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The Fisgard Association

Royal Naval Artificer Apprentices

Jack Duell (1932 Benbow) (1916 - 2006)

Jack Duell, son of a Royal Navy seaman, was born May 1916 in Portsmouth. At the age of 3 he was orphaned and ended up in the Greenwich Royal Hospital School. In 1932, he joined the Royal Navy as an artificer apprentice in Benbow class, the first class to start at Chatham.

Immediately after passing out he married Delta, having been his wife for 66 years, she passed away in 2004.

After various wartime experiences, especially "hairy" in 1940 and 1941 in the Eastern Med, he survived and was one of only 22 survivors from his class of 70.

Upon leaving the RN in 1946, he worked in Kent on boats and for the gas board before becoming a teacher and emigrating to Australia in 1956. Whilst teaching in various country areas he was heavily involved in the Army Cadet Force. He and Delta eventually settled on Bribie Island in Queensland where he was known for his work with the environment and also known as the "Bard of Bribie" for his writings. He was also secretary for many years of the White Ensign Association.

Jack led a varied life and was enthusiastic in everything he did, including attending all but two or three of the Queensland Fisgard Association lunches over the last five years, leaving his mark in many places, we shall miss him. - Bob Watson S25