The Empire to Commonwealth Project

Fr. Anthony

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Joined Apr 29 2009
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Nottinghamshire, UK
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About Me

I am the creator of the Empire to Commonwealth Project (now over 21,000 images!).  Living in rural Nottinghamshire I retired as a priest on grounds of ill health following a stroke in 2007. 

 Other websites I look after are:

 I am currently working on extending the Empire to Commonwealth Project and a book on Former States of Europe.

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Reply SheppeyMiss
8:11 AM on May 29, 2011 
Well done to you and the guys on the new Cadets Index... fab.
Reply SheppeyMiss
2:40 PM on April 5, 2011 
Hiya Anthony

Thanks for the welcome. Course ye can have as much chocolate cake as I can be bakin'. We gotta keep your strength up for all the work ye's puttin' in here. ;-)

Reply Fr. Anthony
11:28 PM on April 1, 2011 
The site now has over 16,600 images live on the Project's website. What an incredible achievement! A huge thank you to all the contributors to the Empire to Commonwealth Project - a heartfelt thank you.
Reply Ednamay
4:48 AM on June 20, 2010 
Don't think I have anything to add; I am looking for information about the FAA in WW2
Reply Fr. Anthony
7:52 PM on November 28, 2009 
Desperately looking for some images of colonial currency. If you can help, please let me know!
Reply Glyn Johns
3:53 PM on September 13, 2009 
That's good, cos I've just replaced it again LOL!!! Cheers! Karen said earlier that it's four weeks and six days to the RNA Trafalgar Dinner! In case you'd forgotten...! LOL
Reply Arthur
5:41 PM on July 26, 2009 
Good evening Anthony,

Thankyou for your friendship. I came onto your site this morning to have a look at it, and I like what I have seen.

Reply Herbert Hillary Booker 2nd
10:15 PM on July 14, 2009 
"Greetings & Salutations!" Father Anthony, have just emailed you some scans of postage stamps of the former British Protectorates as well as a few pages from "Badges and their meanings" and "Rank at a glance" from WW1 and can sent all I have on them and more if you'd like them for here? Have 5,000 or more cigarette trading cards, booklets, books, brochures, catalogues from 1841 to the Vietnam War era on military insignia, medals, uniforms, etc., would like to show whatever you need, Father Anthony? Feel free to use anything at I have, well over 6,000 images in their photo albums under hhbooker2 or eneryhodge (my wife's maiden name). I consider myself a British-American as most of our ties are with the former British Empire! God Bless the Queen! Sarge Booker of Tujunga, California
Reply Tony Gale
7:09 AM on June 8, 2009 
Hello Fr. Anthony,

The UKMAMS OBA celebrates the United Kingdom Mobile Air Movements Squadron which was in existence (officially) from 1966 up to a couple of years ago when its personnel and resources were rolled into 1 Air Movements Wing, Royal Air Force.

The squadron was (literally) the backbone of Transport Command and Air Support Command and provided the manpower and expertise in the physical loading and unloading of all types of military and civilian transport aircraft involved in military operations, disaster relief operations and exercises in support of NATO. We were always "First in - Last out"

Regrettably, in my humble opinion, the squadron went about their business as unsung heroes and so I made it my goal to bring our exploits to the attention of the world by creating the Old Bods Association in the hopes that the powers that be will see the folly of their ways and reinstate the squadron status. At the same time the association provides a conduit where former members may stay in touch with each other. It was recently opened up to our commonwealth counterparts.

As for the badge - only one badge represent UKMAMS; Swift to Move. The addition of the phoenix was my idea and speaks volumes.

I am chief cook and bottle washer for the association - having conceived it, developed and maintain the website and, with the exception of the occasional donation, bear all the associated costs.

If you need further information please don't hesitate to ask.

Tony Gale
Secretary & Webmaster
UKMAMS Old Bods Association
Gatineau/Ottawa, Canada
Tel: 819-684-9140
Mob: 613-255-8465
Reply Helen Haselock
2:25 AM on May 9, 2009 
Made it!!!