THE 2014 REUNION IN GLASGOW
BOOKINGS FOR THE 2014 REUNION IN GLASGOW ARE NOW BEING TAKEN. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REUNION PAGE WHERE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE BOOKING ARE AVAILABLE.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ACCOMMODATION HAS TO BE BOOKED BY PHONE OR ONLINE WITH THE HOTEL BUT BOOKINGS FOR THE REUNION DINNER MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE ASSOCIATION. INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BOOK BOTH ARE INCLUDED IN THE REUNION PAGE
DATES FOR THE REUNION - Friday 11th April - Monday 14th April 2014
REUNION LOCATION - Glasgow Marriott Hotel 500 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8RR
ROOM PRICES ARE
SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOM - £85 PER NIGHT B & B
DOUBLE OR TWIN OCCUPANCY ROOM - £95 PER NIGHT B & B
FOR GOOD NEWS OF FUTURE REUNIONS PLEASE SEE THE REUNION PAGE
The HMS Courageous Association Committee discussed the possibility of purchasing a memorial bench to be placed within the National Memorial Arboretum. The initial proposal was put forward by Roger Pescodd and, after discussion, the decision was taken to purchase the bench as a permanent memorial to those of our crew mates who have crossed the bar. The bench, made of hardwood is regularly maintained by the arboretum staff and includes a plaque which contains the ship’s crest and the following inscription, which we felt was apt for those such as Ray Hutchins who was lost at sea, and, of course, for our predecessors who were lost in the sinking of the aircraft carrier:
Should you wish to visit the arboretum and make use of the bench the address of the arboretum is Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR. The bench is located in the Royal Naval Wood and overlooks the Armed Forces Memorial. The bench reference number which, if given to staff, will enable them to direct you is B - 550.
Welcome to the web site of the HMS Courageous Association. Originally known as The HMS Courageous Society, the name having been changed by a members vote at the 2010 reunion in Plymouth, The Association has now been in existence for 11 years
Founded in 2000 by Chas Cooke, in a moment of madness and a desire to try and have the leaving do he was denied due to a pierhead jump in 1978, a search for old crew members willing to meet in a pub and have a beer rather got out of hand. Rather than the 5 or 6 mates that he had intended to seek out who would be willing to have a good evening session in a bar somewhere, it soon became apparent that there were so many more men who wanted to meet old friends and crew mates and, at the inaugural reunion at the Britannia Hotel, New Street in Birmingham, 146 men shared a weekend of memories while doing their best, and but for about half a barrel, succeeding in drinking the hotel dry.
So The Association began and, despite economic downturns, the scattering of ex crew members around the globe and other more pressing commitments, the reunions go on, now every other year, and our members, accompanied in many cases by their wives and partners, continue to enjoy meeting each other at our weekend long get togethers. The last, in Barrow in Furness in 2012, attracted over 120 people. At our 2010 reunion in Plymouth we were joined by Mr John Cannon, his wife Edith and their family. John was a 16 year old boy sailor on HMS Courageous in 1939 when it was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic south west of Ireland and was blown over the side but survived, unlike so many of his crew mates. It was our honour and privilege to welcome John and his family to the reunion as our guest.
For those of you who served in Courageous or have an affiliation with her please have a look at the membership and reunion pages as they will be of special interest to you.
The 2014 reunion in Glasgow is already in the planning stages and we look forward to meeting again.
THE COURAGEOUS BOOK IS STILL FOR SALE IN THE ONLINE SHOP. NOT ONLY IS THE BOOK A GOOD READ IT IS WELL ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND IS CREATED IN AN EASY TO FOLLOW TIMELINE FORMAT GIVING THE FULL STORY OF HM SUBMARINE COURAGEOUS, FROM BUILD TO DECOMMISSIONING.
JUST CLICK ON THE BOOK HERE TO GO TO THE ONLINE SHOP.
H.M.S. Courageous was in active service for 21 years and was a cold war warrior. She served in the South Atlantic during the Falklands Campaign as well as carrying out a large number of classified patrols around the world. Much of the work she did is still classed as too sensitive to release into the public domain so there appear to be gaps in her history. We are now trying hard to fill those gaps but, in the meantime, we hope that what you do find on the web site will be interesting and entertaining.
If anyone has photographs which could be used on the web site please e-mail them to me at
Chas Cooke (Website Manager)
HMS Courageous 1975-1978
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