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Unit History: HMS Surprise

HMS Surprise

Memories of HMS Surprise

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

HMS Surprise in 1956

Written by Catherine Shrubshall

I'm trying to trace crew aboard the HMS Surprise when my late father Alan Shrubshall was serving his National Service between 1954 and 1956. He and Able Seaman Bernard Hooper travelled back from Malta to England when their time on the Surprise came to an end. Dad died 6 years ago and I knew little of his sailor life or the journey until I found his diary recounting that journey (2 years after he had died) It is a wonderful story and I am planning to recreate my own version of the trip as a 5oth anniversary journey next year. I am hoping that some of you will remember Alan and be able help me with my research? I would really appreciate it if you could get in touch. Many, many thanks, Catherine (Shrubshall)

, HMS Surprise, in 1955

Written by Keith Asher

I’m trying to contact Tom Forbes who was on the "Surprise" with me in 1955. The last time we met was at HMS Collingwood in 1960. He may have emigrated to Canada
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