Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals


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I have been informed this morning that a former RAFP SNCO Graham Laird, has passed away.I have no idea when.
He was a CI man and I last saw him at ACS Hereford late 80ís as a instructor on GST 1.
His wife was Dot, WRAF admin, she is still alive from my info.

I have been told Graham died around 10 years ago from bowel cancel.  The funeral was in Middlesborough.

Neil Gardiner

Graham and I were on the same basic course at Debden in 1971 (3 of 71). When I departed for Aldergrove in May 71 he went onto the Dog School. We kept in touch whilst I was still in the RAFP and he did in fact visit me and my family at Valley in 75/76 whilst he was stationed at Staxton Wold. I think that he went to Cyprus after that followed by Brampton when he got his Ďthirdí. I last spoke to him by telephone when he was a F.Sgt at RAF Sealand.


Graham was very much ĎA Man of Kentí.


RIP old friend

Neil Rusling

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Flt Lt Martin Mortimer RAF(Retd) on 31st October aged 88 years.
On retiring from the Service after a long and and varied career both at home and overseas, Martin became the landlord of The Elphinstone Inn, Airth, Falkirk in Scotland.
Martin is survived by wife Mary, younger brother Peter, sons: Martin, Iain, Andrew and Augus, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Iím sure youíll join me in sending condolences to Martinís family at this difficult time. RIP Martin

Allan Hildage


I am sorry to say that John Twigger our 97 year old Medal of Honour holder passed away on Sunday. He had Dementia bless him. He was a Sgt on a motorcycle on D-Day plus one landing in France. R.I.P. John.
All the Best.
Alan.NE Branch.


I have heard that Scott Vallins, also known as Harvey has passed away


Sad to announce the passing of William Arthur Walker in early October 2020. William served three years as a RAFP dog handler, serving in both Suez and Cyprus. He was a member of the RAFPA West Anglian Branch. His Funeral took place at Wollaston Parish Church on Tuesday 13 October 2020.


Heard today that Mick Honeyman , ex RAF Faldingworth 59-61 has completed his duty. RIP Mick

Peter Davies


I have just been informed that Cpl John Young, Dog Handler passed away last night by his ex wife Sharon.

ďHe was at Newton in 82, Honnington in 83, then Gutersloh from 84 to 87. Northolt from 87 to 89 then RAF Brize till we split then he went to a base that was up north I can't think of its name! He ran a pub for several years in Royal Wotton Basset till about 3 years ago.Ē

She also stated he had had bad health for a few years.