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hmastIt is with so much sadness that I report that Second Officer (E) Alex Landels RFA(Retd). (Member number 0440) crossed the bar on Monday 30th Jun 2020 aged 76 after a short illness and in hospital on the Isle of Wight.  Due to the Covid19 restrictions  it will be a private funeral followed by cremation. the arrangements for which I will sitrep on this page in due course. There will be no wake but Alex's wife Moira has asked that old collegues and shipmates "Raise a Glass" to Alex as he takes his final voyage.

The funeral arrangements are being made by Taylor's Funeral Directors (HERE for their website and HERE for a map.

Family flowers only but Moira has asked that donations, in lieu, if desired and in Alex's memory should be made a cancer or maritime charity of your choice.

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to his wife Moira, daughter Claire and grandchildren Ethan and Isabella

If you have any remembrances of Alex please email it to me at captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk and I will post them on this page. Alternatively you can post to our facebook page "RFA Crossed the Bar". I am also looking for photographs of Alex for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, if you have one please email it to me.


Second Officer (E) Alex Landels

1944 ~ 2020


Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2020 20:03

Half Mast 1It is with much sadness that I pass on this report from Peter Robinson that Able Seaman Emmanual Attard crossed the bar on the 17 January 2020. at his home in Australia. Apart from Mr Robinson's report I have no more details at all despite my investigations but I continuie to research this report and will sitrep this page when anymore details become available. Given Emmanuel's service in the Suez Crisis way back in 1956 and assuming he was a young man of around 20(ish) that would make his age at the time of his decease 88

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Published on Sunday, 28 June 2020 10:55

Chaps and Chapesses.

I am currently experiencing problems with the Domain Name for our Association Website. There is nothing wrong with the site but the company who provide the Domain Name are going into administration and have given me a week to find a replacement, which I have done, and to effect the transfer. The replacement is the company who host the website and are being very helpful indeed so with a bit of luck the transfer may be seamless. But, and this is a very big BUT if more problems are encountered the site may be down for a while, it will not be lost it just will not be accessible until normality is restored. Our facebook pages will not be affected by this.

Published on Thursday, 18 June 2020 08:32

ctbIt is with so much sadness that I report that First Officer (SE) John Flage RFA(Retd). (Member number 0270) crossed the bar on Monday 15th Jun 2020 aged 80. John's Funeral service will be held at St Tudy's Church (HERE for their website and HERE for a map) on Monday 29th June 2020 at 11:00. prior to interment in the Church Cemetery. Due to the Covid19 restrictions Colleagues and old shipmates will be most welcome to join the family in the churchyard for the burial and afterwards for refreshments.

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Published on Saturday, 20 June 2020 20:47

Coull VaseThe Commodore James Coull Award 2020

The Trustees of the RFA Association, in consultation with COMRFA, are delighted to formally announce the winners of the 2020 Commodore James Coull Award  and they are :-

1/O (E) Michael Hontoir


1/O (LS) Michael Tyndell

For outstanding and meritorious service whilst serving in RFA Mounts Bay during Operation Barytone, , the disaster relief operation following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

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Published on Friday, 22 May 2020 11:48