08/11/06 - Rear Admiral Nigel Malim CB, LVO, DL

The end of a remarkable life was celebrated at Caistor Parish Church following the death of Rear Admiral Nigel Hugh Malim CB, LVO, DL. He died, aged 87, on a family holiday in France.

Born in Barrow on Humber, Rear Admiral Malim was educated at Weymouth College and joined the Navy on leaving school in 1936, following in his father's footsteps as an engineer. He joined HMS Manchester in Scapa Flow in 1941.

During the war his ship was torpedoed on a convoy run to Malta. He survived and made shore in North Africa where he was seized by the Vichy French and interred at the Laghouat camp. He was released when the Americans landed in North Africa and then served in the North Atlantic campaign on HMS Norfolk.

His service continued after the war and after completing an advanced engineering course at Greenock he served on HMS Jamaica and then at Bath as part of a team developing turbines.

From 1958-60 he served as Commander Engineer on the Royal Yacht Britannia, effectively third in command on the ship. On leaving Britannia he was promoted to captain and served as a District Engineer in the South West and captain of HMS Thunderer onshore.

His navy service saw him made a Companion of the Bar and receive the LVO, a Victorian Order and a personal gift of the Queen marking service on Britannia. His final Royal Navy service was in Portsmouth after promotion to Rear Admiral.

He retired from the Navy in 1972 and was delighted to return to his roots in North Lincolnshire, moving to Church Street, Caistor in 1973.

He became Managing Director of the Humber Graving Dock at Immingham, for ten years. He chaired the Lincoln Cathedral Fabric Appeal for 13 years and was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire. He was also Chairman of the Western European Ship Repairers Association.

His interests included ocean yacht sailing in his younger days and while serving on Britannia he sailed regularly with Prince Philip.

Rear Admiral Malim is survived by his wife Moonyeen, sons Jeremy and Tim, daughter Marquita, and ten grandchildren. The thanksgiving service in Caistor was led by Rev Ian Robinson.

His son Jeremy described his father as a 'man of faith and a faithful man.'

"He was a wonderful craftsman, in his retirement years he enjoyed tending his garden here at Caistor and making things in wood."

Of his life on Britannia he recalled his father had declared: "She was a wonderfully relaxed, happy and efficient ship."