History of the 1st HMS Kelantan Deep-Sea Rover Scout Crew



Early in November, Commodore D.M. Everett, Commodore Hong Kong, officially launched R.S.S. "PIOKELDE".

R.S.S. "PIOKELDE" is the Rover Scouts' ship name given to the new Services Rover Headquarters on the ground floor o the Cheerio Club. The Commodore was received by Lt. Yates R.N.V.R., Senior R.S.L., who introduced him to the R.S.L's of "KELANTAN" and "DEERSOUND". The ceremony was also attended by the Commodore and Chaplain, Air Train, the Commanding Officer of R.M.S. "KELANTAN" and Mr Wong and Mr Chiu (representing the Chinese Scouters of Hong Kong) were also present.

Commodore Everett was piped "aboard" and looked around the Den. Addressing the 40 odd Service Rover Scouts present, he said how surprised he was to see the progress that the Deep-Sea Rovers had made in such a short time. Me added that he knew that the ideals of Scouting made for better friendship all over the world, and wished the Rover Scouts every success.

Declaring the Den open, the Commodore said that he would assist the Rovers in any way he was able and hoped that Scouting would be much encouraged in the Services.

The Union Jack was then unfurled and the British National Anthem sung. Two young Chinese boys sang the Chinese National Anthem. After this an informal tea was served to all present during which Commodore Everett chatted with several of the Rovers.

On the Commodore's departure three rousing cheers were given and he was "piped over the side". Commodore Murray-Smith and Commander Herivel were also enthusiastically cheered as they left.

The evening was rounded off by a cheery sing-song an more tea and cakes.

The R.S.S. "PIOKELDE" is open to all Service Rover Scouts and to any others interested, every day from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rover meetings are held every Monday and Thursday at 4.30 p.m.

The Crew have their own canoe and a kayak and has given them much sport already. The Chinese Scouts attend their outings and Cubs, Scouts and Rovers turn out in Scout uniform.

Since the above information was received we have had a further report to the effect that the Crew now numbers 100, and the Deep-Sea Scouts in the Crew have issued their own Membership card. Members of the Crew are helping the Chinese Scouts by giving them the main hall of their den and it is hoped soon to have a Chinese Sea-Scout Troop in full swing.

The first edition of the Crew magazine has been receive at I.H.Q. and it is most interesting. Good luck to the production.

Next: back to the diary.


My father, Allan Johnson Clarke, served on HMS Kelantan from 6 April 1942 until 23 September 1946. In 1945, while stationed in Hong Kong, he led the ship's Deep Sea Rover Scout Troop. The text here is the diary he kept of this time.


The diary consists of 64 pages of typed foolscap. Scanned: pages 1-10 Uploaded: Pages 1 and 2 and part of page 3.

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