"Royal Navy and Maritime Book Reviews" PROVIDED BY - Rob Jerrard
Commemorative Edition - Schoolboys To Shipmates
The Story of the Boys of HMS St. Vincent
Publishers: Malphern Productions
Price: £11.49 with P&P
Publication Date: Oct 2009
Publisher's Title Information
Most St Vincent boys ended up in the fleet as Seamen or Electricians, some rose to the highest rank of Admiral. Others became Pilots or Observers and many specialised in the Medical Branch or as General List Officers in the Operations Branch. Sadly many were killed in World War 2 and other conflicts.
This film is dedicated to those who have already 'Crossed the Bar' to join their 'Oppos' on that last foreign commission in the sky, but more importantly to those of us who have survived the experience, and still continue to enjoy the company of our old shipmates. Our ages now range between early 60's and late 90's and we are all proud to have once been the 'Cradle of the Royal Navy'
Ernie Smith (ex Master at Arms
During the forty one years between 1927 and 1968 when HMS St Vincent finally closed its doors as a Royal Navy Boys Training Establishment on the South Coast of England, over 40,000 15 year old boys walked apprehensively through those famous Victorian gates and marched out a year
Produced by Malphern productions - Directed & Presented by Ernest Smith (ex Master at Arms) Cinematography and sound by Philip Allen MBE (ex Warrant (Officer) - Host: Malcolm Smith. BEM (ex Master at Arms) - Voice Over by Jonathon-Savill
It was launched at the HMS ST Vincent Association. It sold over 60 copies and received a tremendous reception. Those who viewed it said that we had captured the spirit of the ST. Vincent Boy and that the film evoked many fond memories of a past era. DVD,s cost £9.99 which includes a donation to the HMS St. Vincent Association funds. They will make wonderful presents for families, and their children.