Our Chairman has received the following request for help from RFA Deck Cadet Ian Daines currently in training at BRNC Dartmouth. Can you help him? If you can his email is on the next page and I am sure he will appreaciate any help that can be offered.
I am an RFA deck cadet studying leadership at BRNC. As part of our development in this regard we are to prepare and deliver five minute presentations on aspects of the RFA and its history. I thought an interesting angle might be the experiences of wives travelling with their husbands at sea and immediately thought of Mrs Gillian Downham’s description of a voyage on Orangeleaf in 1976 which I read in Geoff Puddefoot’s The Fourth Force. She talked about how she made her journey into a learning opportunity for her own primary school class in the UK as well as one in Stanley on the Falkland Islands and I think my class will find this very interesting.
I expect that you are very busy but if you know of any similar instances where having wives aboard has been beneficial in some way I would be most interested to hear about them. I also understand that Mrs Downham is still active with the RFAA as Welfare Officer so do please pass on my regards.