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Crossed the Bar

‘Crossing the Bar’ is a term generally used by the military/ex-military and more specifically the Royal Navy to politely inform and advise of a person that has died. The term is taken from a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson as meaning to cross the “sandbar” between the tide or river of life, with its outgoing “flood,” and the ocean that lies beyond death, the “boundless deep,” to which we return. The “Pilot” being God. He wrote the poem after a serious illness while at sea, crossing the Solent from Aldworth to Farringford on the Isle of Wight.


Sunset and evening star
   And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
   When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
   Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
   Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
   And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
   When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
   The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
   When I have crossed the bar.


Details of funeral arrangements, when known, will be promulgated via the RNWA website providing sufficient notification has been received from the respective family or source of confirmation of death.


RIP 2018

John Kinghorne – 31 May

Alan Leon Hawken – 28 Mar

Douglas Macaulay – 3 Mar

Gerald Beard – 14 Feb


RIP 2017

Howard Grass – 17 Nov

Don McGeorge Snr. – 12 Dec – Click here to read the letter from Don McGeorge

Albert John Parsons – 10 Oct

Kenneth Dunstan – 2 Oct

Alan Price – 1 Oct

Geoff Luton – 30 Sep

Michael Colborne LVO – 21 Sep

George Hemmings – 12 Sep

Geoffrey Straw MBE – 29 Mar

Fred Davenport – 14 Jan

RIP 2016

Peter Grocott


RIP ­ 2015

Pat Brannen

Henry Marchant

Joseph Roe

Paul Rowe

Robert ‘Ben’ Lyon


RIP ­ 2014

J E Baker BEM

Frank Curran

Joe Dolman BEM

David Doole

Dennis Le Marquand

Alan Liddel