From the old site

 28th April 2023

Sadly, after a long fight with cancer, Paul Kingsley passed away on 20th April 2023. His funeral will take place at 1500hrs on 15th May at the South Oxfordshire Crematorium, Garford, Abingdon.

Ivor Milne.


 13th April 2023

 I’ve been informed by his wife Eileen, that her husband Norman George Wand died earlier today. Norman was one of my oldest and dearest friends, we first met at RAF St Mawgan in 1965.

Norman joined the RAF in 1962. After basic training, RAF Police and dog training at RAF Netheravon he was posted to Woodhall Spa. During the next few years Norman served in Borneo, Germany, Singapore, and had detachments to Northern Ireland and the Persian Gulf, his last unit being Support Squadron. Whilst on ‘Support’ he decided to leave the RAF after just under 15 years service as he had been separated from his wife Eileen and two young sons too often.

In civil life Norman initially took work in the Security and Health & Safety fields. His employment in later years was in the Post Office.

Norman is survived by his wife Eileen and his sons Daryl and Chris and their families. Additionally, Norman had good family support and friendship from his wider family and friends. A good man, whom my family and I were very fond of, and who we will all sorely miss.

God Bless Norman, R.I.P.

Funeral arrangement will be posted in due course.

Pete Somerville


 24th February 2023



 I am genuinely so sad to announce that Phil Manning died from Lung Cancer on 1st February 2023. He last resided in leeds with his wife Kath. He was 71 years of age. A character of the first water.

RIP Phil.

Dave 'Paladin'.




 2nd January 2023



  A list of those Snowdrops "Posted Upsatirs" in 2022 provided by Steve Davies (click here)


 29th December 2022 (Updated 9th January 2023)




I was Informed earlier that Reg Ball from Stockport had passed away this morning. Reg was my best man in 1972 and served at Masirah, Lyneham, Bruggen and others in the 60/70's for 9 years. I will post details of the funeral arrangements as soon as I find out.
RIP Reg.

Huw Rees

Reg's funeral will take place at the Stockport crematorium on 27th January 2030 at 1045hrs.


 27th December 2022 (Updated 1st January 2023)




I sadly have to report the death this (Christmas) weekend of Sidney Inch.  Sid was 92 and served from January 1951 to January 1954.  He was a founder member of the SWAB and he and Margaret were regular attendees at our meetings and other events.  Sid was a Branch Standard bearer for many years. 

Sid's funeral will take place on 18th January at 1000hrs at the Western Mill Crematorium, Plymouth. Wake afterwards at the Green Taverners Lounge, Plymouth Argyle FC (If attending the wake please inform George Poad).

May Sid Rest in Peace.

John Walton
South West Area Branch



 7th November 2022




It is my sad duty to report the death of GEORGE PRINCE on the 27th October 2022. Our condolences go out to Wendy and family. George and Wendy have been ardent supporters of the NY Branch for many years. There are no further details.

May George Rest in Peace. 

Ken Turner



6th October 2022




It is with great regret that it has been learned that Carl Walker GC passed away in Blackpool on 2nd October 2022 aged 88years.

Carl served in the RAF Police from 1952 to 1954. He later joined the Blackpool Borough Police force which became part of the Lancashire Constabulary in 1969.

On Monday 23rd August 1971 an armed robbery took place in Blackpool town center when Carl became one of the pursuing officers. During the course of the pursuit he was fired at on several occasions finally being shot from close range being seriously wounded as a result.

In recognition of his bravery Carl was awarded the George Cross.

The citation can be found at

Duty done Sir, Rest in Peace.

Sids’s funeral will take place on 18th January 2023 at 1000 hours at the Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth. Wake afterwards at The Green Taverners Lounge, Plymouth Argyle FC Plymouth Argyle (if attending the wake please inform George Poad).


20th September 2022







It was saddening to learn that Charlie Crossan passed away in the early hours of Friday 16th September. Charlie served in the RAF Police from 1959 to 1986 attaining the rank of Warrant Officer; he held both the QPCI & QPSI Annotations. He was instrumental in the formation of the RAF Police Association in August 1984 becoming its first Secretary. He did leave the Association for a short period re-joining in 2001.

Charlie was laid to rest on 28th September 2022. Mass waqs held at St Anthony’s Chapel, Brightons, Romford FK1 0RZ. The funeral procession then proceeded to Falkirk Crematorium. After the funeral lunch was provided at the Railway Inn, Glasgow Road, Dennyloanhead, FK41QS. 

Rest in Peace Charlie, duty done.


7th September 2022




I have recently discovered that a good friend, Graham Johnston, who served with me at RAF Laarbruch, circa 1979/1981, died in May2022, aged 71.  In the way of these things, he fell whilst exiting a car, and broke an arm, and this resulted in him being hospitalised in February 2022. Sadly, his mental health deteriorated rapidly prior to his passing. BIG Graham, very aptly named, was one of the nicest people you could meet, and he will have joined his dear wife Jenn, who passed away in 2019. They leave a daughter, a son, and three granddaughters. He was medically discharged just before completing 22 years in the RAFP. His last unit was RAF Chivenor. A born gentleman.

Mick McLaughlin (Glasgow)


31st July 2022


















It is my sad duty to report the recent death of retired Warrant Officer Ken (Jumbo) Jeavons. Ken served from November 1958 to May 1994 on SI and Dogs. He joined the RAF Police Association in 1996 and was a founder member of the South West Area Branch serving for many years as the Branch Vice Chairman.

Funeral arrangements not yet known.

May Ken Rest in Peace.

John Walton

In line with Ken's wishes there will not be a funeral.  Ken will be cremated, and his daughter will take his ashes to Germany where they will be scattered at RAF Wegberg with his wife Jean. 


27th July 2022




I was browsing the website as my father the late Group Captain Jim Sharpe was in the RAFP and have to let you know that his wife Betty Sharpe sadly passed away last month.

Thank you

Andrew Sharpe

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14th July 2022





It is my sad duty to report that KenHuxtable BEM passed away in the early hours of 5th July in ScarboroughHospital. Ken served in the RAFP from 1955 to 1986 attaining the rank of Flight Sergeant, he held a QPDI annotation.

The funeral service for Ken will take place in St. JOHN the EVANGELIST Church  Sleights on Wednesday 27th July 2022 at 1100Hrs, afterwards to be interred in the Church Graveyard. St. John’s Church is situated on the right as you enter Sleights vie the A169 from the South at the first lane junction. The North Yorkshire Branch Standard will be paraded.

Refreshments will be served afterwards at a local venue.

Our condolences go out to his wife Elaine and Ken’s family.

RIP. Ken.

Ken Turner,

The Service to celebrate the life of KEN HUXTABLE BEM was held on Wednesday 27th July in St Johns Church Sleights. There were 127 mourners in the church with 7 Standards from various Veteran Associations including the NYB Standard, present members of the NYB , several former members and veterans who had served with Ken in the past . The Hymns were Amazing Grace and Abide With Me. The Eulogy was read by Kens Son-in-Law. Exit Music from the Church was the RAF March. Committal was at the graveside in the Church Grounds.

Ken RIP You were a true Gentleman.l

Ken Turner, Secretary, NYB. (RAFPA).







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