Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals
Robin John CHURCH
CHURCH, Robin John M B E (Robbie) Service No: M595412 RNZ Military Police. Passed away peacefully on Saturday 16th of May 2015 aged 79 years. Much loved husband of the late Divinia (Dee). Loved Dad of Shona, Christopher and Annette, David and Jenny, and Robin. Much loved Poppa of Claire, Levon, Jasmyn, Travis, Kelsey, Courtney, Jared, Seren. Jizelle and Niveah. Will be missed by Waike. God go with you Dad. A Funeral Service will be held for Robbie in the Papakura RSA, 40 Elliott St, Papakura, on Tuesday 19th of May at 1:00pm. Robbie will then travel to Hawera for another service on Wednesday 20th of May at 1:00pm at the Hawera RSA, 130 Princes Street, Hawera, prior to burial at the Hawera Cemetery.
RIP Robbie, the man who shaped a 23 yr old RNZAF Police Corporal for the rest of his service career and future life skills.
is with regret that I have been informed of the death yesterday (13th
March) of Member No. 1270 Michael Logan who was a member of the Norfolk
Branch. This information came via Michaelâ€™s grandson on Facebook. No
other details are yet available.
Sadly I am the bearer of bad news again. My old friend Eddie Harper passed away on 18th Feb 2015. He was in hospital, and suffered a heart attack. With other complications affecting him, he did not recover. I know he was well known to many people, and I personally served with him on Support Sqn late 70's. God bless you Eddie, RIP mate.
dad, Malcolm Thornton, has passed away. He was in the RAF Police in
1960 at Bruggen. I would like to inform his friends. My dad was 78. He
was born in Bearpark Durham and he was a Police Inspector who retired
He lived in Eaglescliffe Stockton on tees. I am Stephen his son and his daughter is called Angela
The funeral is at St Mary's church yard High St Stockton on Tees on Friday 27th of February at 11.30 am
- Stephen Thornton
Iâ€™m writing to regrettably inform you of the death of my Father, Sgt Ronald Bishop 991600 on the 13th January aged 94. He was a member of the RAFPA .
It is with sadness that we announce the passing away today (17 February) of our member Tony Townsend.
Our thoughts are with his wife Jo & family.
Funeral details will be published when known.
May he rest in peace.
Archie Heath, Sec: SDB
John was admitted to the Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield on Thursday 12th
(which would have been Patâ€™s 79 birthdays) with acute pancreatitis.
He is now in Ward 31
He is still in great deal of pain
A scan yesterday afternoon has been taken but info on the results will not be available until tomorrow.
I will post more info as it becomes available
The funeral arrangements for Pat have been made.
It will take place at the
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5BJ on Thursday 26th February at 11.45.
A wake has been organised at a local venue.
The family has asked me if I will coordinate the number of Royal Air Force Police Association members who will be attending.
Can I ask that if you intend to attend the funeral and/or the wake please email me rather than telephone, that way I will have a record.
A sad time for son Andrew and daughter Dianne and of course their extended family
have just received a letter from Tim Collins the son of former RAFP/QPD
and member of the RAFPA (Memb 1833) - Fred Collins, to tell me that his
father passed away on Friday 23 January 2015 in the Eastleigh Care
Home, having lost his battle with lung cancer. The funeral arrangements
are: Tuesday 10 February 2015 at 14h00 at the Taunton Crematorium and
afterwards at the Meryan House Hotel (map at the crematorium).
Family flowers only but donations can be made to St Margaret's Hospice C/O Hedley Price Funeral Directors, Mart Road, Minhead TA24 5BJ
My condolences go out to Fred's family for their loss and may Fred rest in peace and suffer no more.
Vince Asquith's Funeral
Friday 6th February 2015
Chanterlands Avenue Crematorium
HU 54 EF
Family flowers only.
Donations to Help for Heroes & RAF Benevolent Fund.
Large Chapel...All welcome.
From Joanne Brooksbank on Facebook 24/1/15
I have been informed by his daughter Penny Spencer, that long standing and loyal East Midlands Branch Member, John Ettridge, passed away peacefully this evening (23rd Jan) after a long illness.
May John Rest in Peace.
Trevor E (EMB Sec)
Further to the notice last week of the death of John Ettridge we now have details of his funeral
It will take place at the Grantham Crematorium at 13.15 on Friday 20th February
is with great sadness, I announce that Derek Williamson of Bispham a
loving father, former RAF Police Office & Officer at Strangeways
and Kirkham Prisons and a dedicated Freemason (PPGSTDB) of 30 years,
passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday 14th June in Benidorm,
Spain. During his 84 years, he had many adventures and I wish him a
great final journey. As per his final wishes, he was cremated in Spain
and requests that any donations to his memory be made to Parkinson's
Disease Re- search.
Published in the Blackpool Evening Gazette on 5th July 2013 (Distributed in Blackpool)
Derek Williamson (Member no. 0279) served in the RAF Police from 1947 to 1949 and was a Founder Member of the North West Branch in 1994. Following the loss of his wife he relocated from Thornton Cleveleys to Benidorm a few years ago.
You may be interested in an announcement in the Daily Telegraph dated 23rd January,2015. A former Provost Marshal, A/Cdr. George Innes died peacefully at Dorset County Hospital on 11th January,2015. The Service and Burial will take place at St. Michael's Inveresk, Parish Church of Musselburgh on 30th January, 2015, at 10.30am.
I first met him on the final Provost Officers Initial Training Course at RAF Weeton at the end of 1945, we were some of the ex-air-crew who transferred to the Branch. I believe he returned to the Edinburgh City Police Force, later re-joining the Branch around 1950. I met up with him again in 1953 in Hong Kong from there I believe his next posting was as Officer i/c Police Dog Training at Netheravon. Having retired in 1962 I had little knowledge of the advancement of my contemporaries. Sadly there was no RAFPA in those days and I lost contact, however I have more than made up for this since joining the SW Branch in 2004.
From Mandie Barker on Facebook. Does anyone remember Eric Wade, known as 'Yoggers', he was RAF Police, left the service in 1965 after 9 years? Unfortunately he passed away yesterday - 19th January. His daughter doesn't know the names other than Chalky White.
to have to inform you all that we have lost another ex-snowdrop to the
great guardroom in the sky. I was stunned to be informed by his now
widow, that ex - Cpl Barry Hull passed away on Monday 12th Jan 2015. He
was out walking his dogs at home in Larne, when he suffered a massive
heart attack from which he did not recover. RIP Barry.
I have been informed of the death of Robbie Backhouse's wife, Jean at 3 pm yesterday, 26th October. No other details at present
Information from John Park. Ex member Tony Bower passed away on the 7th October after a long illness. Cremation is to be held at York Crematorium, Bishopthorpe Rd, York, North Yorkshire YO23 2QD on the 28th October at 11:40 hours.
have just received a phone call from Joseph Hart the son of ex RAFP FS
Tony â€˜Morphâ€™ Hart who sadly passed away over the weekend following
a battle with lung cancer. Tony used to have a Rottweiler dog called
â€˜Majorâ€™ which some RAFP may remember and he served in NI in the
early 80s (
Funeral details are: 1100 hours on 16 Oct 14 at
All RAFP and RAFPA members would be welcome to attend. The family have asked that in lieu of flowers a donation is made to Cancer Research.
26 August I have just been informed of the sudden death of Member Reg Lamb. No other details as yet but Reg was one of the few members of the Mounted Branch. He also was one of the regulars at "The Last Turn".
After Cyprus had gained its independence, RAF Akrotiri had assumed greater importance because the airfield in Nicosia had gradually become much busier handling civil air traffic. As such, after 1966, it was no longer possible to maintain RAF flying units at Nicosia because there was simply no space available. Although ground based elements remained at Nicosia after that date, RAF Akrotiri became the only RAF flying station left on the island. During this period, Corporal Reginald Lamb, who had been stationed at RAF Waddington in Lincoln was posted to Cyprus. He had joined the RAF in early 1961 and after completing his police training at the RAF Police Depot at Debden, he had been posted initially to RAF Halton before being sent out to the Far East; first to RAF Kai Tak in Hong Kong and then to RAF Tengah in Singapore. Although he was posted into RAF Akrotiri, he and his family, like hundreds of other British service families, lived in rented accommodation in the nearby town of Limassol. Initially, he had been employed within the guardroom and on mobile patrols of the sprawling unit, however, soon after, he was fortunate enough to get transferred onto the strength of the RAF Police Mounted Section which at the time comprised; Corporal J Baines riding Pheonix, Corporal Lamb riding Samson, Corporal C Langton riding Tarzan and most importantly, Constable Jalal the RAF Police Auxiliary who was the section groom who kept everything running smoothly. Corporal Lamb recalled that a typical shift started with Jalal getting the horses tacked up and ready to go out. Initially, the NCO on patrol would ride down to the main entrance into the camp where the presence of the horse would always be a source of interest for visitors to the unit. However, as soon as the horse started to get restless, the NCO would continue his patrol of either the cliff tops or the unitâ€™s vast perimeter fence, stopping occasionally at the many orchards on route to pick a bunch of grapes or a few clementines to eat whilst on patrol. After completing their check of the perimeter the NCO would end his shift by riding down to Ladies Mile Beach to give his horse a good gallop along the sand before finally returning to the stables....! (Reg you have moved to a higher place but your story lives on.. Thank you for telling it to me) Steve Davies
From Michael Lester RAFPA...... Just to put you in the
picture regarding the funeral of RAFPA London Home Counties Member Reg
Lamb who passed away on Tuesday 26th August at the John Radcliffe
Hospital at Oxford. The funeral took place at the Oxford Crematorium
Chapel on the 4th September at 11h15. The Chapel was filled to capacity
with friends and relations and the coffin was covered with the Union
Flag with his RAFPA Beret next to his Suez Canal Beret and medals. The
Standards present were the RAFPA. LHC. the British Legion and the Suez
Canal Zoners. Regâ€™s widow Daphne, daughter Karen and his son Dale
with his wife Helen and their daughters Tamsin and Meggan and members
of his family and friends were there to celebrate his life.
I first met Reg in Hong Kong and had the honour of being best man at their wedding in 1962 and the next time we met up was when I was spare man in the TVP Control room in 1975 when a visiting Traffic Motorycyclist came across and said â€œwhat the ***** are you doing â€˜ere..â€� and since then he eventually became the excellent and sadly missed â€˜Events Managerâ€™ for the Oxford area RAFPA crew. (The photo is of Reg, a member of the Mounted Section at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus)
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Eric Harrison has died in hospital today, the 25th August. Eric was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in April of this year, with a prognosis of 18 months to 2 years. However, his deterioration was unexpectedly rapid and he went into hospital 4 weeks ago. He was due to return home today, but it was not to be.
Eric was the RAFPA National Secretary for 2 years, until April of this year, when he had to resign, due to his ill health. Eric and I have been friends since we were Cpls together in the early 70s; he was a gentle, kind and caring man and he will be very much missed.
RIP, my dear friend.
The funeral of Keith Adams
On September 4th nineteen members and associates of RAFPA joined a congregation of more than two hundred at Mintlyn Crematorium, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, on a bright sunny morning. We, the RAFPA, paraded our National and four Branch Standards and were joined by Stevenage RAFA with their Standard all of which were â€˜in drapeâ€™. On arrival the cortege was led at a slow march by our National Standard and escorted by members of RAFPA and RAFA through the grounds to the crematorium. (please see the picture posted by John Curtis. Thanks for this John) The service was conducted by Dr Cyril Dodds who gave within his tribute a well researched and recognisable description of Keith. The eulogy was given by a long standing RAFA friend from Devizes. During the service Standards were dipped for one minute after the Exhortation and again at the closing of the curtains. The Standards then formed a solemn path for the exit of the family and congregation. Pam has asked me to pass on her thanks once again to all who participated and to those who had sent messages of comfort. Below is a copy of the Hymn sheet for the service.
I am sorry to report that I have been informed that Phil Beynon died on the 27th February 2014
Sad to report the death of member Neville Bowerman on 7th July
Very sad to be informed today that my old friend John Carter has prematurely passed away. I served with John at RAF Honington from 1985 to about 1987. He left the RAF to pursue a career in the Metropolitan Police and retired from there a few years ago. RIP my friend, you will be very sadly missed by many. Rob Boothby
24 June 14 I am sorry to inform you of the death, suddenly last week, of member Ian Mackenzie. He leaves a wife. Inge. I have no details of funeral arrangements but when I receive them I will let you know. John Bellaby.
From Chris Lumb on the Facebook page
I am gutted to have to announce this message about ex WO D Copland. I have just received a private message (edited below) from his lovely wife Connie this morning - 15th June.
"Dave died quietly at home this morning. Understandably devastated but relieved no more suffering. Thanks for all your kind messages up until now. I know Dave wasn't one to respond but he did appreciate all the kindness shown to him. xx
I will post more when I have anything to release as per Connie's wishes.
I'm informed by WO Taff Price RAFP Boulmer funeral is 15.30 hrs Monday coming at Blyth crematorium (Northumberland) full military honours
Mr Copland at first Arboretum parade. RIP Sir. Martin Uden
I thought that members and friends would enjoy seeing a picture of Mr Copland during last year's Remembrance. Immaculate as always and as ever an example to us all. It will be of no surprise that Dave a month ago was giving me his erudite and wise counsel on the 'way forward' for the current RAF WO cadre and Senior Leadership. I am sure we will be able to give 'our man' the fitting and appropriate funeral and 'send off' his commitment demands.
Could I include an Obituary on the RAFPA website for my father WO Bill Gausden. As you can see he started his career as aircrew but switched to RAFP in 1945 and served until 1979 in the RAF Police. I know that at least some of the people that knew him will still be around and may well by in the RAFPA. He has also helped Steve Davies with a number of research projects into the early days of QPD etc. Funeral is yet to be organised and will be in Hereford (Where dad retired to in 1990 after spending 12 years working for Kodak security).
Chris W Gausden
Bill started his uniformed career in 1940 when he volunteered as an ATC cadet to help man the RAF Air Sea Rescue launches operating from his home town of Dover, Kent. He was involved in the rescue of a number of downed RAF Aircrews during his service. Bill was also a part-time air raid warden and saw firsthand a lot of the devastation caused by German bombing and long-range shelling of the Kent coast throughout the early stages of the war. In August 1943 Bill was called up and he volunteered for RAF Aircrew selection at the tender age of 18 (and 3 days). His application was successful and he underwent aircrew training, qualifying as an Air Gunner in July 1944. In the last year of the war Bill flew 42 operational sorties with 34 SAAF and 70 Sqn RAF flying from Southern Italy over Yugoslavia and Poland in Liberator bombers. Due to his relatively diminutive stature (5â€™6â€�) he spent most of the war facing backwards in the tail turret. His flying career included a number of particularly dangerous missions dropping arms to the partisans over the besieged city of Warsaw and he was a proud member of the â€œWarsaw 44â€� club (subsequently commemorated by the award of a Polish Home Army Cross by the Polish President in 1994). In May 1945, rather than face demob, Bill volunteered to join the RAF Police and served as a dog handler in Italy until he had completed all the RAFP qualifications required to retain his Sgts Stripes. From 1946 to 1979 Bill served in a number of RAFP roles and amassed various â€œQsâ€� including QPD, QPSI, HODT and QPCI, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer. His claims to fame included being a founding member of the RAFP PM4a low-flying complaints unit in the early 60s and providing support for the TSR2 project, WO Sy at 26 SU Gatow in the late 60s and CI duties as WO CPSyO (NEAF) in Cyprus during the Cyprus war in 1973/4. In all he served for 36 years earning a LSGCM and bar and numerous operational theatre medals and commendations as well as his BEM and MBE. When asked why he chose the RAF Police after his aircrew service he always said: â€œI chose RAF Police because it appeared to be one of the few trades which had an operational role in peacetime. Also its members tended to perform their duties in relative isolation, making on the spot decisions and being responsible for their own actions. This was similar in some respects to that of members of a bomber-crew of which I was familiarâ€�.
Bill met and married his wife Theresa (Tess) in Malta in 1950 whilst serving with the RAF Police at Takali and they remained happily married until her sudden passing in 2002. Bill died peacefully in a retirement home in Herefordshire at 05:15 on Thursday 5th June 2014 after suffering a stroke earlier in the year. Bill was always a proud member of the RAF first and then took equal pride in both his aircrew and RAF Police careers. He was not a member of the RAF Police Association but was always ready to help his former colleagues or his country whenever asked to do so.
Sadly we lost Colin, peacefully at home on Thursday 27th March 2014. We were fortunate to be with him during his final hours
Colin has battled with numerous illnesses for quite some time and through all of this he tried to be cheerful and stoic.
He will be very sorely missed by his beloved wife Brigitta Clarke, his sons Ralph and Roy and all his family and friends.
We have made the following arrangements for Colin's funeral
Thurday 17th April 2014
At St Peter's Church
Following the burial at Ugley church cemetery we would like to warmly invite you to remember Colin and join the family for refreshments at The Chequers Pub and Restaurant, Cambridge Road, Ugley, CM22 6HZ
Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be able to join us.
Roy & Sharon firstname.lastname@example.org 07792 034801
Ralph & Carolyn email@example.com 07775 810577
Family flowers only.
If you would like to make a donation in Colin's name; please send all donations to MND Association (Motor Neurone Disease Association) for research purposes c/o Daniel Robinsons (Funeral Directors) 79/81 South St, Bishops Stortford, Herts CM23 3AL
With much love from Brigitta, Roy and Ralph Clarke
First time I've looked at the website and was very saddened to read this. Had the pleasure of working with Mark at Coningsby. Good laugh Great lad. Sad loss.
May Geordie Rest In Peace
The funeral service for Ronnie Douglas will take place at Lincoln Crematorium on Tue 10th July at 11.50a.m, followed by a wake to celebrate his life at Birchwood Social Club - Birchwood Avenue, Lincoln, LN6 0JE. Ronnie requested that Black and White to be worn. Family flowers only or donations if you wish; to be made payable to Cancer Research, c/o Lincoln Co-op Funeral Services,
12 Portland Street, Lincoln, LN5 7JX.
The son of John L Bone
(A member of the North Yorkshire Branch) has informed us that John
passed away on the 21 June 2012 after a long fight with Cancer. He
served in the RAF Police from 1949 until retiring as a Flight Sergeant
I n 1972. John served in Singapore, Iraq, Cyprus and Germany as well as
stations in the United Kingdom. His Funeral will be held at Pontefract
crematorium on the 10th July at 12 midday and friends and family will
gather at The Gaping Goose in Garforth, Leeds afterwards for
His son is remaining in contact with me and will let me know as to the cause of Geoff?s death and to the date of his funeral, should anybody be interested in attending. He has also requested I try and let him have a short history of Geoff?s service life within the RAF Police. I only knew him for a very short while, whilst we were station at RAF Fairford, between 1969 and 1971. I did know that he was a dog man and did a tour stationed at Khormaksar and another in Gan, but that was only word of mouth from him. Are there any members that can help me compile a little story fairly quickly for the benefit of his family. Perhaps you could provide me with his date of joining the RAF and his discharge date. I do know that when he left the RAF he joined the Surrey Police.
I shall do my level best to get down to Aldershot with my wife on the day of his funeral.
Take real good care down there.
Unfortunately, as a result of sending out our quarterly newsletter, we have been notified of the passing of a NW Branch member.
Member 0591 - Mr A Dunn, of Rochdale, Lancashire.
Unfortunately I have no further information. May he Rest in Peace.
Funeral of Cpl Brent J McCarthy on 31st May 2012
Held at St Nicholas Church, Codsall,
skies and rain did not deter the large number of people who gathered
together to celebrate the life of Brent, in this small village
Among the large assembly of Brent?s family and friends were also representatives from the military. Air Vice Marshal Oborn, AOC 2GP: Air Commodore Nick Bray, Air Officer RAF Police; Group Captain Mark Sexton, Provost Marshal; personnel from RAF Police, RAF Regiment, RMP?s, the Welsh Guards, and HM Prison Service. The RAFPA were represented by Bill Veazey, Ted & Gill Hellewell, John Brookes, Peter Cook, Brian Lawrence and Trevor Marklew.
The service was taken by Padre Martin Sheldon and Padre Nick Heron of the RAF, together with the Vicar of St Nicholas, Reverend Simon Whitcombe.
Brent?s father, John McCarthy, gave a very loving tribute to his son and this was echoed by several family members and friends.
After the service, the coffin was borne by six RAF Police personnel out of the Church to the graveyard where the internment took place, followed by three volleys of shots fired by a section from the Queens Colour Squadron, RAF Regiment.
At 5pm, a fly past by a single Hercules aircraft flew over the church in a salute.
Corporal McCarthy was born into a Service family on 18 February 1987 in Hannover Germany. At a very young age he returned to the Midlands of England where he attended Lilleshall Primary School and Orleton Park School in nearby Wellington. He was staunchly proud of the area and apart from the early years of his life, Priorslee, Telford was where he called home.
Following school he worked in a number of jobs before committing himself to a Service life with the Royal Air Force in August 2008. Following his training at RAF Halton and the Defence College of Policing and Guarding at Southwick Park he began his career within the Royal Air Force Police. He was a man of many talents and diverse interests including football, playing drums in a band and representing the RAF at hockey.
He was assigned to RAF Brize Norton in July 2009 where he volunteered to deploy with 174 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police as part of the Theatre Provost Group. During his pre-deployment training Corporal McCarthy showed an aptitude for mentoring and was a natural choice to embed with the Welsh Guards as part of the Police Mentoring Advisory Group.
Corporal McCarthy leaves behind his father John, mother Sarah, sister Jodie, his partner Sarah and his niece Miajay and nephew Kyron.
Corporal McCarthy's family have paid the following tribute:
"Brent was a loving sensitive young man. He excelled at sport and had the whole world in front of him. He loved his family dearly and will always be a hero to his niece Miajay. Brent will be sadly missed not only by us but also by his loving partner Sarah and her devoted family. Life will never be the same for any of us. We will love you always. God bless."
Lieutenant Colonel Dino Bossi, Commanding Officer, Police Mentoring and Advisory Group, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, said:
"Corporal Brent McCarthy came to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards during our training for Operation HERRICK 16. Over a six-month period before the tour began he lived and operated with the men who he was to support in Afghanistan.
"His intelligence, ready wit and his desire to muck in and take part in all aspects of communal life meant that he fitted seamlessly into an extremely tight team. Corporal McCarthy was extremely popular and hugely respected among the men with whom he lived and fought - not always an easy trick for a military policeman from another Service, but one he achieved with ease and some style.
"Ever to the fore and sharing danger and discomfort, his light-hearted approach to life, easy going nature and cool professionalism made him a natural advisor to the Afghan National Police. On 12th May, alongside his comrade Lance Corporal Lee Davies, he was taken from us suddenly and violently.
"All of us in the Police Mentoring and Advisor Group, whether Welsh Guards, Royal Military Police or RAF are devastated by his loss but resolved to press on in the memory of his sacrifice. To his family we extend our heartfelt sympathies and the knowledge that he will always be remembered among us."
Lieutenant Colonel Alex Potts, Commanding Officer, Combined Force Lashkar Gah, said:
"Corporal Brent McCarthy was doing a difficult and dangerous job and he did it well. He was a fine ambassador for The Royal Air Force and we will remember him for his professionalism, physical toughness, but above all, for his unbeatable smile and sense of humour."
Major Greg Sangster, Commanding Officer, Theatre Provost Group, said:
"It is difficult to put into words what the loss of Corporal McCarthy means to both our unit in Afghanistan and his RAF Police colleagues back in the UK.
"But our grief will pale in comparison to that felt by his family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. Corporal McCarthy exuded enthusiasm and ability; he was a young man who was trying to make a difference, mentoring his Afghan Police colleagues in very challenging conditions.
"Both his unit and those Afghans he mentored are better for having known this talented policeman."
Squadron Leader Carl Jeffery, Officer Commanding 7 (Royal Air Force Police) Squadron, Royal Air Force Brize Norton, said:
"Cpl Brent McCarthy was fiercely loyal and courageous, exemplifying the character of the Royal Air Force Police. Cpl McCarthy was a young man with huge potential: intelligent, determined and extremely capable, he was a highly popular figure within his Flight and was firmly on the path to great success in his career.
"Cpl McCarthy fully embraced all aspects of Service life, whether representing the RAF playing Hockey or getting his mates together for a beer, he was always a prominent figure who will be sorely missed by his friends, his colleagues and all those who had the honour of serving with him.
"Dynamic and with an enormous sense of fun, Cpl McCarthy's infectious enthusiasm could be relied upon to cheer those who were down, to inspire those who were lost and to comfort those in despair. It is great testament to Cpl McCarthy's character that despite a few brief years in the Service, he can claim so many friends amongst his Trade, his Station and the RAF as a whole.
"Cpl McCarthy's family and friends should take great comfort in the knowledge that Brent was an exemplary policeman of whom they should be proud."
Squadron Leader Carl Jeffery
Captain Rob Bird, Second-in-Command, B Squadron, The King's Royal Hussars, Combined Force Lashkar Gah, said:
"On behalf of B Squadron, The King's Royal Hussars, I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of Corporal McCarthy. An extraordinary character, he had become exceptionally close to a large number of the Squadron over the last few weeks.
"He maintained an unfaltering sense of duty throughout his time with the Police Advisory Team. Utterly professional, he was an exemplary airman who was absolutely committed to the task his unit had been set with the Afghan Uniformed Police, who as we, are deeply saddened by his death. Our thoughts are with Corporal McCarthy's family at this most difficult time."
Warrant Officer Class 2 Daniel Stephens, Company Sergeant Major, Theatre Provost Group, said:
"Having worked previously with the RAF Police, Corporal McCarthy surpassed my already high regard for the commitment, dedication and capability of those RAF Policemen who volunteer to undertake this most difficult of roles alongside their Army brethren.
"In the short time that I came to know Corporal McCarthy he showed courage, grit and leadership far beyond his years. His personality endeared him to all those around him and he embodied the very spirit of our motto, leading by example. I am truly honoured to have served with him and regrettably humbled by his sacrifice.
"I am saddened beyond words at the loss for his family and loved ones who have my most heartfelt thoughts."
Staff Sergeant Terrance Ferguson, Platoon Staff Sergeant, Theatre Provost Group, said:
"Coming from the same town of Telford there was an immediate connection between Corporal McCarthy and me. His sharp sense of humour and enthusiasm for a bit of banter was always welcomed and was a breath of fresh air.
"During his time under my command he acted with the utmost professionalism, respect and embodied all of the qualities of an outstanding Service Policeman. At this very difficult time I would like to extend my condolences to his family and loved ones and my thoughts are with them. Rest in peace my friend."
Sergeant Rob Heath, Second-in-Command, Police Advisory Team, Number 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, said:
"Corporal 'Mac' McCarthy was a true professional in every respect. He joined our Police Advisory Team a few months before our deployment. It was as if he had always been with us as he immediately got on with everyone.
"He was an excellent ambassador for his unit as his skills and knowledge on police work seemed endless. He was very intelligent and loved his job. All who knew Mac will be feeling a great sadness right now none more so than his family.
"Our thoughts go out to you all. The Welsh Guards his extended family will remember him forever. Rest in Peace Mac, gone but never forgotten."
Corporal Kriss Gray, RAF Police, Afghan Police Mentor, Theatre Provost Group, said:
"Having known Corporal Brent McCarthy for some time now, both as a friend and a close work colleague, this comes as a massive shock, to those who served with him and the Service police as a whole.
"Corporal McCarthy always put others before himself and had the strongest love for his family and would always go out of his way to see a smile on others faces before his own. I had the honour to have served with him and I am also very privileged to have been his friend.
"My thoughts go out to his girlfriend and family at this time; he will be greatly missed by all who knew him."
Lance Corporal Tim Bennett, Adjutant General's Corps (Royal Military Police), Afghan Police Mentor, Theatre Provost Group, said:
"Although I have only had the pleasure of knowing Corporal Brent 'Mac' McCarthy since the start of our training last year and having lived and worked so closely together here, I feel l got to know him very well.
"Brent and I were told early on that we would be Police Mentors within a Police Advisory Team with the Welsh Guards.
"We conducted all of our training with the team working really well and building very close friendships with the boys. There was always banter about the amount of time 'Paradigm' Mac spent using welfare facilities and he used to check the incoming mail at least three times a day! Funny thing is, he rarely came back empty handed.
"Brent will be sorely missed and my thoughts are with his family and girlfriend at this sad time."
Lance Corporal Kyle Williams, Combat Medical Technician, Police Advisory Team, Number 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, said:
"Although Mac wasn't attached to us for long, he was well and truly one of the boys. He loved the banter and also loved working with the infantry. He often said how lucky he felt to be doing this job and how envious the RAF Regiment would be at him for being so far forward!
"Mac, you were one of the boys and we will always remember you."
Guardsman Jo Price, Police Advisory Team, Number 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, said:
"I did not have the pleasure of meeting Corporal McCarthy until he was attached to us just over a month ago. In the short time that I got to spend with Mac we developed a very close bond, both out on patrol and in the Patrol Base chilling out.
"Mac was a tremendous man, with a heart of gold and loved by everyone. He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. I, and the rest of the Team will ensure that we finish the job that we and Mac came out here to undertake. He will forever be in our thoughts."
Mark Henry's funeral will be held at St Giles Church, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3NN on Monday 28th May at 1300 followed by a private committal at the Sherwood Forest Crematorium.
Family flowers only but donations to "Help the Heroes" through the funeral directors - E. Gill and Sons Ltd, 55 Albert Street, Newark-On-Trent, NG24 4BQ
I have just received news that Mark Henry (ex Sgt (CI) RAF Waddington) has died over the weekend (12 May )
After he 'retired' from regular service Mark
joined 3 Sqn RAF Police Auxiliary as a Sgt and deployed to Op HERRICK
with an 'Auggie' Section as their I/C responsible for ATSy for 6
months. My Det to HERRICK covered most of the last 4 months of his time
in Theatre. He was a good bloke and looked after his Section really
At this very, very sad time for the RAFP both serving and retired, it would be a shame if Mark's passing to higher service went un-noticed. Sincere condolences to Mark's family and close friends. RIP mate.
Mark John Robert Henry.
Ex Sgt. R.A.F.Police
26 June 1963- 12 May 2012
The funeral of ex Sgt Mark Henry took place at 13.00 today 28th May 2012 at St Giles Church, Balderton, Notts.
A Guard of Honour made up of members of the Royal Air Force Police Association from the East Midland Branch and members of the local RAFA lined the route into the church and also paid their respects as the cort?ge left for the Crematorium.
Over 200 people crowded into the church to pay their respects to Sgt Henry who had served in Air Sea Rescue until it disbanded. He then transferred into the RAFP and later joined the RAFP (Aux). His final employment was with the Ambulance Service. Personnel from all his various employments were in the large congregation
It is with great sadness we of London Home Counties Branch confirm the death of one of our members. Despite a serious and debilitating illness John Ewens No.0225, was an active member of the Branch and the Association joining in as many of the activities and meetings the able bodied members. He will be sorely missed.
The funeral for John will be held on 16th May 2012 at 1300hrs at St Johns Church, Church Road, St Johns, Woking, GU21 7QN.
A map can be found on www.stjohnswoking.org.uk.
This will be followed by private family burial at Chobham.
Cards of condolence may be sent to John's widow, Mrs Sylvia Ewens, (address held by Webmaster - please request).
Donations may be made to either The British Lung Foundation or Woking Hospice. The undertaker is Alan Greenwoood, 66 Send Road, Send
The wake will take place at Woking Football club, Kingsfield Stadium, Westfield Ave, Woking. GU22 9AA