A HARD FOUGHT SHIP
The story of HMS Venomous


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Robert J Moore (1943-2007)

Bob Moore, the authorBob Moore was born in Loughborough in 1943 and lived there all his life. His father, Jack Moore, commanded a minesweeper, the St Barbe during the war. Bob went to Loughborough grammar school and left aged seventeen to work at a local firm of estate agents, W & F Armstrong (today called Mather Jamie) and qualified as a surveyor. In 1971 he married his wife Pat Raynor.

Bob played hockey for Leicestershire and reported on matches for local papers, and also played rugby and cricket. He was a keen bird watcher, gardener and allotment holder but he felt there was something missing from his life after he retired from hockey and cricket and perhaps influenced by his father’s wartime service in small boats offered his services to Loughborough’s Sea Cadet Unit, TS Venomous, in 1985. This led to a passionate interest in the history of the elderly V & W Class destroyer after which the Sea Cadet Corp unit was named. He went to immense lengths to track down the surviving officers and crew of HMS Venomous and his interviews with them formed the basis of the first edition of this book when it was self published in 1990.

In 1990 Bob became Officer in Charge in charge of TS Venomous and  after promotion to Lieutenant he was confirmed as Commanding Officer in 1992. The normal period of service for a CO of a Sea Cadet Unit is five years but by the time Lt Cdr (SCC) R.J. Moore stood down in 2003 he had served for thirteen years. Bob became Assistant District Officer for Northants and Leicestershire Sea Cadets and remained in that post until his death at the tragically early age of 63 on the 24 February 2007. He died six months after retirement from Mather Jamie and eighteen months after the death of his father, aged 93.

His good friend, Captain John A Rodgaard USN (Ret), took over as lead author and Capt John Kingwell RN, a former staff member of TS Venomous, wrote the Foreword


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