Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals

Sad to report the death on 24th March of Branch Member (2497) ;- Charles Norman Caisley of Northallerton North Yorkshire.
Charles Caisley served as a Dog Handler in the RAF Police 57-60 and latterly as a Dog Handler with the North Yorkshire Police retiring in 1993. He was a widower. His wife Shirley passed away October 2011.
Funeral will take place at 10-45hrs on Thursday 2nd April 2015 at All Saints Church, Northallerton.

Funeral arrangements are being conducted by, Bartrams , 47 South Parade , Northallerton, DL7 8 SG Tel No 01609 777255 where all enquiries and cards of condolence should be sent.

RIP Charles.


It 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 Michael’s grandson on Facebook. No other details are yet available.

RIP Michael.

Brian Flinn

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of my good friend Ray Simpson. Ray and his wife Edith,nee Eskdale (ex kennel maid), were both members of the association,London Branch,although not active. Ray celebrated his 80 th birthday in January but sadly died in hospital on 3 March after a short illness. He served for 12 years from the1950s,Cottesmore,Hongkong,Cyprus(mounted Section) and lastly at HQ P&SS UK, Action.
Edith has requested a quiet family funeral, however should anyone wish to remember Ray donations are requested to the London Air Ambulance.

Roger Bishop

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.

Ed Devlin

My 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 in 1990.
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

I’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 .

Gary Bishop

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

From Facebook
John Claxton - Laarbruch Reunion 2014
I am ex MT, was at Laarbruch 81/84, the reason I have joined your site is to inform you of some very sad news, my dear friend Alan Munton who was ex RAFP sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago, fortunately we went on a trip down memory lane last May, and visited Laarbruch for the day, he met Kev Betts and found out about your reunion last September, he went on that and met several old friends, he told me how pleased he was and was looking forward to the next one. Sadly he passed away after a small operation went wrong.He had a good time at the reunion last year, he was really pleased to meet everyone after all those years, he was at Laarbruch in the late 70,s, so keep up the good work, keep the reunions going, there is always some old fella who has just found Face Book and is looking forward to seeing his old mates, sometimes for the last time.

The funeral of Pat Limb took place today 26th February at the Mansfield Crematorium.
Despite the bad weather there were over 100 people in the chapel.
46 members of the RAFPA from many branches were in attendance with the EMB & RAFA standards .

I have the very sad task of notifying you that EMB member Pat Limb passed away at 07.00 today, 6th February.
She had been admitted to the Kings Mill hospital Mansfield, last week, but did not respond to the care they administered
Our thoughts go out John and his extended family

John Limb

John was admitted to the Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield on Thursday 12th

(which would have been Pat’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

Pat Limb

The funeral arrangements for Pat have been made.

It will take place at the

Mansfield Crematorium
Derby Road,
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

John Curtis

I 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.

Steve Davies

Vince Asquith's Funeral

Friday 6th February 2015
1230 hours
Chanterlands Avenue Crematorium
North Humberside
HU 54 EF
01482 614975

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 just been informed of the sad news that Vince Asquith has passed away this morning from a heart attack. Vince was a CPL on C flight at Laarbruch in the early nineties. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time. Sleep tight Vince 
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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

18 members from EMB at funeral of EMB branch member John Ettridge at Grantham Crematorium on 20th February
John’s granddaughter carried his white hat and armband
For some reason Gordon Watson did not want his wife to know he was out and about again
Our Standard bearer Barrie Clarke found someone to talk to at the wrong time!!!

It 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.
His Son.

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.

Ted Squires

Sad news spoke to George Innes about a year ago before I took ill served under him in Hong Kong 1953 when he was a flt/lt remember he led coronation parade a nice man and proper gentleman.
May George rest in peace
Harry Renton
In company with Gp Capt Jim Leggat (representing the PM), Bill Watson and Jim Graham I attended the funeral this morning of Air Cdre George Innes CBE at St Michaels Inveresk Parish Church in Musselburgh. The congregation was small with mostly family and friends and he was laid to rest in the local cemetery. RIP
Gus McGowan
Scot & NI Branch

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. 

Eric's funeral is on the 13th February at 1200hrs at Park Road Crematorium, Elland, Halifax, West Yorkshire. I know Alison would be pleased to see any of you that want to pay your respects. 

Sorry 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.
Eddie Devlin

I have just learned from former RAF Police Dog Handler Frank Young, that his pal and former RAF Police dog handler; Bob H Gregory (89), passed away in the care home where he was living on New Years Eve, after contracting a chest infection. I have no details about the funeral or indeed where the care home was located. Bob is survived by a daughter. My condolences go out to the family for their loss and may Bob rest in Peace.
I contacted both Bob and Frank in 2007 in connection with the History of the RAF Police and they were able to provide important information about how they joined the RAF as dog handlers a few years before the RAF Police took over the show. They both later transferred into the RAF Police and after tours in the UK and in Egypt, they were demobbed in 1947. In early April 2008, Frank wrote and told me that he had met up with Bob and the story appeared in a local newspaper in Bournemouth: 'Two of the RAF’s original dog handlers, who had served together at RAF Brize Norton in the UK and in Egypt, but who had not seen each other since 1947 when they were demobbed, met up again in Bournemouth to revive past memories. Robert H Gregory (84) from Ringwood Bournmouth and Frank Young (85) from Porth Wales, had joined the RAF during World War II, and had served as dog handlers together during the days before 1944 when the RAF Police took over dog training from the disbanded Ministry of Aircraft Production Guard Dog School. After completing courses to become RAF Police NCOs at the end of the war, the two men had been posted out to Egypt with their dogs to prevent Egyptian thieves from pilfering military stores and sabotaging equipment. The two long lost friends had been put in contact with each other by the services provided by an organisation which reunites lost service pals.' Bob may have passed on but his story lives on. Bob is on the left and Frank on the right. - Steve Davies

I have just learned from former RAF Police Dog Handler Frank Young, that his pal and former RAF Police dog handler; Bob H Gregory (89), passed away in the care home where he was living on New Years Eve, after contracting a chest infection. I have no details about the funeral or indeed where the care home was located. Bob is survived by a daughter. My condolences go out to the family for their loss and may Bob rest in Peace.
I contacted both Bob and Frank in 2007 in connection with the History of the RAF Police and they were able to provide important information about how they joined the RAF as dog handlers a few years before the RAF Police took over the show. They both later transferred into the RAF Police and after tours in the UK and in Egypt, they were demobbed in 1947. In early April 2008, Frank wrote and told me that he had met up with Bob and the story appeared in a local newspaper in Bournemouth: 'Two of the RAF’s original dog handlers, who had served together at RAF Brize Norton in the UK and in Egypt, but who had not seen each other since 1947 when they were demobbed, met up again in Bournemouth to revive past memories. Robert H Gregory (84) from Ringwood Bournmouth and Frank Young (85) from Porth Wales, had joined the RAF during World War II, and had served as dog handlers together during the days before 1944 when the RAF Police took over dog training from the disbanded Ministry of Aircraft Production Guard Dog School. After completing courses to become RAF Police NCOs at the end of the war, the two men had been posted out to Egypt with their dogs to prevent Egyptian thieves from pilfering military stores and sabotaging equipment. The two long lost friends had been put in contact with each other by the services provided by an organisation which reunites lost service pals.'  Bob may have passed on but his story lives on. Bob is on the left and Frank on the right.

Much loved father of Roger, Tim & Viv, father-in-law of Les, Val & Perry and Grandad of Oliver & Pippa. Funeral Service to take place at Bournemouth Crematorium on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 11.15am. Family flowers only, but donations to the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund c/o I.N. Newman Ltd. Tel: 01425 656286.

Sadly I have to report the passing of a former Association member, Bill Winstanley, 73 years.

He was on holiday in Blackpool with his wife Anne when he was suddenly became ill. He was taken to hospital where he later passed away in the early hours of 29th December.

Bill joined the RAF as a 16 year old apprentice, at 18yrs he transferred to the RAF Police. After the RAF Bill became a Prison Officer. He joined the Association around 1993 just prior to the formation of the North West Branch. He was an active branch member, involved in organising of the Blackpool Reunions. For a while he held the positions of NWB Chairman and Treasurer, sometimes at the same time. Bill let his membership of the Association lapse and he volunteered with SSAFA becoming one of their local caseworkers in Wigan.

There will be a service for Bill at Wigan Crematorium at 11am this coming Tuesday, 13th January.

Rest in Peace, Bill.

Paul Carruthers.

Very sad to learn of Bill’s passing.

Although not a founder member of the NWAB, he joined in 1996, Bill was a staunch supporter of all Branch activities and, as Paul indicated, held several “Officer” posts. He was very close to my Father and was a great comfort when he passed.

Rest in peace old boy, we could do with more members like you.


At 14.15 today, 2nd February 2015, three RAFPA standards, led by the chairman Brian Flinn, and supported by 28 members of various branches of the RAFPA, were present at the funeral service to commemorate the life of Lynne Williamson.
The 80 seats, the aisle and entrance area, in the chapel were filled by over 100 family, friends work colleagues and members of the RAFPA.
A memorable farewell to a valued member who, for over 18 years, had held an important post within the Yorkshire branch of the RAFPA .

The funeral of Lynne Williamson will take place at 1420 hours on Monday 2nd February at Rose Hill Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Doncaster, DN4 6NE.

Sad news was passed to me this morning, that Lynne Williamson (Secretary of RAFPA Yorkshire (South)), passed away, suddenly, yesterday 6th January 2015. 
RIP Lynne. Condolences to your family and friends.

Nigel Cox

Royal Air Force Association, Yorkshire (South) Branch


Dear Friends

It is with very great sadness that I have to inform you of the sudden Death of our Branch Secretary Lynne Williamson.   Lynne died suddenly at home on Monday 5th January 2014 after a fall that resulted in a broken ankle.   

The circumstances of Lynne’s death is such that it is being treated as a sudden Death by the Police and at the time of writing it is not possible to give details of funeral arrangements.     We will be in contact with you once these details are known.

I know that this message will come to us all as a huge shock.  It is certainly a message that it is difficult to come to terms with.     For very many years Lynne has been the mainstay of our RAF Police Yorkshire (South) Branch.  She carried out her duties in a quiet efficient manner and she was totally dedicated to our Branch and the RAF Police Association nationally.  In her quiet, efficient way she kept us all in line and up to date via her letters, minutes, gentle prompts and guidance.    I know that I speak for us all when we say that she will be hugely missed, for we held her in very high esteem.  We thank Lynne for all that she did on our behalf.

Lynne will be forever in our hearts as we remember the wonderful times we shared together. She took all our banter in exceedingly good part and dismissed much of it with her “knowing look”.  We always knew when “Rovers” were at home because we were not allowed to have a meeting on those days.  Indeed we found it very difficult to have a meeting without Lynne.   One thing I know for certain is that Lynne would want us to carry on and go on from strength to strength.  May she rest in Peace.

Branch Treasurer Arthur Vickers.

Sad News, It is with deep regret and sadness the I have to report the sudden death of Lynne Williamson the Secretary and founding member of our Yorkshire South Branch.
Lynne served from 1974 to 1983 attaining the rank of Sgt.and was discharged an medical grounds .
She also served the Association for several years as Secretary, until she had to resign due to pressure of work in he job with Doncaster Council. Lynne will be sorely missed by all the members of our branch, and those members of the Association who served with her.
Condolances to her Partner Doug and her two neices,Betty and Lynnette to whom she was very close.
George Robertson

It is with great sadness that I note the sudden passing of Lynne. I first met Lynne on Southern Region SI in 1980 when I moved to that set up. I found her a wonderfully considerate and very helpful colleague, always on hand to assist and share expertise. Above all she was a great team player and enjoyed a joke. No mean feat. Others who worked with us included Bill Golightly, Robbie Miller, John Law and Bob Pimborough to name but a few all of whom I am sure will echo my sentiments. Rest In Peace Lynne, the Blue Lantern Club up there will have a fantastic new member.
Chris Gangel.

We are sad to have been informed today of the death in October 2014 of Terence Jewitt (RAFPA Member 599) who served in the early 1950’s – may he rest in peace


Keith Stagg

Secretary and Treasurer

North West Branch

From Jim Henry Stunned to receive a message from Mick Freeman's wife Liz to tell me that today (31 December)  Mick passed away peacefully in his sleep. A lovely man, we were friends for many years and he will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to Liz and family. RIP

Mike Freeman's wife, Liz has been in contact with me and wishes to pass on details of his funeral which will take place on Friday 23rd January at 9:20am at Gorleston Crematorium and the wake will be at the Pier Hotel in Gorleston-on-Sea Norfolk. Liz has also asked if any of his ex RAF colleagues would be kind enough to provide for his funeral, any comments on their association with Mike during his career in the RAF Police. Mike was a very well liked and respected member of our trade group and I am sure we can help Liz with her request. If you can attend Mike's funeral or wish to provide information on his service career please contact me  and I will pass them on to his wife Liz.

Relatives of retired Wg Cdr JRG Lawrie report via a Christmas card, his death in June 2014. James or Jimmy Lawrie was born on 8 October 1924, commissioned 1 October 1952 and he retired on 8 October 1982. He then joined Vetting Wing at RAF Rudloe Manor and finally retired in the early 90's.
May James Rest in Peace.
John Walton

Just been informed of the sudden death at home in Lincoln yesterday (15th December) of ex WO Jeff Hopping. Information via George Clapperton who lives just down the road. Obviously no details of the funeral as yet but I will post when known

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the death last night (9 December), in Leicestershire, of retired Sqn Ldr Brian Hoar. Brian was a member of the RAFPA for many years but it is believed that his ill health was the reason for his lapsed membership.

The funeral of Association member Sqn Ldr Retd Brian Hoar, will take place at 1030 hours on Monday 5th January 2015 at Gilroes Crematorium, Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9QG. The wake will be held at the Fare & Square pub, Heathley Park, Leicester, which is next door to the crematorium.
There is overnight accommodation available at the Premier Inn, Leicester Central (A50), part of the Fare & Square pub complex on Groby Road next to the crematorium. At the moment the cost is £55.00 per room per night.

Colin Llewellyn Of Rudloe, passed suddenly away on the 29th November 2014, aged 58 years.
'He will will be sadly missed'
Funeral service at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington, on Friday 12th December at 2.30pm.
Family flowers only please.
Donations if desired for 'Help For Heroes'
and 'Above And Beyond' (Bristol Royal Infirmary)
can be made online at
Alternatively cheque's made payable to the charities can be sent care of Aaron Bewley, Bewley & Merrett Funeral Directors, 57a Pickwick Road, Corsham, SN13 9BS.

I have just been informed by Dave Wardell that RAFPA Member  Keith Gilmore, HD&IoW Branch, passed away a couple of days ago. No other details are known at this time.

From ex WO Pete Sutcliffe - It is with deep regret that I announce the sudden death of Colin (Ginge) Roebuck ex RAF Police late 70's/ early 80's who died in his home town of Colwyn Bay on Monday 20th October. The funeral service will take place on Friday 7th November at 11.45 am at Bron-y-Nant Cemetery, on Glan-y-Wern Road, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, LL28 4YL and afterwards at The Red Lion, 385 Abergele Road, Old Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, LL29 9PL. Anyone who would like to pay their respects to Ginge are welcome to attend.

From the PMs WO today (31st Oct): It is with much regret that we announce the passing of ex RAFP Cpl Liz Taylor who died peacefully in her sleep on 28 Oct 14 after a prolonged illness battling an inoperable brain tumour. Liz served in the RAF Police from Jan 1990 to Aug 2008 during which time she served at 8 UK units; 5 of which on SI duties. Liz deployed out of area to Iraq (twice 03 & 06), Falklands, Corsica and Bosnia. Her last appointment was on CMU, HQ RAF Police.

Liz's funeral will take place on Monday 10th November 2014 at All Saints Church, Wilstead, Bedfordshire, MK45 3EU commencing at 1030 with a burial post service in the churchyard. Family flowers only but donations would be welcome payable to The Gladys Ibbett House Day Hospice. Such donations may be sent via the funeral directors who are Clarabut & Plumbe, 11 Kingsway, Bedford, MK42 9BJ, tel 01234 354547

Anyone wishing to attend the funeral are asked to contact Flt Lt Carl Watling MBE on RAF Henlow 01462 851515 Ext 7779 or at

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.

I was saddened to read in the RAFPA obituary column of the death of Tony Bower. The pic is of Tony and me in Kenya on R&R from Aden in 1966. When I did my P2 Course, he was an Instructor at Netheravon. I then served with him on 5 and 3 PD. RIP old mate. Martin Uden

OK guys, I need some help. This fine chap is called Eli Thornley and has sadly passed away aged 98. He is ex RAFP & served in Malta during the war. I am dealing with his funeral & his family were only expecting about 8 - 10 people to attend. By chance, whilst discussing the music for his service, I found out about his RAFP service. I have spoken to his son Roy about inviting other RAFP along & he was in agreement, albeit a little overwhelmed that I was prepared to ask strangers to attend. We're not strangers, we are Snowdrops across the generations. Anyway, if you can attend, Eli's funeral will be at Park Crematorium Lytham, Regent Ave, Lytham St Annes FY8 4AB on Friday 24th October 2014 at 1.30 pm. If anyone from the local RAFPA wants details, I can be contacted at Box Brothers Funeral Services, Blackpool 01253 791500. I would appreciate any attendance, we don't need 1000's, just enough to show we care. Thank you. Scott Etheridge

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of EMB member Fred Prestwood.
Fred had battled with terminal cancer for almost two years but passed away peacefully in a Leicestershire hospice on Saturday 4th October.
His funeral will take place at 11.30 on Monday 20th October in Manton,(near Oakham) village church.
I know that heaven’s gardens will be well looked after .... R.I.P.Fred

John Curtis

I have just received a phone call from Joseph Hart the son of ex RAFP FS Tony ‘Morph’ Hart who sadly passed away over the weekend following a battle with lung cancer. Tony used to have a Rottweiler dog called ‘Major’ which some RAFP may remember and he served in NI in the early 80s (Bishops Court in 81) and in Singapore

Funeral details are: 1100 hours on 16 Oct 14 at Beccles Cemetery, London Road on the A145, post code NR34 7BG. (Between Diss and Lowestoft)

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.

Stew Coppard
Warrant Officer

It is with sadness that I report the passing, last night, of Sgt Howard (Taff) Cooper RAFP. 

RIP Taff.

Ian Clarke

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 unit’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. Reg’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 “what the ***** are you doing ‘ere..” and since then he eventually became the excellent and sadly missed ‘Events Manager’ for the Oxford area RAFPA crew. (The photo is of Reg, a member of the Mounted Section at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus)

I first met Reg on midnight shift, on QRA duties on A Dispersal, at RAF Waddington, in October 1964. Our shift Sgt was the large John Cattigan (of the twins fame) and thank goodness he only allowed us to spend 1 hour at a time on the various duties. I shared with Reg the delights of the SSA across the A15 and occasionally the ORP.
But mainly we plus one other and at night a doghandler spent time on the QRA. So long as the statute of limitations allows, there were occasions we also shared the cab of the deicer, which with 5 bodies it was a bit crowded!! But we never ever broke the 11th commandment.
In later years in the Association, Reg was a regular at the Cenotaph Parade in London, or at Southwick Park. Reg was also one of the stalwarts who were present at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford when the remains of British service personnel were returned from overseas.
May Reg Rest in Peace.
John Walton


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.

Rest in peace Eric.
Brian Flinn
National Chairman
RAF Police Association

The funeral of Eric Harrison will take place on Monday 15th September at 1245 hours at the:

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium
Balcombe Road
West Sussex
RH10 3NQ

Ingrid has requested family flowers only but if anyone wishes to donate in lieu of flowers, Eric requested they donate either to the Motor Neurone Disease Association or The Cats Protection League. It is also requested that no black ties be worn. RAFPA ‘uniform’ is invited if members wish to wear it but only the South Downs Branch Standard Bearer has been invited to parade.

Details of the wake have not yet been finalised, details will be forwarded when confirmed.

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Iain Mackenzie (known as Mac) Ex F.S. Dogs/CI and a member of Scotland & NI Branch. Iain and I served together after retiring from the RAF on Security abroad with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and kept in touch over the years. He suffered from diabetes for a number of years and was waiting to have both legs amputated. He told me in May when I last spoke to him that he was delaying the operation as his wife Inge was in hospital after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and was hopeful that she would make a recovery. Anyway when I called this week I was shocked to be told by his wife that Iain had passed away on 20 June 2014. Iain served in the RAF Police for 26 years with postings at Staxton Wold, Laarbruch, Cyprus, Malta, Singapore, Rudlow Manor and was ‘Mentioned in Despatches’ in Northern Ireland. His wife is doing well in the circumstances and informed me that he had a great send off at a well attended funeral in Sandbank Argyll.
His wife still lives in the family home. Contact details available from the Webmaster
Ian Christie
Ex F.S. RAF Police & Member of Scotland & NI Branch

It is with deep sadness that I must inform you that Keith Adams, Secretary, London Home Counties Branch, has died in hospital this evening. He was a long standing member of the Association and our first National Standard Bearer.
RIP Keith.
Brian Flinn
National Chairman
RAF Police Association

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 ‘in drape’. 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

It is with Great Sadness that I have to inform you of the Death of John Chapman (1504) who passed away in the early hours of Sunday 10th August.
John was a Sgt who served at Fontainbleau in the early to mid 50's '

John's Funeral has been arranged for 11-00hrs on Friday 15th August at:

East Riding Crematorium
Octon Cross Roads
East Yorkshire
YO25 3BL

(Approx 6 Miles N of Driffield on B1249 Staxton Rd Jnct B1253)

There will be a buffet at the Crematorium after the Service please let me know ASAP if you are able to attend so that numbers may be booked.

The NYB Standard will be present and Branch Members will form a Guard of Honour. Association Members attending would be welcome to join in.

John expressed a wish that money is not 'wasted' on flowers but a Donation may be made to NARPO an organisation with which John was keenly involved.


Ken Turner

It is with deep regret that I must inform you that Doris McArdle, beloved wife of Stewart, passed away in hospital today, 31st July. 
RIP Doris

Brian Flinn
RAF Police Association

The service will be held on the 18th August at 1330hrs at West Suffolk Crematorium (Risby) Bury St Edmunds.
IP28 6RR
Only Family flowers
Donations to the Alzhiemers Society.

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


I have been advised that Memb. No. 1456 Mr Michael Headley passed away a few days ago. No further info.
Dave W.

I have just been informed by Nicola,  Pip's Daughter, that her father, member Peter Waller passed away today 24th June, it all happened very quickly, since Thursday, his condition went rapidly downhill.
The funeral is on 3rd of July (Thursday) at 11.20 am at Woodlands Crematorium Scarborough,please no Flowers and there is a collection at the service for St Catherines Hospice and the PDSA
Pip and Nicola
please note: 16/10/14
Nicola gave birth yesterday by cesarean to a daughter. Lily Grace 6lbs9ozs. Both are well.
We have had a terrible 6 months Nicola has been in and out of hospital since Pip died. But all is now well.
Sorry if I have sent this to people who don't know Nicola and Jason but I am not always good on the computer.
Pip would have been delighted with this beautiful little girl who had to go through such a lot to arrive here quite suddenly yesterday.
Regards to all
Christine Waller (Nicolasmum)

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.

Graeme Spark


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 (5’6”) 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 “Warsaw 44” 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 “Qs” 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: “I 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 familiar”.

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.


I am the widow of Cpl James Henry Berryman
I am sorry to say that he passed away on 23 March 2012. He died as a result of a Hang Gliding accident in Spain
Jim served 1971 to 1983.
Initially at RAF Aldergrove until May 1974, then RAF Masirah to Dec 1974. He was then posted to HQP&SS (UK ) at Acton/ Rudloe Manor until January 1979. RAF Gutersloh until November 1981 and finally RAF Coltishall until April 1983.
We subsequently returned to his home island of Guernsey (Channel Islands) and have 3 daughters.
The accident happened just a few months before his 60th birthday. He was always an incredibly active man. Sadly, just as he looking forward to retirement and the freedom this would have given - to allow more time to pursue his love of paragliding, which was something he had been enjoying for years on the island.
Elizabeth Berryman
I placed this on Facebook in the RAF Police group then sent to replies to Elizabeth.
Thank you for passing on the messages.
It's taken me a while to get around to make contact with the Association - but I felt it was an important thing to do - to properly finalise all of Jim's affairs
It's lovely that some of your members have recollections of Jim .
For myself and our girls, we are very touched by this kindness.
kind regards
Elizabeth Berryman

My name is Judy Mansfield, and I am a Civil Celebrant. I have the honour and privilege of leading a funeral ceremony for a retired RAF Policeman who has a fascinating history. The late Salomon Muller (Sol) passed away suddenly on 12 April aged 89.  Sol was known as "Sid" in the RAF, and he retired in 1973 as a Sergeant. I can get his RAF service number from the family who gave him a home for over 30 years (he has no relatives, having been left on the steps of a Jewish orphanage in Berlin before the war). He made the trip to the UK on the infamous Kindertransport on 1 Dec 1938 but other boys in his orphanage subsequently died in Auschwitz in 1943. He worked on the land in UK, and was a volunteer fireman in the war, joined the army for a while, then re-enlisted in the RAF as a Snowdrop... His military service included N Ireland (and has the medal with a bar), Cyprus (Ditto) and in Iraq. In Germany, he was at Geilenkirchen. A truly fascinating man. I will ask the family if they would like RAFPA to be present and come back to you. The funeral is 1 May at 11am at Banbury Crematorium..
Today (17 April) I had the honour of parading my RAFA Branch Standard at the funeral of one of my branch members 'Bill' Hanton' who died recently at
the age of 92, and had served as a Royal Air Force Policeman at RAF Hawkinge. His 'white' beret with RAFP Assn badge was placed on top of the coffin. I was asked by Bill's son David to inform you of his passing.

Robin Green.




Colin E Clarke

25th April 1937 - 27th March 2014

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
12 noon
At St Peter's Church
CM22 6JB
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 07792 034801
Ralph & Carolyn 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


 30/3/14 It is with regret I have to announce the death of the Midlands Branch former President Alan Hawksworth.He had been in a nursing home in Bridgenorth for the past 4 months,he leaves a widow Jean who herself is not in the best of health.
Members of the MA will be in attendance at his funeral together with our Standard.
John Brookes (Hon Sec)

My dad was Dennis Grayson (retired in the 1990's as a WO) he was stationed at W'Rath 1975-1977 then moved to P&SS at Rhein D. He moved to New Zealand after leaving the RAF and passed away today after loosing the battle against cancer. (This is related to a previous entry here: Colin Braziel has informed me of sad news from New Zealand that Dennis & Iris Grayson were involved in a car accident on 22nd April 2012, and that sadly Iris was killed. We understand that Dennis is in hospital but his condition is unknown. Dennis Grayson is a retired Warrant Officer who served over 30 years in the RAF Police - he served at RAF P&SS (NR) for several years. Many of the 'old and bold' will remember Dennis and Iris. They emigrated to New Zealand in the last couple of years having previously lived in Newark.) He was diagnosed with same whilst he was being treated for his injuries post his car accident in NZ, where he lost his dear wife!
I give some sad news today.  I have to report the passing away of former RAFP Sgt Dennis Landy, who served in the early 1950s.
Yes, he was my father, before you ask. He passed away this morning (21 Feb) in Truro Hospice. I have no details of the cause. He was 81 years old, and saw service at Gutersloh, and Berlin. When there are funeral details, I shall post an update, should anyone wish to attend.
Matt Landy

During the recent RMP Association Church Parade at HM Tower of London last Sunday, 9 Feb 14, it was mentioned in the prayers that the father of one of the Yeoman Warders had died the previous day. The man was named as Barry HUMPHRIES, former RAF Police. 
Yeoman Serjeant Bob Loughlin MBE gathered some more information from the family, and came up with this:

Flight Sergeant Barry HUMPHRIES (4167034) RAF Police
Service: 1955 - 1977 (approx)
Served: Changi, Germany, Aden, Cyprus, NI, RAF Coltishall and RAF Watton; last posting with the Harrier Force at RAF Wittering

Funeral service will be at Grantham Crematorium on Thu 20 Feb 14 at 1400hrs. Apparently Barry had been ill with cancer and had declined over the last month or so.

The son's name is Terry Humphries, who is a former Guardsman and currently a Yeoman Warder at HM Tower of London.
David Palmer found a picture of Barry in PP 1972

COCKSWORTH - Alan - On 26th January, 2014 suddenly in hospital aged 80 years, RAFPA member Alan Frederick Cockworth (of RAFP and Hull City and Humberside Police) of Driffield (formerly of Kirkella). Dearly loved husband of Jill, dear father of Alan, Diane, stepfather of Nicole and Howard and a wonderful grandfather. Service and cremation at Haltemprice Crematorium HU10 6DS on Tuesday 4th February at 10.30 am. Family flowers only by request, donations in lieu if desired for the British Heart Foundation and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

5069203 Cpl Michael James (Jim) McTurk RAFP QPD National Service 1959-1961 Based in R.A.F. North Coates, passed away peacefully surrounded by his Family at St David's Hospice, Llandudno, North Wales, Aged 76 years. Funeral Service will take place at Colwyn Bay Crematorium, Bron-y-Nant, Dinerth Road, Colwyn Bay LL28 4YN on Thursday 16th January 2014 at 11.45am.

Just heard the sad news that RAFPA member Dave Conway has sadly passed away. I knew Dave and family from Laarbruch days, especially when he was in charge of the Police club. Great fun great family. RIP Dave. Great guy.
Ian Hunter
message to all RAF Police that would like to attend Ex Flgt Sgt David Conway's funeral it is on Monday the 13th at the Church of the Assumption in Beeston NG9 1AE you would be better coming to my house and leaving with us 9.15am back to mine for drinks and something to eat kindest regards Francesca

Retired Group Captain Gerry Biggar died yesterday 1 January 2014. He was aged 85.
The funeral service and burial will take place at 1400hrs on Monday 13th January at St Christopher's Church, Ditteridge (a hamlet just north of the A4 at Box), followed by a tea reception at Guyer's House Hotel, Guyers Lane, Pickwick(again, just north of the A4 at Pickwick). You should be aware that the church is only small and has a very small carpark just along the road a short distance.
All will be welcome and Liz has asked that those wishing to come to thereception to let me know, please, so that I can pass on numbers to her for catering purposes.

I picked up some positive info over Christmas re the death of one of our stalwarts. Ex F.S. (was Cpl then Sgt with me @ 6 District, Filton) Wyn Organ (RAFPA member) died last September aged c. 86,  lived at Bristol. Wyn married Sgt Ken Organ (he too was at 6 PD in early 50s. Ken died in 1999. Wyn's daughter Caroline phoned me on Xmas Eve (I'd sent her a Xmas card as usual) to give me the sad news.

Dick Barton

I am sorry to have to report  the passing of ex RAF Policeman Mark Brunger who passed away over the festive period after losing his battle with cancer. I served with Mark in the mid 90's at Staxton Wold. He later went on to become a Lecturer in policing at Canterbury Christ Church University.
A great character, RIP.
Steve Downer

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.

Sid Burman


I've today been advised that Memb. No. 0908, Mr. Stuart Mackay, of Newport, Gwent, passed away in November.

19/12/13 Sadly I have to report the death of Member 1939, Mr. Roy Tiley, of Newport, I o W.
Dave W.

It is understood that Chris Perry died from cancer in July. It is believed that Chris was commissioned and was at one point, Flt Lt OC Police at Coltishall in the 80's. If anyone can provide more info it would be appreciated.
It is with regret that I have to announce the death of a friend and former RAF Police colleague David Sheppard last Tuesday 3 December 2013. Dave suffered a stroke last week and was in hospital recovering when he suffered a second, massive stroke. I don't think Dave was a member of the RAFPA, but those who have worked with him will remember him as a a quiet, diligent and gentle man with a keen sense of humour. He and his wife, Pat, were witnesses when Sheila and I were married in 1978 and they have remained our friends since then. I'm not too sure of all his career postings but I know he was at Western Hill in Penang at the same time I was at Butterworth, around 1966 - 69 time and he was my shift sergeant at Brize Norton 1977 to 78. He retired from the Service from Brize and settled in Carterton. Some 12 years ago, he and Pat moved back "home" to the Isle of Wight, where Dave became a keen participant in the local sailing fraternity. I was glad to have known him. RIP Dave.

David's funeral will take place on Friday 13th December at 12.30 pm at St John's church in Ryde, Isle of Wight with the committal at 1.30pm at the IoW Crematorium.
Alan Shean

25/11/13 Information received today from his son, that NYB Member Frank WINDLE Passed Away on Monday 18th Nov 2013. His Funeral Service will be held at Huddersfield Crematorium at 10-00hrs on Friday 29th Nov 2013 . Frank served 53-56
May Frank R.I.P.
Ken Turner

25/11/13 I have just heard today from his Daughter that NYB Member John Henry ELLIS died in April this year . John served 49-53 and during this time did service in Singapore.
May John R.I.P.
Ken Turner

I write to advise the Royal Air Force Police that the above officer lost his battle with liver cancer on the 4th November in Hunstanton, his funeral was held at Kings Lynn on the 21st November, which was well attended by previous colleagues from RAF Brampton and included his ex -wife Dee, children Charlotte and Thomas, Charlottes husband Gareth and Granddaughter Georgia.

The years Trevor spent in the Air Force were the best of his working life, tours included RAF Bruggen and JHQ

Kind regards

Dee Hewitt (Peacock)

Stuart Mackay died this afternoon ( 19 Nov) with a suspected heart attack.


Reference the passing of Stuart Mackay I have a date and time for the funeral  The location is, Gwent Crematorium, Croes - y - Celiog, Wales. Family flowers only. Kath has said that any donations are to be made to the RAF Benevolent fund. Apparently it is on the A4042 which is off the M4 at junction 26. I should find out possibly tomorrow. It is on the 5th of December at 2pm in Newport, Wales. If anyone is able to turn up could you let me know just so I can give the family an idea of numbers. Myself and Taff Bennett will be going. Tony Parker

I have just been informed of the untimely passing of ex FS Chris Cornish. Chris's last tour in the RAFP was at JARIC and he lived in the
Huntingdon area.  Chris Cornish's funeral is on 27 Nov 13  at St Mary Magdalene Church, Brampton, PE28 4PF at 1500 hrs. Followed by cremation at Fenland Crematorium, Knights End Road, March, PE15 0YJ at 1630 hrs. Family flowers only. Reception afterwards at Dragoon Pub, Brampton.

From the RAF News: JOSEPH Michael Jordan,B.E.M. warrant Officer, late of the RAF Police, died on October 8, his funeral was held at the
Breakspear (East) Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip,Middlesex on October 23.

Dave Perry, a staunch supporter of RAFP golf and the Misters, unfortunately passed away on Wednesday 9 Oct 13 after a long illness bravely
born including participation whilst suffering it in at least the last 2 Mister's and RAFP golf meetings. I am sure some of the members of the
Misters and the RAFPGA will remember him and would want to know of his passing.
Eddie Cloke
Funeral for David Perry is at 1330 on 22 Oct at Cambs Crematorium just off the A14 between Cambridge and Bar Hill

I have just heard of the death on 9 September 2013, of former Warrant Officer Alastair (Jock) Mather. Jock served from 1951 to 1979 and on leaving the service he settled in St Austell.
Jock and his wife Anne were living in a nursing home when he died after some years of poor health. We had not seen Jock for several years and we were not aware of his death until shortly before his funeral last Friday.
May Jock Rest in Peace.
John Walton
From Tony Parker. I have just heard this evening from a colleague that Geoff Newton has died. He only knows because Newark Rugby Club held a minutes silence for him last week. Geoff was with me at Northern Region 78 to 80 and worked for John Walton whom I know held him in great esteem.
I can indeed confirm that I (and many others) thought very highly of the then Sgt Newton. Firstly in Cyprus from 1973 to 1976 and then RAF P & SS (NR) at RAF Newton from 1977 to 1979.
In Cyprus, Geoff was one of several RAF Police employed on Security Intelligence duties throughout the island. By the time of the coup which overthrew the President (Archbishop Makorios) on 15 July 1974, these RAFP had established themselves within their own particular specialisations and all of them were producing high grade information.
Geoff's contacts were within "official quarters" and after the coup and then the Turkish Army invasion, they were invaluable for the safety of UK forces and in particular their dependents.
In the highest levels of UK security authorities in both Cyprus and London, the efforts of the RAF Police were only believed after the events of 1974. Geoff Newton and other RAFP conducted themselves in the very highest degree of professionalism.
Although Geoff was not a member of the Association he was a most dedicated RAF Policeman.
May Geoff Rest in Peace.
John Walton

From Des Saint
It saddens me to report the sudden death this morning (21st Sep) of my best friend and former RAF Police Sgt Geof Walters whom I have known since 78 when we were at Laarbruch Geof served from 75 to 01. I was pass on info of the funeral when know. Geof was a great guy. I feel I have lost a brother. My thoughts tonight go out to Mary. His 3 children and 9 grandchildren. The family live in Chippenham. Good bless old friend until we meet again when my posting comes.
Although Geoff was not a member of the RAFPA he was still a member of the RAFP family. His family have been approached and have agreed that the RAFPA Wiltshire Branch can wear "uniform" and parade the Branch Standard at the service. Serving RAFP who knew Geoff will also be attending in uniform. The funeral service will take place on Friday 11th October at 1430 hours at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 6HL.
Reporting back on Geof Walters funeral in Wiltshire on Friday. There was approximately 120 mourners in attendance at the service including serving RAFP in uniform. There was also a large contingent from the Wiltshire branch of the RAF Police Association in uniform with standard. I would personally like to thank them for their attendance . Geof would of been so proud of the service and in particular the wake afterwards.I got to bed at 2am and cannot express how hungover I still am.I thought I was going well but must have been a lightweight as others got to bed at 3.30am. Although a very sad occasion it was a pleasure to meet so many old friends we served with and to meet new acquaintances that had served with Geof. The RAF Police family continues to be a very supporting network of lifetime friends. I say it from my heart I am proud to be a part of that family.You may now stand down Geof you served well my friend.RIP

From Stew McArdle
Just had a phone call from Lynne Manley to inform me that Her husband Mick Manley has lost his battle with Cancer. Mick peaceful passed away on the 11 Sept 13.
Funeral arrangements are as follows Wed 18 Sept at the Mansfield and District Crematorium 1600hrs.
There will be a cuppa later details later

I am sorry to report the death of Cpl David Alan Simpson AKA SIMO in May 2009 in Belize. He was a gift dog collector from RAF Newton 1985 to 1986.
From Steve Davies
I have this morning (5 July) been informed that Squadron Leader Peggy Dale MBE AE RAF Rtd, passed away in Buckinghamshire....... 1985 marked the retirement of Squadron Leader P Dale (nee Bartlett), who had completed 39 years service, 14 of which were with the RAF Police & Provost Branch. After joining the WAAF in 1942, she had successfully completed her training with No 4 WAAF Police Course at RAF Uxbridge and was posted to HQ RAF Police in London where she was assigned to carry out patrol duties within the capital. Given the wartime situation and the success of establishing the WAAF Police she was promoted to the rank of sergeant later that year and transferred onto investigation duties. However, the following year, shortly after being promoted to the rank of flight sergeant, she took her commission. For the remainder of the war she served as a DAPM in charge of RAF Police Flights in Manchester, Chester and Doncaster. In 1946, she was seconded to the Home Office and was sent out to Germany to serve with the Central Controlling Commission for Germany. As there were no female RAF Police serving within the British Air Force of Occupation (BAFO) at the time, she trained and supervised the German female police officers that were called upon to assist the RAF Police. In 1948 she resumed her duties with the WAAF and during tours throughout the Middle East in Egypt, Aden, Iraq and Cyprus she was responsible to the Provost Marshal for WAAF discipline. In 1956, she married and retired. However, 4 years later she rejoined the Women?s Royal Auxiliary Air Force and for 25 years served with the Intelligence Branch. In 1964, she was awarded the MBE and in 1970 the Air Efficiency Award. She was promoted to squadron leader the following year. Having settled in Buckinghamshire, Peggy quickly became a popular local figure involved in the local community, politics, the Royal British Legion and various other charities...... I had the pleasure of meeting Peggy a few times whilst stationed at the RAF Police School Halton in the late 1990s..... RIP Peggy.
Peggy's funeral will be at 1030 (but those attending are requested to be there by 1000 hrs) on 23 July at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Castle Street, Buckingham. MK18 1BS. Those attending should be warned that parking in the area is almost non-existant but there are three public car parks within 5-10minutes walk, Cornwalls Meadow, in the centre of town, is probably the best choice as it is the 23rd July, 2013 at Bucks Palace Church, Bucks Town Centre.
Photographs from the funeral and a zip file containing more, a report on the funeral and the local newspaper

It is my sorry duty to advise of the sudden death yesterday (2nd July) of member and Vice Chairman of the Yorkshire South Branch Dave Brookman in hospital.
I have been informed that Dave's funeral will be held on Friday 12 July at 1000 hrs at St Bernadette's RC Church, Ashby Rd, Scunthorpe DN16 2RS. White Berets and Medals may be worn, but I don't know yet re Branch Standards - this is being checked. I will let you know when further info is available.
Dave Brookman joined the RAFP in 1952 and served in the UK, Germany and the Far East. At the end of his 38 years of service in January 1991, then aged 56, Warrant Officer Brookman, after holding the appointment of Officer Commanding Specialist Training Flight for a year, retired from the RAF. Shortly after retiring, he was awarded the Papal honour of Benemerenti. The medal is awarded to those who have shown exemplary service to their church, family and community and in the case of Warrant Officer Brookman it was for commitment to the upkeep of church buildings, the preparation of services and his community work with families (Catholic and non-Catholic), and especially those with marital problems. In 1832, Pope Gregory XVI instituted two medals which he called merit-medals to reward civil and military daring and courage. On one side the military medal bears the image of the founder, and on the other side an angel holding a scroll with the word Benemerenti, surmounted by the papal emblems; sometimes the medal is found encircled by a crown of laurels. It is worn on the breast suspended by a white and yellow ribbon. The civil merit-medal has engraved on its face surface only the word Benemerenti, surmounted by a crown of oak leaves and the ribbon is of the papal colours. Warrant Officer Brookman believes that he is the one and only recipient of the medal, to have served in the RAF Police.....!

I've been advised that Members Roy Savage and Vernon Sitch are both deceased.

My apologies for the rather impersonal way of sharing this very sad news, but I have to let you all know that our Branch Chairman, Peter Fowler, passed away suddenly yesterday (22nd May) morning.

The funeral arrangements are :- Blacon Crematorium Chester Friday 31 May 2013 at 1240. If you are attending please let the branch know Thank You.
Blacon Crematorium Blacon Avenue, Chester CH1 5BB. (opposite, Blacon Police Station). The family are awaiting to hear of numbers attending before naming the location of the wake.

Peter's family have said that it would be a great honour and they would be very appreciative if Branch standards could be in attendance. The Cheshire and North West Branch RMPA have indicated that they will be in attendance with their standard along with hopefully the NWB standard.

Just a very brief note to say that Peter's family have asked me to pass on their sincere thanks for the messages of support and the condolences received from the RAF Police Association Executive, Branches and Members. Peter?s funeral was well attended with both RAFPA and RMPA standards present as well as representatives travelling from other Branches.

Pat and family were really overwhelmed by the support they received from the RAF Police/RAFPA and RMPA community at this very sad time.

Thank you all for your support and I have printed off the numerous emails received from our membership, as well as the comments left on Facebook - which offered Pat their respective condolences - to share with Pat and her family.

Kind regards


I regret to inform you that Judy informed me last night that Clive Learmonth passed away at 12.15 pm on Wednesday 15th May with his family around him. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for some time. I last saw Clive at the retired officers? dinner at RAF Henlow last month which he was determined to attend. An obituary will appear in the Daily Telegraph shortly giving the following detail:

A service will be held at 3.30 pm on Friday 24th May at:

Haltemprice Crematorium

Main Street



North Humberside

HU10 6NS

Bill Floyd

Tom ADAMS (Membership number 488) has died. Some six weeks earlier his wife Margaret also died. Tom and I had been good friends since 1947. It is a sad loss

Philip Roy SMART

Membership 520


It is my sad duty to inform you of the sad passing of Ex-Sgt Andrew (Andy) Brown RAF Police and RAFPA member. Just had a call from his wife Betty to say that Andy passed away in the Cottage Hospital Peterhead yesterday Friday 26 April 2013. The funeral will be held in Peterhead on Tuesday 7 May. Andy has been a long time sufferer of ME for a number of years and latterly with Cancer.
Rest in Peace Andy you were a great friend of mine in the RAF Police and in civilian life.
Betty can be contacted at her home address which is in the members directory or held by the Webmaster
Ian Christie
The funeral of Andrew (Andy) Brown on Tuesday 7 May went very well on a lovely day at Peterhead. Robert (Bob) Farmer
and myself represented the RAF Police Association and a wreath was laid from RAFPA Scotland & NI Branch.
Rest in Peace Andy.
Ian Christie

For those of you who knew her, I heard this week from a very reliable 3rd party who was notified by her Husband Graham that Ex FS Shirley Duckworth passed away at the beginning of April. I'm not certain about the circumstances, but she was apparently awaiting a heart valve replacement, so it is likely that her death was related to her heart condition. Her family held a Memorial Service and Shirley was Cremated 2 weeks ago.
Steve Davies

It has been reported on his Facebook page by his daughter that member Harry "The Hat" Evans died on Friday 12th of April. His death was sudden but she takes solace in knowing that he is finally reunited with his beloved wife Julie.

I have been informed by his son that member Gordon Handsley (Served March 1948 to March 1970) died in January 2013

I have to inform you that on Friday 12th April our friend and colleague Paul Flanagan passed away. Paul was an Ex W.O. who served from 1946 until 1981 and ended up in CIS. He leaves behind his wife Marie and extended family.

Paul was a founding member of the North East Branch and a supporter of the National Association by attending many functions. He will be sadly missed by all.

Paul's funeral service will take place at 11.30am Friday 26th April at St. Mary's RC Church, Hexham, Northumberland, followed by a private cremation for family members only.

Marie has arranged for a buffet after the service at the Bowmount Hotel, which is situated opposite the Church on the main road through the town and all are welcome to attend.

Rowley Coultas (Branch Chairman)
Marie has asked me to express her sincere thanks for all the cards, messages of sympathy and kindness from members of the Association. They have been a big help and support during this sad period for her and her family.

I have also been asked to inform you that Marie has secured the allocation of 5 rooms at the Beaumont Hotel, Hexham, NE46 3LT, for any member who may be attending the funeral service and thinking of staying overnight. The rooms are priced at ?90.00p per night on a B&B basis. Bookings can be made by calling Tel.No. 01434 602331, quoting Block Booking Flanagan Funeral.




It is believed that Member Jack C Cross (936) has died. His wife died in January and it is believed that he pre-deceased her

The death on March 12th of RAFPA Member Jeremy George, who served between 1986 to 1994, in America has been reported.


I am the daughter of Jim Graham who served in Bruggen 1962, Scampton 1963, Episkopi 1965-1967, Faldingworth 1968- 1971, Rheindahlen 1971-1974, Lossiemouth 1974-1976, Gutersloh 1976-1977, Wildenrath 1977-1979 and finally West Drayton until he retired in 1981.

Just to let you know that he passed away in September of last year after a long battle with cancer and having been widowed 4 years earlier. He longed to be in touch with Andy Anderson but it would appear from this site that nobody knew of his whereabouts.

Sheila Charlton




I'm sad to report the death yesterday of Memb. No. 1875, John Matthews of Ryde, I o W.

RIP John.
Dave Wardell

I have just been informed by letter that Member No 1987, William Ahearne of  Douglas, Isle of Man passed away on 15th January following a stroke. His wife sent a very sweet letter with a crafted snowdrop attached to it.  Eric

It is with much sadness that I bring the news of the death of Les Ball, ex WO, a very old friend. This morning we had a call from his wife Gwen in NSW, Australia, to say Les had died in hospital on Monday and will be buried in NSW on Friday; they had lived there for 40 odd years.
I first met Les at RAF Llandaff in 50 or 51 and later in the 50,s we attended a P1 course in Netheravon. Invariably we found something amusing, if unintended, coming from instructors and on the row in front were about five corporals whose 'leader' was an incredibly solemn man who disapproved of our lighter-hearted attitude. Rarely was there a day that from the row in front didn't come the admonishment : Give over, act your age, give over ! I believe Les' last posting was Muharraq .
Our sincerest condolences to Gwen and family.
May you Rest in Peace Les.
Paul & Marie Flanagan

I've just been advised of the death a year ago of Memb. 2478 Mr. D. Roberts of Ellesmere, Shropshire.
RIP. Dave W.

From John Cahill on the RAFP group on Facebook:
Sad to announce that Tina Perrett, long time Kennelmaid at both RAF Halton kennels, has sadly passed away having undergone heart surgery. Definitely an eccentric, she will be missed by all who worked with her.

Have only just received some sad news regarding RAFPA Member, 1046 Dorothy Stubbs, who died on the 8th January. During her time in the RAFP, 1952 - 1956, she was known as Dorothy Foulger.
National & SDB Secretary
Retired Group Captain G A (Bill) Hickey died after an accident in Knaresborough, on 8 January 2013. Bill was born on 23 January 1933 and he retired from the RAF on 1 May 1981. Bill was not a member of the Association.
There will be a Service of Thanksgiving in Ripon Cathedral on 18 January 2013 at 14.00.
May Bill Rest in Peace.
John Walton
It is my sad duty to inform all members of the death of our Branch President George Murgatroyd
George had been ill for some time. George died very peacefully in Birchlands Nursing Home, Haxby on Wednesday 8th January 2013. His funeral will take place at Stockton on the Forest Parish Church on Monday 21st January 2013
Ken Turner
Branch Secretary

Member James Adams unfortunately died on the 19th December .
His funeral is at 1000hrs on Friday, 4th January at Portchester Crematorium.

Member Stephen Lafferty sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (13 Dec) after a long and hard fight against cancer with his wife Margaret and his family round him. The funeral will be held at Maryhill Crematorium, Glasgow at 1400 hours on Wednesday 19 December and afterwards at the Cawder Golf Club, Bishopbriggs
ex-Sgt Mick Parry sadly died in Aberdeen Royal.Infirmary on 28 Nov 12 after a period of illness. Mick retired from the Service as Sgt CI at RAF Kinloss and was well known by many in the Trade, especially in northern Scotland. No funeral details at this time.
I served with Mick at HQ P&SS(RAFG) late 80s / early 90s. RIP Mick & sincere condolences to his family.
Bill Veasey

I have just been informed that Jim Wiseman RAF Police, passed away on the 4th October.This has been passed to me by Bobby Lanfranco from Malta

I have been contacted by Derek Bunney who is the Transport Manager TMW MT at RAF Brize Norton. He informed me that one of his drivers, a Mark Horton, had recently died. His funeral is to be held at 1230hrs on 3rd December,2012 at St Michael's Church, Lyneham. Mark was an RAF Policeman until 2005.
Although he was not a member of our Association his Mother and girl friend have requested that if we can contact any of his ex colleagues they would like them to attend his funeral. Ivan Carey, Wilts Chairman is circulating the news and the Depot may be able to send a representative detail to the funeral.

I've today (21 Nov 12) been advised of the recent death of Memb. No. 1217 Mr. Bernie Blaikie of Northampton.
No further details at this time.
Dave W.

It is my sad duty to inform you of the sudden death of David Pearce, a member of the Norfolk Branch. David passed away on Thursday 15th of November after a very short illness. He was a keen and well loved member of the Association and will be sadly missed by all. His wife Anne is being well taken care of by their offspring and a representative of the Branch, John Bunbury a very close friend. At this time it is possibly best if no one contacts the family other than by sending sympathy cards but to go through myself for any information you may desire. I have informed Ted Hellewell who is looking after the head office side.
The funeral is planned for Wednesday 28th of November at Loddon Church, Norfolk, and if our presence is accepted I will inform everyone by email.
Yours in friendship,
Robin Knowles
Norfolk Branch Secretary
I am the webmaster of the RAF Forum, I was informed by a colleague that Cameron Montgomery passed away 1st [?] November, we all knew him as Monty or Butch, he will be missed by many.
John Cooper
Monty's service career
RAF Police 1957-1969.
RAF Buchan 1957-1959 > Det Raigmore House
RAF Dunholme Lodge 1959-1960 > Adv. Trg. RAF Netheravon
RAF Ayios Nikolaos 1960-1962 > 24 Police Dist. Det.
RAF Spitalgate 1962-1963 > No 3 Police Dist.
HQP&SS(UK) Acton 1963-1966> Det. RAF Steamer Point 1965
RAF Tengah 1966-1967
RAF Western Hill 1967-1968
RAF Valley 1968-1969

The death is reported of Gordon Victor Handsley of  Lincoln who passed away today (2 Nov 12) at approx 0230hrs. at the age of 81yrs. The funeral is on Friday 16 - 11 - 12 at [11.50hrs] Lincoln Crematorium which is situated on Washingborough Road Lincoln.

Alan Whitelaw

Some bad news. Bill Bradley, a member of the RAF Police since the 1950s, died earlier this month at Hinchingbrooke Hospital near Huntingdon. He was at the Police Depot, RAF Netheravon in 1955-56, served in Aden before that, later Germany & others. He was a warrant officer before (I think) given a short service commission.
Other may know more of his service than me.

Bob Hamilton

Just learned a former QPD of 12 years - Pete 'Ming' Watson passed away a couple of weeks ago. Pete and his family were my neighbours in the police houses at the back of Melton Mowbray Police Station for a few years - tough, hard bastard but a gent. RIP Pete, take your seat, there will lots of RAF and Leicestershire Police queueing to buy you a drink.
Gary Preston

I've been advised by his widow, that Memb. No. 1239 Derek Gale passed away last month.
Dave W.

Have been informed of the death of Colin F Jones, Memb No 0774, of Bexley Heath, Kent.
Colin died at 0745hrs on Sun 30 Jul 12 in the Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice. He died of liver cancer having been ill for a considerable time. He regularly attended RAFPA meetings and activities until he became too ill to do so. He served as a National serviceman from 1959-61 as a dog handler, spending some time in Cyprus.
Colin's funeral is to take place at St Mary's Church, 346 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, SE13 6LE at 0930hrs (prompt) on Wed 8 Aug 12, (website followed by a reception at Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ (01322 526 574). The LHC Branch will be represented at the funeral; other colleagues and friends are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend is requested to contact Gregory Jones, QC (Colin's son) asap at Francis Taylor Building, Temple, EC4Y 7BY on 0207 353 8415.
Condolences have been sent to Jeannette and family from the Branch.
Keith (Sec LHC)

"Following his death in April, the funeral of my Father, Lionel (Leo) Seddon, ISM, ex-RAFP, and a former RAFPA South West Area Branch Treasurer, took place in Plymouth yesterday. He was then laid to rest at Drake Memorial Park. My Mother and all of the family would like to take this opportunity to express sincere thanks for all messages of sympathy received. Thanks are also extended to the Branch members - including the standard bearers - who represented the RAFPA at the funeral".
Rob Seddon
It with sadness that I have to report the passing away of Ronnie 'Geordie' Douglas last night (Sunday 01 Jul) in Lincoln County Hospital after his long battle with cancer.  My thoughts are with Vera and the family.

May Geordie Rest In Peace

Fiat Justitia.


Brian Main

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.

Yesterday (27 June) I was informed of the death of member John L Bone.  


John a member of the North Yorkshire Branch died after a long battle with Cancer.
Leaving the service as a FS he served in Singapore, Iraq, Cyprus and Germany as well as stations in the United Kingdom.
I have asked John's son to advise me of Funeral arrangements and I will keep you informed.
Allen King
Chairman of North Yorkshire Branch)

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 refreshments.


I've been advised by his widow that Memb. No. 1713, John Cutler passed away on Saturday last. (16th June)
Funeral details not finalised, but probable next Thursday at Semington Crematorium.

Sorry to report that RAFPA member Reg Drinkwater, former RAFP Sgt SI died on 14 June. He was in his early 80s and had been unwell for quite a long time. He has lived in Gloucester for many years, before and since retirement from the RAF, and the funeral is to be held at Gloucester Crematorium at 11.30am on 3rd July.
I knew Reg over many years, first meeting him - encountering might be a better word - in January 1956 as my drill instructor when I joined the RAF as an apprentice (Reg spent many years with the apprentices as a DI in between his time in the police and saw something like 20 entries through their two years of training). He was then the Sgt i/c RAFP at Hereford for several years, followed by several more years as Sgt SI at the Police District in Gloucester (he was a Gloucestershire man, and these postings quite suited him). More recently, he attended apprentice reunions as an honoured guest, something I would never have believed 50 years ago I might one day invite him to do.
He was an uncomplicated, decent, straightforward family man, and had spent many years nursing his wife, who had equally poor health in recent years.
Bryan Clark

Sad to report member Ron Sutcliffe died today (Sunday) in Sheffield of cancer.
Ron joined the RAF Police in 1949 and served until 1972.
May Ron Rest in Peace.
John Walton
Ron Sutcliffe's funeral will take place at 14.40, on Tuesday 19 June 2012, at Herringthorpe Crematorium, Rotherham S65 3NN phone number 01709 850344 . Family flowers only.
Ron's daughter Anne may be contacted for further details through:- Yorkshire South Branch Secretary Lynne Williamson is the main point of contact. email:

News just in advising that SWAB member Graham J J Paxton has died. Graham served in the old RAFP SIB from November 1946 to May 1949, mainly in Germany.
Graham was a highly qualified and very experienced Chartered Accountant and acted as the SWAB Auditor for 12 years. Financially speaking he was of great assistance to the Branch in general and our Treasurers in particular.
During the last 18 months, Graham has been confined to his home in Paignton. A few months ago, his severe lack of mobility forced him to move into a nursing home.
May Graham Rest in Peace.
John Walton
Graham Paxton's funeral will take place at 11.30, on Monday 25 June, at Launceston Central Methodist Church. Family flowers only. Donations in aid of Torbay Life Boat.

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you that on Monday the 21st May 2012, Geoff Phillips, membership number 0317 RAFPA, passed away suddenly. I had a phone call from his son Arran on Tuesday morning telling me this, not know at this stage as to the cause of his sudden death, but apparently his wife Amy returned home from work that day to find him dead.

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.


Tony Batchelor.


Stewart McArdle
I now have details of Geoff Phillips funeral arrangements.

Thursday 7th June 2012 at 1330 hrs Aldershot Crem

The wake will be held in the Princess Royal Pub in Runford

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.

Paul Donovan

Funeral of Cpl Brent J McCarthy on 31st May 2012

Held at St Nicholas Church, Codsall,Wolverhampton.

Grey skies and rain did not deter the large number of people who gathered together to celebrate the life of Brent, in this small village church of St Nicholas. There was standing room only, as everyone was in their place by 3pm ready for the service at 3.30pm. In the interim, the RAF Quartet played, and a screen displayed a pictorial sequence of events in Brent?s life.

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.


The RAF Police NCO killed in Afghanistan has been named as Cpl Brent McCarthy
Corporal Brent John McCarthy

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."

"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."

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 )

Michael Hall

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 well.
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.

Bill Veasey

Funeral of

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.   

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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

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