HMS Edgar, Home Fleet 1908

In the early part of 1908 Harold completed a Physical Training Course in Portsmouth and was then posted to the Royal Marines Depot in Plymouth.

During this period he spent a month on the cruiser HMS Edgar (above) on manoeuvres in the English Channel

In August 1908 he was posted to the Royal Marines Depot in Deal. Here he served for 10 months under his future father in law Colonel (later General) Edward Wylde who reported him as being "zealous, hardworking, judgement sound. Good physical qualities, acticve habits. Recommended for School of Gunnery when sufficiently senior". 

The photograph above shows Harold Ozanne as a Captain with the white tropical cap cover. It was possibly taken in 1909 at the time of his engagement to Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Wylde.

In May 1909 Harold joined the crew of the battleship HMS Caesar (above) under Capt Anstruther. Caesar was the Flagship of Admiral Sir Charles Drury Commander in Chief of the Nore. The Nore Command HQ was in Chatham with vessels based in Sheerness, Harwich and the Humber and was responsible for the protection the Port of London and merchant shipping along the East coast of Britain.

The prospect of war with Germany led to the formation of a new training depot in Devonport Plymouth. Various redundant battleships and cruisers including HMS Andromeda (below)

HMS Black Prince (below)

 

and HMS Powerful of Ladysmith fame (below)

These vessels were moored together to create the training establishment collectively named HMS Impregnable.

Harold joined in October 1912 as the Physical Training Officer responsible for 1600 Boy Sailors, under the command of Rear Admiral Lawrence Oliphant.