All Association Members who Cross The Bar are remembered in a Book of Remembrance held in the Chapel on Board the Ship. Family members can request to see the Book if they visit the ship, the Ships Staff are always willing to oblige.

If the Association is informed in time of the time, date and place of the Funeral of a departed member we will attempt to get members to attend and we will send our wreath to the Funeral Directors if we have his address. The ship will also go to Half Mast for an hour during the Funeral.

Widows of Members automatically become Honorary Members of the Association and can continue to enjoy membership and receive our Magazine "Seahorse"

If it is a Cremation and our departed members or his family would like his ashes scattered from the ship, The Association can arrange this, there are some conditions that must be observed, to download a briefing sheet and a copy of the Ashes Service please Click on Ashes Service
If you would like to arrange an ashes service please contact the new Association Chairman, e-mail mandmat@tiscali.co.uk who will advise families of Dates and Times when tidal condition are suitable and arrange the service.

Below is a List of the Members of the HMS Belfast Association who have Crossed the Bar since March 2017

#86 ROBINSON Eric - SM1 - 946-47 Commission - Crossed the Bar Wednesday 26th April 2017
#604 GOULD Anthony BE - L/Canteen Assistant - 1942-45 Commission - Crossed the Bar Monday 1st May
#45 CROSSMAN John - Ordinary Seaman - 1944-45 Commission - Crossed the Bar Sunday 28th May
#788 CLOW Jack William - Able Seaman - 1950-53 Commission - Crossed the Bar Thursday 15th June
#507 OVERY Peter K - Able Seaman - 1951-52 Commission - Crossed the Bar Friday 16th June
#655 NORRIS Keith - Leading Cook - 1942-46 Commission - Crossed the Bar Sunday 23rd July
#369 CLARK Charles W - Chief OA - 1950-52 Commission - Crossed the Bar Sunday 30th July
#194 GURNEY James - Electrician - 1945-46 Commission - Crossed the Bar Sunday 6th August
#370 SHORE John G - Lt Commander - 1948-50 Commission - Crossed the Bar Tuesday 22nd August  
#487 HUSSEY Frederick J - Electrical Artificer - 1951-52 Commission Crossed the Bar Saturday 28th September
#597 LIGHT William (Bill) - Stoker Mechanic - 1943-46 Commission - Crossed the Bar Sunday 20th October
#581 TOWNSON James - Able Seaman -1959-61 Commission - Crossed the Bar Tuesday 24th October  
#241 FLEET Denis - Able Seaman - 1946-47 Commission - Crossed the Bar Monday 30th October
#466 ROSOMAN Alec - Able Seaman - 1950-52 Commission - Crossed the Bar Wednesday 25th October
#212  HIBBERD Alan J - Telegraphist - 1961-62 Commission - Crossed the Bar Wednesday 20th December
#558 ROWLANDS William - Stoker Mechanic - 1959-60 Commission - Crossed the Bar Sunday 24th December
#124 SEARES John C - Able Seaman - 1942-45 Commission - Crossed the Bar Tuesday 9th January 2018
#752 BOTTOMLEY Roger - Radio Electrician - 1959-61 Commission - Crossed the Bar Monday 15th January
#352 HOWDEN Frederick H - Leading Telegraphist - 1950-53 Commission - Crossed the Bar Friday 2nd February
#347 TILLYER Arthur S - Stoker Mechanic - 1946-47 Commission  - Crossed the Bar Friday 9th March
#103 GUTHRIE Peter - Corporal RM Band - 1950-52 Commission - Crossed the Bar Friday 6th April
#635 Admiral Sir James EBERLE. GCB. LID. MH. - 1945 and 1952 - Crossed the Bar Thursday 17th May
#598 HUDSON James - Stoker Mechanic - 1950-53 Commission - Crossed the Bar Wednesday 23rd May
#788 CLOW Jack W - Able Seaman - 1950-53 Commission - Crossed the Bar Friday 15th June
#686 PHINN Stanley - Leading Seaman - 1943-45 Commission - Crossed the Bar August
#689 BARWISE Tom = Leading P.T.I. - 1961-62 Commission - Crossed the Bar 19th August
#842 GREW Henry J - Arctic Convoy Veteran - Associate Member - Crossed the Bar 19th August
#282 GREAVES George A - Lieutenant (S) - 1960-62 Commission - September 2018
#534 MAYFIELD Alan - Instructor Lt Commander - 1961-62 Commission - Crossed the Bar 22nd October
#430 GARDEN Charles - Able Seaman - 1961-62 Commission - Crossed the Bar 2nd November
#322 BATTEN Peter J - Stoker Mechanic - 1952-53 Commission - Crossed the Bar 9th November
#108 SANDERS John G - Engine Room Artificer - 1950-52 Commission - Crossed the Bar 2nd February 2019

Admiral Sir James Eberle GCB. LID. MH. - “Admiral Jim”
Jim Eberle crossed the bar on 17th May, two weeks short of his 91st birthday. Born in Bristol, he retained a close connection with the city throughout his life. He passed the qualification competition for officer entry in 1940 and, after time in Dartmouth and Chester, initially served in HMS Renown and coastal forces. During his naval career which ended on retirement in 1982 from the post of Commander in Chief Naval Home Command, he served twice in HMS Belfast, as a midshipman in 1945 and then again in 1952.
Jim was quick-witted and charismatic. He learned early on to tone down any instinct for authoritarianism, helped no doubt by his extensive interests outside the Navy. He was a passionate supporter of the countryside and far more than fifty years was the Master of the Britannia Beagles. He played tennis for the Navy and was an above average talent at many other sports.
In 1983 he became the Director of the Royal Institute for International Affairs and contributed innovative thinking to further improved international relations. Despite retiring in 1990, he continued his involvement in the international arena. He was President and then Life Patron of the HMS Belfast Association.
His wife, Ann predeceased him in 1988. He is survived by a son and two daughters.
We have every reason to remember them
Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no mourning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full of sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep,
Turns again for home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark,
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face,
When I have cost the bar.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Seafarers 23rd Psalm

The Lord’s my Pilot, I’ll not drift
Across the waters dark,
He lights my way, mid channels deep
He safely steers my barque.

He keeps my log, he guides me by
The pole star of his love
For his names sake my voyage end
Will bring me safe above.

Yes, though I sail “mid thunders loud,
And tempest on life sea,
No danger will I dread for thou
Art ever near to me.

The waves thou dost with oil anoint
My ship in calm doth ride,
Sunlight and moonlight favour me
However rough the tide.

A harbour thou has made for me
On the external shore,
There will I rest within the port
Of heaven for evermore

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