WILLIAM G E DAYSH
Known in the RN as Bill
Long term partner Linda, known to most as Lin
Married three times. Children: Sam, Sophie, Caroline & Mark.
At the last head-count there were ten grandchildren.
Now living in Costa Blanca, Spain .
Click thumbnails to see pictures
Sam & Sophie
AT CONDOR May '50 to Jan '53
LEFT THE RN May 1971
HMS DAEDALUS (AA5) 01/53 in transit for HMS EAGLE (NASSO 144 training
on 803 Sqdn, Attackers) &
passage to HMS FALCON.
HMS FALCON from 02/53 to 01/54 (AA4)
HMS FULMAR - AHS, Anson, Mosquito, Meteor & Vampire - 02/54 to 06/56,
including two shots at the ROYAL ARTHUR course (the first was
aborted for a visit to RNH Haslar)
HMS HERON 10/56 to 10/58 - Station Flight, Dragonfly & I/C Vampire Pool
HMS GOLDCREST 10/58 to 05/59 - Metal Workshop & Hydraulic Bay
HMS FALCON 05/59 to 11/60 -Test Flight, Venom, Seahawk & GES Sheet
Metal Shop (AA1)
HMS SANDERLING 11/60 to 03/63 - Sea Vixen RDU (inspections & mods) &
Royal Tournament A/c conversion task
HMS HERON (RAF Old Sarum) 04/63 to 06/63 - I/C Dragonfly Flight
HMS HERON 06/63 to 08/64 - 766 Sqdn I/C watch MU, Sea Vixen FAW1 & I/C
Promoted A/Sub Lieutenant
RNC GREENWICH 09/64 to 11/64 - 'Knife, fork & spoo'n course
HMS THUNDERER 11/64 to 06/65 - RN Engineering College Manadon. (Eng Sub
HMS FULMAR & HMS EAGLE 07/65 to 08/66 - AEO of Scimitar 800B Flight
HMS DAEDALUS 10/66 to 02/69 - MARTSU Survey & Repair Officer. (Eng
Awarded MBE in 1967 New Year's Honours List for service in 800B Flight on
the Beira Patrol
HMS CONDOR 03/69 to 08/70 - Manpower Control Officer, POAF's Divisional
Officer & Ship's Diving
HMS DAEDALUS 08/70 - Examinations Officer & POAF(A/E) Divisional Officer.
Discharged on voluntary redundancy 04/71
"IBM OP Sales, London. Won the course 'golden handbag' (briefcase)
award, which carried the folklore that the winner always left the company
early. Splendid company but left after 1 year, head-hunted by Commercial
Metals Ltd. (forward metal traders on the London Metal Exchange) as the UK
Sales Manager. But left after 6 months (unsettled in 'Civvie-Street').
Joined Abbey Life Assurance Ltd. as a life assurance salesman and
progressed to Branch Manager. Left to join fledgling Hambro Life Assurance
Ltd. (known now as Allied Dunbar) as a Branch Manager (11 years).
Left and joined other Life Companies then finally became an Independent
Semi-retired October 2000.
"In between times, I spent 2 years inventing & bringing to
the market a new kitchen tool that was predicted to a winner that would
make me rich. But it didn't, and I'm not, even though it worked
HOBBIES & PASTIMES
"I used to be fairly active in the RN
and played hockey for every
ship/station I served in, plus the Navy in Scotland & the Mediterranean
Fleet teams. I carried that on after I left, playing for Wimbledon Hockey
Club until Sophie was born, plus squash. I also continued sub-aqua diving
for several years and dived on the Mary Rose site when it was first
discovered, plus other diving expeditions in the Scilly Isles & Channel
Isles. The last time I dived was with
my children in Turkey, in 1999. When in Scotland and Lee-on-Solent I used
to play golf. I now do none of the above.
"Instead, my time is now spent computer-fiddling (mostly graphics &
video) - skiing (whenever possible) - writing: I took a Guildford
University Creative Writing course and subsequently completed a
'factional' novel wrapped around the RN's considerable involvement in the Gallipoli
Campaign of WW1. This novel under the title Over By Christmas is
now being published and should appear on the shelves towards the end of
2007. I currently
have a small collection of short stories published on line at
I have, in the past, published the odd technical and WW1 magazine article.
"It goes without saying
that the births of Sam & Sophie so late in my life were the most important
events in my life (not to take anything away from my older children),
apart from finally having Lin for a partner.
"As to the things that went on during my RN service,
the stories that stick in my memory come from several different areas -
flying, diving, & MARTSU - and they are a bit long. But anyone who is interested
those can download them
"When I was Condor's Diving Officer, I led the
ship's Sub Aqua Club on a number of dives on local wrecks. On one such
expedition, we found the two huge propellers (each weighing 14.5 tons) of
HMS ARGYLL, a battle-cruiser that ran aground on the Bell Rock
during WW1. Many years later, while doing some research for my first book, I
researched the story of how she came to be on the rock and published
short story about this little piece of history that was sitting on our
doorstep all the while we were apprentices at Condor."