Poca Charles (charlie) Harold Baldwin Rn
The funeral took place at HMS Drake. Plymouth. of Charles Harold Baldwin on Thursday 26 November 1998 after a prolonged illness. Charlie. or Chaz as he was known in the Navy, was married to Joanna with two daughters, Emily (5) and Melissa (4). He was the youngest son of Arthur and the late Kathleen Baldwin of 8 Croft Field. Chipperfield. born on 15 January 1959 in the military hospital at Tidworth, Wiltshire. where his father was serving in KM Forces before returning home to Chipperfield on 28 February 1959 on completion of service,
He received his primary education at the village C. of E. school and his secondary education at Kings Langley Secondary Modern school.
Always wanting to join the Royal Navy, he enlisted immediately on completion of his education, completing his basic and trade training at the famous Royal Navy training ship of HMS Ganges at Shotley. Essex. as a chef.
During his long career he served with distinction in many famous ships. HMS Scylla, HMS Battleaxe. HMS Hermes. HMS Alacrity and HMS Diamedes amongst others, and at shore establishments both at home and overseas, including 3 years with NATO in Naples, Italy, culminating with his joining the newest ship in the the Royal Navy. HMS Ocean, before his being taken ill in June 1998.
He was a very popular member of the Royal Navy, making lifelong friends wherever he went. His outside interests were numerous, one of his passions being a member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, where he had already climbed the first step to higher things.
Due to his popularity, a great many of his friends travelled to Plymouth to attend the funeral, which was conducted with full military honours by the Royal Navy. The address was given by the Reverend Ian Eglin, RN (Chaplain to Derring Ford Hospital, Plymouth), the reading by P0 Steward George Luke and the tribute by P0 Communication Yeoman George Dolan in an extremely emotional service followed by cremation the following day, 27 November 1998.
It is hoped to hold a memorial service here in the village at a later date to allow all his old school friends, neighbours, RAOB members and family who were unable to attend the funeral to pay their respects. The date has yet to be arranged.
His widow Joanna and father Arthur wish to thank all those who attended the funeral, and also all those who donated to the ‘Yealm Ward Cancer Appeal; as donations are still coming in from naval establishments around the world, the final total has yet to be announced. We would also like to thank everyone for their cards of sympathy and condolences.