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Wartime submariner celebrates centenary birthday

Published on Saturday, 12 October 2013 10:21 Hits: 1352

Category: General News

Mike Day alerted me to this story and it well worth a looksee.


Captain Kett celebrated his 100th birthday on the 13th July 2013

Kett 1Out of the 16 people on his submariners’ qualifying course in 1939, just two or three escaped the war with their lives – including Captain Kett and Vice Admiral Sir John Roxburgh KCB CBE DSO DSC.

Capt William Hedley Kett DSC* RNR, known to all as Hedley, served as navigator and then 1st Lieutenant on the submarine HMS Clyde before being promoted to command two wartime submarines – P555 and HMS Ultimatum. He later took command of HMS Otway, Taku, Tactician and Springer.

However he started off his seagoing career in the Merchant Navy and the RFA serving in RFAs War Nawab and Arndale

War Nawab




His story was reported on the RN Website HERE and in the September edition of Navy News HERE for the electronic edition (you will need to turn to page 32 to read it). There is also an interesting article in "Lookout", the Newsletter of The Merchant Mariners of Wight, HERE.

 On behalf of the RFA Association I wish him a somewhat belated VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY