The eventual recognition by the Admiralty of the Association was established on Nov 14th 1919 when the Board of Admiralty represented by the then 4th Sea Lord Captain Chatterfield, Dr Macnamara Sec to Admiralty, & the Assistant General and other Admiralty officials met a deputation of R.F.R. men, Mr Brigham was sent to the deputation to represent the Dover Branch. Each item of the programme of requests for better conditions of service were laid before the Admiralty representatives, during which period of interviews bitter words passed with Mr Mac and the leader of the deputation, which resulted in drawing a kindly word from the 4th Sea Lord, who upon the retiring of the deputation, congratulated the Representatives upon the splendid manner in which they had put forward their case, and expressing his most sympathetic consideration to all our requests, when the Board met to consider them.
The result of this deputation was not received till March 1920, briefly as follows:
1. The pension of £12 a year increased to £24 a year at 55 age.
2. The Gratuity of £50 at the age of 40 was increased to £100.
3. £5 a year for each years continued service for men invalided from the Royal Fleet Reserve up to a maximum of £95 otherwise referred to as proportionate benefit todate, all these concessions were dated back to 4th Aug 1914.
4. Owing to the shutting down of Admiralty establishments and the consequent unemployment of R.F.R. men, the Admiralty allowed under certain conditions Seaman and Stokers of the R.F.R. to re-join the Royal Navy Active Service for Pension or other periods of service.
During this period early 1920, meetings were badly attended but the sociability of those present kept the Branch together, and dull evenings were brightened up by music and song, by employing the Best Mason and other talented artists, the Committee, whose heart and soul was in the movement, authorised Recruiting and Propaganda work as far as Branch funds would permit; and a Sub-Branch was formed in Canterbury at the Butchers Arms. The meeting was small, but enthusiastic, and subsequent meetings were held, but through the actions of one member who was too impulsive and wished to take things in his own hands, those present would not put up with it and declared their intention of retiring. The Dover Committee considered it advisable to withdraw this Sub-Branch, at Canterbury, and try and form one at Whitstable. A meeting was arranged at the Rose-in-Bloom Whitstable, only a couple of R.F.R. men being present, it was decided to abandon Whitstable, and try Margate for a Sub-Branch. At this period the social manner of the members took the form of an outing, and whilst visiting Margate, the Secretary Mr Brigham met Mr Gidy living in that town who was a R.F.R. man, he arranged to correspond with him, with a view to forming a Branch, which was formed and ran successfully under Mr Gidy for a period of 2 years, ending March 1922, Mr Gidy leaving Margate, the Branch failed to keep together, although everything was done to retain the members.» Next Page