Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals
It is my sad duty to report that Derek Topham passed away on the 18 Jan 2018. My
condolence go out to the family for their loss and may Derek rest in peace
Sidney Plumstead, 96, died peacefully in his sleep on January 8.
son Kevin Plumstead said his father, who was born in Norwich in 1921,
had been at the forefront of training dogs for guarding purposes in the
Plumstead, second from left, played a leading role in training dogs for
use in the RAF. Picture: Courtesy the Plumstead family
“He was appointed to an experimental team in 1942 to see if dogs could be used in the RAF,” he said.
“The project was a success and led to the forming of the RAF’s police dog section.”
Mr Plumstead said the dogs were used for guarding aeroplanes and also for areas where new aeroplanes were developed.
father became a member of the unit and was based in Wales where a dog
he trained was involved in the capture of two German prisoners of war
After the war ended, Sidney Plumstead returned to Norfolk where he bought property in Frettenham.
“He gradually built it up buying other property and eventually ended with 33 acres of land,” said Mr Plumstead.
“He established an Alsatian training facility and boarding kennels on the land.”
said his father had been a founding member of the Norwich Dog Training
Society along with Kay Gee and Edgar Daines, the then Chief Constable,
realised that Norwich needed an Alsatian training facility and set up
the Norfolk Alsatian Association and was head trainer for both
Plumstead said his father was contacted by Hong Kong police in the
early 1970s to supply part-trained Alsatians to be used as search and
“He also advised Belgium police with dog training and the formation of a police dog section in the country.”
his father as a straight talker who loved his family, he said Sidney
Plumstead had even appeared in a “couple” of children’s films in the
1960s as a dog trainer.
His wife, Doreen Plumstead, passed in 2009. The couple were married for 69 years.
He leaves behind three children, Brian, Pamela and Kevin.
funeral, which takes place on Monday, January 22, will be attended by
family, friends and a team of dog handlers from RAF Marham.
I’m sad to report the death of my dear friend Mark Appleyard. Mark served for
many years in the RAF Police, and on retirement with W H Smith. He died on the
31st of December 2017. A
sad day for his widow Barbara, his family and his friends.
The funeral of Mark Appleyard will take place at 11am on the 24th of January at
St Barnabas Church, Leighton Buzzard. Following the service the committal will
be family only. All attending are welcome to refreshments after the service. In
order that Barbara can assess the numbers for catering, could you please notify
Barbara via email on email@example.com
if you’re attending, thank you.
Just heard that Graham Leggett ex Dog Man from the 70's has passed on in Guildford in November.
was my first Station Officer when I joined Surrey Ambulance in 1982 and
had a definite dislike for Feds.....hence I know very little of his
However......he was one of us....and has been posted upstairs. RIP
is with great sadness that I have to inform you that an old friend of
mine from my Finningley days has passed away suddenly. I should think
that a good few of you will also know him. Tony Allen was a great guy
who liked a laugh and we had many an adventure together. He will be
with really sad news that I must tell you that Dave Thompson passed
away peacefully after a very short illness on Friday 8th December in
A good mate to all of us who served with him during our service and as Nigel Cross mentioned a great mentor to alot of us young NCOs.
As soon as Sandra has been given a date for his funeral, I will put it on Facebook.
Sandra said he was still a grumpy old bugger until the end.
RIP mate, you will be missed.
Kenny, Secretary of the Essex and Suffolk branch of the RAFPA has
advised the recent deaths of two members of his branch.
the 3 December, Tony Hooper died .Tony had been the ESB treasurer
for many years up until recently when ill health caused him
retire from the post. Also, at the end of October David
Burgess died at the age of 88yrs. David served for 36yrs in
the RAF Police retiring as WO.
Reported today by Graham Wheeldon:
Hi Steve, I've just got back from the PICA GB swap meet at Woking,
while we were there the current chairman informed us of the sad news
that former chairman Vic Wilkinson passed away from a stroke last week.
You may know the he had a long career in the Met Police, but may not be
aware that his policing career started with the RAF Police as, I
believe, a National Serviceman, serving in South Kensington and Port
Said, amongst other places. We held a minute's silence in his memory.
All the best, Graham
It is with
great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Robert Blackwood
(Bob) Wilson in the early hours of this morning, 20 Nov 17.
No further details are available at this time but
will follow when known.
May Bob rest in peace.
Regards to all,
service for Bob Wilson will take place on Friday 1st December at 1300 hours
St John's Church
Afterwards the family have invited everyone to
join them at:
The Fox and Hounds
The family are deeply appreciative of the RAF
Police Association's offer to support them during the funeral service. We hope
to provide an Honour Guard at the entrance to St John's Church, where the coffin
will be escorted by the Wiltshire
The church service will conclude with the blessing
and committal, followed by the Last Post - 2 minutes silence - and Reveille (as
the coffin is carried from the church, through the Honour Guard, to the
hearse). The hearse will then go, alone, to Semington
Crematorium and the mourners have been invited by Bobs family, to join them at
the Fox and Hounds.
The family have requested family flowers only.
Any donations received will be divided equally between the Dementia Care Charity
and the RAF Police Association.
If you wish to attend the funeral it would be very
much appreciated if you could let me know, in order for me to advise the family
of numbers for catering purposes. Likewise, if any RAFPA
members or ex RAFP
wish to join the Honour Guard please let me know.
Kind regards to all,
Bob and Dave Swaithe - Dining-in Night at RAF Rudloe Manor
I have been informed by Neil
Rusling that Boots Hooton has died this afternoon in Queen's Hospital
Romford where he was taken after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
The funeral service for
Brian (Boots) Hooton will take place at
Parndon Wood Crematorium,
Pardon Wood Road
December at 1345 hrs. Details for the reception will follow.
I was saddened to learn that Boots had passed. I served with him on the
P&SS (NR) Test Team 1976 - 1977 and we had many adventures across the
Region, in addition to Tacevals in Scotland. He was a legend, known to many. May
Brian Rest in Peace.
announced that Lord Imbert died this morning. In 1988, one year
after taking up Britain's top police post, Mr Peter Imbert QPM, the
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was knighted by the Queen. It
marked a peak in Sir Peter's police career which started way back in
August 1951 when as a young National Serviceman he joined the RAF
Police and was sent to RAF Netheravon to undergo his initial police
training under the direction of
Sergeant C Learmonth1. After completing his training, Acting Corporal
Imbert was posted to No 5 RAF Police District at RAF Ruislip where he
was employed on provost duties in the capital. Later during his
two-year service he was posted to RAF White Waltham, where HRH the Duke
of Edinburgh was training to become a pilot. Finally, in October 1953,
Corporal Imbert completed his National Service and left the RAF.
However, having enjoyed police-work immensely, he immediately joined
the Metropolitan Police and after completing his training was posted to
Bow Street police station. From that point on he never looked back and
in 1956 he transferred over to the Criminal Investigation Department
and then to Special Branch. Between 1973 and 1976, he served with the
Anti-terrorist Squad as a Superintendent and was a key member of the
team that successfully brought the week long Balcombe Street siege to
an end after he persuaded IRA terrorists to release their hostages and
surrender. After being promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in
January 1976, he continued his investigations into foreign subversive
groups operating in the UK and later that year he was appointed
Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) with the Surrey Constabulary. He
was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable eighteen months later. In 1979,
he was appointed Chief Constable of the Thames Valley force and in
1985, he was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan
have been paid to a Welsh nationalist who attempted to stop the
flooding of the Tryweryn valley. John Albert Jones, who died on
Wednesday night 8 November 2017, at the age of 75, was one three men
who blew up a transformer on the site of the Tryweryn dam, changing the
history of public protest in Wales.
Albert Jones, a former Royal Air Force Policeman, was joined by Emyr
Llywelyn, a university student from Ceredigion and Owain Williams, a
farmer’s son, both of whom were jailed for the bombing. Mr Jones avoided a prison sentence and instead received three years on probation.
drew them together was Liverpool Corporation’s plan to flood the
village of Capel Celyn and the valley of Tryweryn, in Meirionnydd. The
actions of the bombers merely delayed the reservoir project, which
aimed to secure additional water capacity. It was finished and
officially opened on October 21, 1965.
John Albert Jones went on to
become a father of 10, married to Jackie, who passed away a few years
ago. He worked as a painter and lived with his family near Pwllheli.
Williams, who is now a Gwynedd County Councillor, said: “John’s death
is a huge loss for Wales. “He was a man of integrity, who had a quiet
sense of humour and never really liked a lot of attention. “He was such
a genuine man, and totally reliable who could be trusted.” “John didn’t
have the easiest of starts in life, he lost his mother when he was very
young and his father when he was a teenager,” said Mr Williams. “He was
a very proud father to his children.” Mr Williams added: “I remember
meeting him for the first time in a coffee bar in Penrhyndeudraeth
where he lived at the time with his aunt. He was an imposing looking
young man, with very black hair. We got talking and we agreed on most
things and I’ll miss my friend very much.”
Reported by his son Keith, the death of former WO 2363136 David Burgess
RAFP, aged 88yrs, on 24/10/17 after a short illness. WO Burgess served
Funeral service at Chelmsford Crematorium 1130hrs 14/11/17,all welcome to attend. Donations to the RAF
I have been informed of the death on 29 October 2017
of Nicholas Brundritt.
The Funeral Service will take
place on Thursday 16 November at The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford ST16
2AP at 12 noon followed by a private, family only, Service at Stafford
Sad to report the death of Brian
Brian was one of my dog handler Cpls. in Malta in
the late 50s. He and several others have kept in touch with me ever since then,
so must have been a happy bunch, most of them were National Service. Ken
Huxtable, who I understand you know quite well, was also one of Dog Handler
Cpls. and was also there at the same time, he did
ring me, and informed me of Brian's sad departure, but I have waited for one of
his family to confirm it. May he 'Rest in Peace'.
No details of his Funeral known to me. Frank
Sid Cole on Facebook. A couple of weeks ago a former Prison Service
colleague passed away. His name was Ray Brooks. Like myself he served
in the RAFP for 12 years before going on to do 30 years in the PS. He
served in the late 50’s through the 60’s. Two of the places I know for
sure he served was Gan and 3 police district. I have been awaiting
details of his funeral. Sadly his wife said he wanted no service of any
kind or fuss. He will be going straight from the funeral parlor to be
cremated. He will
just have his wife, son and daughter accompanying him and it would
appear they will leave when he goes in. It is a sad way for a man who
served this country well for 42 years to leave this earth.....but that
was Ray and we have to respect his wishes. He was not a member of the
association but with 12 years Service deserves an entry in gone but not
forgotten. We never met in our RAFP days but for over 20 years we
served at the same Prison and he was a bloody good bloke to have
watching your back. Duty done Ray RIP
Information received from Bill Watson that Mrs Rede Scarth informed him
that her husband Bob Scarth passed away last night, Bob has been in care
suffering from dementia for the last 9 months. No information where the funeral
will be only that it takes place this Saturday in Northern Ireland. Anyone in
NI wishing to attend please contact the Webmaster for Rede's details
RAFPA Scot & NI Branch
this afternoon from Paul Alfred: It's with great sadness that I have to
announce that my father, formally Flt Sgt RAF Police, Peter (Taffy)
Alfred aged 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday 8th October. His
funeral will be held on Wednesday 18th October, 1.00pm at Cardiff &
Russ Nurse on Facebook: I have just been informed that following
her second battle with cancer, Corporal Irene Lifke, of 3TPS, passed
away last night.
any of you that served with the glorious 31PD in the mid 50’s, (there cannot be
many left), with
sadness I have to report the passing yesterday of Cpl Stew
Stewart. Stew of late not in the best of
health and was bravely living
in Margate with the time bomb of an impending aneurysm that took its toll
Funeral arrangements not yet known.
Farewell to a good
friend. I served with Stew and in 1994 regained contact and corresponded with him
virtually on a daily basis.
His wife advised me of his passing
Relative to the obituary above of ex RAFP Chas Stewart of
Margate, there was no funeral as such but a gathering of friends to celebrate
his life with memory boards of photos etc on which the RAFP featured.