Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals
It is with sadness to report that another QPD has done his last duty by the name of John (Jack) Litchfield (79) Served Steamer Point, Northcoates.62/67. Very good friend and school pal of Dave Else RAFP who joined after seeing John in uniform joined in 62.
May I just add to the above in
regards to Jack. John & I grew up on the same housing estate
in Wirksworth, Derbyshire. John joined the RAF in 1962 &
served until 1967. After basic training followed by RAF Police
training at Debden & Netheravon, John served as a RAF Police
Dog Handler at Hemswell, Steamer Point & finally before
demob at North Coates. John was a dear friend & will be
It is with great sadness that I have to report that Paul 'Stan' Crewe passed away this morning.
I knew Paul from Bruggen in the early 90s and then on quarters at RAF Newton.
He was about to become a grandfather I believe.
Condolences to his family for their loss and may Paul rest in peace.
Paul(Stan) Crewe after fighting
valiantly over the past 5 weeks has tragically lost his battle
and is finally at peace. Paul was a one in a million doting
father and Husband to Victoria and will be sadly missed. Paul
was a week short of meeting his Grandson which makes this post
especially hard for his family.
I had the honour and privilege to serve with Paul at RAF Newton on the Sation Police Flight where he always had my back. Paul was always the light in the room and the world is a darker place without him.
Stand Easy Paul your last shift has come. You have left our lives richer by knowing you. I will leave you all with a picture of Paul in happier times when we were young and full of adventure.
I hope I have done you and your family justice Victoria Hale-Crewe. He will always be that one person who I admired, while there has been plenty of water under the bridge since then, we have memories of happier times for comfort in this difficult time.
Its my sad duty to report the passing of 2 former snowdrops this month. Russell Humphreys passed away on the 10 Sep 2021 and David Roberts, brother of Andy Roberts, passed away earlier today. My condolences go out to the families for their loss and may Russell and David rest in peace.
We have lost one of the very best today & I'm heartbroken. Davey Roberts has been posted upstairs & is finally at peace. My thoughts are with his family. RIP mate xxx
It is with a very heavy heart I have to tell you that Russel (John) Humphreys died this morning of heart failure. I served with John at RAF Wildenrath from 1972 to 1975 and we became life long friends. He met his wife Sheila (also RAF Police) at Wildenrath were they both worked on ATSy. John was 76 years old and lived in Leicester. Sheila said he died peacefully. Rest in Peace my friend.
Just a note for you. Ex-Corporal
Ged Muldowney passed away suddenly on 26th August. His funeral
will be held at Walton Lea Crematorium on Thursday 9th September
at 1.40pm. I served with him at Bishops Court. His daughter Ann
serves in the Cheshire Police. Such a sad day
It is with sadness that I have to report the passing of Brian Sutton during the past few months. Brian served in the RAF Police, the RUC and Kent Constabulary. Brian was a member of the London and Home Counties Branch of the RAFPA. My condolences go out to the family for their loss and may Brian rest in peace.
Sad to report that one of the RAF Police Association NW Branch stalwarts passed away last week. Ted Corrie served between 1951 & 1953 and was a regular attendee at Branch meetings right up to the start of the pandemic. Ted was one of life's good guys and will be sadly missed.
Funeral is at 11.45am on 7th September at St Andrews Church, Maghull, Liverpool L31 6DD.
It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that Mick Short (ex RAFP FS) is in the ICU at Bristol hospital after a bad fall. The decision had to be made to terminate all treatment as the medical staff felt it would just prolong the final outcome.
Mick’s wishes are being followed, that to be an organ donor and the family are just waiting for this.
Thoughts are with Julia and the girls at this very sad time.
Just to let you know that Mick Short’s funeral will take place at 14:30 hours on 23rd September at the Forest of Dean Crematorium, Yew Tree Brake, Speech House Road, nr Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 3HU.
This will be followed by a celebration of Mick’s life at the near by Belrey Hotel.
There will be no flowers but if you would like to make a donation in memory of Mick to either:
it would be very much appreciated.
If attending, Mick didn’t want dark colours but anything red, white, blue or anything colourful.
To celebrate Mick’s life if you have any photos or stories you would like to share there is going to be a storyboard (all items will be returned) so please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
I understand that Roy Tarren had passed away but I have no other details.
Alan Mitchell, Chairman of the RAFPA has announced that former snowdrop Cliff (Taff) Morrison, lost his battle with COVID and passed away this morning. I offer my condolences to the family for their tragic loss and may Cliff rest in peace.
He was a major player in RAF
Berringarea when the Turks invaded Cyprus and met with
Dates for his cremation have not been finalised yet but Carol has asked if anyone remembers Harry and has anecdotes or pictures to please share them , it may be best to send them to me and I will forward on to the family.
Thanks in anticipation.
Sad news to anyone who knew Nigel "George " Washington RAFP rtd. He passed away recently after a short illness.
It is with regret that I inform
you all of the passing of my good friend and fellow Snowdrop
Michael John Grayson. Mick served in the late 70s and demobbed
in 81. Served with him for two years on his last tour at
Aldergrove. We became good friends keeping in touch, however
irregularly, over the years. In the last few years Mick has
battled with various illnesses including liver issues and
dementia, he finally succumbed on 27 July 2021. Having spoken to
his widow his funeral will take place on Tues 31 Aug 2021 at
Grimsby Crematorium at 1545 hrs. RIP old friend
I am sad to announce the death of ex FS Nev Butler, who passed away this morning after a short illness. He passed peacefully with his family close.
A huge character who had massive influence on me and I know many others throughout his service.
Nev Butler's funeral will be at
14.00 on 26th at Mountsett, Ewehurst Road, Dipton, DH9 9JP
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of my father in law, Ken Glass this morning at the age of 88 after a short illness. Ken served in the RAF Police from 1950 to 1972, leaving the service from RAF Wyton as a Cpl. He was stationed at various Units in and around the UK and overseas including Hong Kong, Cyprus, Wildenrath, Gan & Faldingworth. A sad time for all the family who are supporting his wife June along with his 3 children and grandchildren. A great character and a man I truly respected, I married his daughter, Lynette at RAF Wyton in 1972, even ending up on his shift, great to have his guidance and support. Ken will be sadly missed.
Today we gave my father in law Ken Glass ex Cpl RAFP a fitting send off with family and friends. The ceremony was held at the Southport crematorium with many tributes paid to Ken. His wife June and his 3 children Lynette, Kevin and Darryl would like to thank everyone for there condolences and kind thoughts. Thanks to Wing Commander Nick Card for attending, Ken always welcomed your letters and calls. RIP Ken
Saddens me to pass this on. My good friend and neighbour Chaz King, a former RAF Regt Sgt, and a name that many ex Germany folk might remember, has received notification that Dave Twizzel has passed away out in Australia. The information came from Dave's wife Shelagh. 'Twizz' and Chaz were popular musicians that many of you may remember. Condolences to Shelagh and family. Rest in Peace Twizz.
message from Dave Twizzel's wife Sheelagh_
Hi Des, please thank everyone for all their kind messages and acknowledgements of Dave’s passing.
His time in the RAF was a huge part of both our lives, and he often recalled such special memories of his friends and colleagues during his time as an RAFP.
I’ve deleted his FB account,but we do have a FB page called…
No Fixed abode, Dave and Sheelagh’s world tour of Australia.
Which gives a more up to date idea of what we have been doing for the past 6 years.
We have both been living life to the full, and thoroughly enjoyed our travels around Oz.
Music has always been his number 1 passion. For the past 2 months we have been in outback Queensland,
where he entertained by caravan Park campfire each evening.
I am missing him so much, but he is in my heart and I know he will give me the strength to carry on with the journey.
Thank you once again for all the kindness.
Reported on another group the death of former Sgt Dave Twissell who had been living in Australia for a number of character.
I first meet Dave when he was an Acting Cpl on the barbed wiring party at Laarbruch in the 70's. He was always into his music whilst serving.
Dave and I again meet when he was one of the shift Sgts at Bruggen in the mid 80's.
Some of you may have even been taught by Dave as he had also served as a Cpl instructor at the Police school at Newton.
On leaving the RAF and moving to Australia he became a professional life coach before he and Sheileigh sold up and took to travelling around Australia where Dave would apply his musical talent .
Dave was definitely one in a million.
No other news available at this stage.
RIP fellow snowdrop condolences to his family.
I have attached a You tube clip of Dave from 9 years ago which also shows photos of Dave in his earlier music career whilst he would have been in service and a more recent artical that I have found.
It is my duty to inform you of some very sad news .
JIM GUNN Vice Chair of NYB passed away yesterday Wednesday 14th July after a long illness .
Just to let you all know that Terry passed away just after midnight this morning loosing his COVID-19 battle. I am so lucky and very proud to have had this wonderful man at my side for the past 53 years. My life long love who will be sorely missed.
Brian Lea served 1976 - 1988 sadly passed away in Liverpool Royal Infirmary earlier today. He always spoke fondly of his time in and was proud when I followed in his footsteps. RIP Dad... you loved to run a police club now its time to have another pint with all those others who have sadly passed.
Following the sad death of Brian on Tuesday 13th July 2021, funeral arrangements have now been organised.
Wednesday 28th July at 1pm.
The celebration of Brians' life will be held at St Helens Crematorium, Rainford Rd, St Helens, WA10 6DF
Followed by his burial at St Helens Cemetery.
Please no floral tributes, donations are welcome to Macmillan Cancer Trust...
BJ was a young man I first met in
the early 80’s as he went through the Police School (basic
police followed by dog handling training). He completed his
training and then stayed on at DTF as a PTA (criminal). That was
a fast start to his RAFP career, it did not slow down, his
qualities were there to be seen from the beginning both at work
and on the football pitch. BJ hailed from South Yorkshire like
me, he carried with him many of the great qualities to found in
men from that region. He was a strong character who approached
everything in life with gusto and courage. On the football pitch
BJ could be a monster of a centre-half, uncompromising but
gifted to a level which suggested there might be some element of
Brazilian in him, now you do not get that very often, so it was
no surprise that he represented the full Royal Air Force
Football team, an achievement by a rare few.
Professionally BJ was quality; and like many “young bucks” of the RAF he blossomed whilst in service but went onto even greater things after leaving the RAF. Entering a career in aviation security BJ’s last post was as the “Vice President of Security” for the Qatar Airport. An executive position only attained by someone with the right character and personal qualities. He fully deserved it.
His funeral has been arranged for next Tuesday the 13th July, there will be virtual service for those unable to attend.
Unfortunately, it's my sad duty to inform that my old friend and former dog man, Ron Gumbleton passed away earlier in the year after a long battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Carole and two sons Gary and Lee. Many will remember Ron as a Demo stalwart from the 60s and early 70s at Debden, and tours in Cyprus and Germany. Following his RAF career, he joined the Prison Service in the Bristol area until retirement when he and Carole relocated to the Charente department in France where they spent many happy years together at their farmhouse near Champagne Mouton. Carole has had the love and kind support of friends and neighbours following Ron's passing. A family funeral, during pandemic restrictions, was organised by their sons through the French Embassy. May he rest in peace.
It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden death this morning at 1am of Garry Turner-Dow whilst he was attending the RAFP Golf veterans masters.
Gary was a well respected former CI Sgt.
Condolences to his family. His son in law is a seving RAFP in Cyprus.
I received this from Garry Turner-Dow's wife Lyz today. If you wish to go to the funeral or have any little stories regarding Garry please let her know through Garry's Facebook page or to me. Not sure whether he will be entitled to the presence of the RAFPA Representatives/Guard of Honour. Thank you.
Good morning Dave, we have some of the arrangements for Garry's service. Monday 19th July at The Rosehill Crematorium, Cantley, Doncaster at 13.20. The current picture is that there will be no covid limitations or restrictions. We are finalising the details for his life celebration event and will forward them after the weekend with other info re donations in lieu of flowers and ceremony dress code etc. Garrys son in law - Nathan, is collating peoples memories of him for the eulogy, we will forward contact details for him. As mentioned before if any of you would like to say a few word or read some poem or prose or relate a tale please let us know so we can include it in the order of service. We will get back to you with further info asap. All the best Lyz
FUNERAL FOR GARRY HOWES
It will be my privilege to conduct
the funeral service for my great friend Garry Howes. The service
will take place at North Devon Crematorium on Friday 9 July at
10.20. Due to limited numbers attendance at the service is by
invitation only. However the service is being live streamed and
all Garry's friends and former colleagues are invited to join
the service on line. Here are the log in details.
Service order for Garry Howes
Service Date 09-Jul-21 at 10:20
Service Chapel Rowan - North Devon
Webcast: Live Webcast & Watch Again
Please send this username and password exactly as above to family and friends. You can login to our website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you'll only be able to view the Live Webcast approx. 5 mins before the service start time. Please be aware this is a public building and the timing of the Live webcast is semi-automated to allow for services running early or late – please use your discretion if you can see activities not applicable to the service you are here to watch.
I understand from his grandson that
Sgt Harry Corbett (G4244778) has died and his funeral is on
Friday in Spennymoor.
I have just been contacted by an RMP friend. The father of his wife’s friend has just died. He was RAFP from mid 50’s to late 60’s his name is Robert McMahon and these are photos of him. He is to be buried at Mortlake Cemetery near Twickenham on July 8th at 1.20. His wife would like, if possible, one of our standard bearers at the funeral. She knows he served in Cyprus and Monchengladbach. The fact he is seen conveying a competitor in the London-Paris race may also mean he could have been a M/C instructor.
It is with sadness that I have to inform members that the partner of Sgt (Retd) Mike Carpenter informed me that Mike had joined the blue lantern club above this afternoon. This was after a short illness. Rest in peace Mike your duty is done.
Regrettably I have to announce on behalf of Julie his wife that Gary Howes has passed away on Thursday morning the 10 June 2021. Can appreciate that there were indeed 2 RAF Police QPD with the same name so please ensure that any condolences are passed on behalf of the right Gary. Gary joined the RAF Police in March 1975 and had served most of his years within the QPD branch before retiring to a quieter pace of life in Bude , Cornwall. Any arrangements given when known. RIP Gary
I have been advised by his daughter that former RAFP Ronald Davison passed away yesterday(8 June 2021). Ron had suffered for many years with Parkinson's Disease.
David served in the Royal Air
Force Police (QPD) from 1955 to 1959 attaining the rank of
On 1st May 1996 David joined the RAFPA as Member No. 801 and very quickly became the Area Representative for Hampshire & Dorset and it was through his efforts that the Hants & Dorset Branch was formed in May 1997. He held several differing posts within the Branch and was the Branch President at the time of his passing.
In late 1997 David became Acting Secretary of the RAF Police Association being formally elected to the post at the 1998 Annual General Meeting. He remained as either Association Secretary or Membership Secretary until finally retiring at the Annual General Meeting of 2019 after 22 years of service to the Association.
David's service to the Association was initially recognised when he became the first recipient of the Alan Rusling Memorial Award in 1998 and it gave me great pleasure to see my late Mother, Sylvia, present it to him at the Boston Hotel, Blackpool, in November of that year.
At the 2008 Annual General Meeting of the Association at the Falcon Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, I was honoured to be able to propose that in recognition of his outstanding service David be invited to become a Life Vice-President of the Association.
Nobody has contributed more to the success of RAFPA than my dear friend of 25 years.
David will be sorely missed.
His funeral details are not yet known.
Rest in Peace my friend.
Dave’s funeral will held on
Wednesday 23rd June at 12pm at Poole Crematorium Gravel Hill
Poole BH17 9BQ.
As intimated previously it is really a family affair but any nearby RAFPA members would be welcome provided restrictions are met.
Please see the webcast details below. The link will be set up to view live from 12pm BST, but following the service it will be taken down for about 2 days - then a recording will be available if anyone wants to watch but cant make it today.
RIP David. A good friend and
fellow LVP. I will miss our telephone chats.
I agree with every comment by Neil Rusling about David Wardell who has just died, aged 84. I first met David (Dave) at the 1998 AGM, held at Westcliff-on-Sea. This was arranged at very short notice by Steve Lamacraft, because the branch that was going to host the AGM, pulled out and Essex and Suffolk branch took over.
The principal officers there were Steve Cattell (Chairman), Neil Rusling (Treasurer) and Dave Wardell (Secretary). From then on and for 22 years, Dave served the Association as both Secretary and Membership Secretary. I started to form the SWAB in 1998 and both Dave and Neil were hugely helpful to enable our first meeting to take place in March 1999.
I miss the hundreds of telephone conversations with Dave and the enjoyable, humorous, but always professional meetings we had in many places. Certainly very few people have done as much as Dave did for the RAF Police Association, over so many years.
May Dave Wardell Rest in Peace.
Chairman of South West Area Branch
Life Vice President
From Tony’s daughter Tracey Leitch. For anyone who knew my
father, Dad passed away last week in Weston super Mare hospice. He served as an
RAF policeman between 1958 and 1970.
Information learned today about the passing this week in Spain of former RAFP Ted Marsh. Ted remustered to Catering way back and ended up as WO Catering. Ted and I were founder members of the RAFA Costa Blanca Branch formed in 2004 when Ted was Chairman and I Secretary. Fond memories. Rest in Peace Ted.
27/5/21Sad to report that former Snowdrop Roy Bates passed away at the beginning of May 2021. My condolences go out to the family for their loss and may Roy rest in peace.
News has emerged that former
Snowdrop Roy Smith passed away in early 2020. My condolences go
out to the family for their loss and may Roy rest in peace.
Former Sgt Peter Glover died on Sunday 23 May 2021, after a long illness, in a home in Plymouth. Peter served in the RAF Police from June 1959 to June 1981. In the early years of the SWAB (1999 onwards) Peter and Margaret were regular attendees at branch events.
Funeral arrangements will not be for several weeks,but already we know George Poad will be parading the SWAB standard.
May Peter Rest in Peace.
term. Alan and his wife May,
were regular and popular members of the SWAB.
The funeral will be private.
I understand that David Bould has
died. He was at Bruggan in the early 70s and the West
Yorkshire Police from 1976 onwards. I have no other
I was sorry to hear the sad news
that Dave Bould had died.
He was on my basic Police course at RAF Debden from late 1969 until Feb 1970 when after passing out, we were posted to RAF Aldergrove, but ended up in different shifts.
The following year we were both posted to RAF Bruggen but again were on different shifts.
I remember seeing Dave at a Battle of Britain Airshow at RAF Finningley in 1977, the day after the Queens Silver Jubilee Review of the RAF had been held there, and during a short conversation, ( I was on duty) he revealed he had joined the civil police.
He was a friendly chap with a good sense of humour.
The attached photo of our course passport shows Dave third from right on the back row. We all looked so young!
May Dave Rest in Peace.
Sad to report last Saturday the death of retired Sqn Ldr A P (Perry) Close. Perry was born on 27 October 1934, and when serving at No 4 Police District (Innsworth), he was selected for commissioning on 23 September 1965. He retired on 1 June 1988. Perry's funeral will be a private one.
May Perry Rest in Peace.
Been informed today that Don Ward died on 20 April at home. He served in the RAFP from 1947 to 1952.
He was a founder member of the Essex & Suffolk Branch and its past President.
Reporting the passing of an ex-RAF Police NCO William ‘Bill’ Wragg of Nottingham who sadly finally succumb to cancer last Friday. I do not have any details of his service apart from it was probably national service but, I do know he was deff RAFP. Bill was my soon-to-be ex-brother in law’s dad and was in his 80’s. I know this is a long shot of anyone knowing him but, I would hate for him to pass without the RAF Police family knowing.
Sorry to have to report the death of RAFP Cpl Billy Wragg. Billy left the RAF at the same time as me in 1957 and we both joined the Nottingham City Police. RIP Billy
I heard the sad news today that Sqn Ldr Andrew
Heathcote passed away yesterday. Andy was a lovely man with a
lovely family. He will be missed. RIP and condolences to his
I have been informed today that former RAFP Alan Smith passed away this morning after a long illness. My sincere condolences to Joy and all Alan’s family.
He was a huge part of our wire walking days at Laarbruch 73-76 before he went to Support Sqn . He later suffered medical issues and he served his time as P & A clerk.
He will be sadly missed by many and regularly attended our monthly lunch meetings and our shift reunion.
Rest in peace my friend
I have just learned that former dog handler Michael Eyles (80) passed away last week. My condolences go out to the family for their loss and may Michael rest in peace.
4/4/21I have been informed that Gordon Burge has died of pancreatic cancer. He was at one stage OC RAF Police at Conningsby.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of our friend John “Forbesy” Forbes (55yrs) peacefully in his sleep yesterday evening. John had been suffering from lung cancer for quite a long time though he remained upbeat and determined to pull through throughout his intense treatment program. Unfortunately, it was not to be and John has now reported for his final posting to the eternal Police Club in the sky. Rest in Peace John, a true friend, colleague and fantastic barman. I will publish further details as they become known from his family
Hi, it’s Johns sister, Helen, here, It
is with much sadness that I write to tell you that my brother
John lost his brave battle with lung cancer and died yesterday
evening. It was very quick and peaceful and I was with him.
He is no longer suffering and for that I am grateful.
John was a legend and he will leave a huge hole in the lives of his family and friends.
A service man through and through and he will receive a military service to send him on his way.
Details will be posted on here in due course, please remember that due to COVID restrictions the service is for 30 people only. We will, however, enjoy a ‘proper knees up’ to celebrate his life at a later date.
Rest in peace ‘Forbes’. Xx
Sad to report the death on 20 March 2021, of retired Sqn Ldr E J J (Ted) Squires. Ted was born on 9 July 1922, commissioned on 10 February 1945 and he retired on 21 March 1962. He was stationed in Hamburg in 1946 during the first years of the RAF SIB investigation into the murders of those aircrew by the SS and Gestapo who took part in the "Great Escape".
Ted always stressed he was never involved in the investigation, but he "watered and fed", any and all investigators who moved into or through the area around Hamburg. Ted was delighted when he joined the SWAB, to find John Murphy MBE and (the late) Denzil Flew, who he knew in Hamburg.
Ted's funeral will be in St Georges Church, Modbury (Devon), under the present Covid conditions.
May Ted Rest in Peach.
I understand that Colin Birch
passed away last night. No other details at this time.
.—On March 13th, peacefully, Margaret Elizabeth Biggar, "Liz", wife of Group Captain Gerald Biggar, RAF, deceased, most beloved mother of Caroline and "Mutti" of Alexandra, Dominic and Isla Elizabeth. No flowers please but donations in memory of Liz for the NSPCC or the RAF Benevolent Fund can be made online at www.ajbfunerals.co.uk For all funeral enquiries please contact Tel: 01249 713134. Placed by Caroline Hewett.
It is with great sadness that I am
writing here to tell you that John McCumiskey has passed away,
John died from cancer. John had lived with Ann at their home
in Alethrico, Larnaca. He moved there after a career in the
RAF Police and a subsequent career in the MDP.
John was a great friend to Kate and myself and will be sorely missed by us.
It is with Deep, deep sadness, that I have to inform my ex colleagues that my dear friend Steve Allen passed away this morning at his home address in Liverpool.
Steve had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer almost 3 years ago and 'dealt' with the effects and treatments ever since then, in his own inimitable way. With courage pragmatism and hope.
His family and his faith kept him strong for so long; but today, he passed away at home; exactly as he had planned, with his close family and friends, at his bedside, in the early hours.
I know Steve served at west Raynham, Bruggen, Aldergrove, Cyprus among other places around the globe.
If you knew Steve; he had a cheeky sense of humour and was a genuine; lovely guy and loyal friend; right to the end.
Rest In Peace; Your duty done.
Endex; Stand down.
You will be sadly missed.
Huge Hugs my friend and much love.
I’ve just been informed of the really sad news that Stevie Allen has passed away. He had been battling cancer for some time. He was surrounded by his family at the end. I served with Stevie at Gutersloh & Aldergrove and he was a larger than life character. My thought and love are with his family. Taken too soon, Rest Easy my friend and get a round in at the BLC in the sky.
Had the sad news this morning that Liz Bigger the widow of Gerry Bigger has passed away. Liz still kept in touch and was an Associate Member of Wilts Branch.
know its not my place but I have heard from Lee Cook via FB
that his father, Steve Cook RAFP has recently passed away. A
good friend and shift mate who retired from RAF Waddington.
I understand that Pete Banasik has died but I have no further details at the moment.
I have just received information that Paul Benton’s cremation will be on 1st April 2021 @ 1330 hrs at Telford Crematorium .
Not sure how many are allowed to attend . RIP Paul.
His son Jonathan is organising it.
This is a little delayed but the man deserves the tribute here. Paul Benton retired Sgt C.I posted this on his personal FB page on 28th February 2021.
"A big thank you to all of my Laarbruch colleagues for your encouragement and good wishes this is one battle two far I am at peace and accept that whatever happens is meant to be ,I am the richer for having known you all"
The feeling many of those who knew him was that his fruitful and colourful life was near the end, and indeed his celestial posting came through on 2nd March unfortunately.
He was at Laarbruch 74 - 77 and some of you must have worked with him at his many postings during his RAFP career. A real gentleman, honest and true, with a unique sense of humour very popular with those who knew him.
Rest In Peace Paul Benton.
It is with sorrow that I have to report that today I attended the funeral of Flt Sgt (rtd ) Paul Benton RAFPolice at Telford crematorium. He had in attendance family and friends and three retired RAF Police, Nigel Lacy (Standard Bearer) David Holland and myself. He had a wicker coffin draped with the Union Flag and last post played, no bugler present. A quiet but dignified service. RIP
It is with great sadness I have learnt of the death yesterday of Gp Capt Alec Thompson RAF Provost (Retd), aged 95 years - RIP
1968 P&SS Support Squadron formed and comprised sixty experienced RAF Police NCOs, under the command of Squadron Leader A L C Thompson. It was formed as a task force to provide professional RAF Police assistance wherever it was needed. The squadron was fully self-supporting with all the vehicles and necessary equipment required to undertake a wide variety of tasks anywhere around the world. It was made up of personnel qualified in undertaking SI or CI work together with personnel qualified to drive heavy goods vehicles and motorcycles and technicians who looked after the communications equipment. Some of the work earmarked to be undertaken by the new squadron, included; VIP security; travel control security; convoy escorts; public order duties at anti-nuclear demonstrations and major public ceremonial events as well as responding to operational contingency plans. In the days when service personnel and defence employees in London were paid in cash, personnel from the squadron were detailed each week to protect the vehicles transporting the pay officers from Adastral House, as they delivered salaries to around sixty defence establishments in the city. Prior to the formation of the squadron the tasks had previously been carried out by uniformed provost staff employed at the former police districts.
I have just heard from Peter Sommerville that George Clapperton has just passed away. No other details I’m afraid. RIP.
It has been reported that
Ralph Penny of the former W Anglia branch passed away recently.
Kenneth Holt, of North Hykeham passed away
on 21st January 2021 aged 82 years. A great friend of the
community, including the Twinning Association and husband of the
late Mayor Pauline Holt, since arriving in 1978, after serving
21 years in the Royal Air Force. Much loved Partner of Marianne,
Dad to Graeme and the late Deborah and Grandad to Daniel and
Sophie. Funeral service to be private due to current
I was very sorry to read about the passing of Ken Holt. I served with Ken on P&SS(NR) in the late 70’s and I used to see him reasonably often at RAFPA Reunions.
Ken was genuinely one of life’s true gentlemen.
May he Rest in Peace.
I was saddened to learn that Ken Holt had passed.
I first met him in January 1974 at RAF Debden when we were both on a CI Course and consequently were accommodated in the same barrack room as the other JNCOs on the course. Ken was a friendly person and possessed the skills of a comedian who always managed to look on the bright side of life with good humour, whatever challenges it threw at him.
During the course we all had to prepare and deliver a short talk on a subject of our own choice to the rest of the students , Ted Halliwell the instructor and the Station Education Officer, (SEdO), to prepare us to deliver security education when back on our own units.
Ken did little, if any, preparation for his talk and decided to wing it. He used a course photograph which was displayed on the screen via some ancient device which gave it a sepia tone. It might have been called an Episcope? He pretended these people were WW1 pilots and talked at length, about their fictitious exploits. One of those in the photo he used was Sgt Bernie Rice and he introduced him as Wg Cdr Bernie who gave the Germans rice! He continued to describe the fake Squadronss activities and the aircraft they used as the Sopworth Camel for desert warfare, the Sopwith Dolphin for sea warfare etc. He had all of us in stitches except the SEdO who thought his talk was serious and at the conclusion made some minor criticism on the way he had delivered it.
Ken and I served together at RAF P&SS (NR) at RAF Newton, albeit on different sections, in the late 1970s prior to his discharge .
After my discharge from the service in 1991 I moved to Lincoln and met Ken who was then the Operations Manager for a local security firm. He had lost none of his good humour and friendliness. During the period 1996 - 2005 I worked at the ASDA store in North Hykeham and Ken was a frequent shopper as he lived locally. We always had a chat and often talked about our service days.
Ken was one in a million and I am proud to have worked with him and been his friend. My deepest condolences to his family .
a photo from the CI Course in Jan 1974. Ken Holt is in the
middle of the back row.
SAC Jon Wilkes
Jon sadly passed away at home on Fri 5 February. A Reservist on 605 Squadron since 2016, Jon was no stranger to military life having joined the RAF Police in 1987 and became a qualified dog handler. He had many stories to tell about his time including his 2 seconds of fame as an extra in the James Bond film “The Living Daylights.” After he left the RAF he worked for the RSPCA and Prison Service but his reconnection to the military saw him join us as a Driver.
Jon was always reliable, providing support to a number of Exercises and undertaking short notice tasking requests for RAF Cosford including its Air Show. A larger than life character, he had a very positive outlook on life and an infectious smile. A key member of the MT cadre, his commitment to his friends and Squadron was unwavering, right to the end.
Jon will be missed by us all very much and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lisa, his children, family and friends at this incredibly sad time.
Per Ardua Ad Astra
is with great sadness I inform you of the passing of North
Yorkshire Branch Member Derek Forbes at home on 2nd February
Derek served 51-56 a Veteran of the Korean War and a very loyal member and supporter of the NYB.
Our Sincere Condolences to his wife Margaret.
Funeral Service for Derek will take place on 4th March
11-00hrs at York Crematorium
Bishopton Rd , YO 23 2QY.
It is hoped the Branch Standard will be paraded.
It is with
great sadness that I inform you of the sudden passing of my
Mum, Shirley, today Sat 30th who died at home peacefully
with my Dad retired WO Peter Markwick. Very quick, no pain
with the bloke she loved all her adult life. Graham Markwick
Keith Bridger represented Bexhill North at East Sussex County Council from 1997 to 2005, during which he was Labour party leader.
He also served as a councillor for Rother District Council from 2003 to 2007, representing Sidley, alongside his wife Helen, who was elected in with him.
He was also deputy mayor for Bexhill from 2006 to 2007.
His daughter, Ruth Eldridge, paid tribute to him.
She said: “Dad always had time for everyone and anyone who met him instantly liked him, as he was just an all round good guy, a real gentleman who will be sorely missed by all his family and all who knew him.
He was a very active member of All Saints Church, singing in the choir and participating in all fundraising events, including the flower festival and his legendary pantomimes.
“He was also a huge part of the community in Sidley and always wrote and directed All Saints Church’s pantomimes yearly, starring every year as the panto dame.
“Dad assisted with all the groups associated with the 1st Sidley Scout Group from Beavers to Scouts. He would help with badges and story-telling. He used to manage Sidley Rangers Football Club many years ago and became a qualified referee locally. “Dad was 82 when he passed on January 10 following a short battle with Covid-19.”
Keith served as a probation officer for 45 years locally after leaving the RAF where he served for 13 years as an RAF police dog handler.
He served in Aden, Cyprus and Hong Kong.
Keith’s funeral will be held on February 11 at All Saints Church and will be live streamed on its Facebook page.
Ruth said: “In his memory we have set up a Gofundme page to raise money to replace the wooden cross above the door at All Saints as he was deeply saddened when the original rotted.”
It is with great sadness that l inform you of the death of the very lovely Barbara Spencer, wife and life-time partner of Nigel Spencer,
Barbara’s health had declined to such an extent that since 2016 it has been necessary for her to reside in Hooklands Care Home, Bracklesham Bay but Nigel has visited Barbara daily and the other members of their large family visited very frequently. On 17th January 2021 it became obvious that Barbara had become infected with Covid and on the afternoon of Friday 22nd January she passed away at Hooklands Care Home. Aged just twenty-one years Barbara enlisted with the Women’s Royal Air Force serving as a Stewardess at Wilmslow, Hereford and then RAF Hospital Ely. Nigel was serving with the RAF Police at Waterbeach in Ely and this is how they came to meet. In 1967 Nigel demobbed and joined West Sussex Police Constabulary. Nigel did not actually retire from Police duties until 31/1/2015