In Memoriam CPO Raymond Kimber RN Home
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Raymond Kimber entered WGS in 1949 and left in 1954 aged 17 to join the Royal Navy and became a Chief Ordinance Artificer. Raymond was killed on September 29, 1971, aged 33, in an explosion onboard the submarine, HMS Alliance.
Raymond was a Chief Petty Officer and had been since he was in his early 20's. EA, OA, etc., refers to specific trades not ranks. By trade, Raymond was an OA or Ordinance Artificer. At the time of his death he had just finished re-training to become a submarine's Chief Electrical Officer (CEO). The word 'officer' in CEO refers to a position/job in the boat (submarine) and not his rank.
Right: Younger Raymond Kimber
Information below primarily from emails by Norman Kimber, Dave Percival, Pedro Howes and John Cook
HMS/M Alliance, the submarine Raymond was killed on, is now the centre piece for the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hants., and the director of the museum is Commander Jeff Tall, OBE RN. Not exactly stuff of "Ripley's Believe it or Not" but interesting.