The branch was started in 1995, as the WALES No 1 Branch of the association. The branch was started by Roly Harris who was elected as the first chairman.

The branch went all over the area to hold the meetings, Pontypridd, Newport, several places in Cardiff, until eventually settling in the United Services mess, Cardiff, in 1982, until moving once more to the United Services Club, Bridgend, where we now meet every two months on a Saturday afternoon.

The chairmanship was taken over by Frank Young, who when he was 90, handed it over to Bill Peel! Bill went to Venezuela in 1975, and John Huntley became chairman. A post he held for 32 years. When John resigned the chairmanship was taken over by Dai Morgan, who holds the post still.

Our President was Vice Admiral Sir Iwan Raikes, who was FOSM in the 1970’s. His father was also FOSM, and they are the only father and son to hold this position.

Sir Iwan took his last dive in 2012, and he was replaced as President by Commodore T Elliott OBE.

On Sunday 27th October 2002, the branch name was officially changed to the WELSH BRANCH, when the old standard was laid down in the Church of St John the Baptist, Cardiff, and the new standard was dedicated.

The chairman John Huntley and the secretary, Roy James were for years both on the National committee of the Submarine Old Comrades Association, and were partly responsible to have the name changed to the Submariners Association.

Over the years the branch has held several important events. In 2001 we held a concert, in Chepstow in aid of the Submarine Museum, and raised £4,000. The highlight of the concert was the appearance of the World Famous MORRISTON ORPHEUS CHOIR, who granted us one of the two charity concerts they do each year.

In 2012 the branch held a memorial service for the Submarine Urge, which was adopted by the people of Bridgend in 1941, and was unfortunately sunk in 1943, with the loss of all the ship’s company.

The branch is still active with 50 members, and we hold several events during the year. We still have some WW2 Submariners in the branch, including several 90+ year olds! We also have a lot of members that glow in the dark!

Roy James