Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals




From Facebook:

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,


RAFPA Wiltshire Branch


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
CM19 4S

on 14th 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.

Alan Knowler


 Just 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 Police.


Tributes 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.
John 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.
What 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.
Owain 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 from 1947-76.

Funeral service at Chelmsford Crematorium 1130hrs 14/11/17,all welcome to attend. Donations to the RAF
Benevolent Fund.


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 Crematorium. 


Sad to report the death of Brian Drew.

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 Authers


From 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 
Gus McGowan
RAFPA Scot & NI Branch


Received 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 & Vale Crematorium.


From 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.


To 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
last night.
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.