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Welcome To The HMS Highflyer Association Homepage

The “HMS Highflyer Association” was launched informally in 1997 to reconnect friends who had served in Ceylon West Radio Stations. The association is automatically open to the personnel and families of all those who served in HMS Highflyer and its associated tenders, between 1943 and its final closure and handover to the Sri Lankan Navy in 1962.

Currently we have a membership of just under 100 which includes members living in Australia, Canada, the Channel Islands as well as in the United Kingdom.

The membership has now been opened up by invitation to those friends of our original members who support the association and enjoy our extremely successful reunions.

“The Highflyer”, our association magazine, is published quarterly and keeps us up to date with current and future events as well as reminding us of our past.

Each year we have a reunion weekend at different sites around the country. At the same time we hold our AGM. The reunions are eagerly looked forward to by all our members. Well, they just keep getting better every year!

Details of the reunions, both past, present and planned can be found on our news pages.

We are always looking for old friends and new members so why not get in touch? Call 023 92593542 or write to The Chairman, HMS Highflyer Association, 35 Mundays Row, Waterlooville, Hanpshire PO8 OHF, UK.

21 Responses to Home Page

  1. Alick Lavers says:

    My uncle was a HO Shipwright and served in HMS HIGHLYER from about ’43 to the end of the war. His name was Sidney Lavers. If anyone’s father remembers him, can you please let me know?

  2. Helen Appleton says:

    I am looking for any information on my brother William Young ( Billy ) He lowered the white ensign in Trinocamalee in 1957 In the only short clipping I have it says he was with HMS Highflyer at the time. I would love to have a photograph of this. Although it was a long time I’m hoping someone out there remembers something. Billy was 15 years older than me but I remember his stories well. He brought a friend home on leave once his name was Roy Feasey I’m not sure I got the spelling right. I live in hope that someone out there can help me best wishes Helen .

  3. Su Barton says:

    My dad, Alan Johnson was based in Trincolmalee and Colombo between 1948 and 1951. I have a super photo of him as the goalie for the winning team. The shield states “HMS Highflyer, winners of the East Indies fleet soccor knockout competition 1951 Italian cup”. Dad passed away 14 years but I hope there maybe someone out there who served with him and can share their memories of this exciting time.

  4. Richard Ashton says:

    I wonder if anyone remembers Wren Gladys Bishop my mother in law who served at highflyer 1943-46 (we think) and remembers the floating dock sinking with HMS Valiant in it.
    We have been in contact with ‘highflyer’ and hope to reconnect with them. I hope that the family will donate various records and signals regarding the sinking and the end of the war. Mrs G Parrick nee Bishop (Bish) is now 92 and frail, and living in Colchester.

  5. Jane Trinder says:

    My father, Herbert Hughes, was at HMS Highflyer from May ’46 – Sept. ’46 and then Nov. ’46 – Mar. ’47. He died in 2008 and never really talked about his time in the navy. I’m finally going through all his papers and have come across his navy records – didn’t know that HMS Highflyer was a shore establishment! Can anyone tell me more about this establishment?

    • hmshighflyer says:

      A reply is already on its way to you Jane. Thank you for your question.

    • Jimmy Hassam says:

      HMS Highflyer was indeed a British Naval Radio station based in Welisara, it was the receiving Wireless Radio station near Negombo, Colombo. The Commanding Officer was Lt Commander High. The transmitting station was based at Kotugoda and run by Lt Commander George Pamplin. I was one of the Mauritian Admiralty civilian radio operator sent with 11 others to relieve the naval radio operators prior to the closing down of the station in Ceylon and open the new British Admiralty radio station in Mauritius, hence HMS MAURITIUS.
      Should you wish to talk more about HMS Highflyer, please contact me by email. joonas.hassam@yahoo.com Best wishes Jim

      • hmshighflyer says:

        Thanks for the telephone call Jimmy. Now Hghflyer’s who were there in’62, especially those who transferred to Mauritius. Does anyone remember Jimmy?

  6. frank wardle says:

    My father was serving there at Highflyer 1952-1953 He was a radio Operator.
    He took his family there , I wondered if anyone knew him and had any photos.
    His first name was Chris

  7. Peter Stone says:

    Hi. My father’s war record shows him at HMS Highflyer from 1 Feb ’44 to 31 Dec ’44. He was a stoker. He never talked about his service experience and I am wondering what he would have been doing there at that time. Any insights appreciated.

  8. Arlene Warwick says:

    Hi, My father James McCrossan was there in the early 50’s, my mum went out on HMS Windrush and I was born there in 1954. My mum often talks of her time there and thinks often of the people she met there, anybody there from around that time ?

  9. gerald esmond says:

    Hello, I am looking to find a decent picture of the HMS Highflyer crest , I am trying to put together something for my father in law who served there in 1957
    I have a list of ships and bases that I am trying to gain the crests of , any help would be fantastic

  10. David Hughes says:

    I believe my uncle was an RNVR officer at HMS Highflyer Ceylon sometime during the war. His name was Lt Richard Hughes from Anglesey, N.Wales. He was a merchant captain before the war and was captain of the Scindia Steamship companies ship the Jalapadma in 1951/52. He was drowned in a ship transfer on the 26th January 1952 in Cochin and is buried there. Does anyone have any information about his service

    • hmshighflyer says:

      Thank you David. I can only suggest the MOD Records Department or the National Archive. Meanwhile I will contact my oldest member to see if he remembers anything of that time. Thank you for your enquiry and I will keep in touch. John, The Chairman.

  11. FernNZ says:

    My g/g/grandfather Robert McCoomb (McComb) serve in the Royal Marines at Plymouth 1854 (19 years): discharged 1877 as Length of service.Plymouth, Company No.35.. A gunner in the 1st Brigade of Royal Artillery. Served in the Crimea in 1855. He possessed Sebastopol & Crimean Medals.Awarded Clasps for,China wars, Canton 1857 & Taku Forts 1860….Served on the ship,”Agincourt”.. Emigrated to New South Wales, Australia on the Clipper, `High Flyer,` 16 March 1864, Departure Tiverton Devon England, listed as Soldier, Royal Artillery, with wife Jane and daughter,Mary Ann and son Thomas.
    While in Australia 1859 till 1913, Royal Naval Vessels on station in Australia. He was listed as Drill Instructor for the Artillery.
    I’d be interested in any information on”High Flyer” while she was in Australian waters at the time.

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