is with sadness that I have to report the death of Derek Hodgkinson a
member of the RAFPA Yorkshire (South) Branch. Derek died on Sunday 24th
April, 2016 in Castle Hill Hospital where he had been admitted a few
days before following complications resulting from his Chemo Therapy
his health prevented his attendance at meetings in recent months, Derek
always enjoyed meeting up with old friends and former colleagues. He
will be very much missed.
Derek served in the rank of Corporal (Provost) during National Service from November 1951 to August 1953.
He leaves a daughter Amanda to whom we pass our sincere condolences.
the time of writing I do not have any details of the funeral, but will
keep in touch with Amanda and let you know the details as soon as they
From Rob Smith on the RAFP Group:
is with great regret to inform everyone of the passing of FS Ewan
Greig, who left service in the late 70's. He completed numerous roles
and positions around the world, ending his career as the Sheriff at RAF
Waddington in 1978. He then completed CP work around the world before
retiring into Lincolnshire. Details for the funeral are Sherwood Forest Crematorium, Ollerton 26 April
Reported by Anthony Gradon....Former RAFP Cpl Stuart Frost 43 died in a car accident on 21st March. I
served with him at Henlow, a cracking chap.
Sad to report the death on Sunday 10th April, of former RAF Police Cpl and
retired Met Det Ch Inspector Vic Kelaher. Vic had bravely fought cancer for
several months and to the very end remained calm and dignified.
served in the RAF Police, from Oct 48 to May 50, and after training, he served
at HQ No 5 District in Central London.
Vic attended the SWAB inaugural
meeting at the RAFA Club in Plymouth, in March 1999. He has been one of our
Trustees since then and he and Pam (and sister Pearl) attended most meetings.
Vic was also a regular attender for several years on the Cenotaph
Funeral arrangements are not yet known.
May Vic Rest in
John Walton SWAB Chairman
I am sorry I don't know how this works but I am just letting those of you that
knew him that Richard Harvey passed away this morning. I am not sure of the
cause yet as am waiting for the Post Mortem results. regards from his
Cy Paskell: I have just been informed of the death of former RAFP Sgt
George Arthur Lucas, 2485736. George passed away on 6th March after a
protracted period of illness.
served from Oct 58 until Jan 77 at various units including No11 Police
District, Machrihanish, Tongeren, Laarbruch & West Drayton. He was
a real character who I met whilst at Brize Norton as my wife used to
help him and the couple he lived with to do shopping etc.
His funeral will be held at Swindon
Crematorium at 1115hrs on Tuesday 29th March. I cannot attend due to
work but my wife will be going. George had very few surviving family
members so it would be great if we could get some presence from the
former and serving RAFP community especially anybody that knew him. I'm
not involved in the RAFPA community but any help on organising the
attendance of a Standard bearer would be great. RIP George from a
fellow snowdrop Fiat Justitia..!
From Brian Flinn:
Funeral of George Lucas, 29 Mar 16. George served for 19 years from 1958 to
1977. He suffered tragedy twice; he was widowed at age 40 and then his only son
died while still quite young. George was described to me as always cheerful and
larger than life and those I spoke to at the funeral told me that he was a man
who touched the lives of everyone he met. I never had the honour of serving with
George - I wish that I had. The RAF Police wreath was brilliantly designed and
hand made by Kelly Paskell.
Sad to report that Robbie Erskine died last night peacefully in hospital.
From Jim Erskine. My
family has asked that I convey their thanks to you for the kindness
that you have afforded to us over Rob's death. We are all deeply
humbled by your thoughts and clear respect and love that Rob attracted.
I have also been asked by numerous friends about the arrangements for
Rob's funeral. The answer to that is simple; he's not having one! Rob's
wish and direction was that there was to be no formal proceeding and
that, following his death and simple
cremation, his remains were to be disposed of at a named location with
Family present. Those that knew Rob will not be surprised by his
wishes. It's a shame really because I would have been intrigued to see
whether some of those who would have attended actually had wallets!
(ROB ASKED ME TO WRITE THAT BIT). So that's it folks. Our family wishes
all the very best to you and your families. Best regards, Jim.
would like to inform any of my father's former RAF Police colleagues of
his recent death. I regret to say Cpl Stuart Mentiply passed away
peacefully 7th March 2016. If any former colleagues would like to
attend his service it will take place at 14.30 hrs , 23/3/16 Albert Munn Chapel, Kettering Crematorium,
Rothwell Road, Kettering NN16 8XE
I have been informed that a former member of the association, Sergeant Dave
Bryant passed away aged 75 in a Horncastle Nursing home on Tuesday last (1 March
16). He served from 1960 to 1982.
Dave was a RAFPA member to
2008 and lived in Woodhall Spa. He formerly lived in Bingham and was stationed
at RAF P&SS (Central Region) on SI where I knew him
contact with Diane, Dave's widow, is Sheila Harris of Balderton, Newark who will
send more details about funeral arrangements etc.
Dave's Funeral is at Alford Crematorium Station Road, Alford LN13 9LH,on Monday 21 March at 3
Regret short notice but one daughter has come over from Canada and
her return flight is the next day.
Please send any condolences to Mrs
Diana Bryant, (address held by Webmaster)
Brian Murcutt of Watton, Norfolk, born 3 April 1934, died on 20 February 2016.
He was a long time member of the RAF Police before being
commissioned on 8 July 1965 and retiring on 9 April 1985.
funeral will be at 1215 on Thursday 10th March at Mintlyn Crematorium, Lynn
Road, King’s Lynn PE32 1HB.
family have asked that there be no flowers but donations, if desired, can be
made to a Masonic charity through Eirlys Johnson, Funeral Directors, 87 High
Street, Watton, IP25 6AW, on 01953 889328.
Last night I received word that Tom
Pearson ex snowdrop, passed away peaceful after a month in hospital. Julia and
their daughter Vicky were at his bedside. RIP Tom. Love to Julia and family.
Tom Pearson's funeral will take place at 1000am on Friday 4th March 2016 at
Dukinfield Crematorium, Hall Green Road, Dukinfield SK16 4PE. Donations in lieu
of flowers please to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund www.rafbf.org/donate
It is with the greatest of sadness that our Member Ian Soulsby ex Mounted
Police and QPD passed away last night. All of our thoughts go out to his wife
Shirley and Family at this time. Ian was a gentle giant and a very good friend ,
we will miss him.
NE Branch, RAFPA
On Monday 7th March at 15.30hrs,the Funeral Service of Ian Soulsby will be
held at the Mountsett Crem, Ewshurst Road, Stanley. DH9 9JP. After the Service
proceed to the Hobson Pub For a Buffet which is just a few minutes up the road
on the left from the Crem on the A692 to Newcastle. Please No
Flowers, Collection for Madam Curie Cancer only. Thank you.
Information received that John 'Dutch' Mulholland QPD has died aged 55. Details of the funeral of John "Dutch" Mulholland. Louise has asked me to
post that Johns funeral service will be at the Lakeside Community Church,
Doncaster, on Monday the 7th March at 1pm.
Message from Brian Flinn: It is with deep personal sadness that I inform you of the sudden death of Steve Duckworth. Steve
and I served together on Support Sqn and remained friends after he left
the RAF and started working in London in Hotel security. In late 2015 Steve and his Brazilian born wife, Marlucy, moved to Brazil to fulfil their long held retirement dream, but Steve died on 10 February, aged 66, after a massive heart attack. Marlucy has informed me that she has honoured his wish to be buried in Brazil. RIP old Mate.
Yesterday I was informed by Brian Flinn that our mutual friend Steve
Duckworth had passed away suddenly in Brazil. I served with Steve on Support
Squadron, and we had some good times on trips around the world and across
Europe. He was a great colleague and an even better friend. After I left the
RAFP we kept in touch, he met and married a lovely Brazilian lady called Marlucy
whilst working on security at the Lansborough in Nightsbridge. We visited each
other over the years, which was always enjoyable. I had my last conversation
with Steve and Marlucy a few days before they left for a new life in Brazil and
was making tentative plans to visit them this year. Sadly this was not to be. My
sincere condolences to Marlucy and her family. I will miss you greatly Steve RIP
Pete Tittensor ex RAFP
I wish to announce the sad news of the death of Ex
RAFP Sgt Martin Hay who passed away this morning at 0645 hrs.
Funeral arrangements for Martin Hay BEM will be at 12.30 Tuesday 15th
March at Lincoln Crematorium, Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Marty to SSAFA. Afterwards
there will be refreshments at Welton Manor Golf Centre, Hackthorn Rd,
Welton, Lincoln LN2 3PA.
I am saddened
to hear about Marty who was my instructor when I took my CI course in 1975.
Marty was a supporter of RAFPA but more than that he devoted himself to SAAFA
after he left the RAF. Others will be able to expand on his SAAFA work. Marty
RIP my friend
I second that - Marty was my CI Instructor too in 1977. RIP Marty.
I first met Marty when he and I were LAC Station Policemen at RAF Stafford
(16 MU) in 1957.
Our paths then went different ways, courtesy the RAF, until we met five or
six years ago at a RAFPA function.
He was a keen member and although ill for a very long time he did his best
to support the RAFPA (EMB).
He was awarded the BEM for his Services to SSAFA.
He was a Hell of a Nice Guy.
RIP Marty Hay, BEM.
A.E. Trevor Evans (Taff in 1957)
It is with great sadness that I find myself giving the news of the passing of Lee "LaLa" Johnson last night, Sat 13th Feb. Lee was a friend of many in here and also was my best man. Lee suffered with depression and was seeking help, but, in the end, he took his own life.
funeral for Lee will be Thursday 25th February at 13:00hrs, at Wrexham
Cathedral. As it is a parade please feel free to wear medals.
St Mary's Cathedral, Regent Street, Wrexham LL11 1RB, United Kingdom
RIP Snowdrop Rest easy friend.
received an email from Sue Gleeson the daughter of Rick Kingdon. Former
RAFP Sgt Rick Kingdom (78yrs) sadly died on Friday 29th January 2016
after a long illness. Sue is asking for an RAFP presence, with a
Standard Bearer, at his funeral, date of which will be forwarded when
known. Sue can be contacted on (number held by webmaster) and would
appreciate a call from anyone who knew her dad. Rick was with me at
24PD Polemedia, It was sad to hear that his wife, Stella, passed away
in October 2014. They lived in Wales. Funeral is at
1345hrs on Wednesday 10th February at Narberth Crematorium. Address: Parc Gwyn
Crematorium, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8UD. 1
So sorry to hear of the passing of Rick, and his wife Stella.
June and I knew both, when Rick served with me on the Police Flight at RAF
Seletar in the mid-sixties
Another very sad loss.
Our deepest sympathy to Sue and the Kingdon Family.
A.E. Trevor Evans (EMB)
Swift, Pete Todd, Brian Flinn (RAFPA Wilts Branch Standard), Ken
Humphreys (RAFA Standard), Mark Williams, Huw Rees and Kenneth Dalziel,
who formed the Honour Guard today at the funeral of Richard Kingdon, in
Just been passed to me - too late for the funeral but apparently it is hard to navigate the other website to find these things.
Death of Ken Stubbs 18/19 January 2016 The death of Ken
Stubbs, a member of the Association for some 20 years occurred overnight. The funeral service took place at 1200 hours on 27th January 2016 at the Woodvale Crematorium, North
It has been reported on the RAF Police and RAF Bruggen Police Facebook Groups
that Pete Kemp has lost his battle with cancer. Peter was one of the Acting Cpls
on my shift at Bruggen. A really nice young man who went on to become a
Solicitor. RIP Peter and condolences to all the family.
Peter's widow Velda would like the RAFP Association to attend his funeral which is in Milton Keynes
this coming Monday the 1st February at 1400hrs. The funeral is on Monday 1st Feb, 2pm at Crownhill Crematorium, Milton Keynes.
family flowers only but would welcome any donations to Willen Hospice in Milton
Keynes c/o HW Mason & Sons Funeral Directors, Bletchley.
On Monday, old comrades from
Bruggen and Gatow joined together at the crematorium in Milton Keynes to pay our
respects and last goodbyes to Pete Kemp who sadly passed away from cancer aged
52. The service was very impressive with a mix of wistfulness and laughter for
the man we knew as younger men ourselves and the man he later became. There were
fine words from his sons William and Piers who shared a few lines from "IF" by
Rudyard Kipling in memory of the father.He was to them; firm, fair, encouraging and
a realist. Encouraging them too, to learn through the use of his mantra of
"learn something new every day", which he lived by and which took him after
leaving the service to his degree and to practicing the law as a solicitor,
fighting within the financial ombudsmans environment for those who needed their
cause fighting for. Working for the underdog. Helping others. Steve Batey gave a
few difficult but well thought through words by way of a eulogy mentioning Petes
quiff and those of his boys and in which he used the Poem, "Where are the
snowdrops?" These words were particulary touching, even the last line which in
the circumstances, could not be misconstrued. I leave you to make up your own
minds but one thing is certain, he was a credit to his family and
“Where are the snowdrops?” said the
sun. “Dead” said the frost, “Buried and lost, every one.” “A foolish
answer,” said the sun “They did not die, asleep they lie, every one. And I
will awake them, I the sun, Into the light, all clad in white, every
one.” “It’s rather dark in the earth today” said one little bulb to its
brother. “But I thought that I felt a sunbeam’s ray. We must strive and
grow ’til we find our way” and they nestled close to each other. They
struggled and strived by day and by night, ’til two little snowdrops in
green and white rose out of the darkness and into the light; and softly
kissed one another.
Not RAFP, but some of you, like me may remember Dave for his fabulous Remembrance and RAF related pin badges ..RIP
Linda Casson feeling heartbroken.
is with great sadness that we have to write this post that my husband
David Casson gained his angel wings, I have not left his side
from the 7th January after being told on the 4th he had a minimum of 24
hours and he lasted until this morning. I will miss him dearly. Rest in
Peace my darling till we meet again. love you for ever your heart
broken wife Linda xxxx
Taken at the Funeral of Norman Chesters yesterday. Picture from The Memorial "Mob" page.
Standard Bearers of the Royal Military Police and the Royal Air Force Police organised by Mark Johnston
Bill Floydd reports the death of member retired Flt
Lt J C (John) Tyler, on Saturday 16 January 2016. John had not been well for
some time and was diagnosed with cancer in recent weeks.
John was born on 18 January 1930 and joined the RAF
Police in February 1947. He was commissioned on 8 July 1965 and retired on 26
John's funeral will take place at Midhurst
Cemetary, Cannon Lane, Midhurst (near Midhurst Common), at 14.00, on Friday 29
January 2015. Bill Floydd is the best point of contact, 01732
May John Rest in Peace.
Sad news. I've just heard that a mate of mine, from my RAF Service days,
has sadly passed away. Duggie I'Anson, was one of those characters that would
always bring a smile to your face, when ever he walked into a room. A larger
than life man, who had his fair share of dances with The Grim Reaper, having
been blown up, by a booby trap bomb in Northern Ireland, an incident in which he
lost his Dog (Air Dog Bruce). Then, in a later career as a Policeman in Durham,
disarming a man armed with a shotgun. Being a bit crafty, he had waited until
both barrels had been discharged, before tackling his foe. RIP
Duggie, duty done mate. Enjoy your reunions at Rainbow Bridge. Condolences to
your family and other friends.
My Dad's funeral is on Friday 29th at
1100hrs. It will take place at Middlesbrough Cremetorium, Acklam Rd,
Middlesbrough TS5 7HD. The unit can send flowers there if they wish. The service
and wake afterwards is open to anyone who wants to
An example of just how effective the RAF Police FXSD dog teams were in assisting
the Security Forces, deployed to Northern Ireland, during the search for
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), firearms, explosives and ammunition:
Corporal Dougie I'Anson and his dog were called upon on one occasion in late
1973 to conduct a search of an empty house in Londonderry for hidden weapons.
During the search of one of two upstairs bedrooms, Air Dog Bruce began to
indicate an interest in something that was clearly hidden under the floorboards.
After making his report a search team arrived and the floorboards were carefully
lifted but, much to their frustration, there was nothing beneath them. However,
as one of the searchers began to curse the dog as being useless he tapped the
wall with his sledgehammer. Down came the plaster and much to everyone’s
surprise a rifle butt was exposed. After careful excavation, a rather old
looking rifle was recovered and duly sent of for forensic examination. When the
report came back a few days later it stated that the rifle had been manufactured
in 1896 and had probably been hidden in the wall during the early 1950s. As
such, that happened to be quite a find for Air Dog Bruce....!! In a tragic
incident a little later, Dougie narrowly escaped serious injury and death when a
terrorist bomb went off close to where he was working. The blast occurred at
number 72 Straban Old Road in Londonderry, which at the time was part of the 4th
Battalion IRA (Waterside) Division. At 3.20pm on Sunday the 9th December, an
anonymous caller telephoned the Area Army Operations Room using the Confidential
Phone stating that a bomb had been planted in either number 70 or 72 Straban Old
Road. An Army patrol had been despatched and they had requested the presence of
a specialist dog team trained to detect the presence of explosives and firearms.
For some reason that afternoon, the duty dog handler from the Royal Welsh
Fusiliers Regiment was absent from the office and could not be contacted.
However, Dougie having just completed an earlier assignment heard the request
for assistance and took the call and drove over to a pre-determined point on
Straban Old Road, where he met up with the patrol from the 1st Battalion Royal
Regiment of Fusiliers. At that point, the young 2nd lieutenant in charge of the
patrol briefed Dougie on the nature of the anonymous telephone call and
confirmed that the area had been secured. After sorting out his equipment and
his Labrador dog, Air Dog Bruce, he carried out an external inspection of both
houses and noted that number 70 was totally bricked up and that the only way
inside was via number 72. Although local enquiries revealed that children had
been playing in and around number 72 earlier that day, His thoughts were of
number 70, the inside of which was in total darkness, and that any bomb inside
could be triggered by light sensitive devices or by pressure pads or trip wires.
It was always a nightmare scenario to consider that the objective of the
terrorist was simply to kill members of the security forces at every
opportunity. It was also known that the IRA used the Confidential Telephone
hotline to report incidents in an effort to get the security forces into a
position where they could be ambushed or blown up by a hidden bomb. Conscious of
all those factors, Dougie and Air Dog Bruce carefully entered number 72 through
a ground floor window and not through the door. Just like those fearless
‘warriors’ of the bomb disposal units, the work of the specialist search dog
teams, was extremely dangerous and for the team involved in a search of that
nature it was a particularly lonely time knowing that the terrorist had spent a
great deal of his time designing and placing his bomb so as to kill those sent
in to try and find and disarm it. Having carefully checked the ground floor and
confirming that it was all clear, Dougie and Air Dog Bruce carefully checked
under the stairs for evidence of any new floorboards, pressure pads or anything
else unusual. Noting that there were none, they made preparations to go
upstairs. At that point, Dougie was standing at the bottom of the stairs and
gave the command for Bruce to start his ascent. Air Dog Bruce went up the first
three stairs to a point where they turned up and to the left. Dougie clearly
remembers that the last sight he had of his dog was that of his wagging tail
disappearing from view around the bend in the stairs. At that moment things
changed and everything seemed to be happening in slow motion and Dougie
describes seeing a large hot orange ball rolling down the stairs and a strong
force hitting him in the chest and lifting him from the ground. As he looked up
he saw the roof falling in on him. Knowing there was what he assumed to be a
window to his right he quickly picked himself up and dived through it. However,
what he had not realised at that point was that the blast had lifted him back
and upwards through the ceiling into the bedroom above where he had been
originally standing. It was not the ceiling coming down to him but him being
forced up in the air to ceiling. As a consequence, the window he jumped out of
was in fact the first floor bedroom window and not the ground floor window. The
reason he remembered that fact was that it took what seemed like ages for him to
land on the back yard paving stones. At that point, everything seemed to speed
up again and realising what had just happened he quickly managed to scale the
eight-foot back yard wall to get out into the street where soldiers immediately
came to his aid. Shortly after, he was taken to Altnalgelvin Hospital in
Londonderry where a six-inch nail, from the bomb, was removed from his left
elbow and he was treated for various cuts, bruises and perforated eardrums. He
was indeed a very lucky man that day and although injured, he had been able to
walk away from the incident, which had been arranged by the IRA to kill him.
Unfortunately, Air dog Bruce his Labrador, was not so lucky and died instantly
doing the job that he so much enjoyed. His remains were recovered from the house
and he was later buried with dignity in front of the Headquarters of the 1st
Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Londonderry. At the time, all the RAF
Police specialist search dog handlers who worked in Londonderry had a special
affinity with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who were serving in the Province
on a two-year tour of duty. The dog handlers were also granted honorary
‘Geordie’ status and were issued with a regimental cap badge, which included the
regiment’s red and white hackle....!! Rest in Peace Duggie.
More sad news I'm afraid. Brian Nicolson ex of Bishop's Court, SHAPE, P&SS
(NR). Passed away on Boxing day last year. A true character and gentle man of
the trade. RIP Brian (Pinky).
13 January at 12:28 I attended the funeral of a colleague
this morning and although I had known him 12 months, I never knew he was ex
RAFP. Brian Nicholson (aged 60, of Ferryhill, County Durham) was a PCSO with
Durham Constabulary and had previously served with the RAF Police during the
70s, 80s and 90s. Brian died of cancer on boxing day 2015.
I hope nobody
minds as this isn’t really Association business. I thought I would share this
with some members who had dealings with a friend of mine, Jim, a retired
Police Officer who died last week.
Some will know him, through his
excellent work mounting medals and making medal display cases containing a
service photograph and a written resume of someone’s service history. They
were a work of art. I know there were a few RAFPA members amongst his customers.
He also did work for many regiments and regimental museums. I had dealings
with him mainly when he worked voluntarily for the Cheshire Police Museum. As
well as medal mounting and displays he also researched all personnel records
from the County Archives producing a database that had detailed back to the very
first constables in the Force.
One thing many did not know was that Jim
used to be in the Army, a very Special person who did some training near
Hereford. In 1975 he was due to leave the Army and applied to join the
police. He was serving in N.I. when he went for his police interview. He had
long hair, a beard and was a softly spoken Liverpudlian. At the end of the
interview the then Chief Constable Bill Kelsall looked at him and said “I don’t
know if I want someone like you in the Cheshire Constabulary”. Jim did join
and spent most of his service in plain clothes. During his service he had
contact with ex Flt Sgt Bob Pimborough (NWB member) who at that time was
head of security at a company, by chance they met up again many years later.
One of Jim’s duties was looking after the Duke of Westminster as his
driver and protection. A few years ago the Duke agreed to become the Patron of
the Cheshire Police Museum. One evening the Duke came along to the museum on
an official visit with various dignitaries and senior officers in attendance.
All we volunteers were there in our best suits all lined up to shake hands
with the Duke. He worked his way along us and at the end of the line there was
Jim, wearing a black leather bomber jacket and chewing gum. They both looked
at each other then Jim pointed at the Duke, one of the richest men in the
country, and said in his Scouse accent “You still owe me fiver”. For a
second everything went quiet then the both of them started laughing and greeted
each other as old friends. Jim was quite respectful to the RAF Police I
don’t know if there was any specific reason or not. He was a very good
Please could you announce the sad news of EX F/S Eddie Milne
BEM who passed away yesterday. Eddie who served for 22 years from 1958-1980 had
been ill for some time after suffering a stroke. The funeral will be at the Grantham Crematorium on Thursday 21st Jan
at 15.30 hrs. A guard of Honour has been requested.
So sad to hear the news of Eddie's passing.
I had the pleasure and privilege to work with him on CI Inv at P&SS
(NR) in 1978/79 and to say I learnt a lot from him would be a gross
understatement. He was a brilliant investigator and a superb colleague, mentor
For members who knew him - George
Clapton Died in a nursing home in Ipswich. George was a RAFP Corporal in
the 1953/58 era
George lived in the next village
to me and I knew George before service in the RAF. We met up at RAF
Grove near Wantage in 1954 .Also after demob in my home town.
Two funerals of ex members of the Royal Military
Police that followers may wish to attend.
The first is that of Robert (Bob) Emerson ex RMP.
The service will be held in the Large Chapel at Chanterlands crematorium in
Hull on Tuesday the 5th January at 1330hrs. There will be a small wake
afterwards and all who knew and would like to pay their respects to him are
Norman's funeral will be at the Macclesfield
Crematorium on the 15th of January at 1400hrs.
Our thoughts to both families and gentlemen, stand
down, duty done. RIP.
I am sad to report that Warrant Officer Paul Ramsay
of the Wiltshire Branch of the RAF Police Association passed away this
morning in his sleep after an illness.
Paul's funeral will take place at Semington Crematorium on Thursday
31st December at 1000 hours.
West Wiltshire Crematorium Devizes
Road Semington Trowbridge Wiltshire BA14 6HL
Rawnsley on the Global History of the RAF Police page:
It is with great regret, that have to announce
the passing of my father, Edward Rawnsley, on the 12th of December 2015. Who
served in the RAF Police through the 50s and 60s. He served in various parts of
the world, including Malaya and Germany.
It is with great sorrow that I report the sad demise of my long lost
friend, Keith Liddiard. Keith was never a member of our Association but he was
a very popular snowdrop during his career in the Royal Air Force Police. I was
contacted by his son, Keith Junior, via our Association Secretary, who told me
of his fathers’ death earlier this month. Keith was a loyal and true friend to
all that knew him . The funeral in the form of a Requiem Mass will take
place at 1000hours on Wednesday 25th November at The Virgin Mother of Good
Counsel Catholic Church, Lower Backhouse Hill, Hythe CT21 5LS followed by the
committal at 1145 hours at Hawkinge Crematorium, Folkestone.
Peace, Keith, A good friend and fellow snowdrop.
Lake 23rd November
Our second item of sad news concerns the very
sudden death of member Brian Hurt yesterday morning (Monday). Brian served from
1960-1963 and in recent years was closely involved in a large local
My Brian Rest in Peace.
It is my painful duty to notify you of the death of a founder member of the
79 year old Alec Beange died today at 13.30 in Lincoln hospital
He fell face first into the rockery in his garden a few months ago and
suffered a brain haematoma.
His speech and gait were affected by the accident.
He suddenly deteriorated yesterday afternoon and was admitted to
I have been notified by the family that the cremation of founder member
Alec Beange will take place at Grantham Crematorium at
15.30 on THURSDAY 12th. November
They have requested NO FLOWERS
They would like a RAFPA Guard of Honour and the Standard (in
If you intend to attend would you let me know, before lunch time on
Saturday, in order that the family can cater for all attending .
So sad to hear of the loss of an old colleague and fellow founder
member Alec B, who I served with and indeed he served me whilst I was ill plus
following a major TA in my home village of Bottesford ,in the then cottage
hospital of Grantham on several occasions when he was the Admin mgr,not much
difference in our ages and since I have just this very hour returned from
attending my M IN L s funeral in Shrewsbury ,I have two very good reasons for
vowing to take better care of myself.Rest in peace old friend and colleague of
Alan F Millership,JP,FoCoL.
Today at Grantham Crematorium 13 members of the RAFPA supported by
Standards from the EMB and Wilts formed a Guard of Honour for the funeral of
The chapel was full and RAFPA members stood throughout the service.
Alec’s large extended family were most appreciative of our attendance
Some RAFPA members travelled from Scotland and Wiltshire to show their
respect to one of the popular founder members of the RAFPA.
Rest in Peace Alec, our thoughts are with you and the family
Regret to report the death recently of member Alan
Taylor who lived in Plymouth. Alan was one of the few National Servicemen to
serve "only" 17 months, January 1949 to May 1950.
Alan's funeral will take place at the Plymouth
Crematorium, at 10.00 on Thursday 5 November 2015.
May Alan Rest in Peace.
Mike Olney-Smith reports that retired Warrant
Officer Dennis (Darky) Allen died today. Dennis had suffered from cancer for
the last few years. For several years Dennis and family have lived in the old
Scampton/Waddington MQs at Birchwood in Lincoln.
Rest in Peace Dennis.
Funeral of W.O. Dennis Michael Allen
At Lincoln Crematorium on
Wednesday 7th. October at 15.10 the service to celebrate the life of
Warrant Office Dennis Michael Allen took place.
EMB Standard, carried by Barrie
Clarke, escorted by members of the Royal Air Force Police Association provided
the Guard of Honour to the cortège.
Our presence was much appreciated
by the family.
Sad news from Tan the daughter of former
Snowdrop Pete Waterfall who died on 4th September from prostate cancer.
with him at 24pd Polemedia 1960-1963 one of the best!
My father Christopher Beech passed away on
the 21 Aug 15 after a long illness. His Funeral Service will be at Worcester Crematorium on 11 Sept 15 at 1515 Hrs.
From Bobbi Stenning on Facebook
seen on another page that former dog handler Sgt Colin 'Olly' Oliver
died on the 17 of August RIP Olly
I understand that RAFP Association member Thomas (Noddy) Johnstone of
Maryport, Cumbria has died. No further details.
so proud of our amazing son, parents pay tribute to Christopher Pollitt
survived two tours
of Afghanistan serving his country and when he left the RAF, Chris
Pollitt was starting a new chapter in Canada with the love of his life,
the former Howard School pupil who grew up in Rainham, would never
realise his dream.
to an alarm
at a school while working as a security officer, his car was struck by
another vehicle and he was instantly killed. He was 31.
had only just moved
into a house with Miss Rodi, 24, two weeks before he died near Beiseker
in the western province of Alberta.
had met when Mr
Pollitt, who was a lance corporal in the Queen’s Colour Squadron,
visited Halifax, Nova Scotia, where his regiment was taking part in a
home in Herbert Road, Rainham, Mr Pollitt, who owns Rainham Electrics,
said: “He was so excited about his new life in Canada.
had a new direction in life.”
son had met Miss
Rodi in July, 2012, when he arrived for a Royal Tattoo event and he
fell in love with the medical student.
Pollitt said: “They
were soulmates, she was the love of his life and at first he kept going
back and forth to Canada and they had a long-distance relationship.
loved the country, it had everything he wanted, all the sports he could
do, he was excited about moving there.”
year later their son
made the move to Toronto to be with Miss Rodi and before getting his
security job he took other people’s dogs for runs to make ends meet.
“Everyone liked him and no matter what he did in life he was cool and
calm about it. He was amazing and excelled in everything he did.
had the ability to turn something bad into something good and he really
was liked where ever he went.”
and Mrs Pollitt visited the young couple and spent time with them at
Lake Louise near the Rockies.
October last year,
Chris secured a work permit and shortly afterwards got a job with the
security firm where bosses thought highly of him.
hoped his new job would be the first step on the ladder to becoming a
Calgary police officer.
Pollitt said: “They were going to promote him as he had told us how
well he was doing.
was going to spend the rest of his life with Meagan.”
son stayed in regular contact with them, his sister Katie and her
children, Lauren, 13, Liam, 10, and four-year-old Jacob.
Pollitt said: “He would Skype home and was even teaching Liam how to
play the guitar.
had only just moved into their house and he told us he was looking
forward to painting the place and the picket fence.”
daughter Katie as being the “rock” of the family since they had to
break the devastating news after she had dropped her children at school.
liaised with the Foreign Office and arranged flights so the three of
them could travel to Canada two days later.
Pollitt said: “Meagan and her family met us at the airport and she was
sorted out the
funeral arrangements and helped us with everything, the whole family
are grief stricken too. They are wonderful people.”
funeral service was
held at the Chapel of Eden Brook Funeral Home on Monday, June 22, and
his work colleagues and friends from Canada went along to say farewell
to him. A Union Jack adorned his coffin.
and Mrs Pollitt
decided to have their son cremated and have left half his ashes with
Meagan and have brought the other half home.
Pollitt and girlfriend Meagan with his whole family in happier times
Pollitt said: “Chris would have liked to have stayed there with Meagan,
he had everything he wanted there.
had even talked about having children. It’s so sad to think about now.”
memorial service was
also held at Gore Farm, in Upchurch, on Monday, July 20, where his
nephew Liam performed two songs his uncle Chris had taught him.
friends and colleagues from his RAF regiment also raised a glass to him
in traditional military fashion.
police are investigating the crash.
Pollitt was born in Canada House, Gillingham, on October 3, 1983, and
brought up in Rainham.
went to St Margaret’s Junior School and later the Howard School in
parents said he was really keen on sports and was good at karate where
he achieved his black belt at an early age.
Canada, he was in training for a gruelling 125km race across the
later went to the
former MidKent College at City Way, Rochester, to study sports and
science and joined Kent Police in 2003 before going on to become a PC
on the beat in Gravesend.
Pollitt in his uniform
Pollitt said: “He always wanted to be a police officer and wanted to
join the Calgary Police out in Canada.”
five years as a
PC he joined the RAF and chose to be in the Queen’s Colour Squadron. He
completed two tours of Afghanistan, one in 2009 and the second in 2011.
regiment also carries out ceremonial duties for the Royal family.
dad, Mr Pollitt,
said: “It was a scary and worrying time [his two tours] and we worried
we would get that knock on the door or that phone call to say he’d been
injured or killed.
didn’t want him to come back in a box. We had no control over what
happened to him and now he’s been killed in Canada.”
British soldier has died in hospital from wounds sustained in
Afghanistan in 2012, the Ministry of Defence has said.
Michael Campbell, 32, from Colwyn Bay, north Wales, was shot while on
patrol with 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh.
died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Thursday, the MoD
Secretary Michael Fallon said the Army Reservist was "proud and
professional" and a "dedicated family man" who had also served in Iraq.
is with great sadness that last night Buster passed peacefully away. He
served his country. He served in three separate wars. Including
Afghanistan. He won the Crufts friends for Life Award in 2012. Buster
was the mascot of the RAF Police. And was a true character. He retired
a military hero 2011. You are at peace now......at Rainbow Bridge.
....and thoughts to his handler Flight Sergeant 'Will' Barrow who also
cared for him in his retirement.
Buster was a Snowdrop,
Just like you and me.
He did his duties bravely,
So others could be free.
He saved a thousand lives
Of that we can be sure.
I reckon there are plenty,
That would love to shake his paw.
Now heâ€™s gone, itâ€™s time
for him to rest.
Weâ€™ll not forget him, because he was the best.
Sleep well brave comrade,
We salute you with pride.
â€˜Per Ardua ad Astraâ€™ for
every Snowdrop thatâ€™s died
by Scott Etheridge
the Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives, Passes Away
the Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives, Passes Away
is with great sadness that Flight Sergeant Will Barrow from the RAF
Police announces the death of his retired Arms and Explosive Search
a 13 year old Springer Spaniel passed away at the Barrowâ€™s home in
Lincolnshire where he had been enjoying retirement with handler Will,
plus two canine companions.
completed five tours of duty in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq and it was
his exceptional efforts in these austere environments for which he will
be remembered. It was the saving of countless lives by searching out
IEDs that saw the honour of official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police
bestowed upon Buster.
Sergeant Barrow documented his experiences with Buster into a
best-selling book and as recently as this week, the inseparable pair
were out promoting Busterâ€™s service endeavours at a local school
where theyâ€™d been invited to hand out end of year reports to the
RAF Police are arranging a special event to celebrate RAF Police
Military Working Dogs which will give the Force an opportunity to
remember those special companions that have saved thousands of lives
and served so admirably. Details will follow.
mourns â€˜Busterâ€™; sergeant says he would have died for bomb-sniffing
dog that saved thousands
the bomb-sniffing dog was declared the Royal Air Forceâ€™s â€œofficial
lifetime mascotâ€� for saving thousands of lives during five tours of
duty. (Image: U.K. Ministry of Defense) ** FILE **more >
Royal Air Force is mourning the death of one of its bomb-sniffing dogs.
â€œBusterâ€� is credited with saving thousands of troops over the
course of five tours of duty.
deployed to Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq before retiring in 2012. His
by the U.K.â€™s Ministry of Defense.
Sgt. Will Barrow said he would have gladly given his life for the
13-year-old Springer Spaniel, who died at the sergeantâ€™s home.
youâ€™re very, very lucky, there will be the one dog you would lay down
your life for, and for me that dog is Buster,â€� Sgt. Barrow said, ABC
News reported Friday.
arms explosive search dogs are a high-profile, effective deterrent used
as a pro-active response to the threat from terrorist activity,â€� the
Ministry of Defense wrote on its website, ABCreported.
dogs inspect bases, search vehicles and checkpoints, and go out on
patrol with military personnel to find ammunition, explosives, and
was the saving of countless lives by searching out IEDs that saw the
honor of official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police bestowed upon
Buster,â€� the Ministry of Defense said in its statement.
Bread was found in the
lung of a former RAF dog handler who died after being found unconscious
in a ward at a Norfolk hospital.
Michael Campion, 49, from East Rudham, was taken to Hellesdon
Hospital in Norwich after his mental health deteriorated in August 2013.
An inquest in Norwich heard he was being looked after when he
appeared to have choked on food on 1 October.
He died three days later at the Norfolk and Norwich University
Mr Campion had been a dog handler at RAF Raynham in the 1980s.
leaving the military he had had difficulties finding full-time work.
His wife, Samantha, said in a statement read to the inquest:
a good and loving husband and father who was missed by all who knew
him... a quiet man, very gentle."
In August 2013 his mental health declined, the hearing was
The inquest was told that Mr Campion was in a seclusion ward
the care of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) when he was
found unconscious. He should have been monitored every 15 minutes, the
inquest was told.
In a statement read to the hearing, psychiatrist Dr Julian
said that Mr Campion had been suffering from a manic condition and was
"only sleeping one hour out of 24".
Dr Beezhold said he had recommended that Mr Campion be treated
Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) as the drugs he had been prescribed
did not appear to be curing him.
Dr Taiwo Bambigbola told the inquest he was
arrange ECT treatment for Mr Campion at the time of his death. The
below received from the RMPA Western Australia regarding the passing of
St.Michael's Branch member George Chamberlain (2281)
is my sad duty to notify all members of the death of George Chamberlain
who passed away in Fiona Stanley Hospital after a very short illness in
the early hours of Wednesday 24th June 2015.
served in the RAF Police from August 1951 to September 1953 serving at
Pershore/Netheravon, Duxford, Hook of Holland, BAOR at the 2nd
TAF and No. 2 RAF Police Wing HQ, Buckeburg. His service number was
often spoke about his happy memories of his joint-service policing role
with the RMP in the Hook of Holland. George joined our branch as a
Honorary Branch Member in 2010 and was a regular attendee at our branch
meetings and actively participated in Anzac Day parades. George is
survived by his wife Margaret, three adult children, five grandchildren
and seven great grandchildren.
will arrange a notice shortly in The West Australian
on behalf of RMPA Western Australia Branch.
funeral will take place on Wednesday 1 July 2015
and I have been advised arrangements are as follows:
Ã‚Â·A family viewing at Bowra & O'Dea, 43
Summerton St, Medina - 1.30 to 2.00 pm
service at St Brendan's by the sea, cnr Currie St & Parkland
Drive, Warnbro - 2.30 to 3.30pm.
family have requested RMPA Western Australia Branch provide a Guard
at the conclusion of the funeral service. Those members able to
participate, please be dressed accordingly together with red berets and
white gloves. As I have asked Trevor Margetson to coordinate
arrangements hereon, please contact Trevor ASAP on 9524 8034 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
and advise of your ability to attend.
Western Australia Branch
old friend Flt Lt Don Shorland has unfortunately passed. Don flew
Spitfires during WW2 on RAF Squadron 130 (Punjabi). He attended, along
with his widow Mavis, every Remembrance Day and Armed Forces Day here
in his home town of Dawlish. He truly "fitted the bill" An Officer and
a Gentleman. He will be sorely missed here in Dawlish. He and Mavis
were staunch leaders in the local Spiritual Church. Our deepest
sympathies go out to Mavis and their families. God Bless and Rest
Peacefully in Gods Bosom Old Friend. Respect to a Hero. Miike McCabe
Roland Briggs 20/06/15
It is with great
I inform you of the passing of Thomas Henry Jackson aged 97years on
19th June 2015. Tom joined the RAF Police in 1937 at Uxbridge and
served most of his time either in the UK or Middle East reaching the
rank of Flying Officer. He left the service in 1947 but was a member of
the RAFPA (Yorkshire South Branch) attending most meetings. RIP Tom you
will be sadly missed.
funeral service for Thomas Jackson will be held at 2p.m. Monday 6th
July 2015 at St. Lawrence Church, Sigglesthorne, Nr. Hornsea, East
village is quite small and is located 3 miles west of Hornsea on the
A1035 road where it meets the B1243 road. OS Grid Reference TA155457
the time of writing arrangements are in hand to arrange a Wake
afterwards and these details will be announced when confirmation is
would appreciate an
indication of how many may be attending nearer the event. If you are
attending would you please advise me at email@example.com I
will collate and pass the numbers on to the family.
Nigel Cox 20/06/15
got this through facebook:- "It is with sadness that Carolyn (Daughter
of Brenda & Dennis (Ginge) Mew) has just informed me that
has passed away tonight. Regards Bill Jenkinson" Sincere
condolences to Dennis and the rest of Brenda's family.
arrangements for Brenda are "Service at All Saints Church Collingham on
Thursday 9th July at 1000hrs,Burial at 1045hrs followed by wake at "The
Grey Horse Collingham."
N9th B this is the last pub on left on 1133 as you go through the
CHURCH, Robin John M B E (Robbie) Service No:
M595412 RNZ Military Police. Passed away peacefully
on Saturday 16th of May 2015 aged 79 years. Much loved husband of the
late Divinia (Dee). Loved Dad of Shona, Christopher and Annette, David
and Jenny, and Robin. Much loved Poppa of Claire, Levon, Jasmyn,
Travis, Kelsey, Courtney, Jared, Seren. Jizelle and Niveah. Will be
missed by Waike. God go with you Dad. A Funeral Service will be held
for Robbie in the Papakura RSA, 40 Elliott St, Papakura, on Tuesday
19th of May at 1:00pm. Robbie will then travel to Hawera for another
service on Wednesday 20th of May at 1:00pm at the Hawera RSA, 130
Princes Street, Hawera, prior to burial at the Hawera
Robbie, the man who shaped a 23 yr old RNZAF Police Corporal for the
rest of his service career and future life skills.
Ã¢â‚¬ï¿½Laarbruch Reunion 2014 Facebook Group 25/4/15
Morning everyone, 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 70s, 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.
is with deep sorrow that I must inform you that Wg Cdr (Ret'd) Brian
Ransley died yesterday afternoon, Sunday 19th April.
The funeral of Brian Ransley will take place at 1600 hours on Thursday
30th April at the West Wiltshire Crematorium. Family flowers only have
been requested but anyone wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers
may do so to the Royal Air Forces Association.
West Wiltshire Crematorium
mourns â€˜Busterâ€™; sergeant says he would have died for bomb-sniffing
dog that saved thousands
the bomb-sniffing dog was declared the Royal Air Forceâ€™s â€œofficial
lifetime mascotâ€� for saving thousands of lives during five tours of
duty. (Image: U.K. Ministry of Defense) ** FILE **more >
Sgt. Will Barrow said he would have gladly given his life for the
13-year-old Springer Spaniel, who died at the sergeantâ€™s home.
youâ€™re very, very lucky, there will be the one dog you would lay down
your life for, and for me that dog is Buster,â€� Sgt. Barrow said, ABC
News reported Friday.
arms explosive search dogs are a high-profile, effective deterrent used
as a pro-active response to the threat from terrorist activity,â€� the
Ministry of Defense wrote on its website, ABCreported.
dogs inspect bases, search vehicles and checkpoints, and go out on
patrol with military personnel to find ammunition, explosives, and
was the saving of countless lives by searching out IEDs that saw the
honor of official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police bestowed upon
Buster,â€� the Ministry of Defense said in its statement.
If any RAFPA member wishes to assist with forming a Guard of Honour, in
uniform with medals, please let me know. Branch Standards are also
Regards to all,
RAFPA Wiltshire Branch
JOINT funeral has remembered the greatest true love story of wartime
sweethearts who died within days of each other following a marriage
spanning eight decades.
95, and Ronald Pearson, 94, who lived in Warren Drive, Broughton met
and married during the Second World War.
died last month, two days apart, after almost 72 years together.
a family funeral at Blacon Crematorium yesterday, the great
grandparents were remembered for having lived beautiful love
story one that was to last over 70 years.
Pearson, who was originally from Derbyshire, was a sergeant in the RAF
police during the war and was based in Hawarden. Mrs Pearson served as
a driver in the Auxiliary Territorial Service based in Kinmel Park,
met at an evening at the Albert Hall dance hall in Buckley.
the service, funeral celebrant Mary McDonald said Mr Pearson had
seen lovely young woman and went over to ask her to dance.
was the beginning of a beautiful love story one that lasted over 70
years. They never looked back. They both knew they were meant for each
a marriage that saw 13 Prime Ministers come and go, the Queen's
Coronation and England win the football World Cup, Mr Pearson went on
to work for British Aerospace in Broughton for 40 years while his wife
worked at Browns of Chester, Barnett's Fashion, Buckley, and Delyn
Fashions in Mold.
couple had two children, Jennifer and Mark and went on to have five
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
They adored their new families and they made
each moment of their lives count.
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
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
Parade , Northallerton, DL7 8 SG Tel No 01609 777255 where all
enquiries and cards of condolence should be sent.
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 MichaelÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢s grandson
on Facebook. No other details are yet available.
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.
has requested a quiet family funeral, however should anyone wish to
remember Ray donations are requested to the London Air Ambulance.
I am the bearer of bad news again. My old friend Eddie Harper passed
away on 18th Feb 2015. He was in hospital, and suffered a heart attack.
With other complications affecting him, he did not recover. I know he
was well known to many people, and I personally served with him on
Support Sqn late 70's. God bless you Eddie, RIP mate.
dad, Malcolm Thornton, has passed away. He was in the RAF Police in
1960 at Bruggen. I would like to inform his friends. My dad was 78. He
was born in Bearpark Durham and he was a Police Inspector who retired
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 -
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
is with sadness that we announce the passing away
today (17 February) of our member Tony Townsend.
thoughts are with his wife Jo & family.
details will be published when known.
he rest in peace.
Heath, Sec: SDB
From Facebook John Claxton - Laarbruch
Reunion 2014 I am ex MT, was at
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
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 was admitted to the Kings Mill
Hospital, Mansfield on Thursday 12th
(which would have been
PatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢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
The funeral arrangements for Pat have
It will take place at the
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5BJon
Thursday 26th February at 11.45.
has been organised at a local venue.
family has asked me if I will coordinate the number of Royal Air Force
Police Association members who will be attending.
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.
time for son Andrew and daughter Dianne and of course their extended
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.
6th February 2015
1230 hours Chanterlands
HU 54 EF
Family flowers only.
Donations to Help for Heroes & RAF Benevolent Fund.
Large Chapel...All welcome.
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 Vincefrown emoticonfrown emoticon
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
May John Rest in Peace.
Trevor E (EMB Sec)
to the notice last week of the death of John Ettridge we now have
details of his funeral
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
JohnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢s granddaughter carried his white hat
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!!!
is with great sadness, I announce that Derek Williamson of Bispham a
loving father, former RAF Police Office & Officer at
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.
in the Blackpool Evening Gazette on 5th July 2013 (Distributed in
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.
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.
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.
Sad news spoke to George Innes about a year ago before I
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
In company with Gp Capt Jim Leggat (representing the PM),
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
Scot & NI Branch
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.
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.
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.
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 connectionwith
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 RAFÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢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
loved father of Roger, Tim & Viv, father-in-law of Les, Val
Perry and Grandad of Oliver & Pippa. Funeral Service to take
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.
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.
Very sad to learn of
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
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOfficerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ 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
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
area, in the chapel were filled by over 100 family, friends work
colleagues and members of the RAFPA.
A memorable farewell to a
member who, for over 18 years, had held an important post within the
Yorkshire branch of the RAFPA .
funeral of Lynne Williamson will take place at 1420 hours on Monday 2nd
February at Rose Hill Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Doncaster, DN4 6NE.
news was passed to me this morning, that Lynne Williamson (Secretary of
RAFPA Yorkshire (South)), passed away, suddenly, yesterday 6th January
Lynne. Condolences to your family and friends.
Air Force Association, Yorkshire (South) Branch
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 2014after a fall that resulted in a
circumstances of LynneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢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
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 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œknowing lookÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½.We
always knew when ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRoversÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ 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.
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
are sad to have been informed today of the death in October 2014 of
Terence Jewitt(RAFPA Member599)
who served in the early 1950ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ may
he rest in peace
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
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
May James Rest in Peace.
Just been informed of the
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
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
There is overnight accommodation available at the Premier Inn,
Leicester Central (A50), part of the Fare & Square pub complex
Groby Road next to the crematorium. At the moment the cost is
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£55.00 per room per night.
Of Rudloe, passed suddenly away on the 29th November 2014, aged 58
'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 bewleymerrett.co.uk
Alternatively cheque's made payable to the charities can be sent care
of Aaron Bewley, Bewley & Merrett Funeral Directors, 57a
Road, Corsham, SN13 9BS.
I have just been informed
Wardell that RAFPA Member Keith Gilmore, HD&IoW
passed away a couple of days ago. No other details are known at this
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
been informed of the
death of Robbie Backhouse's wife, Jean at 3 pm yesterday, 26th October.
No other details at present
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.
was saddened to
read in the RAFPA obituary column of the death of Tony Bower.
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
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
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
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
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
I know that
heavenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢s gardens will be well looked after ....
have just received a phone call from Joseph Hart the son of ex RAFP FS
Tony ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“MorphÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢ Hart who sadly passed away
over the weekend following a battle with lung cancer. Tony used to have
a Rottweiler dog called ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“MajorÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢ 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 BecclesCemetery, 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.
is with sadness that I report the passing, last night, of Sgt Howard
(Taff) Cooper RAFP.
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".
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 unitÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢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. RegÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢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 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œwhat the ***** are
you doing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ere..ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ and since then he
eventually became the excellent and sadly missed ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Events
ManagerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢ for the Oxford area RAFPA crew. (The photo is
of Reg, a member of the Mounted Section at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus)
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.
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.
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.
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.
was the RAFPA National Secretary for 2 years, until April of this year,
when he had to resign, dueto
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
Rest in peace Eric.
RAF Police Association
The funeral of Eric Harrison will take place on Monday 15th September
at 1245 hours at the:
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
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“uniformÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢ 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.
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 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Mentioned
in DespatchesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢ 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
Ex F.S. RAF Police
& Member of Scotland & NI Branch
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
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 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“in drapeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢. 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.
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
East Riding Crematorium
Octon Cross Roads
(Approx 6 Miles N of Driffield on B1249 Staxton Rd Jnct
There will be a buffet at the Crematorium after the Service
let me know ASAP if you are able to attend so that numbers may be
The NYB Standard will be present and Branch Members will
Guard of Honour. Association Members attending would be welcome to join
John expressed a wish that money is not 'wasted' on flowers
Donation may be made to NARPO an organisation with which John was
It is with
deep regret that I must inform you that Doris McArdle, beloved wife of
Stewart, passed away in hospital today, 31st July.
RAF Police Association
The service will be held on the 18th August at 1330hrs at West Suffolk
Crematorium (Risby) Bury St Edmunds.
Only Family flowers
Donations to the Alzhiemers Society.
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
have been advised that Memb. No. 1456 Mr Michael Headley passed away a
few days ago. No further info.
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.
funeral is on 3rd of July (Thursday) at 11.20 am at
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
Pip would have been
this beautiful little girl who had to go through such a lot to arrive
here quite suddenly yesterday.
Regards to all
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
Chris Lumb on the Facebook page
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.
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
will post more when I have anything to release as per Connie's wishes.
informed by WO Taff Price RAFP Boulmer funeral is 15.30 hrs Monday
coming at Blyth crematorium (Northumberland) full military honours
Copland at first Arboretum parade. RIP Sir. Martin Uden
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.
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).
Bill started his uniformed career in 1940 when he volunteered
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
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
(5ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€�Â¢6ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½) 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
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWarsaw 44ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ 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 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œQsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ 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
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: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI chose RAF Police because it appeared
to be one of the few trades which had an operational role in peacetime.
Also its members tended to perform their duties in relative isolation,
making on the spot decisions and being responsible for their own
actions. This was similar in some respects to that of members of a
bomber-crew of which I was familiarÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
1937 - 27th March 2014
we lost Colin, peacefully at home on Thursday 27th March 2014. We were
fortunate to be with him during his final hours
Colin has battled with numerous illnesses for quite some time and
through all of this he tried to be cheerful and stoic.
He will be very sorely missed by his beloved wife Brigitta Clarke, his
sons Ralph and Roy and all his family and friends.
We have made the following arrangements for Colin's funeral
Thurday 17th April 2014
At St Peter's Church
Following the burial at Ugley church cemetery we would like to warmly
invite you to remember Colin and join the family for refreshments at
The Chequers Pub and Restaurant, Cambridge Road, Ugley, CM22 6HZ
Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be able to join us.
Roy & Sharon email@example.com 07792 034801
Ralph & Carolyn firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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)
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
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
former RAFP Sgt Dennis Landy, who served in the early 1950s.
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
years old, and saw service at Gutersloh, and Berlin. When there are
funeral details, I shall post an update, should anyone wish to attend.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Retired Group Captain Gerry Biggar died yesterday 1
January 2014. He was aged 85.
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
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.
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.
am sorry to have to report the passing of ex RAF
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
A great character, RIP.
First time I've looked at the website and was
saddened to read this. Had the pleasure of working with Mark at
Coningsby. Good laugh Great lad. Sad loss.
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.
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
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
pm at St John's church in Ryde, Isle of Wight with the committal at
1.30pm at the IoW Crematorium.
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
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.
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
The years Trevor spent in the Air Force were the best of his working
life, tours included RAF Bruggen and JHQ
Dee Hewitt (Peacock)
Mackay died this afternoon ( 19 Nov) with a suspected heart attack.
the passing of Stuart Mackay I have a date and time for 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 email@example.com
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
area. Chris Cornish's funeral is on 27 Nov 13 at St
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.
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.
Perry, a staunch supporter of RAFP golf and the Misters, unfortunately
passed away on Wednesday 9 Oct 13 after a long illness bravely
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.
for David Perry is at 1330 on 22 Oct at Cambs Crematorium just off the
A14 between Cambridge and Bar Hill
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Stew McArdle Just had a phone call from Lynne Manley to inform me that
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
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
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.
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 largest.is 23rd July,
2013 at Bucks Palace Church, Bucks Town Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
and family were really overwhelmed by the support they received from
the RAF Police/RAFPA and RMPA community at this very sad time.
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.
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
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
Philip Roy SMART
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
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
Rest in Peace Andy.
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.
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
with his beloved wife Julie.
been informed by his son that member Gordon Handsley (Served March 1948
to March 1970) died in January 2013
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
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)
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
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.
believed that Member Jack C Cross (936) has died. His wife died in
January and it is believed that he pre-deceased her
death on March 12th of RAFPA Member Jeremy George, who served
between 1986 to 1994, in America has been reported.
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.
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.
I'm sad to report the death yesterday of Memb.
No. 1875, John Matthews of Ryde, I o W.
have just been informed by letter that Member No 1987, William Ahearne
of Douglas, Isle of Man passed away on 15th January following
stroke. His wife sent a very sweet letter with a crafted snowdrop
attached to it. Eric
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.
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 .
sincerest condolences to Gwen and family.
Rest in Peace Les.
& 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
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.
& 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
There will be a
Service of Thanksgiving in Ripon Cathedral on 18 January 2013 at 14.00.
May Bill Rest
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
James Adams unfortunately died on the 19th December .
funeral is at 1000hrs on Friday, 4th January at Portchester
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
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.
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
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.
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.
today (21 Nov 12) been advised of the recent death of Memb.
No. 1217 Mr. Bernie Blaikie of Northampton.
further details at this time.
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.
funeral is planned for Wednesday
28th of November at Loddon Church, Norfolk, and if our presence is
accepted I will inform everyone by email.
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.
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
at the age of 81yrs. The funeral is on Friday 16 - 11 - 12 at
[11.50hrs] Lincoln Crematorium which is situated on Washingborough Road
Some bad news. Bill Bradley, a member of the RAF Police
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.
Just learned a former QPD of 12 years - Pete 'Ming' Watson
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
I've been advised by his widow, that Memb. No. 1239 Derek
Gale passed away last month.
Have been informed of the death of Colin F Jones, Memb No
0774, of Bexley Heath, Kent.
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.
to take place at St Mary's Church, 346 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham,
SE13 6LE at 0930hrs (prompt) on Wed 8 Aug 12, (website http://www.lewishamparish.org/)
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
Keith (Sec LHC)
"Following his death in April, the funeral of my Father,
(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
It with sadness that I have to report the passing away of
'Geordie' Douglas last night (Sunday 01 Jul) in Lincoln County Hospital
after his long battle with cancer. My thoughts are with Vera
May Geordie Rest In Peace
service for Ronnie Douglas will take place at Lincoln Crematorium on
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
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.
Chairman of North Yorkshire
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
I've been advised by his widow
that Memb. No. 1713, John Cutler passed away on Saturday last. (16th
Funeral details not finalised,
but probable next Thursday at Semington Crematorium.
Sorry to report that RAFPA member
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
straightforward family man, and had spent many years nursing his wife,
who had equally poor health in recent years.
Sad to report
member Ron Sutcliffe died today (Sunday) in Sheffield of cancer.
the RAF Police in 1949 and served until 1972.
May Ron Rest
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.
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.
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
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
I shall do my level best to get down to Aldershot with my wife
on the day of his funeral.
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,
Unfortunately I have no further
information. May he Rest in Peace.
of Cpl Brent J McCarthy on 31st May 2012
at St Nicholas Church, Codsall,Wolverhampton.
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
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, BrianLawrence and Trevor Marklew.
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.
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
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
Following school he worked in a number of jobs before
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
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."
"Corporal Brent McCarthy came to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
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
"His intelligence, ready wit and his desire to muck in and
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,
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
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
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
"Cpl Brent McCarthy was fiercely loyal and courageous,
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,
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
"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
knowledge that Brent was an exemplary policeman of whom they should be
"Dynamic and with an enormous sense of
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
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
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
"He maintained an unfaltering sense of duty
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
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
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."
"Coming from the same town of Telford there
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
extended family will remember him forever. Rest in Peace Mac, gone but
"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
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
"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
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
"We conducted all of our training with the
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
Police Advisory Team, Number 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards,
"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
"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
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."
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
Family flowers only but donations to "Help the
Heroes" through the funeral directors - E. Gill and Sons
Ltd, 55 Albert Street, Newark-On-Trent, NG24 4BQ
I have just received news that Mark
Henry (ex Sgt (CI) RAF Waddington) has died over the weekend
(12 May )
After he 'retired' from regular
joined 3 Sqn RAF Police Auxiliary as a Sgt and deployed to Op HERRICK
with an 'Auggie' Section as their I/C responsible for ATSy for 6
months. My Det to HERRICK covered most of the last 4 months of his time
in Theatre. He was a good bloke and looked after his Section really
At this very, very sad time for the RAFP both serving and retired, it
would be a shame if Mark's passing to higher service went un-noticed.
Sincere condolences to Mark's family and close friends. RIP mate.
John Robert Henry.
1963- 12 May 2012
The funeral of ex Sgt Mark Henry took place at
13.00 today 28th May 2012at St
Giles Church, Balderton, Notts.
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.
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
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.