Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals




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


We have been informed by the family that Simon Read passed away this morning, the family have asked for some privacy whilst they come to terms with their loss, our thoughts are with them all.

Chris Allen

Steve. I heard yesterday of the sad news that Simon Read, ex RAFP, passed in the early hours of the morning, 12 Sep. No other details. I served with Si at Bruggen in 1980. RIP big fella.
Chris Holmes

We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support during this difficult time.

The funeral service will be held on Monday 2nd October at 2pm at StMarks church, Cheltenham, GL51 7AL. Family flowers only. We ask that colourful clothing is worn, and football shirts where possible.

This will be followed by the wake at the Moon-under-Water, GL53 7HA.

Donations will be taken at the church, or can be donated via

These will be donated to Kidney Research UK and The Royal British Legion, two causes that were close to Simon's heart.


I have been advised of the death in (Yeovil?) hospital on Tuesday 5 Sep 17 of Victor MALLETT. It seems he had been an in-patient since Christmas and was estranged from his family.

Although I have no details of his R.A.F.P. service history other than following National Service he continued wear his white hat for some nine years

When funeral arrangements are know I'll pass them on.


Dave Nash


it is with sorrow that i have to announce the death of Roland Briggs. Rolly as he was known to his friends served in the RAF Police from 1953 to 1975, passed away yesterday evening after a long fight against cancer. He was the secretary of the Yorkshire South branch of the association, and will be sadly missed.

George Robertson

Rolly’s funeral will take place at 1200hrs. Thursday 21st Sept, at Woodlands Crematorium. Brumby Wood Lane, Scunthorpe, DN17 1SP. And afterwards at the Haslan Park Sports club Ashby Road Scunthorpe DN16 2AG. Could you put the details onto the Associates sitefor me and can anyone attending let me know asap so his family can be informed. At the moment there are 11 member from our Branch attending along with a contingent of the National Service Association of which Rolly was a member.


Please be advised of the passing of former Corporal Colin Radband (QPD) following a long illness.

Colin served between 1958 and 1966.

Should anyone wish, I have contact details with his widow and details of his funeral arrangements.

Rest easy Snowdrop, your duty is done.

Jeremy Fenton

I have been informed Granville Colin Jacques recently passed away - Granville served in Germany, Cyprus and as a Corporal at RAF West Raynham before he left the RAFP sometime in the 1950’s to serve in the Metropolitan Police. I have no actual date of his death but needless to say, condolences go out to his family for their loss and may Granville rest in peace.


I have just learned of the death of NYB member Jim Cochrane.
Jim died last Saturday 26 August. He was a widower and since the loss of his wife Jean he has lived with his daughter in Accomb York.
 Jim served as a DH from 58-78 and was one of the founding members of the NYB.
The funeral of Jim will take place on at 11 am on Wednesday 13th September at York Crematorium
Bishopthorpe Road ,York YO 23 2 QD There will be a meeting afterwards at Middlethorpe hall for for a chat with friends and light snacks.


The funeral of WO Elwyn Bowen, aged 104, at Narberth Crematorium (Post Code SA67 4UD), West Wales, on Monday 4 September 2017 at 1300 hours. Elwyn was a Warrant Officer RAF Policeman and from what I've been told, bright as a button, right up to the end. He was one of the early airmen who opened up RAF St Athan during the early part of WWII (40-41) and served in many stations around the UK, throughout his RAF career.


Three ex RAFP attended the funeral of Elwyn Bowen today at 13.00.

Huw (Taff) Rees, Ken Dalziel, and Chris Allen represented former RAFP colleagues as the cortege arrived at the crematorium.

Also present were a serving RAFP Sgt from St Athens and the SWO who had honoured Mr Bowen in March 2017 at St Athens to commemorate his service.

Also present was a Sqn Ldr in uniform who I was not able to identify, neither was I able to get the names of the St Athens NCO's.


I have just been told of the death of Derick (the dog) Sayers in June. He was 77 and died at Larchfield Care Home in Leeds. Derick and I served together as Cpls in Gibraltar 1967 - 1970, me on the Guradroom and he as a dog handler - and again at Debden 1971. He hailed from Norhern Ireland and during the troubles and general unpleasantness in that part of the world at that time, and the danger of him travelling there, I took him home to my folks place in Newcastle at Christmas '71. He was an immediate success with my family for is Iriish charm and joviality. We saw each other regulary for a number of years ( he came to my wedding in '73 and again was a hit with those he met) before he left the service and went ot work in Leeds. We exchanged Xmas cards each year and had frequent telephone conversations, but sadly did not get together again. Very fond memories of a good friend who will be sadley missed. RIP mate.

Howard Thompson


Reported by Eric Tatton-Kelly:
Just wanted to tell you of the death of Al Grabham (5027966) last week. He served in the RAFP 1956 - 63 ish. Served at Odiham and Hong Kong.


I was contacted by Matt Lord this morning with the news that Brian (Tiny) Lodge had passed away yesterday 15 Aug. No details of service at this time. Stewart McArdle


Sad to report that this evening (Monday) I received a call from Vera (Green) to tell me that after a long battle, and many operations, fought with a great deal of courage Jim lost his battle with the Big C at a little after 16.00.
RIP old friend

John Curtis

I can now inform members that the Cremation of Jim Green will take place at 13.50 on Tue 5th September at Lincoln Crematorium, LN41EF
The family have indicated that a Guard of Honour would be appreciated
The wake will take place at the "Mill Lodge" restaurant which is located close to the crematorium
In order to estimate catering could any member attending please email me. (

It is with great sadness to announce the death of Jim Green, Jim passed away yesterday at 16.00 hrs after a long and often intrusive battle with cancer. Jim was well known within the RAFPA. We pass on our condolences to Vera and family. I will post the funeral arrangements as soon as I get them; Vera has already indicated she would like to see a RAFPA Guard of Honour at the funeral.  Philip E Fitchett

This afternoon, 5th September 2017, at the Lincoln Crematorium the funeral service took place of Jim Green (DoB 11th. June 1937)

On 14th August Jim, ex Instructor at the RAFP Depot, lost a determined and protracted battle against the Big C.

The cortege was led by the EMB Standard bearer Barrie Clarke and escorted by eight members of the Royal Air Force Police Association. A large gathering of Jim’s extended family and various members of the RAFP fraternity filled the chapel. An emotional eulogy was read by five of his Grandsons.


It is with deep regret I advise of the death of my very good friend GEORGE HILL at 1am this morning 13th August 2017. George has not been in the best of health these last few months and went back into hospital yesterday afternoon.  My sympathies go out to Pauline and the family.
Gus McGowan

The funeral of FS George Hill will take place at the Carlisle Crematorium, Dalston Road, Carlisle, CA2 6AT at 3pm on Wednesday 23rd August 2017.

Pauline Hill has requested that a obituary message be displayed thanking all those friends and colleagues who attended George's funeral and sent her cards and emails of condolences.   She thanks them all and wishes them all the best for the future.


I have heard that Clive Gilmore's widow, Sheila has died about 2 weeks ago and the funeral is on Wednesday 16th August at 13:45 hours at PORCHESTER CREMATORIUM ( suburb of Portsmouth) but I have no other details at the moment.


From Facebook

Roy S Newman passed away on 6 April this year following a period in hospital. He served from 1952 until his demob in 1974 from RAF Uxbridge. Within this period he served Malaya, Kenya, Singapore, Cyprus (Akrotiri), and Uxbridge. His service in Kenya training the Kenyan police gained him the now fairly rare ‘Kenyan Wasp’ amongst his other medals. His cremation at Breakspear Crematorium took place with Standards from RAFA and RBL in attendance with a bugler to sound the Last Post. My Condolences go out to his family and may Roy Rest in Peace.


Dick Coulson's wife, Christine has told us that Dick passed away on Saturday night and wished everyone who knew him to be informed.

The Funeral of Dick Coulson will be held at the Wilford Hill Crematorium, Loughborough Road, West Bridgeford,  NG2 7FE.  On Tuesday the 18th of July at 12noon.
All welcome afterwards at the Royal British Legion Club, Radcliffe on Trent.NG12 2BB for Eats and Drink.

Dick Coulson and I were friends. We served together No 11 P&SS Gutersloh circa 1963/66 and I was a frequent visitor to his home.

Our paths crossed again when I was at Bruggen (1968/71) and Dick was SNCO i/c the RAF Germany Dog School which was based at Bruggen.

I am deeply saddened by his death. May he rest in Peace.



reported on Facebook that Jim Davey passed away yesterday 

Jim's funeral is on Friday 28th July at 2.30pm, Salisbury Crematorium, afterwards at The Hampton Inn. There are already around 20 police colleagues that have expressed a wish too attend which is really lovely as a family to know how much he was thought of in the police "family". If you could let the family know for catering numbersif you wish to attend the wake that would be helpful,


Sad news. I have just learned that Keith Henchley passed away peacefully last night after a brief battle with cancer. Keith lost his wife Dorothy, to whom he was devoted, 2 years ago and I am sure they will be happy to be together again. Rest in Peace and Stand easy, old friend. Duty done..!!

I served with Keith at Oakhanger in the early 70s. RIP Keith   Ken Turner


3 entries from Facebook in the last couple of days

When you hear of the death of one of our RAF Police family and it raises questions about whether you could have done more for him while he was alive:
I have been informed by Phil Waite of the death of ex Cpl John Walker RAF Police. John served with me on Sp Sqn in 1992/93. When he left the RAF he worked for the MOD Guard Service at Abbey Wood. I understand that John lived in Chippenham, may have fallen on hard times recently and his body was found about 10 days after his death
I don't know when this occurred, or if there has already been a funeral service for him, but if there hasn't I will make sure I attend and I am pretty sure that other members of our RAFPA Wiltshire Branch will join me.
For anyone who cannot recall John Walker, below is a Sp Sqn photo taken in 1992. John is standing on the extreme left, centre row, next to Taff Slade.
News of his death has caused me to reflect, with a sense of guilt - If only I had known he lived just down the road in Chippenham, if only I had known he was struggling, if only........
Farewell John, may you RIP.
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Further to my post about the recent death of ex RAF Policeman, John Walker, his daughter, Elise Walker, has contacted me today with funeral details:

The funeral will take place at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington, Trowbridge, BA14 6HL on Thursday, 3rd August at 1300 hrs.

There will be refreshments afterwards, at the Old Lane Pub, Pewsham, Chippenham, SN15 3SY.

Steve Latchford, who served with John on Sp Sqn in 1992/93, has kindly offered to travel from Leighton Buzzard to act as Celibrant at the funeral service, as a mark of respect for the time they served together.

To avoid speculation, Elise wishes her father's ex RAF Police friends and colleagues to know that John had been diagnosed with PTSD some time ago, he had subsequently become increasingly depressed and alcohol had been a major factor affecting his health leading up to his death. 

Elise would like to thank all who kindly offered financial advice and support towards John's funeral; she was overwhelmed by your generosity. However, she is in a position to pay for all the funeral costs herself, because John was still in the MGS and she is the beneficiary of his 'In Service' Death Benefit. 

We are arranging for an RAFPA Honour Guard to meet John, as his body arrives at the Crematorium. A number of members of this Group have said they would wish to attend his funeral and it would be much appreciated if you are still able to be there. John sadly died alone, but it would be great if the RAF Police can muster in sufficient numbers, to say farewell, to one of our family, with military dignity and style.

During the course of another conversation this evening, it transpires that John Potter, who many of you will know, passed away at the end of 2012. My condolences go out to John's family and may he rest in peace.

Former Warrant Officer Pat Leonard (Pictured here as a FS in Malta in 1977) passed away in 2014 in Telford, Shropshire after losing his battle against Cancer... May he Rest in Peace.


From Philip Walker on Facebook

I have just been informed that sadly John Byatt passed away yesterday after suffering a heart attack. I have no further details, other than from condolence messages on his son's FB. RIP great mate!

update: . It was 'released' locally through the local community. Sadly a little early, as was my post, but the news travelled so fast between 'reliable sources'. From Spencer's post and updates locally it seems John is in a coma and not forecast to recover. I sincerely hope the timing of my original post has not made a sad situation worse and I apologise if so.

update 24/6/17

From Spencer Byatt:

As you will all be aware Dad (John) has been asleep for the past 4 days in hospital. This morning at 6:27 he decided it was time to be reunited with his mum & dad. He will be truly missed by everyone but I'm sure he would want everyone to know he's up there smiling down on us all.


Hi everyone, here are the details so far for John's funeral.
Friday 14th July: 10:45 arrival at St Gregory RC Church, 8 Heathcote Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent ST3 2JU
Followed by private service at Bradwell Crematorium, (Family only), Chatterley Close, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 8LE.
A reception will be held at Little Stoke Cricket Club, The Sid Jenkins Ground, Uttoxeter Road, Stone ST15 8RA.


From Facebook

Saw a post on my timeline about Peter Clark aka Tex who served at Bruggen in the late 70's
For those who where there with us, I'm sorry to say that I heard from his daighter he died 5 years ago. 

Neil Wilson


It has been reported that Herbert (Bert) Hulme of the RAFPA North West Branch has passed away. We have no information of when Bert served in the RAF Police.

Bert (nipper) Hulme sadly passed away at the beginning of April. Bert joined the Association in August last year.

Rest In Peace

Death of Lowerth (Ted) Jones.... Diane Humphreys – Ted’s niece – has advised the RAFPA that her uncle passed away on 1st December 2016.

Ted joined the Association in 2006 but was not associated with any Branch. He served between 1948 – 1955.

Rest in Peace Ted.


From John Cahill on Facebook

It is with real sadness that I pass on some very sad news.

Mark Preedy - formerly RAFP & QPD - has sadly passed away after a very long battle with leukaemia.

The way he has handled his illness, particularly in the last few weeks when he knew it had finally got the better of him, was an absolute inspiration and a better example of dignity you could not find.

He passed away peacefully with his family by his he wanted.

His Wife has asked me to act as a point of contact for all his RAF colleagues, so the Family can have their privacy, so please feel free to contact me privately.

RIP Brother........I'm going to miss you.

Fiat Justitia

Hi all, here are the details for Mark Preedy's celebration from his Wife........the 'F' word is banned!!!

Service starts at 1215 on Friday 23 June at 
The Chilterns Crematorium
Whielden Lane

Family flowers only please with any donations to Cancer Research UK. There will be a donations box at the crematorium if you'd like to donate, but please be assured that it won't be rattled under your nose. What matters is that you want to be there, not what you bring.

Please join us for the celebration of Mark afterwards at

Holiday Inn
New Rd
Weston Turville
HP22 5QT

Tel 01296 734000

We would love to see everyone who would like to say goodbye to Mark if it's possible for you to be there.

If you can make it, please can you give confirmation of your attendance to me by close of play Monday 19 June so catering etc can be accounted for.


It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Alan Millership yesterday.  He has been ill for a long while. I first met Alan at RAF Aldergrove in 1973 and he was a strong supporter of the Association and in the last 2 years the Associates and the Facebook group. RIP

Alan's Funeral Service will take place at Rose Hill Crematorium on 21st June at 3.p.m.
Alan's widow, Ann, would like Alan's friends and RAF Police comrades to join her at the Crematorium.

After the Service Ann has invited everyone to join her at the Harvey Arms, Finningley, DN9 3BY

Rose Hill Crematorium,
Cantley Lane,


It is with sadness I have to report the passing of Hazel Southern. Steve contacted me first thing today with this very sad news, and as you can imagine he, and the rest of the family are devastated.

Hazel has been ill for some time, but sadly lost her battle late last night.

I am sure that all of you will join with me in offering my sincere condolences to my dear friend Steve, and his lovely family.

John Strange

Just got the following note from Steve Southern in respect of Hazels funeral next week. Please pass on to anyone you know is attending;

Hi John, we are asking people to wear something brightly coloured on Tuesday. Suzy and Helen are wearing pinks and similar I think, and they've bought me a bright coloured shirt to wear with my suit (I'm not wearing a tie, although I know others will want to). We want to focus on celebrating rather than mourning x

Thank you all,

John S


The funeral of Harry Renton will be at the Coundon Crematorium at 1600hrs on Thursday the 25th of May.

Members of the North East Branch with Both Standards from the North Yorkshire Branch and the N E Branch being in attendance. and afterwards at the Park Head Hotel. DL14 8QB where we will say goodbye to our Member of 16 years.
The post code for the Crematorium is DL14 8NR.

Alan Weeks


I have just been told that Harry Renton passed away last night. Funeral details will be posted when known.


It has been reported that Howard John passed away in a Hospice in Mid-Glamorgan in February. He had no surviving relatives.

John served from Dec 49 to Dec 51.


My father “ Jock” Crawford sadly passed away on the 20th April this year. He was in the RAFP as a Corporal from 1950 to 1955 and spent time In Iraq at Habbaniya, Bahrain and Ventnor where he met my mother and settled. 

Andy Crawford



Tributes paid to popular Hartlepool businessman
Neville Aggio.

John Neville Aggio - whose father John Joseph Aggio set up business JJ Aggio and Sons Ltd in the town - has sadly died aged 85.
Neville Aggio served in the RAF Police leaving with the rank of sergeant.

Neville Aggio served in the RAF Police leaving with the rank of sergeant.

A well-known figure, Mr Aggio who was known as Neville, lived in Heriot Grange sheltered accommodation in his later years before he sadly lost his fight with pancreatic cancer on April 17. Neville was born in Hartlepool in 1932 to parents Sarah and John Aggio. On leaving school followed his father into the family business - a wholesale and retail shop on York Road. There he worked alongside his father and brother Brian Aggio in the shop, which also dealt with cigarette vending machines, slot machines and games, as well as being licensed money lenders. Neville married the late Margaret Pearson and went on to marry the late Hilary Jones, but the couple divorced on 1983. From his marriage with Margaret the pair had two daughter Nicola Freeman, 59, and Penelope Aggio, 55. He has one granddaughter Taryn Freeman, 22. His daughter Penelope said: “He was very popular, a big character and a real charmer.” In recent years he often delivered motorhomes for Cleveland Motorhomes to Shows around the country, bringing them back when the show finished. Neville also served in the RAF Police leaving with the rank of sergeant. During his service he took part in rescues during the East Anglian floods. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at 2pm at Hartlepool Crematorium.


It is with great sadness that I report the passing of MR JOHN C CUNNINGHAM, member 946 of the Scotland & Northern Ireland branch of the RAF Police Association. John died at home surrounded by his family on 23 April following a very brief period of illness.

John joined the Royal Air Force in May 1967and served in bases in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and his favourite West Germany.
Always the practical joker and a past master of of the one-liners John was liked and respected by all his peers.

John and family settled in Forres Morayshire in 1982 whilst serving at RAF Kinross where John finally completed his 22 years service in May 1989.

John's funeral service will take place on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at 10:30 hours at Tom Ross & Sons Funeral Directors, 8 Orchard Rd, Forres Morayshire IV36 1JP and then on to Inverness Crematorium. The family have requested that it is family flowers only but if anyone would like to make any donations that they go to Marie Curie or Ward 6 Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin. This can be done via the Funeral Directors Tom Ross & Sons.

John was a true gentleman who will be missed by all who had the honour and pleasure of working, meeting and socialising with him over his long life.

Jim Cunningham


I've just seen on another FB Group that Retired WO Eileen Beesley has died. Eileen did not Serve in the RAFP; however, she was the SWO at RAF Rheindahlen late 1980s in to the early 1990s so I am sure many on this Group
will remember her. Hard & firm but very fair. Very supportive of what we all did as a Branch / Trade, a regular visitor to the Dog Section & often in the Police Club.
RIP Ma'am, Stand Easy

Bill Veazey


From Gus McGowen

I received a message from Ian Gordon today that Robert Murray an ex RAFP who was at one time a member of SNI died on Monday 3rd April. The only info I have is that he served for 12 years then left and became a member of the ATC with the rank of Plt Off. He apparently worked himself up to the rank of Wg Cdr and was awarded the MBE when he retired? I believe he was in his late 70's.
His funeral will be held at 9:45 am on Wed 12 Apr at the Thomas Cuthill Dundas Funeral Home, Boness Road, Grangemouth. Whilst the cremation will be held at Falkirk Crematorium the service will be at the funeral home as the crematorium is undergoing renovation.


Former snowdrop Kenneth Radley passed away on the 19 Feb 2017... Kenneth, age 84 is survived by his wife Pauline. He served at many RAF stations in the UK and Scotland before leaving the RAF on 16 Sep 1953. He then joined Essex Police retiring in the rank of Sergeant in 1984.


Posted by Dave Rodgers today on the RAFP Group on Facebook:
One of ours, Mark Bostock is in Switzerland today, taking one of the most courageous steps a person can make. For those who worked with Mark you'll know him as an all round genuine diamond of a guy. The world has lost a shining light. Mark was suffering from a diabolical illness and has decided to fight back on his own terms by going to Switzerland for an assisted suicide. He was probably one of the most genuine blokes I had the honour of working with in the Mob.

A message from Mark Bostock 's family and friends who were with him in Switzerland.
Mark passed away peacefully at 12.40pm (Swiss time), with a smile on his face. 
Mark wanted us to thank you for all your well wishes/messages.
He asked us to say "Boz has left the building". Xxxx

We are thinking of Mark's family and friends at this time.

 A celebration of Mark’s life will take place at Woodlands Memorial, Bristol on Wednesday 12th April 2017, time is yet to be confirmed.


Death of Ron Liversage MBE - Warrant Officer (RAF POLICE) retired

I am deeply saddened to report the passing of my old friend of 60 years who died earlier today (19/03/2017) at Saffron Walden aged 96.

Ron had served as a Lancaster tail gunner during WW2 and remustered to the RAF Police in 1946. I first met him at 12 P&SS Det Geilenkerkin in 1957 where he was the FS Provost and I was a Corporal CI.

It was my privilege and pleasure to meet Ron again at Bruggen (1968/71)where he was a WO and my Deputy on the RAF Police & Security Squadron. We have remained in touch ever since. 

I can only describe his qualities and unflagging support in superlatives. Even then I am pressed to find the words that adequately do him justice.
Thank you Ron for all you gave. You will not be forgotten.
Rest in peace.

Hello Steve, So sad to hear of the passing of Ron Liversage, We were very good friends from meeting on a Provost Police course at Pershore, Then met up again at PHQ Buckeburg about 1948 time, we have been in touch ever since, I had a card from him this last Xmas, and usually rang him up for a chat, but he was having great hearing problems, so I packed that in.
Ron was never a member of the RAFPA, I tried to talk him into it a few times, but to no avail.
Just dug out this rather poor picture of him and I, on duty together, somewhere in Germany. He is the one on the left.
There are a couple of stories about him in my book, you may like to look up,in the Germany section.
So it's farewell to Ron, a great character, may he rest in peace. Frank Authers.


Just heard from Paul Thompson that Mick Duffin died yesterday. Mick and I were at P&SS Gutersloh together. No further details at this point. 

Dave Swaithe


I am sad to say that Kay O'Connell the wife of the late FS JJ O'Connell passed away on 15 Mar 2017 aged 84 years. Her son Phillip wishes this to be notified to as many ex RAFP as possible who knew both Kay and JJ. Funeral details will be passed on as soon as they are known.

Kind Regards

Brian Main

It is my sad duty to report the death of Kathleen Agar wife of stalwart association member and a founder member of the NYB Branch. John(Chuck) Agar.

 Kath passed away in the early hours of Tuesday 14 th March at the St Bernadettes Nursing Home Scarborough.

Funeral Service will be held at the Woodlands Crematorium Scarborough at 10-40hrs on Wednesday 22nd March. The family will be glad for you to join them for this sad occasion .

Following the Service there will be eats and drinks at Plaxtons Court,a close by Venue.

Ken T

Today members of the North Yorkshire Branch and many other mourners attended Kath Agars Funeral which was followed by Tea and Eats at a local venue.
Chuck, his daughters Susan and Pat send their Sincere thank's to all those ( too numerous for me to remember ) who sent e-mails,letters and cards of condolence from literally "All over the World".



Further to my last, the funeral service for Denis Read will be on Friday 17th March in Broughton Parish Church at 11am, followed by cremation at Borders Crematorium, Melrose at 1.00pm, to which all RAFPA members are invited. No flowers. Donations if desired to Cancer Research.

Kevin Bailey

Gp Capt

Deputy Head of Security

HM Naval Base Clyde


It is with great sadness that the SouthDowns Branch Committee inform you all of the sudden death of our Branch President and Members Welfare Officer, Mr Bill Watts.

Bill (who was a founder member of our Branch), sadly passed away on Friday afternoon. He will be greatly missed by all SouthDowns Branch members, and I am sure, many ‘National’ colleagues.
I know your thoughts, sympathies and condolences are with Bill's family at this most difficult time.

Kevin Claxton

Branch Secretary,
SouthDowns branch

I have now received the funeral arrangements for Bill Watts, from his daughter, Sally and they are listed below.

Time: 1.45pm

Date: Wednesday 12th April 2017

Location: Eastbourne Crematorium (Main Chapel)

Bill will be honoured with a full RAFPA funeral ( Standard Bearer and Guard of Honour)

The family have requested that only family flowers be sent but donations to Blind Veterans UK would be most welcome.

Eastbourne Crematorium
Hide Hollow
BN23 8AE
Tel: 01323 - 761093

Funeral Directors - Serenity Funeral Services
43, South Road,
BN21 4UT
Tel: 01323 - 736446


Death of Maurice (aka Arthur) Griffin passed away on 8/3/2017 after suffering for about fifteen years with Parkinson's and latterly with Dementia.

Maurice was called up for National Service in July 1959 and served until July 1961 at RAF Compton Basset and RAF Melksham.

No funeral details have been released.                                                                                                                                  


Wg Cdr Eric Green MBE RAFVR(T)(Ret’d) passed away on the 6 March 2017. He served in the RAF Police in the 1950’s. Eric was a member of the North East Branch and was in the later stages of dementia at the time of his passing.                         


Death of Sqn Ldr (Rtd) Peter Hatton
The sad news is that retired Sqn Ldr Peter Hatton passed away on the 8 March, after a long illness. Peter was born on 11 May 1948. He was commissioned as a RAF provost officer on 8 November 1968 and retired on 25 July 1996.
Our thoughts are with Peters wife Jackie at this sad time.
Funeral arrangements will be notified. POC is Andy Woodruff on email:-
May Peter Rest in Peace.


Sadly, Philip Lawson, who was just 49 years old, passed away on 5 Mar 2017. The initial announcement was withheld to allow the family to be informed of Philip's sudden and untimely death. Our sincere condolences go out to Debbie Lawson and the family for their loss:
Here are the funeral details for Philip:
Debbie asks for people to let her know if they wish to attend
by either email or text to 07799653089 for the purpose of numbers.
The Funeral service will be held at St Faiths Crematorium, 75 Manor Road, Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10 3LF on Tuesday March 28th at 1.15.
Casual wear is preferred and no Flowers please.
Donations can be made to one of the following Charities.
Special Care Baby Unit at Lincoln Hospital, (Liam was born there)
Caister Volunteer Lifeboat
or World Horse Welfare.
Cheques can be sent c/o R J Bartram & Sons at Henley House
2 Fairland Street Wymondham NR18 0JS. Tel: 01953 603138
The wake is at the World Horse Welfare HQ.


Death of Charles (Chas) Penny  He served in the RAF Police during National Service from 1 November 1948 to 1 May 1950. He spent the remainder of his working life with the De Havillands company (now part of British Aerospace). He was devoted to the Poppy appeal and was a devotee to the Royal British Legion.
He died in the Singleton Hospital, South Wales, after a short illness. His cremation will be held at 10:30 am on 28 March 2017 at the Swansea Crematorium.


From RAF News


I don't know any other details but I have been told that Sqn Ldr Pete Hatton and Flt Lt Denis Read both died this week


It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Denis Read a member of SNI Branch.

Denis originally joined the RAF in 1944 and started airman-aircrew training to be an Air Gunner on Lancaster bombers. However in 1945, while he was undergoing training in Canada, the decision was taken to start reducing the size of Bomber Command and he was returned to the UK for compulsory re-mustering. Offered his choice of trades, Denis decided on becoming a NCO in the RAFP because their training school was at RAF Weeton near his home in Lancashire and he encouraged 2 of his friends to also join the police. This was a notable event as the officer-in-charge of re-mustering couldn’t recall anyone ever volunteering to transfer to the police and now he had three in a row.

Denis became a well-known character in the RAFP serving around Europe and the Middle East, including in the Canal Zone during the Suez Crisis. Many people will remember him from his time as an NCO instructor at the RAFP School in the UK and the RAF Police Auxiliaries’ School in the Middle East. He was involved in the creation of the first RAF Police Museum (pictures of him and some of his ID documents are still on display in the current Museum), the early years of the Provost Parade and with numerous RAF theatre groups (probably a career he would have chosen if he hadn’t joined the Service). As a sgt, he featured in a Provost Parade article himself. This publicity obviously proved useful and he was later selected for a commission in the Provost Branch. As an officer he served in a variety of roles, including at the RAFP School and in the Middle East before he returned to the UK to work as part of the Security Test Team. Unfortunately, one night Denis and his Sqn Ldr were testing nuclear security by trying to covertly enter a Restricted Area, Denis broke his leg while evading a RAFP Dog. His complicated fracture combined with a back injury sustained when he fell from a horse while riding, could not be fully healed to the required military standard and resulted in his medical discharge.

Suddenly finding himself an unemployed civilian, Denis found work with Securicor, which at the time was managed almost exclusively by former RAF Provost Branch officers. This started a very successful career in commercial security and Denis was responsible for introducing the first armoured cash-in-transit van into the UK while with Securicor. At the time this was a significant media event and Denis was given the honour of providing HRH the Duke of Edinburgh with a guided tour of the first van to enter operational service, thus was the level of interest in this new innovation. Denis spent his time working on security projects in the UK and USA and was a popular lecturer in security matters (obviously that time he spent teaching at the RAFP School wasn’t wasted). For his significant contribution to developing security policy and practices, he was made a life member of the one of the leading international security institutes of the time (I think it was ASIS, but could be wrong) and was still receiving and reading their journal until his death. He was also a proud member of the RAF Police Association, even when no longer able to attend events.

Denis married twice. His first wife was a RAF signals clerk that he met at a Theatre Club in the Canal Zone. She had been a 'Bletchleyettes’ working on Signal Intelligence at Bletchley Park during the war. While in the Canal Zone, she was again employed on Signals Intelligence, but also worked as a courier for MI6. Throughout their married life, she refused to tell Denis about her time at Bletchley Park, in case she breached the Official Secrets Act. Sadly, he was twice a widower and, to his great regret, was never blessed with children. On retiring he moved to live near friends in the Scotland. We met in 2006 when I was the Director of the RAFP Museum and he was advising on creating a new facility at Southwick Park. We became friends and my family became regular visitors at his home in Broughton in the Scottish Borders.

For many years, until he was well into is eighties, he was a volunteer helper at the John Buchan Museum in the village where he was a fountain of knowledge on Buchan and the author’s book The Thirty-Nine Steps. Active into his nineties, despite DVLA taking his driving licence due to fading eyesight and continuing problems with his leg, he became a well-known and popular ‘character’ in the village, always dressed in a sports jacket, tie and carrying a walking stick. He managed to retain his independence until he was 90, when he had to begrudgingly accept home help after a hip operation. Unfortunately, late last year he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and Oesophageal Cancer and needed fulltime care in a nursing home, finally losing his independence forever (to his great annoyance).

Denis died peacefully in his sleep yesterday morning, 7 March, at the age of 92. A realist, he was prepared for death and looking forward to being free from pain and seeing his wives again. Perhaps he will now be allowed to know the secrets of Bletchley Park!

A genuinely good person and a real gentleman, Denis will be missed by all those who had the privilege of meeting him over his long life.

His funeral will be in the Scottish Borders and I will provide details when known. Denis had no surviving close family members, but I am sure any members of the Association who wish to attend would be most welcome to join me and his other friends.

Kevin Bailey

Gp Capt

Deputy Head of Security

HM Naval Base Clyde

Denis joined RAFPA in 1988. He was a Founder Member of the North West Area Branch whilst living on the Fylde Coast, later re-locating to Scotland.

Neil Rusling


It is with sad news to inform everyone that our Vice President Gordon Watson died in Lincoln hospital to-day having been admitted last evening. As you are aware Gordon served as our Chairman for many years before Bernard. 

EMB Secretary

Philip E Fitchett

Gordon’s funeral will be at Grantham Crematorium(Harrowby Road NG31 9DT at 1100 hrs on Tuesday 14 March.  

It is now confirmed that the reception after the service at Grantham Crem will be held at the Cranwell village hall at 12.30

Family flowers only, donation to the RAF Association.


The funeral of Gordon Watson (EMB) took place yesterday at the Grantham Crematorium.
Over 100 mourners filled the chapel to overflowing
RAFPA Standards were carried by Barrie Clark and Ken Turner accompanied by the RAFA Cranwell standard bearer
Guard of Honour made up of members of the RAFPA from various branches alongside members of RAFA
Camera operator today was Pat Hall (Thanks Pat)
I can tell you that when the funeral party arrived we were all stood tall and a credit to the RAF


It is with deep regret to announce the passing of a former Branch Member Adrian (Ian) Burrell in April 2016, the information was passed to the Branch by his wife Pamela (nee Proctor) who was also a former Snowdrop. Ian,as he was known served from August 72 to August 76. It would appear that Pamela notified the Association at the time of his passing but there seems to be no record of it having been passed to our branch or the membership as a whole.

George Robertson.


It is with great Sadness that Tom Padgett a stalwart member of the North East Branch passed away today (7/2/17) at the Newcastle RVI.
He will be greatly missed by us all.
As you know he was our Secretary for a while and he did a great job.


Alan Weeks.
Secretary N E Branch.

Tom's funeral will take at the Blyth Crematorium on Tuesday the 21st of February at 12.15.
Standards and full RAFPA dress welcome and other RAFPA and Service Personnel.
The Reception for Tom will be held at The Plough Public House, Village Square,Cramlinton. Northumberland. NE 23 1DN. 

Alan Weeks.
Secretary N E Branch.


You were a great supporter of this site and tried your best to resolve the injustices in the Association. Very sad news that your fight is now over.

Steve Cattell

As a Branch Secretary and a friend I consider it to have been a great privilege to have known and worked with Tom. The sadness of his departure will not only be felt by Betty and his family but by his many friends and colleagues who have known him "Along the Way"
RIP Tom.
Ken Turner,


Yesterday I learned from Mike Lindow that our old pal Doug Pocock had passed away.

Have been advised by Doug's daughter Tracy, that his funeral will be at Lincoln Crematorium on Tuesday 28th February, at 9.50 a.m.

As mentioned earlier, Doug was not a member of the RAFP Association but it would be nice to see a few 'faces' there.

Trevor Evans

It was a reasonable turnout of family and friends.

Representatives from our 'Band of Brothers' were;

Mike & Lorraine Lindow

Trevor & June Evans

Brian Austin

Brian Whitaker

David Swaithe

After a brief service at the crematorium during which there was a very evocative reading of the poem

"Where Are The Snowdrops", we repaired to the Mill Lodge Hotel, a venue frequently used by the RAFPA EMB, where we continued the celebration of Doug's life.

Doug Pocock RIP He was a Good Old Boy.

“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 sunbeams 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.


It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that my father in law and RAFPA member Peter Garth (0982) passed away on the evening of the 22 January 2017 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He died peacefully in his sleep in Summerhill Care Home in Kendal, aged 86.

Peter served from Oct 1948 to Nov 1974. From a list I found…
T 2410116
21/11/48 - Called up, posted to Austria
1953 - Marham on re-enlistment
1959 - Gan, Changi etc
1962 - HQP&SS UK Radio Team, Low Flying. CI Course
1964 - HQP&SS FEAF Travel Control, "Confrontation"
1967 - Turnhouse 1PD
1969 - Support Sqn
1969 - Bahrein (Irish Rangers)
1971 - Southern Region
1973 - Jan - "World Tour" with Elworthy (Gib, Angola, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Seychelles, Malay, Hong Kong, Singapore, Gan, Cyprus)
1973 - Sep - Belfast 1 RMP Regt
1974 - Nov - Out.

His funeral will take place at 11.30 on Monday 6 February 2017 at Beetham Crematorium, Cumbria and afterwards at the Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands LA7 7NW.

Bob L


I've been informed by his daughter, Margaret that James Nuttall died last Saturday.
He was a Warrant Officer in the RAF Police from 1947 - 1985. Joined the RAF at 17 years old. He has been fighting a long cancer battle for 5 years and sadly his body couldn't take anymore and he passed away in the Northern General Hospital on Saturday 21st January 2017. 

He was very proud of being in the RAF, serving in Germany twice, Malta( Valetta), Mazeira in the Persian Gulf, Cyprus, Scotland ( Edinburgh, then Turnhouse, then Machrihanish) various places in the UK ( RAF Dishforth, York, Lancashire). He went to work for the civil service after retiring until 65 years old. He has three children (lost mum, a former WAAF 2½ years ago to cancer) we have enjoyed our lives also travelling around. His service number was G427988.

I have just arranged dads funeral, it is Monday 13th February 2017 at City Road Cremetorium , Sheffield at 1.45pm

The RAF association are going to loan a coffin drape and an RAFA ensign and attendance (the latter two if they have any available for the date)

He served in SIB Police forensics joined RAF 27/10/1947 to 02/02/1885 after retirement went into the civil service until 65

Photo attached was his retirement dinner when he was presented with an eagle statue (part seen behind him)

He leaves behind his children Margaret, Jimmy & Sheila


From Steve Davies

Have just received a message from Mick Hurst to say that he was talking to former WO Frank Merrick this morning who stated that former snowdrop Gerry Game passed away in his sleep yesterday. Gerry served in the RAFP in the 60s and 70s. At this time we have no further information.


From John Davage

Just heard the news that Jim Rodick , a former QPD passed away suddenly at Torbay Hospital. I knew him only as a Prison Officer at HMP Grendon, a lovely character, I just heard the sad news from his wife Angie who is also a Prison Officer.

The funeral is at Ipplepen Church , Newton Abbot on 26 Jan at 12pm.

Sad to hear about Jim; first came across him at Debden (1971) when he was on the Demo Team; later in the mid 70’s we served together at Bruggen.

Lovely guy.

Neil Rusling


From Stephen Charles..... I would like to inform your group that, Ian David Brand, who served in the RAF Police in the late 1950's and early 1960's passed away this morning 10/01/2017. I know he served twice in Berlin, where he met his wife, the late Helga. He also served in the East Anglia area where he was a member of the security teams for for nuclear weapons. After leaving the RAF Ian spent the rest of his life in the Swansea area. Ian was born and bred in the Purleigh area of Essex. I don't have any further information as yet, however if anyone would like any other information please feel free to contact me through Facebook.


Duncan Byrne died on Friday 30 December 2016 after a long and heroic fight against dementia. He lived for many years in Honiton, Devon and was in a nearby nursing home when he died.

Duncan spent his 22 years in the RAF Police as a most experienced and knowledgeable dog handler, including several years instructing at RAF Netheravon.

Duncan's funeral will take place at the East Devon Crematorium, London Road, Strete Ralegh, Whimple, Exeter, EX5 2PT, at 11.30 on Monday 16 January 2017. His next of kin is Mrs Shirley Byrne, (address held by webmaster if required)

Duncan was a member of the Association for many years.

May Duncan Rest in Peace.

John Walton


It's my sad duty to inform you that Joanne Moss has just written to tell me that her father former Corporal Barry Mynett passed away today. Barry completed his National Service as a RAF Police dog handler between Feb 1957 and Aug 1959. He was station for the greater part of his service at Tobruk in N Africa and his 2 GSDs were Ranee and Flash. My condolences go out to Joanne and her family for their loss and may Barry Rest in Peace.

Steve Davies


Saddened by the news of the loss of another good friend from my days on dogs, Ray Grint passed away today. A few reteams together and days at the School Newton. My sincerest Condolences to his family at this sad time.
Until our next reteam RIP. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning We will remember.

Nigel Bean

Ray Grints funeral will be on Wed 11th Jan at 2:30 at Fenland crematorium PE15 0YJ. The wake will be at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel PE15 9LH


Have received news via RAFA South West that John Howson’s daughter (in-law) informed them he died on Friday 16th Dec in hospital after several very painful months of serious illnesses, following losing his wife, Heather, earlier this year. Funeral will be on Friday 23rd December at 11.00am St Cubyn’s Church, Tregony, Cornwall. 

Dave Thompson


It is with a great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing this afternoon, of Gp Capt Peter Clark.
Peter had been a stalwart member of the Association and London Home Counties Branch until a slowly debilitating illness severely curtailed his participation over the last few years.

RAFPA London Home Counties Branch

The funeral of retired Gp Capt Peter Clark will take place on Thursday 12 January 2017, at 11.45, in the United Reform Church (URC), Swakeleys Road, Ickenham UB10 8BE

Following the church service, Peter will be cremated at 13.15 after a short service for family and close friends.

There will be refreshments available at the URC Church, where everyone will be welcome.

Those intending to go to the post service reception are requested to let Sylviane know to estimate the refreshments required. Telephone (number held by webmaster) or email:

All members, particularly in white berets and also standards, are most welcome at Peter Clark's funeral on 12 January. Mrs Clark requests, no flowers, but donations in lieu for the RAF Benevolent Fund, to be given to the funeral director.

The church is just a few minutes walk from Ickenham underground station and the lines are Metropolitan and Piccadilly.

Please let John Walton know if your standard is attending.


N E Branch ex Member, Secretary and President Derrick Cottrell has passed away on Sunday the 4th of December at Durham Hospital of Heart Failure due to long problem with his Lungs.
His Sister who is the Executive of his will states that he wishes that no one to attend, no flowers, Medals or Standards.
His family will have a 10 minute lying in as he will be Cremated at Durham Crem at 3.30 on the Friday the 16th Dec.
She says she will carry out his wishes to the letter.
The N E Branch will be thinking of him at 3.30 on Friday the 16th.


It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of my father, former WO Dave Pibworth RAF Police who died this morning at home in Lincoln. He will be sadly missed.

David Pebworth

Have heard from Dave Pibworth's daughter that his funeral will be held at Lincoln Crematorium on 6th January 2017 (date correction, it was listed as the 7th)  at 1.10pm if attending please contact Leslie on 01522 879545


RAF Police Sergeant Edwin "Eddie" Charles Weeks, aged 60 years passed away after prolonged illness. He retired from the RAF in 2011, having served for 30 years. His last known posting was at RAF Henlow, (Security Consultancy Flight, Security Services Sqn, No.1 RAF Specialist Police Wing. His RAF Service No. was R8206272.
Eddie's funeral is scheduled for 10am Thursday 15th December 2016 at the Cardiff & Glamorgan Memorial Park & Crematorium, Port Road East, Barry CF62 9PX.

His family would like these details passed on to any personnel who may have known Eddie and wish to attend the service.


Some rather sad news has come my way this evening that Dot the beloved wife of our colleague and friend Derek McSheffery has passed away after a long illness. Derek, and family, please accept our sincere condolences for your loss and may Dot suffer no more and rest in peace.

Steve Davies

I am Zane “Jakey” Smith. (S8171945) I served as a RAF Policeman from April 1978-April 1987. Derek was my Instructor at RAF Newton, during my basic RAF Police training. Derek and his family allowed my then Girlfriend Chendy (Now my wife of 37 years) to stay with them for my Pass out parade. I would like to pass on my respects and condolences at this sad time.

I served at RAF Honington from 1978 -1980. I was then posted to RAF Laarbruch for a 3 year tour. On repatriation I was posted to RAF Wittering, then to RAFSU Decimomannu. On return from there to RAF Pitreavie Castle and then finishing at RAF Northolt. I retained the rank of SAC acting Corporal , for my service. Following my discharge from the RAF I tried a couple of civillian jobs. I couldn’t settle so I joined HM Prison Service. I retired from the Prison Service in January this year. I now have a comfortable job, working for a private security company. This gives me the opportunity to browse the website for old friends and acquaintances. Thank you for this opportunity to post a message for Derek



Joe and Maggie at Skegness

It is a sad duty that I have to report the death last night of Joe.
Joe and his wife Maggie have been staunch supporters of the North Yorkshire Branch,and the RAFPA for many years. We extend our condolences to Maggie and close family.

Rest in peace Joe.
Ken. T.

The funeral of branch member JOE GLANVILLE BEM will take place on Monday 12th December
13-00hrs at Clifton Parish Church, Shipton Lane (A19) York , YO30 6BH.

The Church is located on the L H side of the A19 Shipton Lane approx 1½ mls south towards York from its intersection with the A 1237 N Ring Road. Clifton Green and TL are close by at a junction.


From Jim Bryden this morning:
Hi Steve...grateful if you could post on the appropriate RAFP site that, Peter (Pete) Mitchell retired RAF Police passed away during the evening on Friday 18 November 2016. Peter was a great sportsman who represented the RAF and RAF Police at football and golf on many occasions. Our thoughts are with his wife Maureen and family at this sad time. May Peter Rest in Peace.


Earlier yesterday I was having a chat on the phone with Dawn Huxley, (widow of NW member Brian Huxley) some of the older members may remember them. Dawn informed me that former NW member Bill Wilkinson, from St Helens, died recently. Cause of death not know but believed to be heart related.
Bill Wilkinson and his wife Nancy regularly attended meetings during the 1990's and into the early 2000's. After Bill left the RAF he became a school teacher in Liverpool. Some may remember him at the Blackpool reunions and the occasional meeting where after a few drinks he used to get up and play the spoons, much to the annoyance and embarrassment of his wife!
Rest in Peace Bill.
Paul C

Extremely sad news as I knew Bill very well.

He was a founder member of the NWB in 1994 taking over as Branch Treasurer when I stood down in 1995 and held the post for several years.

How I remember him playing the spoons at the NWB Reunions! We had a bit of a private joke. When I used to introduce him to people who didn’t know him I always said “This is Bill Wilkinson our Branch Treasurer, he is a Dip.Ed you know”, naturally enough most misheard me and we used to fall about laughing.

Lovely man.

Sleep well Bill.

Neil R


The funeral of ex- WO Roger Johnson RAF Police will take place at the Haltemprice Chapel and Crematorium, Main Street, Hull, HU10 6NS on Wednesday 26 October 2016 commencing at 1330 hours.

His widow, Lesley, has stated that Roger was very proud of his service in the RAF Police and as such would welcome a presence from the RAFPA.

If anyone is able to attend could they make contact with Karen Leahair, RAF Association, Halifax Block, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire, YO30 2 AJ.

Cards and messages of condolence can be sent to Lesley via the above address.

Afternoon all. Firstly, the family would just like to say thank you for all your kind words with regards to my Dad, Roger Johnson, passing away.

I would be grateful if you could let me know if you are able to attend my Dad's funeral to pay your respects on Wednesday 26th October at Haltemprice Crematorium just outside Hull at 1330hrs, so that we know how much to cater. Please contact me directly.

Many thanks,
Steve Johnson
07763 328231


From Stewart McArdle:
Just been informed by Del/John Howard (Former Norfolk Branch of the RAFPA) that John Bunbury, Flt Lt retired  passed away this morning. RIP John, Condolences to the Family


From Tony Parker 

Sadly have to report that Phil Browne, retired RAF Police, has died this morning. More details when I get them.


Nigel Cox has announced that Roger Johnson passed away yesterday. The funeral arrangements are not yet known, other than that it will be in Anlaby, near Hull. I'll let you know more, as and when I get to know.

and in the guestbook
Sadly former RAF Police WO Roger Johnson passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon (11 Oct 2016) at 1530 hrs in his care home in Hull. Roger had served in the RAF Police for over 38 years and was very well known and was immensely popular. Unfortunately, shortly after retirement he was diagnosed with and has been suffering with, a particularly aggressive form of dementia. Funeral arrangements etc are yet to be made, but I will share them when known. Rogers wife Leslie would welcome the attendance of his RAF Police friends and colleagues. Please contact me on my Mobile (07912773732) or my email address: km.vaughan@ should you wish to attend or send flowers etc.


It is with considerable sadness that I must inform you of the recent and sudden death of my very good friend Jim Kilcoyne. He passed away on the operating table in the Nicosia Hospital whilst undergoing an emergency operation for a ruptured aneurysm. His funeral took place earlier today (Friday 30th September) at the British Cemetery, Erimi, Cyprus. In accordance with Jim's wishes, this was a very quiet funeral attended by only family and close personal friends.

May he Rest In Peace.

Malcolm Jones


Tony Lake's Funeral


The funeral of Tony Lake will take place at Westerleigh Crematorium, Bristol on Monday 21st October 2016 at 1400 hours.
Westerleigh Crematorium
Westerleigh Road
BS37 8RF
At the request of Tony's family, the RAFPA will form an Honour Guard and, to date, the following Branches have indicated their intention to be present with their Standards: Wiltshire, Scotland & NI, South Downs, London Home Counties and/or the National Standard.

Any other RAFPA members, who wish to join the Honour Guard, with or without Standards, will be very welcome.
Tony's family have requested no flowers, but if anyone wishes to make a donation in lieu of flowers the details will be promulgated later, as will the details of the venue for the 'after funeral' Reception.
It would be appreciated if you could let me know if you will be attending, in order to give Tony's daughter an idea of numbers, for catering purposes.
Kind regards to all,
RAFPA Wiltshire Branch


Sadly, Neil Gardiner informs me that during their continuing quest to trace former snowdrops who served at Laarbruch in the early 1970s, it's come to light that Mr Dudley Carvalho, who served in the RAF Police in the 70 & 80s, and was at Laarbruch 70-73, passed away at the beginning of 2016, after losing his battle with breast cancer. Info from Roy Dodd via Duds daughter. May Duds rest in peace.

After a search by friends for David Lawrence 'Taffy' Lee, originally from Cwmbran in South Wales, news has revealed that he was killed in a traffic collision around 7 years ago. 
Lawrence served in the RAF Police at RAF Laarbruch 1974-7, RAF Machrahanish 1977--unknown.
May he Rest in Peace

I wish we had a message book or blog spot or condolence book online here somewhere because blokes like Taff are worthy of such a tribute.

The young Taff Lee I knew had an infectious smile a mop of blonde hair and was very popular with his colleagues although he wouldn't call them colleagues, to him everyone was his mate.

I'm not at all surprised he lived an adventurous life because he was always that way he loved fun and hated drama.............maybe that's one reason everyone liked Taff and never made fun of him because they wanted him as a friend too. I guess the re-union came a bit late for our Taff.
Great loss to his friends and family and to the RAFP community lucky enough to have met him and worked with him at Laarbruch or Stalag 43 as I knew it lol cya, Trev (TB) Bedford.

Trev is not on Facebook where the original entry was listed


I have been informed of the recent death of retired Warrant Officer Charles (Charlie) J Castle.

Charlie had been in a nursing home for some 5 years and had been quite ill in recent months before peacefully passing away.

Charlie joined the RAF Police in  October 1946 and retired in  October 1981.

Funeral arrangements are not yet  known.

May Charlie Rest in Peace!.


It is with deep personal sadness that I must inform you of the death, today, of Tony Lake. Tony went into hospital several weeks ago where he was diagnosed with Pancreatitus, Oesophagal Cancer, a Perforated Bowel and Crohns Disease.

Tony served 22 years in the RAF Police and retired in 1979 as a Flight Sergeant. He was a keen sportsman, playing cricket and rugby for the RAF and RAF Police.

Tony was a stalwart member of the Royal Air Force Police Association and served as the National Treasurer from 2007 to 2012, he carried out the role of Association Quartermaster from 2007 to 2016 and became a RAFPA Trustee in April 2015. In 2009 he received the Alan Rusling Memorial Award for his outstanding service to the Association, as its Treasurer.

He was an active supporter of the RAFPA (Wiltshire Branch), regularly attending social events and parades, and he was present at over 100 of the 147 military repatriation ceremonies that have taken place at Wootten Bassett and Carterton .

Tony'a daughter, Samantha, has asked me to thank all of his former RAF Police colleagues and friends, who sent cards, emails and FB messages to Tony. He was able to read them all and was comforted by your messages of support.

Tony's funeral will be held in Bristol and I will publish the details in due course,

Rest in Peace, dear friend,

Brian Flinn

So sad to hear of the death of such a stalwart of the RAFP,RAFA and Reunion community ,a dedicated and long standing attendee of the many repats of service personnel to the UK over recent years.Knew Tony for many years during our similar serving period in the RAFP also on the National Committee as I was Vice Chair in the early part of this century and yet again at Wooton Bassett on those so sad occasions as we met up for a coffee and as butty before attending to our sad duties for the fallen.TL always had the best view from up there and many people knew him in the crowds senior officers from all services to old comrades in the branch- Oh and the ladies too in the cafes and in the crowds,a real servant of the people,branch and community.Tony ,you served mankind so very well,rest in peace Lofty you leave so many friends with happy memories of you.

Alan F Millership,JP,FoCoL.


John Iley passed away yesterday 7 September 2016. Although John was not a member of the association he served for over 30 years and he was a real character. Well known by many of us old & bold "Cold War Warriors".

More details will be provided on funeral arrangements but in the meantime should anyone wish to do so
sympathy cards can sent to his widow: Mrs Meg Iley (address held by the webmaster)


Frank Authers reports the recent death of retired Flt Lt Harry Webb.

Harry was born on 30 December 1920. During the Second World War he served as aircrew and then remustered to the RAF Police in 1945.

Harry was commissioned on 18 May 1961 and retired as a Flt Lt on 30 December 1967.

No details known of funeral arrangements.

May Harry Rest in Peace.
John Walton


Just to let the members know that I was informed by Mrs Fiona Kellam that my old friend Mick Kellam died today 28th August 2016 at his home in Greenford. Mick was an Aden veteran and I met him in Wildenrath in the mid 70s where he was the Station Special Investigator. He left the RAF in the late 70s and went in to a career in the Metropolitan Police until his retirement. He had been ill for a considerable time. 

Mick Kellams funeral is on the 19th September 2016 at 1400 hrs at the Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip,then afterwards at the Randolph Room in Ealing Golf Club at 1500 hrs

Max Espie


Clive's funeral
Just had a call from Adrian, Clive Gilmore's son, Here are the details for Clive's funeral. Friday 2nd September 2016 at 1500 hrs, at the All Saints Church, Collingham. A wake will be held after the service at the Grey Horse Pub a short walk away.Family flowers only any donations to the Belmond House. Stewart McArdle

Very sad news just received from Tom Crowley . Clive Gilmore died today (18/8/16) . No details yet, obviously, but Tom will update as and when known. Clive was my Basic QPD Instructor in August 1966 when he was on the Staff at Debden. I met him a couple of times in later years at various QPD orientated Reunions and as ever he was a true Gentleman. He taught many a Dog man the skills and expertise that stood us in good stead for our careers . His knowledge was legendary and the Canine World is a sadder place for his passing.

Well said Badger, One of the best dog men I ever met, a true great. I was on the same course as Badger and whenever we had someone else taking a lesson they all at some time said the words "I can do no better than quote your own instructor" that included people like Charlie Fricker. RIP Clive, And condolences to his family.

Brian Davies (Doc)

Clive joined the RAF Police in the early 1950s and served in the UK and Germany as a dog handler and dog trainer. After 5 years, he left the RAF but became a civilian dog/handler trainer in 1961 at the RAF Police Dog School (Netheravon, Debden and Newton). He was a highly respected and popular member of staff and a specialist and true professional in what he did. After taking retirement, he was involved in training guide dogs for the blind. I was never a dog handler and regrettably never met Clive in person but over the years we were in contact by e-mail etc. He helped me a great deal when I was preparing my book 'RAF Police Dogs on Patrol' for publication as well as providing details of his RAF Police service and his time as a civilian instructor at the dog school. His name will live on. My condolences go out to his wife and family for their loss and may Clive rest in peace.
Steve Davies


I have spoken to John Batten’s widow, Cynthia this afternoon. John had been suffering with throat and mouth cancer for some time and passed away peacefully on Friday 29th July at the age of 84. It was John’s express wish that no formal funeral would be held so his family have made private arrangements for a cremation and the scattering of his ashes in a wood close to where he grow-up as a boy.

John was my friend and mentor when I joined the RAF Police in 1968 and served with him at RAF Lyneham. We remained friends but sadly saw little of each other in recent years although we kept in touch with the annual Christmas card. The world is all the poorer with his passing. May he now rest in peace.

Colin Braziel


From Facebook

After a question was raised on the main RAF Police Group I thought these 2 pieces of information might be appropriate regarding James Berryman:

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. Initially 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 January 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.

The 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.

Elizabeth Berryman


Sad news from France that member retired Sqn Ldr Brian Fletcher died today at his home at Le Bourg, Champagne Le Sec 86510, France.
Brian was born on 22 March 1938. He joined the RAF in December 1953 and he was commissioned on 1 March 1962. He retired on 1 July 1977. He has lived in France with his wife Sally for many years.

Although all the arrangements have yet to be completed, the funeral for Brian will be at the Crematorium at Poitiers at 1130am on Tuesday 9th August.

The funeral will not be a religious service but a celebration of Brian's life.

No other details are known at this time.


John Roberts

SSAFA Case Coordinator Central France

Although the funeral is not yet arranged, it will almost certainly be within a few days in France Retired Wg Cdr John Roberts is the main point of contact
May Brian Rest in Peace.
John Walton


From Stewart McArdle on Facebook:

It is with heavy heart I have been notified by Darky Elphick of the passing of another RAF Police, QPD Legend. Darky informed me that in the early hours of this morning our dear friend John Baton, known to most of us as (Johnie Bastard) passed away. At this time I have no further details. Rest in peace my friend.



Having met Corporal Ken Tansley RAFP in 1967 we became firm friends and remained in contact throughout my RAF career of 39 years, I was informed by his Widow Hazel that he died on Friday 15 Jul at the age of 70, Ken served in the RAFP for only 9 years, however, I wondered if there is a way we can find out if any of his former colleagues could be identified and informed of his passing.

The funeral is on Monday 1 August in Chester at 1120hrs
Dave Males JP

Whilst we has no contact from any of Ken’s past colleagues for his funeral on Monday, when I arrived two ex RAF Policemen were in attendance in blazers and white berets, they informed me whilst they did not know Ken they were representatives from the local branch as they had seen the information on the web. His widow Hazel was very grateful for their attendance and I would like to be able to thank whoever they were but where unable to see them after the event. Can you help me to pass on the widows thanks for their attendance as it was a nice touch to a very sad occasion.
Dave M

I have found out it was Mark and Garry from the NW Branch so this has been passed on. Many thanks both. Webmaster


We have learned of the sad passing of former member Rev Michael Cole of Virginia, USA. He had been ill for several years passing away on 13th May 2016.

Michael served in the RAFP from 1953 to 1957 and was later a RAF Chaplain before re-locating to ministry in various locations in North America.

His funeral service was held on 17th May at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ivy,Virginia.

To read his full obituary click here.

May he Rest in Peace.

Neil Rusling, St.Michael's Branch


It is my unpleasant duty to have to inform you that I learned earlier today that Peter Farmer of Paphos, Cyprus, passed away on 31st May aged 80 years.

Peter served in the RAF Police from 1953 to 1955 returning to a career in banking after National Service. He had been a member of RAFPA since 2003. Peter was also Commissioned into the RAF VR(T) holding the rank of Flight Lieutenant.

He retired in 1991 and had lived in Cyprus for over 20 years.

Peter's funeral took place at Ayia Kyriaki, Cyprus, on Tuesday 7th June 2016.

May Peter Rest in Peace.

Neil Rusling


From Liam Clancy on Facebook

June 22 at 11:35am 

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the group of the passing of Gary " Olly"Jones this morning following a battle with cancer. Gary died at home with his wife Caroline by his side. RIP my friend..!!


From Jim Gordon on Facebook

Heard the sad news that Steve Grist ex QPD passed away this morning. I served with Steve at Troodos in the mid 80s.

Steve Grist’s Funeral Arrangements

From Jim Gordon on Facebook:

Steve Grist’s wife Mel just posted this "Steve’s funeral will be on Monday 4th July at 2.30pm at St.Mary's church, Caldicot, and then at Dewstow for burial. Please wear a welsh rugby top or something red, Steve lived for his rugby and would love it. Later we shall go to the Haywain, Caldicot (not confirmed) to have a drink and celebrate his life. No flowers only from myself as he sent me flowers all the time! I have decided that Steve would hate the waste of flowers; he worked with Dogs in the RAF and he adored our dogs so I have chosen a charity that I know he would use which is Battersea dogs home. Someone on the day will collect if you want to put it in an envelope with a message you can. Anyone is welcome.”


26 May 16

I have just been told that Terry Blackburn passed away in the early hours of this morning.  RIP Terry, known for over 40 years.

DETAILS OF THE FUNERAL OF TERRY BLACKBURN. Anyone wishing to attend will be very welcome, Terry didn't want people to wear black, he said he'd had a colourful life and that's the way he wants to go. Tany Blackburn.


As an ex snowdrop /ex South Wales Police / current Secretary of the No 4 (Wales) Region International Police Association, I have been informed of the recent death of a Jack HANN (88 yrs), retired Chief Inspector of the Metropolitan Police (1983). Jack was apparently an RAF Police officer shortly after the war, before joining the Met' and then the Canadian Air Force Police for a while. His funeral is on Tuesday 31st May in Ebbw Vale, although I have no further details at this stage. Denis Hunt


60 years of marriage last year

It is my sad task to notify you of the death of long serving EMB member Tom Woolhouse.
Tom served from 1946 to 1956 as a Provost SNCO
Tom suffered an aneurism, which burst, and he passed away peacefully yesterday at the Nottingham QMC with his family by his side
Details of the funeral arrangements will be promulgated once his widow Maureen has that information.
Our thoughts go out to Maureen and his family

The funeral of EMB member Tom Woolhouse (6/10/28 – 21/5/16) took place today

at the Wilford Hill Crematorium Nottingham. Guard of Honour formed by:-

Bill Bennett, Brian Whitaker, Bernard Lamb, Barrie Clarke (Standard)

John Park, Dave Greer, Steve Gardner, John Curtis


From Mark Williams through Facebook

I have just been told by Nick Cook the sad news that WO Tom Watts died on Sunday. I knew Tom for many years. His last overseas tour was in Hong Kong and I think his final posting was Vetting Wing at Rudloe Manor. After leaving the RAF he worked as the Trade and Exhibition Manager for the Royal International Air Tattoo. He continued working part-time for the charity well into retirement co-ordinating the volunteer team accommodation. My condolences go to his wife Yvonne and family. 

Yvonne Watts has just confirmed that Tom's funeral is at Colchester Crematorium at 14:45 on Tuesday 31st May. Post code for the Crematorium is CO2 8RU. There is no dress code, people should wear whatever they are comfortable with. Flowers are welcome or a donation to Tom's charity, details of which will be provided on the day. The family would like to see as many of Tom's colleagues and friends as possible


In Memory of David Sidney Mitchell - Former RAF Police Sergeant. David passed away on the 1 May 2016 aged 67 years. He served in the RAF Police between September 1968 and September 1990. He was a member of the RAF Police Association.
His funeral will be held at the West Wilts Crematorium at 1600 hours on 18 May 2016, with after proceedings at the Talbot Inn, Quemerford, Calne, SN11 0AR.
The family have requested ‘No Flowers’, but donations may be made to the Six Counties Kidney Patients Association via his ‘just giving page’.


From Norman Billows through Facebook...... I have been asked by his family to pass to the Association the news of the death of former Flt Sgt Geoff ROWE QPD.Although probably a lapsed member, he was an original member of the Norfolk Branch, RAFPA Probably best known to our ‘ doggie’ ex members, he had a lot to do in the development of the Dog Demo Teams in the late 50’s, served on the instructional staff at he Dog Training Schools’ and prior to his discharge was the Command Dog Inspector at HQRAFG

Lately he developed Dementia eventually becoming a resident of a Dementia Home where he succumbed to acute Pneumonia and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Sat 9 April 16 with his family around him.

Chris, his wife recently moved house but I am in telephone contact with her and will willingly pass any messages of sympathy members may wish to send. As yet, little is finalised about funeral arrangements other than it will be at St Faith’s Crematorium on 31 May; as more becomes known I will let members know.


From Roland Briggs on Facebook

It 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 treatment.

Although 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.

At 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 are received.


From Rob Smith on the RAFP Group:

It 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 1100hrs.


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.

Vic 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 Parades

Funeral arrangements are not yet known.

May Vic Rest in Peace.

John Walton
SWAB Chairman


From Facebook

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 partner


From 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.

George 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.

Steve Davies's photo.


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.


I 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,
NN16 8XE

Lynn Mentiply

I have Lynn's phone number - contact me for details.


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

The contact with Diane, Dave's widow, is Sheila Harris of Balderton, Newark who will send more details about funeral arrangements etc.

Brian Whitaker

Dave's Funeral is at Alford Crematorium Station Road, Alford LN13 9LH,on Monday 21 March at 3 pm.

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)


Sqn Ldr 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.

Brian’s funeral will be at 1215 on Thursday 10th March at Mintlyn Crematorium, Lynn Road, King’s Lynn PE32 1HB.

The 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.


From Facebook

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. 

Sonia Leightley

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


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.

Alan Weeks 

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 my mate.

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. 

Philip E Fitchett

EMB Secretary

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

Neil Rusling

I second that - Marty was my CI Instructor too in 1977.  RIP Marty.

Steve Cattell

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. 

The 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.

Kevin Toms


Just 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

Martin Uden

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.
Best wishes,
A.E. Trevor Evans (EMB)

Tim 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 Pembrokeshire.


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 Chapel, Brighton 


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. 

Dave Swaithe

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 "ours":

“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.


From Facebook

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.

It 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 August 1977.
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 455627.
May John Rest in Peace.
John Walton


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.

Nigel Cox

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 attend.

Craig I'Anson

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.

Steve Davies


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).

Pat Reed

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.

Kathryn Lines


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 bloke.

Paul Carruthers


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.

Kind regards

EMB Secretary

Philip E Fitchett

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 and friend.

RIP Eddie

Alan Knowler


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.

Cliff Sweet


The Memorial 'Mob''s photo.

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 welcome.

The second is of Norman Chesters

Norman served with the RMP‬Cheshire Police‬ Royal Cayman Islands Police‬ and finally the Royal Parks Constabulary‬.

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.

Crematorium address:

West Wiltshire Crematorium
Devizes Road
BA14 6HL


 From Philip 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.

Rest in Peace, Keith, A good friend and fellow snowdrop.

Tony Lake 23rd November 2015


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 charity.
My Brian Rest in Peace.
John Walton


It is my painful duty to notify you of the death of a founder member of the RAFPA
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 hospital.
RIP Alec

John Curtis
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 possible).
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 .
John Curtis

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 yesteryear .

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 Alec Beange.
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
John Curtis.


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.
John Walton


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.
John Walton

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. 

I served with him at 24pd Polemedia 1960-1963 one of the best! 

RIP old mate.

Neil Elphick

Jim James Williamson, Neil Elphick and myself worked with Pete on 24PD in Cyprus. He was one of the fittest, nicest blokes you could meet. Hard to believe that he is no longer with us. RIP old mucker and give our regards to John Wood when you meet up again at the pearly gates.
Martin Uden


From Andy Beech

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

="">Just 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.


We’re so proud of our amazing son, parents pay tribute to Christopher Pollitt from Rainham

He 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, Meagan.

Tragically, the former Howard School pupil who grew up in Rainham, would never realise his dream.

Responding 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.

He had only just moved into a house with Miss Rodi, 24, two weeks before he died near Beiseker in the western province of Alberta.

They 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 parade.

Speaking from their home in Herbert Road, Rainham, Mr Pollitt, who owns Rainham Electrics, said: “He was so excited about his new life in Canada.

“He had a new direction in life.”

Their 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.

Mr 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.

“He loved the country, it had everything he wanted, all the sports he could do, he was excited about moving there.”

A 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.

His dad said: “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.

“He had the ability to turn something bad into something good and he really was liked where ever he went.”

Mr and Mrs Pollitt visited the young couple and spent time with them at Lake Louise near the Rockies.

In October last year, Chris secured a work permit and shortly afterwards got a job with the security firm where bosses thought highly of him.

He hoped his new job would be the first step on the ladder to becoming a Calgary police officer.

Mr Pollitt said: “They were going to promote him as he had told us how well he was doing.

“He was going to spend the rest of his life with Meagan.”

Their son stayed in regular contact with them, his sister Katie and her children, Lauren, 13, Liam, 10, and four-year-old Jacob.

Mr Pollitt said: “He would Skype home and was even teaching Liam how to play the guitar.

“They had only just moved into their house and he told us he was looking forward to painting the place and the picket fence.”

He described his 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.

She liaised with the Foreign Office and arranged flights so the three of them could travel to Canada two days later.

Mr Pollitt said: “Meagan and her family met us at the airport and she was so brave.

“She’d sorted out the funeral arrangements and helped us with everything, the whole family are grief stricken too. They are wonderful people.”

A 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.

Mr and Mrs Pollitt decided to have their son cremated and have left half his ashes with Meagan and have brought the other half home.

Christopher Pollitt and girlfriend Meagan with his whole family in happier times

Mrs Pollitt said: “Chris would have liked to have stayed there with Meagan, he had everything he wanted there.

“They had even talked about having children. It’s so sad to think about now.”

A 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.

Chris’s friends and colleagues from his RAF regiment also raised a glass to him in traditional military fashion.

Canadian police are investigating the crash.

Mr Pollitt was born in Canada House, Gillingham, on October 3, 1983, and brought up in Rainham.

He went to St Margaret’s Junior School and later the Howard School in Derwent Way.

His parents said he was really keen on sports and was good at karate where he achieved his black belt at an early age.

In Canada, he was in training for a gruelling 125km race across the Rockies.

He 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.

Christopher Pollitt in his uniform

Mrs Pollitt said: “He always wanted to be a police officer and wanted to join the Calgary Police out in Canada.”

After 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.

The regiment also carries out ceremonial duties for the Royal family.

His 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.

“We 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.”


A British soldier has died in hospital from wounds sustained in Afghanistan in 2012, the Ministry of Defence has said.

L/Cpl Michael Campbell, 32, from Colwyn Bay, north Wales, was shot while on patrol with 3rd Battalion the Royal Welsh.

He died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Thursday, the MoD said.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the Army Reservist was "proud and professional" and a "dedicated family man" who had also served in Iraq.


It 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 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 they say,
Of that we can be sure.
I reckon there are plenty,
That would love to shake his paw.

Now he’s gone, it’s time for him to rest.
We’ll not forget him, because he was the best.
Sleep well brave comrade,
We salute you with pride.

‘Per Ardua ad Astra’ for every Snowdrop that’s died

by Scott Etheridge

Buster the Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives, Passes Away

17 July 2015

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Buster, the Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives, Passes Away

It is with great sadness that Flight Sergeant Will Barrow from the RAF Police announces the death of his retired Arms and Explosive Search Dog, Buster.

Buster, a 13 year old Springer Spaniel passed away at the Barrow’s home in Lincolnshire where he had been enjoying retirement with handler Will, plus two canine companions.

Buster 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.


Flight Sergeant Barrow documented his experiences with Buster into a best-selling book and as recently as this week, the inseparable pair were out promoting Buster’s service endeavours at a local school where they’d been invited to hand out end of year reports to the children.

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.


RAF mourns ‘Buster’; sergeant says he would have died for bomb-sniffing dog that saved thousands

Buster the bomb-sniffing dog was declared the Royal Air Force's "official lifetime mascot" for saving thousands of lives during five tours of duty. (Image: U.K. Ministry of Defense) ** FILE **
Buster the bomb-sniffing dog was declared the Royal Air Force’s “official lifetime mascotâ€� for saving thousands of lives during five tours of duty. (Image: U.K. Ministry of Defense) ** FILE ** more >
- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2015

The Royal Air Force is mourning the death of one of its bomb-sniffing dogs. “Buster� is credited with saving thousands of troops over the course of five tours of duty.

Buster deployed to Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq before retiring in 2012. His death was announced Friday by the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense.

Flight Sgt. Will Barrow said he would have gladly given his life for the 13-year-old Springer Spaniel, who died at the sergeant’s home.

“If you’re very, very lucky, there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for, and for me that dog is Buster,� Sgt. Barrow said, ABC News reported Friday.

“The 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, ABC reported.

The dogs inspect bases, search vehicles and checkpoints, and go out on patrol with military personnel to find ammunition, explosives, and weapons.

“It 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,� the Ministry of Defense said in its statement.

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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 Hospital.

Mr Campion had been a dog handler at RAF Raynham in the 1980s. Since leaving the military he had had difficulties finding full-time work.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital

His wife, Samantha, said in a statement read to the inquest: "He was 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 told.

The inquest was told that Mr Campion was in a seclusion ward under 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 Beezhold 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 with 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 trying to arrange ECT treatment for Mr Campion at the time of his death. The inquest continues.

The below received from the RMPA Western Australia regarding the passing of St.Michael's Branch member George Chamberlain (2281)

It 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.

George 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 2527393.

George 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.

I will arrange a notice shortly in The West Australian on behalf of RMPA Western Australia Branch.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 1 July 2015 and I have been advised arrangements are as follows:

· A family viewing at Bowra & O'Dea, 43 Summerton St, Medina - 1.30 to 2.00 pm

· Funeral service at St Brendan's by the sea, cnr Currie St & Parkland Drive, Warnbro - 2.30 to 3.30pm.

The family have requested RMPA Western Australia Branch provide a Guard of Honour 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 and advise of your ability to attend.

Brian Griffiths

Branch Chairman

RMPA Western Australia Branch

My 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

From Roland Briggs 20/06/15

It is with great sadness that 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.



The funeral service for Thomas Jackson will be held at 2p.m. Monday 6th July 2015 at St. Lawrence Church, Sigglesthorne, Nr. Hornsea, East Yorkshire

The 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

At the time of writing arrangements are in hand to arrange a Wake afterwards and these details will be announced when confirmation is received.

The family would appreciate an indication of how many may be attending nearer the event. If you are attending would you please advise me at I will collate and pass the numbers on to the family.


From Nigel Cox 20/06/15

Just got this through facebook:- "It is with sadness that Carolyn (Daughter of Brenda & Dennis (Ginge) Mew) has just informed me that Brenda has passed away tonight.  Regards Bill Jenkinson" Sincere condolences to Dennis and the rest of Brenda's family.

Funeral 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 village. 

Robin John CHURCH

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 Cemetery. 

RIP Robbie, the man who shaped a 23 yr old RNZAF Police Corporal for the rest of his service career and future life skills.

From the �Laarbruch 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.

John Claxton
From Brian Flinn:

It 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.

Crematorium details:

West Wiltshire Crematorium
Devizes Road
BA14 6HL

RAF mourns ‘Buster’; sergeant says he would have died for bomb-sniffing dog that saved thousands

Buster the bomb-sniffing dog was declared the Royal Air Force's "official lifetime mascot" for saving thousands of lives during five tours of duty. (Image: U.K. Ministry of Defense) ** FILE **
Buster the bomb-sniffing dog was declared the Royal Air Force’s “official lifetime mascotâ€� for saving thousands of lives during five tours of duty. (Image: U.K. Ministry of Defense) ** FILE ** more >
- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2015

The Royal Air Force is mourning the death of one of its bomb-sniffing dogs. “Buster� is credited with saving thousands of troops over the course of five tours of duty.

Buster deployed to Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq before retiring in 2012. His death was announced Friday by the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense.

Flight Sgt. Will Barrow said he would have gladly given his life for the 13-year-old Springer Spaniel, who died at the sergeant’s home.

“If you’re very, very lucky, there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for, and for me that dog is Buster,� Sgt. Barrow said, ABC News reported Friday.

“The 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, ABC reported.

The dogs inspect bases, search vehicles and checkpoints, and go out on patrol with military personnel to find ammunition, explosives, and weapons.

“It 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,� the Ministry of Defense said in its statement.

Read more: 
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

Details of the location of the Wake will be advised when known, however, it is planned to have a map & post code on the back of the Order of Service.

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 invited.

Regards to all,


RAFPA Wiltshire Branch

A 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.

Miriam, 95, and Ronald Pearson, 94, who lived in Warren Drive, Broughton met and married during the Second World War. 

They died last month, two days apart, after almost 72 years together.

At 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.

Mr 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, near Abergele.

They met at an evening at the Albert Hall dance hall in Buckley.

Taking the service, funeral celebrant Mary McDonald said Mr Pearson had seen  lovely young woman and went over to ask her to dance.

That 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 other.

During 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.

The 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.

Sad 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 57-60 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 South Parade , Northallerton, DL7 8 SG Tel No 01609 777255 where all enquiries and cards of condolence should be sent.
RIP Charles.

It 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 Michael�s grandson on Facebook. No other details are yet available.

RIP Michael.

Brian Flinn

It is 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.
Edith has requested a quiet family funeral, however should anyone wish to remember Ray donations are requested to the London Air Ambulance.
Roger Bishop

Sadly 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.

Ed Devlin

My 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 
- Stephen Thornton

I�m 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 .

Gary Bishop

It is with sadness that we announce the passing away today (17 February) of our member Tony Townsend.

Our thoughts are with his wife Jo & family.

Funeral details will be published when known.

May he rest in peace.

Archie Heath, Sec: SDB

From Facebook
John Claxton - Laarbruch Reunion 2014
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 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 chapel.
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 Limb

John was admitted to the Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield on Thursday 12th

(which would have been Pat�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 available


Pat Limb

The funeral arrangements for Pat have been made.

It will take place at the

Mansfield Crematorium
Derby Road,
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5BJ on Thursday 26th February at 11.45.


A wake has been organised at a local venue.


The family has asked me if I will coordinate the number of Royal Air Force Police Association members who will be attending.

Can 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.


A sad time for son Andrew and daughter Dianne and of course their extended family

John Curtis

I 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.

Steve Davies

Vince Asquith's Funeral

Friday 6th February 2015
1230 hours
Chanterlands Avenue Crematorium
North Humberside
HU 54 EF
01482 614975

Family flowers only.
Donations to Help for Heroes & RAF Benevolent Fund.
Large Chapel...All welcome.

From 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 Vince 
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I 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 illness.

May John Rest in Peace.

Trevor E (EMB Sec)

Further to the notice last week of the death of John Ettridge we now have details of his funeral

It 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
John�s granddaughter carried his white hat and armband
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!!!

It is with great sadness, I announce that Derek Williamson of Bispham a loving father, former RAF Police Office & Officer at Strangeways 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.
His Son.

Published in the Blackpool Evening Gazette on 5th July 2013 (Distributed in Blackpool)

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.


You 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.

I 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.

Ted Squires

Sad news spoke to George Innes about a year ago before I took ill 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
Harry Renton
In company with Gp Capt Jim Leggat (representing the PM), Bill 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
Gus McGowan
Scot & NI Branch

From Mandie Barker on 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.



Eric's 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. 
Hi Guys 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. His daughter doesn't know the names other than Chalky White. I will post funeral details tomorrow. Thanks

Sorry 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.
Eddie Devlin

I have just learned 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 connection with 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 RAFâ€ââ€�¢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

I have just learned 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 connection with 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 RAF’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.

Much loved father of Roger, Tim & Viv, father-in-law of Les, Val & Perry and Grandad of Oliver & Pippa. Funeral Service to take place 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.



Sadly 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.

Paul Carruthers.

Very sad to learn of Bill�s passing.

Although 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 “Officer� 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 February 2015, 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 and entrance area, in the chapel were filled by over 100 family, friends work colleagues and members of the RAFPA.
A memorable farewell to a valued member who, for over 18 years, had held an important post within the Yorkshire branch of the RAFPA .





The funeral of Lynne Williamson will take place at 1420 hours on Monday 2nd February at Rose Hill Crematorium, Cantley Lane, Doncaster, DN4 6NE.

Sad news was passed to me this morning, that Lynne Williamson (Secretary of RAFPA Yorkshire (South)), passed away, suddenly, yesterday 6th January 2015. 
RIP Lynne. Condolences to your family and friends.

Nigel Cox


Royal Air Force Association, Yorkshire (South) Branch


Dear Friends

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 2014 after a fall that resulted in a broken ankle.   

The circumstances of Lynneâ€ââ€�¢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 known.

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 “knowing look�.  We always knew when “Rovers� 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.

Sad 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 member.
Chris Gangel.


We are sad to have been informed today of the death in October 2014 of Terence Jewitt (RAFPA Member 599) who served in the early 1950â€ââ€�¢s – may he rest in peace


Keith Stagg

Secretary and Treasurer

North West Branch

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 man, 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 early 90's.
May James Rest in Peace.
John Walton

Just been informed of the sudden death 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 sadness that 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 crematorium.
There is overnight accommodation available at the Premier Inn, Leicester Central (A50), part of the Fare & Square pub complex on Groby Road next to the crematorium. At the moment the cost is £55.00 per room per night.


Colin Llewellyn Of Rudloe, passed suddenly away on the 29th November 2014, aged 58 years.
'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
Alternatively cheque's made payable to the charities can be sent care of Aaron Bewley, Bewley & Merrett Funeral Directors, 57a Pickwick Road, Corsham, SN13 9BS.


I have just been informed by Dave Wardell that RAFPA Member  Keith Gilmore, HD&IoW Branch, passed away a couple of days ago. No other details are known at this time.

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 RAF Police.

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

From the PMs WO today: 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 RAF Police. 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


I have been informed of the death of Robbie Backhouse's wife, Jean at 3 pm yesterday, 26th October.  No other details at present

Information 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.

I 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



OK 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 during 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 in 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
OK 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 during the war. I am dealing with his funeral & his family were only expecting about 8 - 10 people to attend. By chance, whilst discussing the discussing the music for his service, I found about his RAFP service. I have spoken to his son Roy about inviting other RAFP along & he was in 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.

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of EMB member Fred Prestwood.
Fred had battled with terminal cancer 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 church.
I know that heaven�s gardens will be well looked after .... R.I.P.Fred

John Curtis

I have just received a phone call from Joseph Hart the son of ex RAFP FS Tony ‘Morph� Hart who sadly passed away over the weekend following a battle with lung cancer. Tony used to have a Rottweiler dog called ‘Major� 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 Beccles Cemetery, 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.


Stew Coppard
Warrant Officer

It is with sadness that I report the passing, last night, of Sgt Howard (Taff) Cooper RAFP.



RIP Taff.


Ian Clarke

26 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".

After 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 unitâ€ââ€�¢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. Reg�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 “what the ***** are you doing ‘ere..� and since then he eventually became the excellent and sadly missed ‘Events Manager� for the Oxford area RAFPA crew. (The photo is of Reg, a member of the Mounted Section at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus)

I first 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.
But mainly 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.
In later 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.
John Walton




It 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.

Eric was the RAFPA National Secretary for 2 years, until April of this year, when he had to resign, due to 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 friend.

Rest in peace Eric.
Brian Flinn
National Chairman
RAF Police Association

The funeral of Eric Harrison will take place on Monday 15th September at 1245 hours at the:

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium
Balcombe Road
West Sussex
RH10 3NQ

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 ‘uniform� 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. He 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 ‘Mentioned in Despatches� 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
Ian Christie
Ex F.S. RAF Police & Member of Scotland & NI Branch

It is 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 Standard Bearer.
RIP Keith.
Brian Flinn
National Chairman
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 ‘in drape�. 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.


I 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 August at:
East Riding Crematorium
Octon Cross Roads
East Yorkshire
YO25 3BL
(Approx 6 Miles N of Driffield on B1249 Staxton Rd Jnct B1253)
There will be a buffet at the Crematorium after the Service please let me know ASAP if you are able to attend so that numbers may be booked.
The NYB Standard will be present and Branch Members will form a Guard of Honour. Association Members attending would be welcome to join in.
John expressed a wish that money is not 'wasted' on flowers but a Donation may be made to NARPO an organisation with which John was keenly involved.
Ken Turner


It is with deep regret that I must inform you that Doris McArdle, beloved wife of Stewart, passed away in hospital today, 31st July. 
RIP Doris
Brian Flinn
RAF Police Association

The service will be held on the 18th August at 1330hrs at West Suffolk Crematorium (Risby) Bury St Edmunds.
IP28 6RR
Only Family flowers
Donations to the Alzhiemers Society.

Sad to 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


I have been advised that Memb. No. 1456 Mr Michael Headley passed away a few days ago. No further info.
Dave W.

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.
The funeral is on 3rd of July (Thursday) at 11.20 am at Woodlands 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 the computer.
Pip would have been delighted with this beautiful little girl who had to go through such a lot to arrive here quite suddenly yesterday.
Regards to all
Christine Waller (Nicolasmum)

24 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 know.  John Bellaby. 

From Chris Lumb on the Facebook page


I 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.

"Dave 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

I will post more when I have anything to release as per Connie's wishes.

I'm informed by WO Taff Price RAFP Boulmer funeral is 15.30 hrs Monday coming at Blyth crematorium (Northumberland) full military honours


 Mr Copland at first Arboretum parade. RIP Sir. Martin Uden

I 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.

Graeme Spark


Could 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).

Chris W Gausden


Bill started his uniformed career in 1940 when he volunteered as an 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 and he 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 (5â€ââ€�¢6�) 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 “Warsaw 44� 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 “Qs� 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 support 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: “I 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 familiar�.

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.
Initially 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 January 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.
The 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.
Elizabeth Berryman
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 kindness.
kind regards
Elizabeth Berryman

My 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 the 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 passing.

Robin Green.




Colin E Clarke

25th April 1937 - 27th March 2014

Sadly 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
12 noon
At St Peter's Church
CM22 6JB
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 07792 034801
Ralph & Carolyn 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


 30/3/14 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)

My 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 New 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 of former RAFP Sgt Dennis Landy, who served in the early 1950s.
Yes, 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 81 years old, and saw service at Gutersloh, and Berlin. When there are funeral details, I shall post an update, should anyone wish to attend.
Matt Landy

During 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.
David Palmer found a picture of Barry in PP 1972

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.

5069203 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 11.45am.

Just 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.
Ian Hunter
message 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 Francesca

Retired Group Captain Gerry Biggar died yesterday 1 January 2014. He was aged 85.
The 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 small 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.

I 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.

Dick Barton

I am sorry to have to report  the passing of ex RAF Policeman 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 Church University.
A great character, RIP.
Steve Downer

First time I've looked at the website and was very saddened to read this. Had the pleasure of working with Mark at Coningsby. Good laugh Great lad. Sad loss.

Sid Burman


I've 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.
Dave W.

It 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 appreciated.
It 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 12.30 pm at St John's church in Ryde, Isle of Wight with the committal at 1.30pm at the IoW Crematorium.
Alan Shean

25/11/13 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 served 53-56
May Frank R.I.P.
Ken Turner

25/11/13 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.
May John R.I.P.
Ken Turner

I 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 Granddaughter Georgia.

The years Trevor spent in the Air Force were the best of his working life, tours included RAF Bruggen and JHQ

Kind regards

Dee Hewitt (Peacock)

Stuart Mackay died this afternoon ( 19 Nov) with a suspected heart attack.


Reference the passing of Stuart Mackay I have a date and time for the funeral  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

I 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
Huntingdon area.  Chris Cornish's funeral is on 27 Nov 13  at St Mary 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.

From 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.

Dave Perry, a staunch supporter of RAFP golf and the Misters, unfortunately passed away on Wednesday 9 Oct 13 after a long illness bravely
born 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.
Eddie Cloke
Funeral for David Perry is at 1330 on 22 Oct at Cambs Crematorium just off the A14 between Cambridge and Bar Hill

I 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.
Jock 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 Friday.
May Jock 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 Des Saint
It 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.
Although 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.
Reporting 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

From Stew McArdle
Just had a phone call from Lynne Manley to inform me that Her 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

I 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 1986.
From Steve Davies
I 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.
Peggy's 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 23rd July, 2013 at Bucks Palace Church, Bucks Town Centre.
Photographs from the funeral and a zip file containing more, a report on the funeral and the local newspaper

It 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.
I 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.
Dave 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.

My 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 You.
Blacon 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.

Peter's 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.

Just 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 Branches.

Pat and family were really overwhelmed by the support they received from the RAF Police/RAFPA and RMPA community at this very sad time.

Thank 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.

Kind regards


I 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 May at:

Haltemprice Crematorium

Main Street



North Humberside

HU10 6NS

Bill Floyd

Tom 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 sad loss

Philip Roy SMART

Membership 520


It 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
Ian Christie
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 Branch.
Rest in Peace Andy.
Ian Christie

For 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.
Steve Davies

It 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 reunited with his beloved wife Julie.

I have been informed by his son that member Gordon Handsley (Served March 1948 to March 1970) died in January 2013

I 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 extended family.

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)
Marie 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 family.

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.




It is believed that Member Jack C Cross (936) has died. His wife died in January and it is believed that he pre-deceased her

The death on March 12th of RAFPA Member Jeremy George, who served between 1986 to 1994, in America has been reported.


I 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.

Just 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.

Sheila Charlton




I'm sad to report the death yesterday of Memb. No. 1875, John Matthews of Ryde, I o W.

RIP John.
Dave Wardell

I have just been informed by letter that Member No 1987, William Ahearne of  Douglas, Isle of Man passed away on 15th January following a stroke. His wife sent a very sweet letter with a crafted snowdrop attached to it.  Eric

It 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.
I 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 .
Our sincerest condolences to Gwen and family.
May you Rest in Peace Les.
Paul & 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 Facebook:
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.
National & 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 Association.
There will be a Service of Thanksgiving in Ripon Cathedral on 18 January 2013 at 14.00.
May Bill Rest in Peace.
John Walton
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
Ken Turner
Branch Secretary

Member James Adams unfortunately died on the 19th December .
His funeral is at 1000hrs on Friday, 4th January at Portchester Crematorium.

Member 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 Club, Bishopbriggs
ex-Sgt 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.
Bill Veasey

I 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

I 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.
Although 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.

I've today (21 Nov 12) been advised of the recent death of Memb. No. 1217 Mr. Bernie Blaikie of Northampton.
No further details at this time.
Dave W.

It is 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.
The funeral is planned for Wednesday 28th of November at Loddon Church, Norfolk, and if our presence is accepted I will inform everyone by email.
Yours in friendship,
Robin Knowles
Norfolk Branch Secretary
I am 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.
John Cooper
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 0230hrs. at the age of 81yrs. The funeral is on Friday 16 - 11 - 12 at [11.50hrs] Lincoln Crematorium which is situated on Washingborough Road Lincoln.

Alan Whitelaw

Some bad news. Bill Bradley, a member of the RAF Police since the 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.

Bob Hamilton

Just learned a former QPD of 12 years - Pete 'Ming' Watson passed 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 drink.
Gary Preston

I've been advised by his widow, that Memb. No. 1239 Derek Gale passed away last month.
Dave W.

Have been informed of the death of Colin F Jones, Memb No 0774, of Bexley Heath, Kent.
Colin died at 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.
Colin's funeral is to take place at St Mary's Church, 346 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, SE13 6LE at 0930hrs (prompt) on Wed 8 Aug 12, (website 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 Branch.
Keith (Sec LHC)

"Following his death in April, the funeral of my Father, Lionel (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 funeral".
Rob Seddon
It with sadness that I have to report the passing away of Ronnie 'Geordie' Douglas last night (Sunday 01 Jul) in Lincoln County Hospital after his long battle with cancer.  My thoughts are with Vera and the family.

May Geordie Rest In Peace

Fiat Justitia.


Brian Main

The funeral service for Ronnie Douglas will take place at Lincoln Crematorium on Tue 10th 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 Services,

12 Portland 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.
Allen King
Chairman of North Yorkshire Branch)

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 refreshments.


I've been advised by his widow that Memb. No. 1713, John Cutler passed away on Saturday last. (16th June)
Funeral details not finalised, but probable next Thursday at Semington Crematorium.

Sorry to report that RAFPA member Reg Drinkwater, 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 uncomplicated, decent, straightforward family man, and had spent many years nursing his wife, who had equally poor health in recent years.
Bryan Clark

Sad to report member Ron Sutcliffe died today (Sunday) in Sheffield of cancer.
Ron joined the RAF Police in 1949 and served until 1972.
May Ron Rest in Peace.
John Walton
Ron 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.
Ron's daughter Anne may be contacted for further details through:- Yorkshire South Branch Secretary Lynne Williamson is the main point of contact. email:

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.
John Walton
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 as to 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 Surrey Police.

I shall do my level best to get down to Aldershot with my wife on the day of his funeral.

Take real good care down there.


Tony Batchelor.


Stewart McArdle
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, Lancashire.

Unfortunately I have no further information. May he Rest in Peace.

Paul Donovan

Funeral of Cpl Brent J McCarthy on 31st May 2012

Held at St Nicholas Church, Codsall,Wolverhampton.

Grey 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 Brent?s life.

Among 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, Brian  Lawrence and Trevor Marklew.

The 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.

After 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 February 1987 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 called home.

Following school he worked in a number of jobs before committing 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 sport and 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."

Lieutenant Colonel Dino Bossi, Commanding Officer, Police Mentoring and Advisory Group, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, said:

"Corporal Brent McCarthy came to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards during 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 in Afghanistan.

"His intelligence, ready wit and his desire to muck in and take part 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, whether Welsh 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 job and 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 family 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 Norton, said:

"Cpl Brent McCarthy was fiercely loyal and courageous, exemplifying 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, whether 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 with him.

"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 in the knowledge that Brent was an exemplary policeman of whom they should be proud."

"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."

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 Hussars, I 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 weeks.

"He maintained an unfaltering sense of duty throughout his 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 Police, Corporal 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 Corporal McCarthy 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."

Staff Sergeant Terrance Ferguson, Platoon Staff Sergeant, Theatre Provost Group, said:

"Coming from the same town of Telford there was an 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 Guards his extended family will remember him forever. Rest in Peace Mac, gone but never forgotten."

Corporal Kriss Gray, RAF Police, Afghan Police Mentor, Theatre Provost Group, said:

"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 himself and 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 friend.

"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 knowing Corporal 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 Guards.

"We conducted all of our training with the team working 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 Technician, Police Advisory Team, Number 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, said:

"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 forward!

"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 Corporal McCarthy 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."

Mark 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 Crematorium.

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 )

Michael Hall

After he 'retired' from regular service Mark 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 well.
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.

Bill Veasey

Funeral of

Mark John Robert Henry.

Ex Sgt. R.A.F.Police

26 June 1963- 12 May 2012

The funeral of ex Sgt Mark Henry took place at 13.00 today 28th May 2012  at St Giles Church, Balderton, Notts.

A 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.

Over 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





It 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.   

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This will be followed by private family burial at Chobham.


Cards of condolence may be sent to John's widow, Mrs Sylvia Ewens, (address held by Webmaster - please request).


Donations may be made to either The British Lung Foundation or Woking Hospice. The undertaker is Alan Greenwoood, 66 Send Road, Send

  The wake will take place at Woking Football club, Kingsfield Stadium, Westfield Ave, Woking. GU22 9AA

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