Gordon Sutcliffe's Service Certificate

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Title

Gordon Sutcliffe's Service Certificate

Subject

person_ local

Description

Gordon's Navy Service Certificate dated 31 Dec 1947. It shows Gordon to be of good character with no discipline issues. By May 1949 he had progressed to Able Seaman
Gordon’s National Service. This was introduced in the post war period In an effort to maintain Britain’s Great Power status and provide a reserve of troops who could be called up in any future major conflict. They were to be available for immediate deployment, notably in the decolonisation wars in Malaya, Kenya and Cyprus. Most young men aged over 18 were required to serve at least 18 months in one of the armed services followed by four years on the reserve list. In total over 2,301.000 young men were called up.

Gordon himself was required to serve from November 1946 and chose to join the Navy. He served on two ships the HMS Wakeful and HMS Ranpura, spending time at his base at Rosyth and patrolling the North Atlantic. He did his basic training at Portsmouth and was also discharged from there in May 1949. Gordon enjoyed his time in the Navy which left him with cherished memories..

Creator

Royal Navy

Date

1947: issued

Contributor

Contributed by: Dorothy Sutcliffe, Four Winds , Blackshawhead HX7 7JJ
Edited by: Monica and Ged Haley

Format

jpg

Language

English

Type

Scanned still image

Identifier

Omeka ID: 95
original filename: service cert1.jpg

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Original Format

document

Files

service cert1.jpg

Citation

Royal Navy , “Gordon Sutcliffe's Service Certificate,” SHED (Blackshaw Local History Group) Archive, accessed July 25, 2021, https://blackshawhistory.org/items/show/95.

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