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Identity of the Handy Man from HMS POWERFUL 4 months 3 weeks ago #88038

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Thank you David; much appreciated. I find this very interesting.

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Identity of the Handy Man from HMS POWERFUL 4 months 3 weeks ago #88040

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It does seem to be an affectionate term for the naval brigade in Natal:
Treves in his 'Tale of a field hospital' writes about climbing Naval Gun Hill: ...at last the summit of the naval hill was reached, and here were the "handy men" and their big gun.'
The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
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Identity of the Handy Man from HMS POWERFUL 4 months 3 weeks ago #88041

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Hi Rob,

Indeed you are right and the term was still being used amongst sailors in the early nineties when I joined up. Being ex-Navy the 'Handy man'' image has always interested me and I would like to see if I can discover the identity of the man who posed for the cigarette card photograph; it might not be possible, but I'll try. I approached the Naval Historical Branch in HM Naval Base Portsmouth, seeking records from HMS Powerful, but they had nothing. Someone somewhere must know the answer.

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