Member notes for Ian Dunkley


Attended MNC (Worcester) from in the OND class.There were six of us including David Maidment (also Blue Star), Malcolm Stares and John Stannes? (who were the other two?).
Went to sea with Blue Star Line until 1975 then coastal mate / master with British Dredging in Bristol Channel until 1979. Married in 1974 to Jane (who I had met at the dance (disco?) we held in Ingress Abbey in summer term 1970 which was almost certainly the last ever function held there before it was allowed to fall into ruin).
1979 moved back to Kent and worked in the Marine Paint industry selling paint to Shipowners in London until 1985 when (due to redundancy) I returned to "sea" with the Marine Society Training Ship JONAS HANWAY as Training Officer.
1991 joined the Maritime Trust at the CUTTY SARK, Greenwich as Chief Officer / Restoration Manager and supervised the complete rebuild of masts and rigging and some major hull repairs.
September 2001 joined the RNLI as Station Manager at Gravesend for the new Thames Lifeboat Service set up following the Thames Safety Enquiry.
I joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1976 as a Sub Lieutenant and only retired last year as a Commander having been Commanding Officer of HMS PRESIDENT, the RNR Training Centre in London from .
We have 3 children, Sarah 24, James 20 and Laura 16 and live in Gravesend.
Anyone who remembers me as the probably rather pompous and overbearing last Chief Cadet Captain of the old Worcester would be welcome to get in touch! (I think quite a few got their own back by the end of the last term as Richard Ruegg suggests!)