Navigating Officer’s Dinner: Signatures including Winston Churchill

Posted on Feb 5, 2018

Royal Navy Navigation School

Two blue leather bound Visitor's Books recording attendees at the Annual Navigating Officer's Dinner

Two blue leather bound Visitor’s Books recording attendees at the Annual Navigating Officer’s Dinner

Navigating Officer’s Dinner (1926-1939, 1947-1950, 1954, 1956-1964, 1981, 1984 & 1991)

Two blue leather bound Visitor’s Books recording attendees at these annual dinners.

For the earlier years (up to the mid-1950s) each event has a hand drawn & usually appealing & decorative themed ‘title’ leaf.

Hand drawn themed 'title' leaf from 1936 when Winston Churchill was the guest of honor at the Navigating Officer's Dinner

Hand drawn themed ‘title’ leaf from 1936 when Winston Churchill was the guest of honor at the Navigating Officer’s Dinner

 

Hand drawn themed 'title' leaf from 1948 when Sir Robert Watson Watt (inventor of radar) was the guest of honor at the Navigating Officer's Dinner

Hand drawn themed ‘title’ leaf from 1948 when Sir Robert Watson Watt (inventor of radar) was the guest of honor at the Navigating Officer’s Dinner

 

Hand drawn themed 'title' leaf from 1956 whenField Marshal Sir Clause J. E. Auchinleck was the guest of honor at the Navigating Officer's Dinner

Hand drawn themed ‘title’ leaf from 1956 whenField Marshal Sir Clause J. E. Auchinleck was the guest of honor at the Navigating Officer’s Dinner

Because every dinner had a distinguished guest-of-honor there are many interesting signatures.

Some of the most notable guests include:
Adml. Sir Roger Keyes 
Adml. Sir Henry F. Oliver: Guest of Honour at the first dinner (1926) Oliver also attended in  in 1927 when the Guest of Hon. was Adml. Alban Tate
Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe (1929)
Adml. Sir Roger Keyes (1930)
Winston Churchill (1936)
Adml. Sir Edwd. R.G.R. Evans (of ‘the Broke’ & Scott’s second-in-command on the south polar expedition of 1910-13) (1938)
Adml. of the Fleet the Earl of Cork & Orrery (1939)
Sir Robert Watson Watt (1948) inventor of Radar
FM Sir Claude Auchinleck (1956)
Adml. of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1957)

Among the many hundreds who attended over the years are dozens of admirals; we note at least one VC (Captain Carpenter of Zeebrugge) & other well-known names.

An excellent collection of signatures.

Price $2,500

 

 

Churchill's authentic signature in Royal Navy Navigation School, Navigating Officer's Dinner Visitors Book

Churchill’s authentic signature in Royal Navy Navigation School, Navigating Officer’s Dinner Visitors Book

 

Mountbatten's authentic signature in Royal Navy Navigation School, Navigating Officer's Dinner Visitors Book, in green ink

Mountbatten’s authentic signature in Royal Navy Navigation School, Navigating Officer’s Dinner Visitors Book, in green ink

 

A sampling of the numerous authentic signatures in Royal Navy Navigation School, Navigating Officer's Dinner Visitors Book

A sampling of the numerous authentic signatures in Royal Navy Navigation School, Navigating Officer’s Dinner Visitors Book

 

Another page of authentic signatures in Royal Navy Navigation School, Navigating Officer's Dinner Visitors Book

Another page of authentic signatures in Royal Navy Navigation School, Navigating Officer’s Dinner Visitors Book

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