| 1917 Sep - 1934 Sep
|| Commander Montague Douglas RD RNR (Monty) (1893-95). Originally joined as Second Officer in 1907. Retired sick
| 1934 Sep - 1934 month not known
|| Le Mesurier
| 1934 month not known - 1939 Sep
|| Cdr G W Couch (1911-13). He was second officer from 1926 to 1934.
He is believed to be the youngest person ever to achieve an extra
masters certificate - at the age of 23. C R E Sergenat (years not
known) gained his at the age of 23 but was slightly older than Couch.
See entry in Notables
cadet magazine says that a Mr Hargraves was Chief officer in 1936. This
does not match dates for Cdr Crouch but I have added him here for now.
| 1939 Sep - 1942
|| Commander Montague Douglas RD RNR (Monty) (1893-95). Temporarily re-employed until the move to the Menai Strait
Capt Eric Radford was appointed by Chairman Lawrence Holt started a
temporary scheme of one year appointments of Blue Funnel men. Chief Offr 1943
||Capt Frank Brown (20-22) was the second temporary one year appointment of Blue Funnel men as Conway's Chief Officer.
|1944 Jan - ??
Captain Digby Rhys Jones OBE (1920-22) was the second temporary one
year appointment of Blue Funnel men as Conway's Chief Officer. (he
sometimes though referred to himself as Chief Executive Officer)
| 1945 Sep - 1946 Jul
|| A McL Pilcher (1919-20)
| 1946 Jul -1947 Dec
Commander C I C D Lane RD RNR (17-20). Joined staff in 1930.
|1947 Apr (at least) - 1948 By Aug (see next entry)
Digby (Digger) Rhys Jones OBE (1920-22) His short obituary in the Club
Newsletter said he was also acting Captain Superintendent.
|1948 Mar - 1949 Jul
Hewitt joined in Mar 48 as "Staff Captain" until he took over as
Captain Superintendent in July 49. I've found no record of him referred
to as the Chief Officer but several cadets say they remember him as
such. That leaves a slight discrepancy over the end date for his
predecessor. The Cadet magazine says Digby Rhys Jones left in August 49.
| 1949 Aug - ??
Geoff Drake MM (22-24) joined as Second Officer (Chief Officer
designate) in March 49. He was appointed Chief Officer in August 49. He
later reverted to Second Officer because of ill health and then became
Chief Officer at the House. Know as Quack-Quack owing to the drawl with which he pronounced
some words and his highly individual manner of announcing reveille over
the intercom. In 1960 he was
Divisional officer for Mizzentop and Hold. Sported a splendid goatee
“He always seemed to be secretly amused by us cadets but he
never let us in on the joke.”
Drake was the Chief Officer in charge at The House. His sardonic turn
of phrase and dryly trenchant tone of voice was eminently mimicable,
and most cadets tried their hand at it, with varying degrees of
success. He was a kind man, but a measured disciplinarian, not open to
manipulation by cadets. The first time I heard him speak was when he
addressed all new chums and 3-year cadets on The House mess-deck on the
first or second day of term, the only remark I remember running
something like “There’s a sea-boot in my office. It’s been there since
the middle of last term. Is it too much to expect of the cadet
concerned that he notice that he’s got only one sea-boot, and would he
mind collecting the other forthwith?” This was greeted with silent
delight by his admirers (most cadets) and exaggerated resignation by
the disaffected. He projected a very pronounced personality, rather
ascetic, dry, humorous and wise, the wisdom indicated by his goatee and
moustache. He was diabetic, and cadets were under instructions to
administer the sugar he kept about his person if he ever went into a
diabetic fit; I never saw it happen.”
| 1959 Oct
Exact duration not known. Captain Digby Rhys Jones OBE (1920-22) His
short obituary in the Club Newsletter said he was Chief Officer twice
and acting Captain Superintendent.He was ex Blue Funnel. A rather dapper man who was well enough thought of.
| 19?? – 1969
|| Lt Cdr John Brooke Smith RNR. Became Housemaster Mizzentop in 1969. Retired In 1972.
Lt Cdr John Brooke-Smith
(Brooky, aka Spooky – from his innate ability to appear just when you
least wanted to see him, aka The Brogue, aka Death Breath, aka Colgate
–1951-2, aka Brodie) He joined the Ship in 1940 as a Lt RNR having had
to come ashore with poor eyesight. In 1960 he was Mizzentop divisional
officer, coached the 3rd XV and “an all round gent.” “Quietly spoken
with one of the nicest smiles you could wish for.”
the war when Drake was appointed Chief Officer Holt said that Conway no
longer had a place for Spookie (he was appointed temporarily during the
war) but Eric objected and they compromised. One day Drake collapsed
and the Dr said he should not serve on board in view of his health.
Spookie thus got reinstated and Eric got him to be made up Lieutenant
In 1968-71 Brookie had a Ford Anglia (Harry Potter shape for those with
children or grandchildren) 105E green with the 'Deluxe' white flash
down the side...he used to forget and leave it down at the dock or up
at the top playing fields in his enthusiasm to oversee marching back
to the blocks and be prompted to ask at after-meal announcements 'Errr
(adopt Brookie tone) anybody seen my car?' There was a story going
around that he'd left it down at the dock one night and a group swung
it out over the water just above high tide level for him to find in
the morning...good urban myth I suspect?”
John died on 23rd December 1990 age 79. His grave is in the church yard of St Andrew’s church, Hasketon, Suffolk.