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David Hepper
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    I believe that the Motor Boat section of the RNVR was formed in August 1914, and recruited from men already experienced in operating / maintaining motor boats

    “The Motor Boat Reserve has been organised on similar conditions to the RNVR and two officer’s ranks and one rating have been established. These comprise Lieutenants, Sub-Lieutenants and motor boat men (chief petty officers)…”
    [source: Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 10 Oct 1914 from British Newspaper Archive]

    CMM would stand for Chief Motor Mechanic

    As for his service,
    HERMIONE – old cruiser, was acting as a Depot Ship at Southampton 1914-15 and 1916-21
    VICTORY II – during 1914-18 was the Crystal Palace, used as a training depot
    QUEEN – old battleship, employed as accommodation and depot ship at Taranto, Italy, 1915 – 19
    CATANIA – formerly the Duke of Sutherland’s yacht, acted as depot/base ship at Taranto 1917-18
    HANNIBAL – old battleship; acted as depot and base ship at Alexandria, Egypt 1915 – 19