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HMS Illustrious Association

The HMS Illustrious Association was formerly known as the "Old Illustrians’ Association" and was formed by a group of wartime Old Boys who were invited on board the 5th ILLUSTRIOUS on 9 September 1983. The Association’s first meeting was held in T.S. De Trafford, Stretford, on 3 December 1983. ​ The Association’s name was changed to the "HMS ILLUSTRIOUS ASSOCIATION" at the 1996 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in an attempt to encourage membership from the 5th Illustrious. The Association has been running successfully for over 20 years, but in order for the Association to continue to flourish, is was becoming ever more apparent that the Association needed to have more members from the latest ship, Illustrious 5.  ​ In April 2015 a Reunion and medal presentaion was held at the Guildhall and this was organised by a team that served in HMS Illustrious during her First Commission 1982 under Captain Jock Slater. This event was total sucess but was independant of the Association, a 'one off' so to speak, but the Committee were kind enough to have been invited to this event as the team from the first commision were keen to see that the Association should also benefit from the success of this event. The HMS Illustrious Association approached the organisors of the event and invited them to serve in various roles on the committee in order to assist in increasng our numbers further, and we are pleased that say that the invitation was accepted and as a result of this, we have been undergoing a major transformation in the way the Association is organised. ​ In early 2016, and with the new commitment and enthusiasm of the new players, it was quickly identified that the Association needed to modernise and bring us into the 21st Century, and as a result of this the Association launched a new more interactive website in Febraury 2016 which enabled new and existing members to join/renew 'online' and in doing so, the Association has attracted over 200 new members. We have also been very active on Social Media namely 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' which has been an invaluable source of not only attracting new members but exposing the Association to 'The World'. In October 2016, the website was again upgraded, in order to make it more user friendly and the introduction of being able to pay by credit/debit cards online is about to be introduced and in addition to the new items will be continually added. ​ The Association was until recently, split into: Northern Branch, Southern Branch and National, but this has been changed as it was decided that we were too fragmented and we should operate under one umbrella. The Association will now hold a Reunion in the 'North' and then the 'South' in alternate years. In 2016 the Reunion was held at the Atlantic Hotel in Liverpool and in 2017, it will be held in a very exciting funfilled venue in Portsmouth. There are other events that are held throughout the year and these will be published to the website as and when they arise. ​ Now that HMS Illustrious has sadly left our shores for the last time, it is even more reason why we we should keep her spirit alive and we would invite those that served in Illustrious or their families to consider joining us as not only will you have the opportunity to meet up with old shipmates that you had the privalage of serving with, but you will also have the privalage of meeting up with those that you did not, and all with one thing in common - HMS Illustrious. ​

Secretary Ray Whitehouse
Phone 01903 366505
Address 7 Challoners
Horsted Keynes
West Sussex

RH17 7DU

Meetings HMS Illustrious Reunion 2017 - will be held in Portsmouth with the Gala Dinner at Spinnaker Tower on the 9th September 2017 and further details may be found on our website a
Times 7:30pm - 23:45