Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals
From Cara Crick.... Forwarded with
full permission, maybe some knew him, served alongside, or might care to pay
respects at the funeral.
RIP to Cpl
Denzil Flew RAFP, my goddaughter's grandfather who was 1 of 2 last living
personal RAFP personal who guarded the murderers of "the fifty" following the
postwar prosecution of the war criminals that carried out the murder. He died on
the 23rd of April 2018 surrounded by his family. Sadly missed by his family and
friends. His funeral service is at Tintagel Parish Church on the 18th May at
Mrs Elaine Flew will be happy for as many as possible former RAF Police, to
attend Denzil's funeral, on Friday 18 May, at 14.30, at Tintagel Parish Church.
The SWAB standard will be paraded.
1947 - Corporal
Denzil Flew, who had joined the RAF Police only the year before, and Corporal S
Williams were serving with No 104 RAF Police Flight in Hamburg and formed part
of the joint military police escort and convoy group responsible for
transporting German war criminals through Hamburg between the Altona Prison and
the courthouse. They recall that each day the prisoners were collected from the
prison and taken to the courthouse under extremely tight security. A Jeep
containing 4 armed police NCOs led the convoy while the handcuffed prisoners
were transported inside individual closed compartments in a specially built
high-security vehicle. Two armed RAF Police motorcyclists, one of whom Corporal
Flew remembers as being Corporal George, and another police vehicle containing 4
more armed police NCOs followed the vehicle containing the prisoners. Initially,
like many of those involved in the security operation, the 2 corporals had no
idea of the crimes the prisoners were accused of before their trials began.
However, they recall that when they found out the nature of the charges, the
general mood of the NCOs involved in the operation changed considerably although
everyone remained professional and on their guard. Corporal Flew recalls that on
one occasion during one of the ongoing trials, one of the prisoners actually
attempted to escape through a toilet window but was swiftly apprehended. On
another occasion Corporal Williams was instructed to remain on duty at the
courthouse where 5 prisoners were on trial. Two doctors by the name of Sonntag
and Rossentag and 3 nurses, one named Schwester Lisa, were accused of murdering
and ill-treating female prisoners during medical experiments at one of the many
concentration camps. At the end of the trial both doctors and Schwester Lisa
received death sentences, while the other 2 nurses received lengthy terms of
imprisonment. They were all swiftly escorted from the courtroom into the
confinement area and while the nurse who had received the lesser sentence became
hysterical, the others remained calm and insolent.
Tragic news from Myke Smallboy Aldridge:
with great sadness I have to inform you all of the passing of one of
our own. Cpl Christina L. Bentley (stationed at the DAC) lost her
battle and took her own life yesterday, 23 Apr 2018.
I have just been informed from a contact
in the Devon & Cornwall Police that Alec Benford retired traffic Sgt and ex
RAFP has passed away yesterday, no more details were available and i am not sure
when Alec served
RIP ex snowdrop
have to report that former RAFP Bill Sykes passed away in hospital
after a fall, on 3 Mar 2018. My condolences go out to his family and
may he rest in peace.
With, great sadness in my heart. I have to say that my dear friend Stewart Skouse passed
away at 4 o'clock this morning. It was painless, I have no more words
to say........just gutted. My condolences to family and his wonderful
wife. Stu, Thank you for your friendship...i luv you my
friend......QPD!!! XXX RIP....next round on you.
I just wanted to share the details of
Stewart's funeral below. Please do share with anyone you feel would like to
attend, I know he was very well loved. I hope you are able to join us in
celebrating his life.
Wednesday 21st March, 09:30am at West
Suffolk Crematorium, in the new chapel.
Arrivals from 09:15
We will then head to the Packhorse in Moulton, to
raise a glass or two after the service.
Much love Glo & family Xx
is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the sudden death
from a cardiac arrest of a National Service RAFP Brian Suiter in the
early hours of Sunday morning. Brian served with Andy Turnbull during
his service and they have remained friends and attended annual reunions
since those day.
It is with
great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Malcolm Lister.
May he rest in peace. Malcolm’s wife, Nora, advises that his cremation
will take place at 2.15pm on Tuesday 6th March at Bushbury Crematorium,
Underhill Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 8NS.
I was advised today by his son
that Ian Taylor passed away on 17th February 2018. Ian was a regular attendee at
NW Branch meetings until a couple of years ago. Ian served between June 1956 and
Ian's funeral is at St Mary's Church,
Prestwich M25 1AN on 9th March at 12.30pm. I will be doing my very best to
attend as this is local to me.
is with great sadness that I have to inform everyone that William
Gosling lost his battle yesterday after suffering from a long term
‘Will’ Gosling joined the RAF in March 1980 and was on 18flt with
myself. After passing out from Swinderby he went to St Athan in Wales
for driver training and then to RAF Newton for his initial Police
course before being posted to his first RAF station RAF Scampton. It
was here in 1981 that ‘Will’ suffered terrible injuries to
his spine following a road accident that unfortunately left him
permanently paralysed. Despite this ‘Will’ married Sharon and lived a
very happy life surrounded by a loving and caring family.
months he was diagnosed with an incurable illness and despite his
incredible strength and the support from his wife Sharon and his family
he passed away yesterday.
He was an incredible man and will be
missed by everyone that knew him. I have no details regarding any
funeral arrangements but will let everyone know when they are available.
you wish to respond on Facebook please search for Sharon Gosling, you
can identify her page as she has 1 mutual friend William Gosling.
The funeral for William Gosling is taking place on Monday the 19th February at
12.30 at the Parish Church in Scotter, Lincolnshire. All are welcome.
Death of John Hull, Chester
Today I received a call from John's daughter saying he passed away on 28
January. She had been going through his address and Christmas card list and my
name was on there. John was living in a nursing home in Saltney, Chester. He had
been ill with kidney failure and died peacefully with his family around him. He
wrote a note in his Christmas card saying how proud he was to have been in the
RAF Police and how much due to ill health he missed the friendship of the
association, in particular the NW Branch. I wrote back but don't know if he was
well enough to read it. His funeral will be at St Antony's Church, Saltney,
Chester, 11am, Tuesday 13 February. His daughter Rachael Crisp says all members
are welcome, and is on 01625 536054. Rest in Peace, John.
Ex RAF Police Dog Handler, Gordon Turner's, who served
during the 50', 60's, funeral is taking place on Friday 16th Feb 10.20am Grimsby
crematorium. No flowers donations in his name to SSAF.
daughter, received a card from the RAF Police Association and thanks the
Association for being so 'caring'.
It is with sadness I have to inform you that Shelia (widow of the late
Alec Beange) passes away peacefully in her sleep last night.
She had been enjoying life having recently moved into a smart Residential
Home in Grantham
The service for Shelia Beange will be at Grantham Crematorium at 1300hrs on
Friday 2nd March, followed by refreshments at the Angel & Royal.
If you will be at the service, and after at the Angel, please let me
It would be helpful to have an indication of numbers, especially for the
Angel & Royal. Not urgent but let me know ASAP.
A notice will be placed in the Grantham journal by the family in due
From Andy Hall
It is with great sadness
that I write to inform you all that Andrew Morris has unfortunately passed away.
He died of liver disease on 31 Jan.
I have now
received details of the funeral for Andrew Morris.
The funeral will take
place on Friday 16th Feb. It will be at St Josephs RC church, Horace St, Bolton
at 11am then on to Overdale for 12. Waiting on confirmation on room for the
wake. Family flowers only but anyone wishing to make a donation can give to the
funeral directors on the day until a charity has been decided.
From Steve Davies
Derek Turvey, a member of the Wiltshire Branch of the RAFPA passed away on
Wednesday 17th January 2018 after a long illness. Derek served in the RAF Police
from 1961 to 1973 and settled in Chippenham when he left the RAF.
with great sadness that I've been informed that Ex RAF Police QPD,
Gordon Turner, who served during the 50's, 60's in Aden, Cyprus and
Kenya, sadly passed away earlier today 29 Jan. His daughter, Kate,
Humberside Police, also said that Gordon was a past member of the RAF
Police Association and sent me the photo below of her dad when in the
It is with sadness that I must
inform you that Ray Orgill died in the early hours of this morning.
Ray had an abscess on a tooth
last year, which was treated successfully, but the infection had entered his
bloodstream and damaged his heart. He had been in a Care Home in Nailsea for a
number of weeks receiving Palliative care. Ray's wife Kath and his daughter
Suzi, were by his side at the end.
Ray was one of the Founder
Members of the RAFPA in 1984. He was a Monumental Mason for over 30 years and
provided valuable advice during the design stage of the RAFP/RAFPA Memorial,at
the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffs, which was dedicated in
The funeral for Ray Orgill will
take place on Monday 12th February.
There will be a small private
(Family Only) cremation at 1000 hours which will be followed by a Memorial
Service at 1130 hours at:
Mourners are then invited to join
the family for refreshments at:
The Masonic Hall
All former colleagues of Ray are
welcome to attend the Memorial Service if they wish to do so. Association
members who wish to attend may wear our 'uniform', if they have it, but Kath,
Ray's widow, requested that medals
In the absence of a coffin, there
will be a table in the church on which will be a photograph of Ray, a small
wreath, our RAF Police colour drape and a RAF Police white cap
Ray was a founder member of the
RAF Police Association and also a founder member of the Western Region Branch,
which reformed as the Wiltshire Branch in 2009, and Ray was our Branch Treasurer
2009 - 2010.
May Ray rest in
From Roy Rudham
Steve. Just to let you know that a friend of my wife and I, and also a member of
RAFPA passed away at 7:45am this morning. It is Bernard Brown of Kent Drive,
Oadby. I will advise about funeral arrangements when known. Roy
From Ted Squires in the Forum
I had for many years exchanged Christmas Cards with Wg. Cdr. E.O.(Mike) Kennedy,
recently the last card was returned "passed away". I met up with him in the mid-fifties at 6 District, he
retired in 1971.
Wg Cdr E O (Mike) Kennedy RAF Rtd, passed away in Oct 2017. His obituary can be
found on this link http://www.ledburycatholicchurch.org.uk/mikekennedy.htm
is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you all that, at 0325 this
morning my beautiful wife Bridget finally lost her brave 10 year fight
with Parkinson's Disease. She went peacefully and pain free in her
sleep surrounded by her family. Rest in peace my love, I will miss you
Bridget's funeral arrangements are as follows:
Funeral at: 13.00hrs, Thursday 1st February 2018
At: Accrington Crematorium, Accrington Cemetery, Burnley Rd, Accrington,
Lancs. BB5 6HA
'The North Yorkshire Branch Standard' will be present.
Rossendale Golf Club, Ewood Lane Head, Haslingden, BB4 6LH (approx.
For catering purposes, please let me know if you intend to come. Brian
Hotels in the area:
Sykeside Hotel, Haslingden (Country house) Tel: 01706 831163
The Village Hotel, Waterford Business Park (15 minutes from Haslingden) Tel:
Travel Lodge, Leisure Park, Pilsworth Rd, Bury. (about 6 miles from
Haslingden)Tel: 08719 846302
If we're not too late, can we ask No Flowers for Bridget's funeral. There
will be a collection at the Crematorium for the Parkinson's Society. Of course
flowers will be welcome if you've already got them. Thanks. Sorry I'm late
but as one of my daughters said, you get 3 months or more to arrange a wedding
but less than a week for a funeral!
It is my sad duty to report that Derek Topham passed away on the 18 Jan 2018. My
condolence go out to the family for their loss and may Derek rest in peace
Sidney Plumstead, 96, died peacefully in his sleep on January 8.
son Kevin Plumstead said his father, who was born in Norwich in 1921,
had been at the forefront of training dogs for guarding purposes in the
Plumstead, second from left, played a leading role in training dogs for
use in the RAF. Picture: Courtesy the Plumstead family
“He was appointed to an experimental team in 1942 to see if dogs could be used in the RAF,” he said.
“The project was a success and led to the forming of the RAF’s police dog section.”
Mr Plumstead said the dogs were used for guarding aeroplanes and also for areas where new aeroplanes were developed.
father became a member of the unit and was based in Wales where a dog
he trained was involved in the capture of two German prisoners of war
After the war ended, Sidney Plumstead returned to Norfolk where he bought property in Frettenham.
“He gradually built it up buying other property and eventually ended with 33 acres of land,” said Mr Plumstead.
“He established an Alsatian training facility and boarding kennels on the land.”
said his father had been a founding member of the Norwich Dog Training
Society along with Kay Gee and Edgar Daines, the then Chief Constable,
realised that Norwich needed an Alsatian training facility and set up
the Norfolk Alsatian Association and was head trainer for both
Plumstead said his father was contacted by Hong Kong police in the
early 1970s to supply part-trained Alsatians to be used as search and
“He also advised Belgium police with dog training and the formation of a police dog section in the country.”
his father as a straight talker who loved his family, he said Sidney
Plumstead had even appeared in a “couple” of children’s films in the
1960s as a dog trainer.
His wife, Doreen Plumstead, passed in 2009. The couple were married for 69 years.
He leaves behind three children, Brian, Pamela and Kevin.
funeral, which takes place on Monday, January 22, will be attended by
family, friends and a team of dog handlers from RAF Marham.
I’m sad to report the death of my dear friend Mark Appleyard. Mark served for
many years in the RAF Police, and on retirement with W H Smith. He died on the
31st of December 2017. A
sad day for his widow Barbara, his family and his friends.
The funeral of Mark Appleyard will take place at 11am on the 24th of January at
St Barnabas Church, Leighton Buzzard. Following the service the committal will
be family only. All attending are welcome to refreshments after the service. In
order that Barbara can assess the numbers for catering, could you please notify
Barbara via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
if you’re attending, thank you.
Just heard that Graham Leggett ex Dog Man from the 70's has passed on in Guildford in November.
was my first Station Officer when I joined Surrey Ambulance in 1982 and
had a definite dislike for Feds.....hence I know very little of his
However......he was one of us....and has been posted upstairs. RIP
is with great sadness that I have to inform you that an old friend of
mine from my Finningley days has passed away suddenly. I should think
that a good few of you will also know him. Tony Allen was a great guy
who liked a laugh and we had many an adventure together. He will be
with really sad news that I must tell you that Dave Thompson passed
away peacefully after a very short illness on Friday 8th December in
A good mate to all of us who served with him during our service and as Nigel Cross mentioned a great mentor to alot of us young NCOs.
As soon as Sandra has been given a date for his funeral, I will put it on Facebook.
Sandra said he was still a grumpy old bugger until the end.
RIP mate, you will be missed.
Kenny, Secretary of the Essex and Suffolk branch of the RAFPA has
advised the recent deaths of two members of his branch.
the 3 December, Tony Hooper died .Tony had been the ESB treasurer
for many years up until recently when ill health caused him
retire from the post. Also, at the end of October David
Burgess died at the age of 88yrs. David served for 36yrs in
the RAF Police retiring as WO.
Reported today by Graham Wheeldon:
Hi Steve, I've just got back from the PICA GB swap meet at Woking,
while we were there the current chairman informed us of the sad news
that former chairman Vic Wilkinson passed away from a stroke last week.
You may know the he had a long career in the Met Police, but may not be
aware that his policing career started with the RAF Police as, I
believe, a National Serviceman, serving in South Kensington and Port
Said, amongst other places. We held a minute's silence in his memory.
All the best, Graham
It is with
great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Robert Blackwood
(Bob) Wilson in the early hours of this morning, 20 Nov 17.
No further details are available at this time but
will follow when known.
May Bob rest in peace.
Regards to all,
service for Bob Wilson will take place on Friday 1st December at 1300 hours
St John's Church
Afterwards the family have invited everyone to
join them at:
The Fox and Hounds
The family are deeply appreciative of the RAF
Police Association's offer to support them during the funeral service. We hope
to provide an Honour Guard at the entrance to St John's Church, where the coffin
will be escorted by the Wiltshire
The church service will conclude with the blessing
and committal, followed by the Last Post - 2 minutes silence - and Reveille (as
the coffin is carried from the church, through the Honour Guard, to the
hearse). The hearse will then go, alone, to Semington
Crematorium and the mourners have been invited by Bobs family, to join them at
the Fox and Hounds.
The family have requested family flowers only.
Any donations received will be divided equally between the Dementia Care Charity
and the RAF Police Association.
If you wish to attend the funeral it would be very
much appreciated if you could let me know, in order for me to advise the family
of numbers for catering purposes. Likewise, if any RAFPA
members or ex RAFP
wish to join the Honour Guard please let me know.
Kind regards to all,
Bob and Dave Swaithe - Dining-in Night at RAF Rudloe Manor
I have been informed by Neil
Rusling that Boots Hooton has died this afternoon in Queen's Hospital
Romford where he was taken after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
The funeral service for
Brian (Boots) Hooton will take place at
Parndon Wood Crematorium,
Pardon Wood Road
December at 1345 hrs. Details for the reception will follow.
I was saddened to learn that Boots had passed. I served with him on the
P&SS (NR) Test Team 1976 - 1977 and we had many adventures across the
Region, in addition to Tacevals in Scotland. He was a legend, known to many. May
Brian Rest in Peace.
announced that Lord Imbert died this morning. In 1988, one year
after taking up Britain's top police post, Mr Peter Imbert QPM, the
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was knighted by the Queen. It
marked a peak in Sir Peter's police career which started way back in
August 1951 when as a young National Serviceman he joined the RAF
Police and was sent to RAF Netheravon to undergo his initial police
training under the direction of
Sergeant C Learmonth1. After completing his training, Acting Corporal
Imbert was posted to No 5 RAF Police District at RAF Ruislip where he
was employed on provost duties in the capital. Later during his
two-year service he was posted to RAF White Waltham, where HRH the Duke
of Edinburgh was training to become a pilot. Finally, in October 1953,
Corporal Imbert completed his National Service and left the RAF.
However, having enjoyed police-work immensely, he immediately joined
the Metropolitan Police and after completing his training was posted to
Bow Street police station. From that point on he never looked back and
in 1956 he transferred over to the Criminal Investigation Department
and then to Special Branch. Between 1973 and 1976, he served with the
Anti-terrorist Squad as a Superintendent and was a key member of the
team that successfully brought the week long Balcombe Street siege to
an end after he persuaded IRA terrorists to release their hostages and
surrender. After being promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in
January 1976, he continued his investigations into foreign subversive
groups operating in the UK and later that year he was appointed
Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) with the Surrey Constabulary. He
was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable eighteen months later. In 1979,
he was appointed Chief Constable of the Thames Valley force and in
1985, he was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan
have been paid to a Welsh nationalist who attempted to stop the
flooding of the Tryweryn valley. John Albert Jones, who died on
Wednesday night 8 November 2017, at the age of 75, was one three men
who blew up a transformer on the site of the Tryweryn dam, changing the
history of public protest in Wales.
Albert Jones, a former Royal Air Force Policeman, was joined by Emyr
Llywelyn, a university student from Ceredigion and Owain Williams, a
farmer’s son, both of whom were jailed for the bombing. Mr Jones avoided a prison sentence and instead received three years on probation.
drew them together was Liverpool Corporation’s plan to flood the
village of Capel Celyn and the valley of Tryweryn, in Meirionnydd. The
actions of the bombers merely delayed the reservoir project, which
aimed to secure additional water capacity. It was finished and
officially opened on October 21, 1965.
John Albert Jones went on to
become a father of 10, married to Jackie, who passed away a few years
ago. He worked as a painter and lived with his family near Pwllheli.
Williams, who is now a Gwynedd County Councillor, said: “John’s death
is a huge loss for Wales. “He was a man of integrity, who had a quiet
sense of humour and never really liked a lot of attention. “He was such
a genuine man, and totally reliable who could be trusted.” “John didn’t
have the easiest of starts in life, he lost his mother when he was very
young and his father when he was a teenager,” said Mr Williams. “He was
a very proud father to his children.” Mr Williams added: “I remember
meeting him for the first time in a coffee bar in Penrhyndeudraeth
where he lived at the time with his aunt. He was an imposing looking
young man, with very black hair. We got talking and we agreed on most
things and I’ll miss my friend very much.”
Reported by his son Keith, the death of former WO 2363136 David Burgess
RAFP, aged 88yrs, on 24/10/17 after a short illness. WO Burgess served
Funeral service at Chelmsford Crematorium 1130hrs 14/11/17,all welcome to attend. Donations to the RAF
I have been informed of the death on 29 October 2017
of Nicholas Brundritt.
The Funeral Service will take
place on Thursday 16 November at The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford ST16
2AP at 12 noon followed by a private, family only, Service at Stafford
Sad to report the death of Brian
Brian was one of my dog handler Cpls. in Malta in
the late 50s. He and several others have kept in touch with me ever since then,
so must have been a happy bunch, most of them were National Service. Ken
Huxtable, who I understand you know quite well, was also one of Dog Handler
Cpls. and was also there at the same time, he did
ring me, and informed me of Brian's sad departure, but I have waited for one of
his family to confirm it. May he 'Rest in Peace'.
No details of his Funeral known to me. Frank
Sid Cole on Facebook. A couple of weeks ago a former Prison Service
colleague passed away. His name was Ray Brooks. Like myself he served
in the RAFP for 12 years before going on to do 30 years in the PS. He
served in the late 50’s through the 60’s. Two of the places I know for
sure he served was Gan and 3 police district. I have been awaiting
details of his funeral. Sadly his wife said he wanted no service of any
kind or fuss. He will be going straight from the funeral parlor to be
cremated. He will
just have his wife, son and daughter accompanying him and it would
appear they will leave when he goes in. It is a sad way for a man who
served this country well for 42 years to leave this earth.....but that
was Ray and we have to respect his wishes. He was not a member of the
association but with 12 years Service deserves an entry in gone but not
forgotten. We never met in our RAFP days but for over 20 years we
served at the same Prison and he was a bloody good bloke to have
watching your back. Duty done Ray RIP
Information received from Bill Watson that Mrs Rede Scarth informed him
that her husband Bob Scarth passed away last night, Bob has been in care
suffering from dementia for the last 9 months. No information where the funeral
will be only that it takes place this Saturday in Northern Ireland. Anyone in
NI wishing to attend please contact the Webmaster for Rede's details
RAFPA Scot & NI Branch
this afternoon from Paul Alfred: It's with great sadness that I have to
announce that my father, formally Flt Sgt RAF Police, Peter (Taffy)
Alfred aged 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday 8th October. His
funeral will be held on Wednesday 18th October, 1.00pm at Cardiff &
Russ Nurse on Facebook: I have just been informed that following
her second battle with cancer, Corporal Irene Lifke, of 3TPS, passed
away last night.
any of you that served with the glorious 31PD in the mid 50’s, (there cannot be
many left), with
sadness I have to report the passing yesterday of Cpl Stew
Stewart. Stew of late not in the best of
health and was bravely living
in Margate with the time bomb of an impending aneurysm that took its toll
Funeral arrangements not yet known.
Farewell to a good
friend. I served with Stew and in 1994 regained contact and corresponded with him
virtually on a daily basis.
His wife advised me of his passing
Relative to the obituary above of ex RAFP Chas Stewart of
Margate, there was no funeral as such but a gathering of friends to celebrate
his life with memory boards of photos etc on which the RAFP featured.