Sussex Submariners Association pays tribute to president

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  • Frank Deadman joined the Royal Navy in December 1939
  • He was a founder member of the Royal Sussex Life Saving Society
  • Mr Deadman was awarded the Submariners Associations highest accolade The President`s Certificate of Appreciation

Members of the Sussex Submariners Association have paid tribute to their president who passed away earlier this month, aged 99.

Frank Deadman joined the Royal Navy in December 1939.

He served in H M Submarines Sealion, Seawolf, H43, and the American submarine P553.

When the German U-boat U190 surrendered to the Canadian Navy in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mr Deadman, who was there waiting to return to the UK, was selected as a crew member to take the vessel up river to Montreal.

Harry Summerton, chairman of the Sussex branch of the Submariners Association, said, “It was during this period of his life that his love for the sea and his strong personality developed.”

On leaving the Navy Mr Deadman settled in Eastbourne and worked for a local company.

Mr Summerton added, “It is during these years that he developed an amazing talent for coaching and teaching all aspects of swimming and lifesaving.

“He achieved a list of many awards and shields showing recognition for helping schoolchildren, the aged and infirm to swim.

“He was asked to assist in the training of the police and emergency services ensuring that they reach their 
necessary professional standards in swimming and lifesaving.”

Mr Deadman was a founder member of the Royal Sussex Life Saving Society, later becoming an examiner and then life governor.

In 1951 he was awarded the Affiliated Shield for the highest number of life saving awards for that year, this award was presented personally in London by the Queen, the year before her coronation.

Frank was also a Founder Member of Maritime Eastbourne.

Mr Summerton said, “His collection of medals and cups is extensive and reflect his courage and the occasional life that he has saved from drowning.

“His love of the Royal Navy was with him always, especially his fondness for submarines.”

On the February 2, 2013 Mr Deadman was awarded the Submariners Associations highest accolade, The President`s Certificate of Appreciation.

The presentation was made by Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE, President 
of the Submariners Association.

Mr Summerton said he and fellow members of the Submariners Association were very pleased for Mr Deadman.

He told the Herald, “At the presentation, the Admiral told members and guests present that Frank had achieved the award by his outstanding work and dedication over many years to the association.

“It was so well deserved.”

Mr Summerton said Mr Deadman will be missed greatly by all that knew him and paid tribute.

He said, “The members of the Sussex branch of the Submariners Association will miss Frank, as will other shipmates who knew him.

“He was a fine man.”

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