British Squadron led by H.M.S. WOODBRIDGE HAVEN (Capt. A.T.F.G. Griffin R.N.) steamed into the Colombo?
REEL NO. 1
Date: 21st November 1959
Local crowds watch arrival of ship and berthing.
School children from the country on a visit "doing the town", in charge of teachers.
Ceylon Medical team led by Dr. Percy Gunewardena, arriving on board.
Ship's Medical Officer (Surgeon, Lieut. N.G. Smedley R.N.) and Ceylon Medical Officers discuss details prior to "bleeding".
Local Officers and Ship's Sick bay Officer (Pty. Officer Deegan) register names of volunteers.
Lieut. R.T.G. Hancock R.N. of Havant, Hampshire and Able Seaman D.D. Limsell of Aldeburg, Suffolk are seen registering.
Lieuts: J. Grace and Hancock being got ready. Other ranks queue up in background.
Lieut. J. Grace, keen waterpolo player, said he was feeling fine and was looking forward to taking part in a Water Polo match in the evening against a local team
Lieut. Davies being "bled". Davies, a front row Rugger player from Reading, said he was feeling fine and now knew what to do in case he developed High Blood Pressure. This is his first go as a blood donor.
Able Seaman Linsell being "bled". Limsell is an Inside Forward Hockey Player. He had a talk with the local doctor on our methods of "bleeding"; no doubt being a qualified donor, as this was his fifth donation.
Able Seaman D.T. Jones, a Basket ball player from Sunsex. Stanley Jennings, a Middle Weight boxer from Leicester, and Michael E. Shearman from Hounslow, Middlesex, being "bled".
Cept. Griffin, Capt. Evans and Commr. Richardson come on board after paying courtesy calls ashore.
Parting shot of ship with skyline showing city of Colombo in background and one of said of ship with the local police on duty by the gangway.
REEL NO. 2 (Second Half)
Date 23rd. November 1959
Two days later, at the Queen Elizabeth Quay, where the ship was moored, Dr. Percy Gunewardene, Officer-in-Charge of Blood bank, presents a cheque for Blood donation to Captain of H.M.S. WOODBRIDGE HAVEN (Capt. A.T.F.G. Griffin R.N.,
Captain returns cheque to Dr. Gunewardene for purchase of Public Address equipment for propaganda work of Blood Bank.
Date 24th, November 1959
The following day -
View off harbour-
H.M.S. WOODBRIDGE HAVEN, leaving Colombo harbour followed by six other ships of the Squadron.
View of the seven ships at sea.
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Background: British Squadron led by H.M.S. WOODBRIDGE HAVEN (Capt. A.T.F.G. Griffin R.N.) steamed into the Colombo Harbour and berthed at the Queen Elizabeth Quay on the morning of the 21st.
Arrangements had already been made by Capt. Evans R.N., Naval Adviser to the U.K. High Commission, with Dr. Percy Gunewardena of the General Hospital, Colombo (Officer-in-Charge, Blood Bank) for blood donations to be made on board the N.M.S. WOODBRIDGE HAVEN.