Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals


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From Ken Needham on Facebook

I woke up this morning to a message from Brenda Walsh, saying that our old friend, from our Ceylon Days, Pat Walsh passed away yesterday evening.


Photo - Pat Walsh in Ceylon.


from Chris Neville on Facebook 

I have just been informed by his father that Jon Hickson RAFP passed away this Friday 13th after a long 5 year battle with cancer.


BOB EASSON of the North East Branch passed away in the early hours of this morning, Sat 7th July.

I have no further details except that Bob served as a Dog Handler.

Bob was one of the last Dog Handlers on the island of Ceylon in 1960, and a member of the Old Ceylon Comrades, a group of R.A.F Police officers who spent time on the island of Ceylon. Ken Needham

I have just been informed that the funeral service for Bob will take place at 12.30pm Thursday 19th July at Blyth Crematorium, NE24 5SZ. This will be a burial, however it is the same location as the crematorium.

Time change - now 12:15pm


From Facebook

From Nicholas Ligertwood....Please could you include Mark Travis ex RAFP. Died 10 June 2018, Uedum, Germany 


From Facebook

Death of David Giddings
I have received information that former RAFP David Giddings passed away on 17 June 2018.

David was an active member of the RAFP Association and was a former Secretary of the the Essex & Suffolk Branch. He was a stalwart supporter of the annual Cenotaph parade until ill-health forced him to slow down.

David's funeral is being held at Weeley Crematorium near Clacton on 9 July at 10h15.


Reported by Martin Uden on Facebook

Not so long ago l mentioned that Peter Haslam, a former RAF Police dog handler and Met Police Officer, was seriously ill. I have just been informed that Pete died last week. His funeral is this Saturday 0900 St Peters church Westcliff. 1100 Service of Thanks Giving, St Margarets Church, St Margarets Bay, Dover. Leaves wife Margaret. Was secretary of Dover Probus for many years. I will be attending. RIP old friend.


My Grandfather, RAF Police Sgt Ernest (aka Ernie) Sharman passed away on Monday.

After joining in 1953 he served in Northen Ireland in the mid 50s.

He served at RAF Cottesmore in early 1960s before posting to Rheidhalen until 1968. 
He also served at RAF Wittering in the early 70s

Other Non UK postings were RAF Episkopi and Troodos in the late 50s.

It's a long shot but we just wanted to inform any friends or relatives of former colleagues at RAF Cottesmore of his passing. 
The funeral (date tbc) will be held at Cottesmore church.

I crewed and partnered with ERNIE at Cottesmore in the 60s . QRA, SSA, Airfield,
we did them.
ERNIE was one of the best, our paths never again crossed .
My condolences to the family.
RIP Ernie,
Ken Turner