Prime minister-to-be on board warship

Anthony Eden in 1948 aboard the sloop HMS Wren
Anthony Eden in 1948 aboard the sloop HMS Wren

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Royal Navy-related pictures today beginning with two concerning former Conservative prime minister Sir Anthony Eden.

The photograph of the ever-debonair one-time foreign secretary was taken in January 1948.

rw anthony eden onboard HMS Wren reaer of photo''Here we see the former Prime Minister (1955-57) Anthony Eden in 1948 aboard the sloop HMS Wren.'The boy in the background is his son.'The  wording on the rear of the photograph is also included.

rw anthony eden onboard HMS Wren reaer of photo''Here we see the former Prime Minister (1955-57) Anthony Eden in 1948 aboard the sloop HMS Wren.'The boy in the background is his son.'The wording on the rear of the photograph is also included.

He was on board the sloop HMS Wren which was a member of the Modified Black Swan class.

She was launched in August 1942, and as part of Captain Frederic Walker’s Second Escort Group, helped sink several U-boats during the Second World War in her role as a convoy defence vessel.

She was broken up in 1956 a year before Eden resigned as prime minister because of ill health after one year and 279 days in office.

You can see from the note on the back of the photograph that the lad in the background examining Wren’s ‘motor boat’ was one of his four sons.

HMS St Vincent pic 1''HMS St Vincent 1935.''The establishment main gate. It is now St Vincent College.

HMS St Vincent pic 1''HMS St Vincent 1935.''The establishment main gate. It is now St Vincent College.

Also here is the instantly-recognisable ceremonial arch main gate entrance to HMS St Vincent at Gosport, now St Vincent Sixth Form College.

That picture is undated but it came in the same batch as the other one here.

This was taken in 1935 and shows mess boys during their training at St Vincent.

The name was given to the barracks and training establishment in 1927 after the one that had been set up aboard the old first rate HMS St Vincent in 1862.

HMS St Vincent pic 2''Mess photo of boys in training at HMS St Vincent 1935.

HMS St Vincent pic 2''Mess photo of boys in training at HMS St Vincent 1935.

It was closed on December 8, 1968 and the white ensign lowered for the last time on April 2, 1969.