. 1892 - Messrs. James Morrison & Co. Ltd of London bought mining rights and granted 21 years' occupation rights for the purpose of removing guano, planting coconuts and collecting pearl shells.

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Tourism There is one hotel on the island and weekly air connections with Honolulu have enabled some tourists to visit Christmas Island. The island offers a range of wildlife wonders especially in its lagoons and spectacular coral life. Also, being an island renowned for its dedication as the birds' sanctuary of vast species, this is bound to capture the naturalists' imagination.

Christmas Island – Kiribati

Introduction Known to its indigenous population as "Abakiroro" meaning - 'the far away land', "Kiritimati" which is its present official name - a straight translation of its English name, 'Christmas Island' as is widely known, is the largest coral atoll island in the world. The island was placed on the world map following its discovery by Captain Cook on Christmas eve of 1777. The information provided in this article is mainly from memorable personal experiences. I am passionate about Christmas Island having being born and grew up on it.

On the 8th July

On the 8th July Warrior went back to Hawaii and spent 5 days in the dockyard at Pearl Harbour for repairs to our storm damaged areas. The hospitality of the people of Hawaii, so many invitations to attend functions, some at peoples homes, others at organized centres. The US Army, Navy and Marines really made us welcome with tours of the Island, visits, like the one to a pineapple plantation were I learnt that they do not grow on bushes, but on the ground. After enjoying the night life along Waikiki beach it was the crew that needed repairs.


07.45. Electrical Damage Control parties close up. 08.15 Assume AB.CD. State 3 Alpha 09.10 Test pre-wetting 09.30 The ship is now in AB.CD. State 1 Alpha. One hour to burst 10.20 Hands on the flight deck disperse to stations for witnessing the burst Commence count down procedure. 10.30(approx) H-Hour THERMO NUCLEAR BURST. Down below in the boiler room the Engineering Mechanics (Stokers) were on standby with burning cotton waste with which to relight the boilers should they be blown out..

On to Christmas Island

Once through the Canal, it was on to Christmas Island. A beard growing competition was held to end with the judging for the longest, worst and ugliest beards upon the eve of our arrival in Hawaii. It was good fun, and some asked to be allowed to keep theirs which had to pass muster for condition before being allowed ashore in Hawaii. One of our helicopters netted a giant turtle that was swimming along minding its own. I believe the Officer's Chef made it into soup. We arrived at Christmas Island early March, took up our anchorage, offloaded stores and personnel.