Obituaries, Deaths and Funerals

I regret to inform you, that Valerie (Val) Whitlam, widow of ex W.O. Ted Whitlam, died on the 15th April 2012. After a long illness.

I am sorry to have to inform you that my husband of 52 years of marriage passed away on December 19, 2011. He was very proud of having served with the RAF police department during WWII - and a lot of memories were shared with myself and our son. It was a peaceful passing - the heart just gave up.

Mrs. William J. Lockhart (Erna)

I have to report that member No.2409 Mr Peter Dennis passed away on 19th of April.  I shall attend the cremation on the 10th May to represent the E&S Branch of the Association.
David Giddings

For those who are not subscribers to Facebook, you will be shocked to hear of the death of John Cooper. Apparently, he suffered a fatal heart attack at home last week. He was only in his early 60s. John was well known in QPD circles in the '60s/'70s/'80s. He was on the first FXSD Course in the early '70s and was then attached to the Army in NI as an Operational FXSD Handler. Later, he was on Staff at the Dog School. He and I were the Dog Collectors in Summer '74. Subsequently, he as a founding member of the Search Cell when it became an entity at the School. He evaluated all potential Search Dogs before they entered training. He was deeply involved with the first HMC&E Drug Dog Course in 1978. In later life, John worked for the Guide Dog association. R.I.P. to a true "Dog man", gone too soon !
Chris Wyman
Here are the details for John's funeral
May 02, 2012, at 1330h hours,
Fenland Crematorium
Nights End Road
PE 15 0 YJ, 
Stewart McArdle
From Neil Gardiner

I was shocked to hear of John Cooper’s sad demise.

I found this image of his ( and Mick Inghams) leaving presentation at RAFG RAF Rheindahlen Sgt’ Mess in 1991


Left to right as you look at it

Sgt Bob Brooks WO Bernie Blake WO Jim Mandefield FS Ken Drewery WO Dave Swaithe

FS Derek Hands Sgt Neil Gardiner FS Ken Jeavons

WO Mick Ingham CMC FS John Cooper SGT Al Hardman Sgt Paul Ramshaw


Colin Braziel has informed me of sad news from New Zealand that Dennis & Iris Grayson were involved in a car accident on 22nd April 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.

I have just been informed that member Lionel (Leo) Seddon died yesterday (18 April 2012). Leo was founder member of the SWAB and its first Treasurer. He has suffered from leukaemia for several months without complaints.
Leo served from 1958-1961 and his son Robert is serving in the RAF Police at RAF Scampton. Leo's wife Enid lives at (address held by Webmaster. As yet there are no funeral arrangements known.
May Leo Rest in Peace
John Walton

I have just been informed by Mrs Owram that her husband, John, died in February.
He was a member of the Midland Area Branch.
May he Rest in Peace
Tony Lake

I have just been informed of the death on 14th March of John (Tug) Wilson of the South West Area Branch.
I do not know of any funeral arrangements or details at this time.
Tony Lake
Published in the Exmouth Journal on 22nd March 2012 John Wilson. Peacefully on March 14th John aged 77 years. Dearly loved dad of Trevor and Debbie, Grandad of Aimee, Jack and Aaron he will be sadly missed by all his family and many friends. Funeral Service All Saints Church, Exeter Road, Exmouth. Wednesday March 28th at 1.00pm. Family flowers only, donations in his memory for Exmouth & Lympstone Hospiscare may be sent to Richard W. Gegg & Sons, Funeral Directors, 47, Rolle Street, Exmouth. EX8 2RS. All friends will be most welcome at the service.

sad news in that ex Sgt Brian Flatman has passed away in the early hours of today, 17th March. Brian did his time in the 60s 70s and 80s, spending time at Northern region on suicide investigations. There may be a few oldies and goldies that might want to know....... Paul Rigby.

Alan Horsburgh has said that his father Ian a former RAF Police dog handler passed away last week but he did not give any further details Rest in Peace Ian (7Mar 12)
It is my sad duty to inform you of the death to-day (1st March) of our friend and colleague,Ex Sgt Peter Bowery. (association No. 1793) Peter died at 4.30pm after a long illness bravely born. He leaves behind his wife Bobbie and three children. Peter was a regular attendant and founding member of the North East Branch and will be sadly missed by all.

The funeral service for our dear colleague will take place at 2.30pm Friday 9th March, at Birtly Crematorium, Co. Durham. Bobbie has asked for only family flowers and that any donations be made to the Lewy Body Society ( )

Members of the North East Branch attending please do so in uniform and could you possible let either myself or our Branch Secretary know if you intend to do so. The Branch Standard will be paraded.

Rowley Coultas, Branch Chairman
A funeral service for the late SAC Ryan Tomlin from No II (2) Sqn RAF Regt, recently killed in Afghanistan, will take place at St Mary's Parish Church, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE on Mon 5 Mar 12 at 1230 hrs. The burial will take place atWoodwells Cemetery, Buncefield Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7HY. This will be followed by a wake at Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club, Vauxhall Rd, HP2 4HW.

I know it is quite short-notice and may be difficult for some to get to; however, if anyone from the RAFPA is able to attend I?m sure it would be appreciated by the family, friends and colleagues plus it would do no harm to have a white beret or two and possibly even a Standard on show. I?m certain that the Air Commodore will be there.


WO RAF Police

Recently notified Deceased Members RAFPA (1 Feb 12)
1201 Mr. Tom Daly, Alvaston, Derbys. (EMB)
1219 Mr. D. Benson, Milton Keynes, (WANG)
2021 Mr. G. Banks, Porton, Salisbury, Wilts (H&D)

Would you please inform those RAP Police and Kennelmaids who served at RAF Netheravon in the 1960s, that my ex-wife Angela Marey Browne (nee Hatton) died today.(31 Jan 12)

Many Thanks
WO M S Browne BEM (RAF Police Rtd)

From Mal Brown on Facebook:

It was with great sadness I received a phone call this evening from Sandra Smith the partner of a QPD Legend John "Hissing Sid" Siddall. John died on the 18/1/2012 from liver failure and was buried on 30/1/12. At Johns request only Eddy Shears was present from the RAF Police, although it was a military funeral with friends and colleagues from the other Services. John was my basic QPD instuctor and then was billeted next to me at Laarbruch for 18 months, probably guilty of teaching me how to abuse alcohol! How many mornings I was woken up by his station shift colleagues banging on his door at 7.30am after he had slept in for his shift i fail to remember but it was a few!
I next bumped into John when he was homeless in Nottingham about 7 years ago, He was a recovering alchoholic and was trying to get back on his feet having found a flat. Soon after that he had a liver transplant. I met John on many occassions after that for a coffee as he regularly used to call in the Nick when in town. He was a proud man and even in hard times took pride in his appearance and RAF history. The 1st things to adorn the walls of his flat were his medals and other RAFP regalia. Sandra tells be they were buried with him! John had very few photo's of his time in the RAF and if anybody has some they could post I will get them printed out for her.
Sandra also advised be Pat Quinlan died on 5/1/12 from lung cancer Pat was my last FS at West Raynham in 1988 and I spend many an evening with him in the police office after work discussing life over a bottle of Shiras, A true gentleman
RIP Gents...

Former RAF Police Cpl Martin Davey whom I served with at Cottesmore around the year 2000, died on Wednesday this week. I have no further details in relation to funeral or as to the cause of his death. Garry Johnson (15 Jan 12)

It is with much sadness that I bring the news of the death of ex-WO Patrick Leonard, an old colleague and friend down the years. He was being treated for cancer and when we chatted at Christmas he said he would call me after his visit to the specialist at the end of December. The call came from his son Justin to say that his father was in hospital and was very weak; consequently the treatment was being discontinued and his father was coming home for his final days. He died at 1030 pm last night, 12th January. Funeral arrangements will be confirmed later. He lived in Telford, Shropshire.
Rest in peace Patrick. I will miss our conversations and your amazingly articulate and descriptive observations. Our sincere sympathy to Justin, Julie and all the family.
Paul and Marie Flanagan (15 JAnuary 2012)

It is deep regret, that after a long illness, I need to report the passing of EX FS Pat "Quin" Quinlan, who served with the RAFP from 1969 to 92. (5 Jan 12)

He served with pride, across the Royal Air Force throughout his service. Fiat Justitia.

For further detail please contact his son at

There is  a tribute site, for people to add images or thoughts.

I've been advised of the death, last wek, of Mem. No, 2257, Mr. Ian McLaggan of Banffshire.
No further details at this time.
RIP Ian,
Dave W.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news today 25th December, of all days, but I had a call early this morning from his son to say that ex WO Bill Walker had passed away during the night. Bill had been fighting Parkinsons Disease which had got progressively worse over the last 12 years. He died at his home in Buckie, Scotland with his wife Hazel and their two sons at his bedside.

Hazel has requested NO PHONE CALLS please for the time being. I will pass on information re funeral arrangements as I receive it.

Prior to his illness Bill had been a keen and active supporter of the Association and particularly the North Yorkshire Branch and he will be sadly missed.

Best Wishes

Brian B

I have just heard that Bill Walker's funeral will take place at 14.00hrs on Thursday 5th January 2012 at the Crematorium in Buckie, Scotland.

I've just heard the extemely tragic news,even although we've all known of his deteriorating health over the past few years.
Bill was a very close and personal friend.One of the most competent ,capable and approachable persons you would ever wish to meet,and you could not be anything but impressed with his whole personna.We first met and became friends at No 1 district Turnhouse in 1966 even although he was CI and I was SI.please keep me posted on the arrangements and attendance arrangements.

I have just learned of the sad death of a very good friend, Bill Walker. We first served together in 1966 at No 1 RAF Police District and & were also next door neigbours. Earlier this year I visited him and although he was desperately ill, there were still periods when he was able to remember names and the good times. He will be very sadly missed by all who knew him both as a friend and colleage. Brian, please pass on my condolences to Hazel and family.
Dennis Shipton

George Wortley was found dead at his home on Tuesday 20th December 2011 by his son. George or Tony as he was known by his family served for six years in the RAF Police. He then joined RMP where he completed a full 22 year career. Due to the fact that it was a sudden death a Post Mortem Examination will have to be carried out before a Death certificate can be issued, A provisional date for the funeral is 6th January 2012 at Kettering Crematorium. this will be confirmed later.

I've been advised that Memb. No. 0224, Mr. Derrick Chapple, passed away on 15th December.
Funeral at 11.40 am. on Tuesday 3rd January, at Rose Hill Crematorium, Doncaster.
No flowers by request, but donations to Help for Heroes would be welcomed.
RIP Derrick,
Dave Wardell

I have just spoken to Andrew Seymour and he informs me of the recent death of a wartime ex RAF Policeman,
John Cox. He was a widower and was over 85 years old.
Although he was not a member of our Association Andrew has suggested it would be a a nice gesture on behalf
of the RAFPA if some of us could attend the funeral.
The funeral will take place at Steeple Ashton Village Church at 11.15 hours on Tuesday 20th December.
Andrew will be going and I intend to go as well. The suggested dress is our normal "uniform" white beret etc.
Please let me know if you intend to attend.
Best wishes to all
Tony L
PS: Steeple Ashton is south of Chippenham just off the A350 east of Trowbridge

I have been contacted this morning by Philip Saunders, the son in law of Terry Mabbott, who has informed me that on 24 November 2011, Terry died. He had served during World War II and had a later period of service during the 60s/70s, I believe. Terry's funeral will be held at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Sheffield S8 0HN (Woodseats area of Sheffield - close to A61 Chesterfield Road on the outskirts to south of Sheffield) on Tuesday 13 December at 1400 hrs.
The webmaster has Philip's contact details if required
Lynne Williamson

James ( Nick ) Nelson, died on the 14th of this month. Nick was a member of the S&NI Branch and had not enjoyed the best of health for a long time

As a result of the process of following up lapsed memberships in the NW Branch Area, we have been made aware of the following members who have sadly passed away in the past year:

Ian Holt Membership No. 1717 - 13th February 2011

Thomas Scally Membership No. 0969 - March 2011

I have just been informed of the sad news that W.O.Jim Cliffe,RAF Police, died on 8th November 2011.

The funeral Service will take place on the 22nd November 2011 commencing at 1100 hours at the All Saints Church, North Hykeham, Lincoln, and then 1150 hours at the crematorium.
Dennis Shipton
I'm the daughter of my dad Jim Cliffe ex WO who very sadly has passed away a few days ago, he served for 33 years as an RAF policeman

He died on 8th November 2011 from cancer so very, very bravely fought . He passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife Margaret and children Mark, Kim, Andrew, Caroline. He was the most wonderful loving and supportive husband and Father and Grandfather and will be deeply missed .
He was 76
His previous service as an RAF Policeman included RAF Scampton, Waddington , Wildenrath, HQ AFCent, Cyprus, Singapore, Newton. Masera, Stradishall

The funeral Service will take place on the 22nd November 2011 commencing at 1100 hours at the All Saints Church, North Hykeham, Lincoln, and then 1150 hours at the crematorium in Lincoln
All friends and ex colleagues welcome .
Further enquiries can be made at the Co Op Funeral home, Portland Street, Lincoln, UK or e mail me at

Association member, retired Group Captain Stan Fuller OBE BEM died yesterday evening (Wednesday 9 November 2011). Stan had suffered from cancer for several years and typical of his character, he fought it to the end.
Stan was a Det Sgt in the Somerset Police (where he was awarded the BEM for foiling an armed robbery), before joining the RAF in August 1970 and serving until 1996.
He leaves his wife Liz, son Michael and daughter Ruth along with six grandchildren.
Stan Fuller's funeral will take place on Monday 21 November 2011, at 1300, in St Peters Parish Church, Frogwell, Chippenham, SN14 0LL.
No dark clothing!!
Family flowers only.
Donations if desired to Dorothy House Hospice and sent to F W Jones, Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HP.
May Stan Rest in Peace
John Walton
Dear All,
Mrs Liz Fuller explains that the "no dark clothes" wish really relates to no black ties. She fully appreciates that men usually turn up to funerals in blazer or suit, but we should not wear a black tie.
Liz expresses gratitude for the wishes and intentions of the Association in general and the Wiltshire branch in particular. However, Stan Fuller some weeks ago informed the vicar there would be no Standards, or other ceremonial dress at his funeral. So I suggest, those of us attending the funeral don't wear our berets.
After the church service, there will be a bit of a do in the Angel Hotel in the middle of Chippenham. Meanwhile the family (only) will take Stan to the Crematorium at Semington, before returning to the Angel.
John Walton
So sorry to hear of the passing of Stan Fuller. I did a number of jobs with him when he first came to SR as a Flt Lt and there was never a dull moment. On one occasion I had arranged to met up with him at a country pub and could not understand the landlady's reaction when I walked in. It turned out that Stan had been in earlier, shown my photograph and told her that I was a dangerous sex offender he was hunting. I last worked with him in the early 80s when we went over to Bruggan to arrest the OC Admin designate.  RIP Stan. John Law

I have been advised of the death, earlier today 4th November, of Memb. No, 0903 Mr. Gordon Tottle of Southampton.
Gordon Tottle's funeral will be at the Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, Hedge End, Southampton, at 14.30hrs, Tuesday 15th November, and afterwards at the Stoneham, Basset Green Road, Southampton.
No flowers by request.
Sorry about the short notice
RIP Gordon,
Dave Wardell.

Regretfully, I have to report that Cliff Rule passed away on 24th September after a brain haemorrhage following a fall. He was aged 81 years and had been in ill health for some time.
Cliff resigned from the Association in May due, he said, to his age. However, he was still an ex-RAF Policeman and will be remembered by many of our Members.
His wife has agreed to me making this announcement and I shall pass on to her any messages of condolence
Brian Burrows
I have just received news of the death of Dave Davison, ex RAFP (not a member of the association). Dave's wife Jean contacted me, she is also ex RAFP ( her nick name was Kit) . She served at Debden in 1966, met Dave who was on the dog demo team and they married at the end of 1966. Dave served from early 1960s to 1989 last unit was RAF Valley .He died on Monday 3 Oct aged 73 after a long battle with cancer. The funeral is set for Woking Crematorium at 1400hrs on Friday 14th Oct, no flowers and donations to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Roger Bishop
webmaster note - still waiting for the date of the funeral

I've been advised of the recent death of Memb. No. 2472, Mr. Mike Irvine of Ferring, West Sussex.
Dave W.

It is with much regret I wish to inform you of the death of Ian Clingan, Member 441 of our Scotland andNorthern Ireland Branch.
Ian died suddenly on Tuesday 6th September.
I knew Ian quite well as we grew up in the same road in Reading - a good, honest and jovial person.
Rest in Peace - Ian
Tony Lake
The arrangements for Ian's funeral are; 12.30 pm on the 15th September 2011 at the funeral home of John Fraser and Son 17-29 Chapel Street Inverness IV1 1NA, followed by a private committal. All are welcome back for refreshments at the Maple Court Hotel 12 Ness Walk Inverness IV3 5SQ. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Marie Curie and Munlochy Animal Aid.
I have Barbara and Sarah's email address if anyone would like it. Webmaster
Shocked to hear this Tony, I served with Ian at Scampton in 67/68, very sad.
My memory of him will be his immaculate appearance even when performing QRA static guard or SSA duties. A credit to the branch.
Brian Burgess 

The S&NI Branch Officers learned of Ian's passing away yesterday evening, and a condolence card was sent out on behalf of the Branch first thing this morning on my way to work.

Ian was a founder member of our Branch, and at the Inaugural Meeting in 1997 accepted the post of Branch treasurer.

John Brogan

Ex- Sgt Paul Morris, QPD, QPSI, QPHODT, [Shook the hand of the Queen Mum]

EX - RAFG, RAF Gibralter, Brize Norton, Bishopscourt and others

Paul passed away early on Sunday evening after a short illness, diagnosed with lung cancer eleven weeks ago!

Funeral will be held Tuesday, 13 Sep 11, at Teeside Crematorium, for details contact me @

Bob Blundell (former Aldergrove & Rudloe Manor) died on Wednesday. Bob had been diagnosed with cancer last October and lost his battle. His funeral is to be held at Semington Crem in Wiltshire on Wednesday 10 August at 16:00h

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing away of Ex Sgt Stevie (Nutz) Nuttall (member 2329) on Sunday 1 Aug 11. Steve was my best mate both in the RAF Police and when we left the service, Steve had leukaemia and lost his very brave fight on Sunday morning (31st Jul 11). He got married to Lyn on Wednesday 27th Jul 11 whilst in hospital, he left the hospital that night to return home. Steve served in many places around the world and had many friends, he truly enjoyed the RAF.

RIP Stevie, my best mate, miss you.

Paul Kirkham

Have just received the funeral details for Steve Nuttall :(

Monday 15th August @ 1130hrs at the St. Barnabas Church, Waterloo Road, Linslade, LU7 2NR.

Followed by burial at Cryers Hill, High Wycombe and the wake will be at the Alamo Club, RAF Stanbridge.

Steve's rules are: NO Black, no flowers and Forces uniform as appropriate.

The Death has been reported of member 621 Ronald Peter Buckles (wife Sylvia) who died on 9 Jun and his funeral was on 17 Jun. He lived in Colchester.

Up until now I was ignorant of the fact there was a bereavement site for ex policemen, but thanks to Steve Cattell I now know.
A few ago on 20th June 2003, my young brother, Like myself, an ex RAF policeman, Corporal Glyn Tarrant, passed away. He suffered a prolonged and sometimes very painful illness.[ Milo fibrosis]
He served in many places for 12 years, including Northern Ireland, Malta, Cyprus and finally Germany. He was a very brave man and for those who remember him, I feel sure at least a tinge of sadness. Both myself and my other brother, Brian Tarrant also an ex RAF policeman, still miss him after 8 years and I guess always will, especially as he was our, 'Baby Brother'!-------------RIP Glyn.
Reg Tarrant. [Your Big Brother]

Sad to announce the peaceful passing away of W/O George Hall this time last year.
George completed 37 unblemished years, during which he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.[ Awarded for Long Service with irreproachable Character] He also had two Commendations.
George served in many places, including India, Cyprus, Malta, Singapore N. Ireland and during the latter part of his career was involved in recruitment at Handly, Stoke on Trent. He then moved to RAF Waddington, before retiring in 1973.
I personally knew George and his lovely wife Barbara at No 12 RAF Provost Flight in Nicosia during the early 1950's and what a time that was. He was a F/Sgt then, working under the DAPM,
Flt/Lt Cooper and what a super boss to have. He certainly knew how to keep, not only the DAPM under control, but us young coppers as well. He treated everyone the same and to me personally at the tender age of 19 he was like a Father figure, someone to look up to and admire. [ In those bygone days it was also, 'Respect', a forgotten word in the general society of today?]
I am still in contact with his wife Barbara and we have recently had a few long chats, keeping the great man's memory alive. Apart from Barbara, George leaves two daughters and five grand children.------------RIP George, you were the greatest.
Reg Tarrant Ex RAF Police Provost .

I have just been informed by his wife, Betty, that Ron Chester passed away suddenly on 4th June. Ron was our Dog Inspectorate whilst I was in Ceylon, and as part of The Old Ceylon Comrades I have many a long conversation with him on the phone recalling "The good old Days". The Old Ceylon Comrades will miss the contributions he made to our newsletter.
Ken Needham

I've been advised of the recent death of Mem. No. 2082, Mr. Peter Johnson, of Lanner, Cornwall.
No further details. RIP
Dave Wardell

Cpl Kevin Hall (C8246330) RAFP of the Protective Security Section, No 6 Sqn RAF Police, RAF Halton, sadly died on 8 Jun 11 after losing his battle with cancer.

A full military funeral service is being held at St Georges Church, RAF Halton, on Fri 24 Jun 11 at 1400hrs. Dress for serving personnel is No1s with medals but no black arm bands. All friends, colleagues etc are welcome to attend with a particular welcome extended to the RAF Police Association.

On 27 Jun 11 at 1100hrs there will be an internment at St Marys Church, Shawbury; this will be for family and close friends only.

The family have requested that it is only family flowers but donations can be made to either Surman & Horwood Funeral Directors, Princes Risborough on behalf of Ward 5, Stoke Mandeville Hospital; or the Nightingale Hospice.

WO RAF Police

On Friday 24th June 2011 "three members" of the RAFP Association London Home Counties Branch namely Reg Lamb, Pat Plumridge and Bill Sykes together with the Provost Marshall and numerous serving members of the RAF Police plus many friends and family attended the Military Funeral of the late Cpl. Kevin Hall RAF Police at St George's Church RAF Halton

Reg Lamb

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news  but my dear close friend Dave Remnant passed away tonight (31/5/11) at 1945hrs. Dave is no longer in pain and in a better place RIP Mate
Stewart McArdle
Funeral is June 14th 2011 at 1315 hrs at the Darlington Crem and afterwards the BURTREE INN on the A68 near the A1. It is hoped to gather after the service and go in convoy to the Inn
We are saddened to learn of his passing. We will all miss him and always remember him dearly. May he rest in peace and our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Take care and God bless.

Our best personal regards

Carlos, Jasmine, Qirby and Ryan Huertas (Malaysia)

Peter Chapman reports the recent death of Murrey Townsend, a former RAF Police, QPD, who was stationed at RAF St Mawgan about 1960. Murray was not a member of the Association but he attended the St Mawgan reunion a few years ago.
The funeral will take place at Calstock Parish Church, on 9 June at 1400.
May Murray Rest in Peace.
John Walton

Have just been informed that Brian Chitticks sadly passed away this morning. (21 May 2011)  Brian has been in poor health for some years now, he had a foot amputated due to Diabetes, so was wheel chair bound, he lived at Chard in Somerset, although a member of the SWAB he was unable to attend any of the meetings.  He was one of my senior dog handler corporals in Malta 1957 to 1960, and has always kept in touch with me since. No other details known. Frank Authers.
The funeral of Brian Chitticks will take place on Thursday 9 June, at 12.30, in St Stephens Church, Winsham, near Chard, Somerset. Post code not known by vicar but we think it may be TA20 4HU. Any member attending is requested to contact me.
John Walton

Just seen in 'The Stage' newspaper (7 Apr 11) that former RAF Police QPD, Nicholas (Nicky) Ward has died; 5 February 2011, aged 76, after a fight with leukaemia. Details are: Born 4 September 1934 and started his working life as a "dog handler in the RAF Police division." He later went on to drama school and spent several years performing in cabaret shows for Warners and also as a childrens entertainer for P&O. The article says that "he was one of the finest childrens entertainers during the seventies and eighties", performing under the name of 'Naughty Nicky'. And they say never work with children or animals! He had lived in Highgate, North London, before moving to Farnham, Surrey, in 1999. He is survived by his long-term partner, Trish.

I would guess he must have joined up around in the early 1950s; does anyone remember him?

May he Rest In Peace and condolences to Trish, his family and friends

Bill Veasey

I have a friend who lives in Blind Bay, British Columbia who recently joined the local model railway club. He has just informed me that a senior member of the club, an ex pat, has passed away and the obituary in the local paper mentioned he served in the RAF Police.

His name was Gordon Betty and he was 76. I belive his service was in the 1950's.

Brian Burgess

I have been advised of the recent death of Memb. No. 1480, Mr. Roy Roberts, of Herne Bay, Kent.
Funeral at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road, Barham, Nr. Canterbury, CT 4 6 QU at 12.00 hrs, 11th May 2011.
Dave W.

Dear All,
It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death this morning (26th April) of Spike Window.  Or to put more formally Retired Sergeant Drummond F Window MBE RVM.  His widow Isobel phoned us because she could not get through to South Yorks branch secretary Lynne Williamson. 
Spike was aged 85 and had suffered from cancer for several months.   He died in Doncaster Infirmary after being  there for about ten days. 
The funeral service is on the 16th of May at 10 am in Hatfield Church and then on to Rosehill Crematorium at 11.20 am.
May Spike rest in peace.
John Walton
So sorry to hear of the death of Spike Window this morning.  I have known Spike for over 60 years and we served together several times, the UK, Malaya, Singapore etc. Also kept in touch with him in civilian life and at the South Yorkshire branch. I shall miss him very much, a nice man and one of the old school characters.  Sincere condolences to his family.  Ron Sutcliffe.
I have just been informed of the sad news that Spike Window died this morning,our thoughts are with Isabel and family.
RIP Spike
So sorry to hear of the sad passing of Spike W,a friend I have known for over 50yrs-since our first meeting at Bawdsey in 1960/61.
We both travelled around the world for decades and ended up almost in each others back gardens and RAFPA Branch-we will not see his like again.RIP Spike-real privilege to have known you and served with you.
That is very sad news.   Spike was my Sergeant over 60 years ago and we have kept in touch ever since.   He was one of the great characters of the Branch and will be sadly missed.
Please pass my sincere condolences, and those of the North Yorkshire Branch, to Isabel
May he rest in peace.
Brian Burrows
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of "Spike", a character the like of which we are unlikely to see again. I am too young to have served with him, first meeting him at an air show in the 70's at Finningley when he was Commandant of the local Special Constabulary. We met again at my first RAFPA Reunion in 1991 at RAF Newton and kept in contact over the years; the last time I saw him was in the Sgt's Mess at Halton not that many years ago when he decided to climb a "purloined" ladder and straighten all the shields in the Mess Bar! Spike's RAFP service is well known but not all will know that in the early hours of June 6th 1944 he took a paddle onto a certain Normandy beach to assist our American cousins to avoid the under water defences. I am proud to have known Spike and was privileged to have had him as a friend.
Rest in Peace "Spike" and don't give St.Peter too hard a time!
Neil Rusling
RAFPA Life Vice-President
I first meet him in Singapore in 1963/4 when we were both doing Crime Prevention, he was at Changi and I at Seletar.Then we meet him again at various Assocations AGMs, We marched together at last year's RAFP Assocation parade with the RAF Police, with him making comments about my late arrival on parade. He was a character who will missed. RIP Spike.
Jack Kemp

I am sorry to have to report that Warrant Officer David L Hayler (1953 - 77) passed away yesterday.
David was a member of the EMB but lived in Wantage, Oxon.
RIP David from all at the East Midlands Branch.
David Leonard Hayler
17th April, 1935 ? March 29th, 2011
Please join Jean and Jackie to say a last farewell to a loving
Husband, Father, Friend and Gentleman.
Service to be held: Monday, 11th April, 2011, 10:45 at the Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxon OX13 9BZ
Following: Celebration of Life luncheon at The Bear Hotel, King Alfred Square, Wantage.
Flowers or donation to the Leukaemia Society, in David?s name, may be sent to:
Knapp & Son Funeral Home, 4 Church Street, Wantage Oxon OX12 8BL Tel: 01235 772205
Jean and Jackie may be reached at or Tel: (telephone number held by the Webmaster)
This morning  Members of East Midlands Branch and London Home Counties attended the funeral of  Warrant Officer David L Hayler (1953 - 77) at the Oxford Crematorium, David was a member of the EMB but lived in Wantage, Oxon.
Association members wearing blazers and berets lined up as  Honour Guard and Association Standards at either end were dipped in respect as the cortege passed.
Members present were John (Standard Bearer)and Pat Limb (East Midlands Branch).Brian Symonds,Bob Strachan (Standard Bearer),Reg Lamb,Mike Lester,Bill Sykes,Pat Plumridge,Brian Crossin (London Home Counties)
Mike Lester

It is sad news to pass on to you and all members regarding the death of Arthur Rayner - a former Flt Lt Provost Officer who served for a number of years in Norway, during WW2. He was the President of our South Downs Branch. His wife Iris has requested no flowers and that any donations should go to the RAF Benevolent Fund. The funeral is at the Worthing Crematorium on 4th April at mid-day.

I have just received a letter from Mrs F Glazier of advising me that her husband, member and ex dog handler Robert Glazier passed
away on the 14th March 2011.
Gerry Hopkins

The funeral of Liam Tasker is at 1300hrs  on Tuesday March 22nd at Tayport Parish Church. All friends are cordially invited. Thereafter to Tayport cemetary for 1430hrs approximately. Family flowers only but donations in lieu to Help For Heroes can be made at the church entrance.
Eight members of the Scot & NI Branch, namely Gus McGowan, Mick McLaughlin, Bill Watson, Ian Gordon, Frank Paxton, Colin Stebbing, John Duke and Findlay MaCrea attended the funeral of L/Cpl Liam Tasker today in Tayport.  A further 2 members Norman Hall and Jim Brodie were on official police control duty at the ceremony.  Hundreds of people turned out for the funeral, many of them with their pet dogs in tribute to Theo, L/Cpl Tasker's dog.   A total of 19 Standards were on display with many ex-servicemen from around the area.  A contingent of 8 serving RAF Police from different units, senior FS Braddock from Henlow, were also present for this touching event. 
Gus McGowan
Scot & NI Branch

David Noyce reports the death yesterday, of member retired Group Captain Brian Ardley. 
Brian joined the RAF Police in Feb 1953 and served until Jan 1987.  He was commissioned in 1959. 
Brian's service of remembrance will be held at St.Swithuns church in Woodborough on Friday 18th at 10 am after cremation.  Food and drink afterwards at Brian's home. Family flowers only but if you would like to give a donation it will be forwarded to both Cancer Research U.K. and Royal Air Force Association.   
The Webmaster has Brian and Claire's address is anyone wants it 
May Brian Rest in Peace
John Walton
There were not too many but sadly another Officer and a Gentleman has passed on. RIP. Tony Parker
I served with Brian on a couple of Stations a really nice man and a Gentleman.RIP
Condolences to Brian's family 
Stew and Doris McArdle

Stan Fuller advises that the Daily Telegraph yesterday reported the death of retired Group Captain Alan Witherington, he was 90.  He was a tall, scholarly, quiet officer and gentleman.
The funeral is at the United Reform Church, Harestone Hill, Caterham on Monday 14 March 2011 at 14.30.  Donations, if desired to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
May Alan Rest in Peace.
John Walton
As a Sgt. at PHQ Buckeburg in 1950, Alan Witherington was my Flt/Lt, he was indeed a true English Gentleman, a pleasure to work for and with, I am deeply saddened to hear this news, my condolences to his family, may he rest in peace. Frank Authers.
I had the pleasure of being Group Captain Witheringtons driver when he was OC at HQP&SS Acton in
'71/'72, what a gentleman!, I never heard anyone have anything to say against him. He lived in the Caterham area at the time, and travelling up to Acton everyday you get to know a person really well.
He was an Officer and a Gentleman of the highest order. My sincere condolances to the family, he will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace.
John Limb
Group Captain Alan Witherington, CPM FEAF, 1970/71, was the epitome of the term Officer and Gentleman, he was truly a good man. My condolences to his family.
May he rest in peace.
Paul Flanagan

I have been advised that Memb. No. 1001. Mr. David Shields, Watton, Norfolk, died a couple of days ago. (16th February)
No further details at this time.
RIP.  Dave W.

Sadly Mrs Rusling, mother of Neil and widow of Alan, passed away last night (14th Feb) in a nursing home in Cleveleys.  She was known to many who attended the Blackpool reunions and who were involved with the NW Branch.
The funeral of my mother Sylvia will take place on Wednesday 23rd February 2011 at 11.a.m. (GMT) at Carlton Crematorium, Blackpool. Unfortunately I have been advised not to travel so should anyone need further information/directions then please contact my son Ben on 0754 401 9455 (UK number).
Neil Rusling.

It is with sad regret that I have to inform you that Martin Coulter died earlier today (12th Feb).  He was for many years the Treasurer of the Essex and Suffolk Branch.  You will probably know he has been very unwell for several months - but did manage to attend our AGM 01.02.11.
He was a member of his local church for many years and attended when ever he was able.  He will be sadly missed.
May Martin rest in peace.
Roy Alden  (Sec  E & S)
Martin's funeral will take place at 15.00 hrs on Friday 4th March, 2011, at St Albrights Church, London Rd, Stanway, Colchester, Essex. 
I understand there will be several members of the E & S Branch in attendance.
Roy Alden   (Sec  E & S  Branch)
For those who wish to send a Condolence Card regarding Martin, - I have his daughter's address.
Please contact me
Cliff Sweet reports that Mike Winsor died this afternoon (Friday 11 Feb)).  Mike had suffered heart and lung failure over several years, but he always appeared as a cheerful, contented character.  He worked tirelessly for the RAFA Wings Appeal, literally collecting many thousands of pounds over several years. 
Mike served as a dedicated QPD from 1955 to 1967.  He was equally popular in the service as he was subsequently in the SWAB.  Mike was not married and his NOK is his sister who lives in Brixham, while Mike lived not far away in Teignmouth.
The funeral will take place on Friday 25th Feb, at 12.45 PM at Torquay Crematorium in Hele post code TQ2 7QG There will then be a get together at the Roundell Club afterwards in Teignmouth post code TQ14 8PE at 14.00 approx.
Family flowers only please, but donations to RAFA Wings Appeal, Teignmouth branch.

May Mike Rest in Peace.
John Walton
It is very sad news to learn of the death of Mike Winsor. I first met him in 1964 on detachment to RAF Butterworth during the Indonesian confrontation.
He was an ever cheerful happy-go-lucky mate with whom it was a privilege to work. He had a wry sense of humour and was always helpful to those around him.
It was Mike who taught me how to open a tin of carnation milk with a .38 revolver

Rest in Peace, Mike, and sincere thanks for your friendship over the past 47 years.
Tony L

Thank you for the info on Mike ,He will have his hands full now when his old Dogs meet up wth him again,keep a tight lead Mike. Rest in Peace. Alan Weeks QPD N.E.B.

 I received an email from Judith Meyheux, on the 14th to say that her husband Barry had passed away at 11.15.French time  on the same day.No more details to hand at this time. He was as you may know ex-R.A.F.P.and they had lived in East Anglia for many years but had moved to France some two years ago.His widow is also ex-W.R.A.F.,Photographic section H.Q. Munchen Gladbach.
Geoff Bevans
Sorry to be the bearer of sad news but Yvonne, Drews? widow, has asked me to notify you of his passing away on 11/01/ 11, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Details of the funeral as known at this time
Kettering Crematorium, Rothwell road, Kettering, NN16 8XE.  Tel. 01536 525722
Directions from Junction 7 on A14 ---- drive towards town ( Rothwell Rd ), Crem is on left at about 100 yds ( Just before the Hospital )
Date of cremation, Wednesday February 2nd at 1430 hrs.
Will advise any further details
Regards, Mike Claxton, Chairman, Wang.
Information from Eric Collins (ex-RAFP WO) last night (11/01/11) TTET that Drew Forrester had died.  There is no funeral / crem information as yet, Eric will pass this on when it is known.

My father, ex Sgt Owen David V4046128 passed away aged 78 on 10th January 2011 from pneumonia.
He served in the RAF Police from 1953 to 1972, originally as a dog handler, serving in Spitalgate, Akrotiri, Kai-Tak and Episkopi.
Friends and colleagues may remember him as a keen photographer, painter and member of the RAF Episkopi Theatrical Group (69-72).
For details of the funeral arrangements (to be held in Salisbury, Wilts) or to contact the family, please use the following contact.
Carey David
3, Geoffrey Av

Member Bryan E Saunders died last week after an 18 month struggle with cancer.  Bryan served from Nov 1968 to Sept 1990 and joined the Association about 10 years ago.
Bryan's funeral will take place next Friday 14 January, at St Michael's Church, Newquay, at 11.30.
May Bryan Rest in Peace
John Walton

I have been advised that Member 1753, Mr. Trevor Willis passed away over the last weekend. (1&2/01/11) No further details at this time.  RIP.
The funeral will be at 12 noon Monday 17th Jan at Baschurch Church followed by Burial in cemetary.I have asked Jackie if we may parade our Standard and also East Midlands who will form Guard of Honour she said yes along the Standard of the Royal Briish Legion.

The photo shows the Guard of Honour of 12 RAFPA Members with 2 standards (Midlands & East Midlands) at Trevor Willis's funeral at Baschurch (Shrewsbury) on Monday 17 January.

The standard bearers:     Trevor Marklew (Midlands Branch) & Bernard Lamb (East Midlands Branch) . Eight of the remaining 10 attendees were:

    MIDLANDS BRANCH   =  Brian Lawrence, Peter Cook, John Brookes, Bryant Rudolph. Alan Hawksworth, Tony Lenton & Frank Charlesworth.
    EAST MIDLANDS BRANCH = John Curtis, Brian Whitaker and photo taken by Mrs Brenda Pleasance (East Mid Associate Member).

Judi Wright (05/02/1959) served with the RAF Police from 1977 until 1991. She was employed by Kent Police from 2002 and passed away on 29th November 2010 following a 2 year battle against cancer.
Her funeral is to take place at the Barham crematorium, Barham, Nr. Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6QU, on Monday 20th December 2010 at 10:35 hours.
Judi requested prior to her death that the service be a celebration of her life and hence no black ties etc.
If any former colleagues of Judi would wish to attend the service to pay their respects on 20th December 2010 they are most welcome.
Andrew Pennock
Detective Sergeant 12659
Kent Police
E mail:

Member 1849 Ellis Wright GARDINER sadly passed away on the 9th OCTOBER 2010 at Newcastle upon tyne Hospital after 3 years in a Care Home because he had been very ill.

It is with great sadness that my friend John Boyd Nicol MBE BEM passed away peacefully. He had been in a nursing home in Ormskirk and was admitted to hospital 2 or 3 days ago suffering from pneumonia. John was a sergeant in The SIB and he  worked under me at Wildenrath in Germany during the 1950?s and was later commissioned. He was a good friend to me and I shall miss him as we have been visiting each other for many years.
Fortunately he did not suffer
With sadness
Archie Dunlop
Funeral is to be held on Friday 19th November at 1.00pm at St Michaels Church Church Lane Aughton Ormskirk L39 6SB

The burial service will be on Monday 21st November we think at 12 midday at Woodside Crematorium Paisley. The time has to be confirmed. It was Dad's wish that he be buried in the same grave as his beloved Maureen
Vivienne Allen
my condolences to his friends and family - JB was my boss at Aldergrove 73/74 and I met up with him a few times after that
Steve Cattell
I have just read of John Nicol's death. I last saw John in 1975 when we attended an investiture together at Buckingham Palace to receive MBEs. He had always been a good friend and a great colleague. I have many fond memories of him. He was one of the best.
George Egleton

I've been advised that Memb. No. 1841, Mr Lawrence Boulton of Walton on Thames passed away recently. No further details.
Dave W.

Retired Wing Commander B D (Doug) Gibbard, recently died as a result of a traffic accident.  Doug was not a member of the RAFPA.
His funeral will take place at Lincoln Crematorium on Tuesday 26 October at 13.10.  The address is Washingborough Road, Lincoln LN4 1EF and afterwards at Canwick Park Golf Club.
May Doug Rest in Peace.
John Walton
I've been advised of the recent death of Memb. No 0058, Mr. John Dann of Southampton.

For those who are not aware, the Founder Chairman of the Hants, Dorset and Isle of Wight Branch, Mr. Gordon Mallaby passed away last week.
His funeral will be at Basingstoke Crematorium on Friday 15th October at 10.20 am. Family flowers only please.

I'm informed by a mutual friend that former RAFP (Dogs/CI) and RAFPA member Eric Day (membership number 811) passed away in NI last Monday (4 October) (no known cause) and was buried on Friday in NI. I understand that the RAFA attended the funeral (His wife Isobel is a former Air Trg Corps Sqn Ldr).
Steve Davies

Sadly I have to advise of the death yesterday (8 October) of Gordon Mallaby, (H&D) Mem.No. 0121.
No further details at this time.

Member Jim Davey's wife Pauline passed away on 28th September.  Jim served 1961 to 1970 as a Dog Handler.
More sad news, I?m afraid.  As a result of sending out the Branch AGM voting forms, I have been advised that Roy Kenneth Croasdale (Membership Number 1419) passed away on 14th June 2010 aged 89 years.  Unfortunately I don?t have any further information. RIP Roy. 

Additionally, and although not an Association member,  I have been  made aware that Brian Earl passed away in early September at the age of 57.  I worked with Brian at Bentley Priory in the early 1990s when he was the Sheriff, just before he left the RAF to become a London cabbie.  Brian was probably the single most  influential manager that I had during my service and have good memories of being his CI Cpl and slightly less in the way of memories of socialising with him and the local civilian police!  RIP Brian ? you will be sorely missed.

Paul Donovan

I have just received information that Steve Silver passed away on Monday in Sheffield hospital. Sue was with him at the time and I send her my sincere condolences.

At this time the Laarbruch reunion in Rotherham this weekend is still on.

I am certain that Steve would want us to hold the reunion and we will be able to say goodbye in a proper and fitting manner.

I will post funeral details when known

RIP Steve

Neil Gardiner

The Service will be held on the 7 October 2010 at 1200 hrs at the Hutcliffe Wood, Road Crematorium , Sheffield, S8 0HN 
There will be no wake after the service unless some of the people attending get together.

My father David Bunkle passed away on 24th September 2010.

He very much enjoyed his membership of your association and was able to visit the National Memorial Arboretum before he passed to see your memorial there.

Carol Cross, daughter of David
It is my sad duty to inform you that David Bunkle died on Saturday. Our thoughts go out to his wife Bridget and daughter Carol. I have written to Carol asking for permission for members to attend the funeral and explaining that the Standard could be carried should she so wish. Further details to follow when at hand.
Robin Knowles

I was advised earlier this evening of the passing of Kenneth Bragg (Member 1075) on 21st July 2010.  His widow contacted me as a result of receiving the Branch AGM voting forms.  I have no further details, but passed on the sincere condolences of both the Association and Branch.

Paul Donovan

Dear All,
I have just been informed that former RAF Policeman Stephen Kelly, passed away on 1st September after a long illness. 
Stephen's funeral will be held at Telford crematorium on 14 September at 15.00.
Further details may be obtained from Mrs DM Kelly, (I don't know the relationship), I have the address and telephone number if anyone wants it - Webmaster
May Stephen Rest in Peace.
John Walton

I am sorry to report a death although not a member of the association  but well known to members that served Singapore, RAF Changi between 62/66. Robert (Bob) Fletcher RAF Police  on Tuesday 24th August 2010 at Fullwell Sunderland aged 75.

D.E. Palmer Mem No1629 Coventry, RAF Pol/QPD .

We wish to tell everyone of the very sad and sudden passing of our beloved father Harry Lundberg.  Harry Lundberg (R8129492) served as a member of the RAFP from 1976 to 1996. He had many postings; St. Mawgan, Bruggen, Finningley, Rheindahlen, Shawbury, Waddington, Gibraltar and finally finishing at Wittering. 
The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Thursday 2nd September 2010 @ 2.00pm; St. Marys Church, Eastham Village, Wirral CH62 0AL
If anyone would wish to contact us directly please e-mail

Michelle and Richard Lang

Death of Brian Mitchell (Born 23/06/1933).
On 22nd August, 2010 Brian Mitchell, of Hoxton Road in Scarborough. After completing his national service, he joined the old North Riding Constabulary and then later transferred to the RAF to work as a dog handler until his retirement.

I am advised that Memb. No. 1757 Mr. Fred. Webster of Welwyn Garden City, passed away recently.  No further details.  RIP
Dave W.

It is indeed with great sadness I have to report the death of Des (Paddy) Alcorn on Tuesday 17th August at the age of 72 years at his home in Coleraine.
Des served at RAF Gutersloh during the late 70?s and I recall working with him so many times, you could not wish to have a better person at your side.
May we all give our sincere condolences to Sadie and her family at this time of sadness.
Bob Baker

I have just been informed by Dick Coulson of the passing of John (Mac/Jock) McWhirter. RAFP QPD

He died in hospital  7 th August 2010

Funeral arrangements

Wilford Hill Church
West Bridgeford

Tuesday 24 August 2010 at 1240 hrs

just to notify you of the death at the age of 90 on 6 august 2010 of my father - Louis Lionel Fraser who served as a Provost Corporal in Cairo and Aden during WW2 - rafpa membership no 845

Michael John Fraser

The funeral will be at Southend on Sea Crematorium, Sutton Rd, Southend on Sea at 1140 on Wednesday 18th August.
My father served in RAFP during WW2 stating in the East Midlands then Cairo and Aden before returning to York for demob, he subsequently joined Dorset Constabulary.

I have just heard the tragic news that Sgt Mick Birch passed away at 1800 hours today (Thursday 5 August 2010)  His son Lee has asked that his old RAF colleagues and friends be informed.  A real tragedy, Mick was only in  his early fifties.


Adi Watts.

Funeral arrangements for Sgt. (retd) Mick Birch RAF

"The funeral service for Mick will be held at 1300 hrs on Thursday  19th August 2010, at The West Witshire Crematorium, Semington,  Trowbridge, BA14 6HL.  This will be followed by a wake in Mick's memory, at the Fieldways Hotel, Hilperton Rd, Trowbridge, BA14 7JP

Mick's family will be pleased to see as many of Mick's old  friends and colleagues as possible at both venues."

RIP Mick - a real shock this as Mick was on the staff at STF when I was late 80's.  Webmaster

just heard about Mick Birch through Ken Rider, I knew him back in the 80's when I went through CI and CSy at Newton, please pass on my condolences to his family, he was one of the good guys.  Ian Paget

Mick was my CI Instructor and I served with him in Berlin. Let me know if you get any more details Steve. RIP Mick our thoughts are with your family, you'll be sadly missed.  Ken Rider

RIP Mick, thoughts with his family and friends. Andrew Hinchcliff
So sorry to hear that Mick has passed away... My condolences go out to his family and may Mick RIP.  Steve Davies
That name rings a bell. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Mick. Nige Cox
Mick was my CI instructor (same course as Ken). Condolences to his family. Neil Wilson
Served with Mick in Gib in late 70's. My condolences to the family. Stephen Bowen
Very sad, Mick was my CI instructor too, great loss.  Pete Cobley

It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden death of FS (Retd) Bill White.  (Laarbruch mid 70's - and P&SS (NR) AND (CR) towards the end of his career.)
I have been contacted this morning by his wife Elspeth - who has asked me to pass the following on to as many people as possible:
Bill tragically died of a Heart Attack yesterday evening (17th July) - there are no more details at this time.
His family can be contacted on the following numbers, which she has asked me to pass on:
Home - Number held by Webmaster

Mobile - Number held by Webmaster

John Strange

Funeral Arrangements for FS Bill White are:

Tuesday 27th July 2010

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Boundary Road
NG24 4AU

 Elspeth has asked if donations could be made rather than flowers. donations are to be divided between Heart Research and the Dystonia Society

 A few years ago a report was received and printed on this page concerning the death of
Ex-corporal Darryl Beckett (R.A.F. Bishops Court, believed 1977 or 1978) lost on duty, while serving with an international group of officers alongside members of the U.S. Department of Justice.
I am pleased to say that Darryl has contacted me and is alive and well although "a little bit battered around the edges by both passing years & my reckless behaviour while serving in all kinds of "wonderful" places over the years but still very happy with life." He bumped into another former Snowdrop who knew him while serving at Bishop's Court and after he had gone over to the Royal Ulster Constabulary who informed him that he was supposed to be dead.
I have also found that in rectifying this, a number of earlier entries had disappeared.  I have now put them back and will be checking earlier backups to establish that I have missed none.

I am advised that Memb. No. 0848 Mr. Donald Mackay "is now deceased".  No further details.  RIP
Dave W.

Please could you place on the RAFPA site that Ex Sgt Bob Burns died this week. He had been unwell for a while.
Bob was in the RAF Police from 1956 to 1978. I knew him at The Queens Flight between 1772 and 1976.
Funeral at Taunton Cemetary on 1st July 2010 at 12 noon
John Buck

I've been advised of the death last weekend of Memb. No. 2254, Mr. John Flint
Funeral at  Derby Cathedral on Friday 25th June, at 2.30.
Family flowers only, but donations to RAFBF or British Heart Foundation would be welcome, send to Funeral Directors, A.W.Lymm, Derby
RIP. Dave W.

I have just read in the East Kent NARPO Newsletter that former Police Constable Ronald George FIELD, age 73 years, died on 14th January 2010.  He leaves a widow, Evelyn.  Prior to joining Kent Police, Ron had served 12 years as an RAF Policeman. He was a member of LHC Branch. Retiring from the police in Canterbury on grounds of ill health, Ron was for many years the Chief Security at Canterbury Cathedral. Rest in Peace old friend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marty Uden

Red's funeral will take place on Wednesday 19 May 2010 at 1230 hrs
Peterborough Crematorium
Mowbray Road
North Bretton
PE6 7 JE
After the service a cuppa and  sandwich in the
New England Club.
Occupation Road

I am sorry to inform folk that Phil Cracknell died yesterday afternoon (1 May 2010) after a long battle against cancer.
Many of you will have known Phil from his time at the Dog School and Demo during the 70s and 80s.

Chris Wyman (CJW)

Hello Steve Can you put the following info in the Obits page please.
Phil's funeral will be held at 1045 hrs Tuesday the 11th May, 2010 at St Mary's Church ,Radcliffe on Trent.
The Crematorium after is family only and Sue requests that everyone is
welcome to meet up at the Trent Hotel.
I have Sue's address and telephone number if anyone wants it - Webmaster
We have just heard the very sad news regarding the passing of Phil Cracknell.
He was one in a million and when they made him they broke the mould. He was a very good friend and colleague and I know will be very sadly missed.
We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the family.  
Fred and Trish Hammond

I have just heard that John Wood died yesterday (7/4/10) in hospital after a battle with cancer and other complications.  The funeral is next Wednesday, 14 April, at 1400 hrs at St Mary's Parish Church, Barnsley and then at 1500 hrs at the Barnsley Crematorium.  Anyone wishing to go to the funeral can also meet at John's sister's home at 1330 hrs, if they wish, and then afterwards 'for a pint' at the Miner's Arms in the Old Town.  I have offered to take a note of 'numbers' for Peggy, so I am the point of contact for those wishing to go to the Miner's Arms.  Peggy has asked that contributions can be made at the Church towards Cancer Research. 
    Lynne Williamson

John of course was the Chairman of the Association for many years and the 1st AGM not at Newton was held at Finningley arranged by John as he was the Barrack Warden there.  It was then that he stood down as Chairman and I took over for my first stint in that role. I knew John when he was at Support Squadron in the tasking cell and I was the Support Squadron travel agent at 38 (then 1) Group.  He loved his holidays in Cyprus and will be deeply missed. I was only asking Dave if he had heard anything only this week as I hadn't heard from him for a while.  My sincere condolences to his family and other friends.

Steve Cattell

I, together with Neil Elphick, Pete Waterfall, Brian Bell, Doug Elwell, Keith Hurst, to name a few, were station with John on 24 PD Limassol in the early 60s. It is with great sorrow that we hear of his death.  He was a good copper with a great sense of humour. The first Christmas card that I always received was from John. He will be truly missed. Rest in Peace, Timber--our old mate.

Marty Uden

Sir Alec Bedser, the Surrey and England cricketer who died on 4th April 2010, aged 91, vied with Sydney Barnes and Maurice Tate as the greatest fast-medium bowler of all time
He and his identical twin brother Eric were in the RAF Police and served during WWII.
At the outbreak of hostilities the twins joined the RAF. They had a narrow escape when strafed by a German fighter on the Belgian border in May 1940. For a time they were stranded in France, before being rescued by a Surrey member who took them most of the way to Dunkirk in his car.
Later the Bedsers served in Algiers, Tunis and Naples. At Caserta they visited the grave of the great Yorkshire spin bowler Hedley Verity, who had been killed in action in 1943, and helped to arrange a headstone. By that time Alec was a flight sergeant, having refused promotion to warrant officer because it would have meant separation from Eric.
At the end of hostilities they were both discharged and resumed their careers in cricket and as owners of an office supply store.

It is with deep regret that I have to inform members of the death of Squadron Leader Harry Hawkhead aged 98 who passed away on Good Friday 2 April 2010.

The members of Wiltshire Branch send their deepest condolences to Mary and the family.

The funeral will be held at RC Sacred Heart Church Moorend Road Charlton Kings Cheltenham GL53 9AU at 1200 hours 15 April 2010.

Mary has advised that she would be pleased to see members of the RAFPA attend the funeral, and she can be contacted on (number held by Webmaster) or contact myself and I will pass on condolences.

Mike Archer
Secretary Wiltshire Branch RAFPA

It is with deep regret that I have to inform members of the sudden death of member Colin Holland whilst visiting his daughter in Norwich on Tuesday 30th March 2010. Colin was  79 years old and a relatively new member of the West   Anglian Branch.

The members of West Anglia Branch send their deepest condolences to Joy and the family.
The funeral, which will  a celebration of Colin's life, will take place at Norwich Crematorium at 1500hrs on Thursday  8th April 2010
        Ron Davison
        West Anglia Branch

It is with great sadness that I have to announce that on 30 March in the small hours  former WO Bill Williams has passed away peacefully in his sleep after a very short 8 week illness.
I have spoken to his daughter Barbara and the details of the funeral are below
May Bill rest in peace
Tim Steward
Details of Bill's funeral are as follows:
Date:   15th April 2010.
Time: 1430 hours
Downs Crematorium
The Lodge
99 Hartington Road
East Sussex BN2 3PL

My father, Anthony Richard Stephens (member) sadly passed away on the 12th of March 2010 at his home in Callington, Cornwall. It was very unexpected as he was in good overall health. Many of you would have talked to him recently and no doubt he was, as always, in good spirits.

The funeral is on the 8th of April at Plymouth crematorium(Weston Mill) at 11-am, and you are all very welcome to attend. It will be a short service and then on to a local premises for drinks and food. I understand this is a long way to travel, so if you would like to send flowers please contact the funeral home C.P Coombe - 01579383349 and they will make arrangements.

Anthony Stephens Jnr

Retired Flt Lt A R (Tony) Stephens died suddenly on 12 March 2010 at his home in Callington, Cornwall.  Tony served from 1952 to 1966 and later worked for British Aerospace.

Tony's widow Mrs Usha Stephens is presently located at their son's address, 7 Danbrey Place, High Street, Hampton, Middlesex. TW12 2SF.

The funeral will take place at 11.00 on Thursday 8 April 2010, at Weston Mill Cemetery and Crematorium, Ferndale Road, Plymouth.      Funeral Director C P Coombe - 01579 383349.  Tony was a member of the Association and SWAB members will attend the funeral.


John Walton

Audrey, the wife of Memb. No. 0809, Mr. Graham Cassell, passed away earlier this week

Our Condolences to you and your family.

I've been advised of the recent death of Memb. No. 2305, Mr. Maurice Cole,of the Isle of Wight.  No further details at this time.

R I P.  Dave W.

I have just (13 March) received a message from Grace Gibbs, wife of Chris (deceased), informing me of the death in Malta of Vic(Vincent) Buttery, 75 years .  Vic served 28 years in the RAF Police from 1952 to 1980 and ended his long career as a FS. He stayed in Malta with his Maltese wife, Tess, on being demobbed.  He died on 5th March in Malta after a long illness and was buried last Monday.  Grace and Chris were good friends of Vic and his family and had visited them on a number of occasions since leaving the Forces.
Marty Uden  

28/2/10 May I with utter sadness, inform your senior members of the death at the age of 77 of my lovely dad, ex WO Bill WALLER RAFP, who served 1950-1974.
After a fit and healthy life, this gentle man succumbed too soon to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and it's associated complications.
But he is now finally at rest. All will be very welcome to his funeral service on Sat 13th March 2010 commencing 0945hrs at ALL SAINTS CHURCH, South Ave, Dormanstown,Redcar,Cleveland TS10 5LL
Anyone who remembers Bill is very welcome to attend, so please mail me for details. Sue Purnell

 With great regret I have to advise of the death, after suffering from cancer for many years. of Ex-WO John Osborne on 4 Feb 10 in a Hospice in Norwich.  I have no direct contact with his family, having only picked up on the news from a local newspaper.  His funeral will be at 2pm on 26 Feb at the Norwich Crematorium.  He was an Association member, founder member of the Norfolk branch and as far as I know the details in members directory are current.  May he rest in Peace.  Norman Billows
John's funeral is being held at St Faith's Crematorium, Horsham St Faith,Norwich (tel: 01603 897727). The lady I spoke at the Crematorium gave the following directions: "Head for Norwich Airport and St Faith's Crematorium is signposted off a large roundabout" Keith Bell
very sad news - John was my WO at P&SS (NG) and helped through the trauma of my son's birth and subsequent hospital care, then was on P&SS (Support Sqn) while I was at 38 Group and together we went on the fateful trip to Ascension Island with Mrs Thatcher in January 1983 (she then flew on to the FI) and John had a terrible fall leaving him with a broken shoulder, fractured skull, and tinnitus for the rest of his life and had to be aeromedded home.  A true gentleman.  RIP John - Steve Cattell
Just opened up my email list to read the extremely sad news about Ozzie Osborne-John. Known him for nearly half a century beginning at Honington in '62-my first shift Sgt and later in various parts of the world and UK, last saw him at a RAFPA met when he told us he had gone to work for one of the oldest Funeral Directors in Norwich and just loved it- still immaculately turned out with snow white/short hair. Just a very well respected member of the RAF Police and the RAFPA-gentleman and extraordinary human being.
Sam pl pass on my most sincere condolences to the family.
Alan F Millership
It is always the best that go too soon.
John was a superb example of a RAF Policeman for anyone to follow and to look up to.
I knew John through basic training, at RAF Honington in my early career and RAF Rheindahlen towards the end of my career as well as seeing him on numerous  occasions at stations as diverse as Ascension Island , JSMRU RAF Chessington and RAF Newton.
He will be sadly missed by many.
He knew when to have a laugh and when it was time to be serious and I do not know anyone who disliked John.
A tremendous SNCO, an excellent Warrant Officer and a true gentleman.
I ask that the Norfolk Branch pass on my sincere condolences to John?s family.
May he rest in peace.
Neil Gardiner
Very sad news I served with John at RAF Honington a true gentleman Allen King
Terrible news. I served with John at St Mawgan ,he was a real Gentleman.
Our condolences to his family .
Stewart and Doris McArdle
 This has come as a great shock.  I served with John at P&SS Gutersloh and found him to be a helpful person and a true gentleman.  If you are in touch with his family Norman please convey the sincere condolences of the Scot & NI Branch.  May he rest in peace.
Gus McGowan
Scot & NI Branch
 Just read the sad news about John Osborne. John was my WO at P&SS Gut and on Support Squadron. I never knew him to raise his voice at anyone, a firm talking to from John was enough. He was one of the few bosses that other men would work for willingly because he gained everyone's respect.
Keith Bell

John was my boss when I was on Traffic at P&SS Gut, he was a really nice bloke who as Keith said, when he gave you a bollocking,never raised his voice, but had a knack of making you feel more regretful and worse than having 3rounds with George Clapperton !!. RIP Boss , May God Bless His family at this time.
John Davage
Never worked for John but was on Station when he was at Gut and he always took the time to speak and he was a true Gent RIP Sir
Gary Preston
Although I never actually worked with John, our paths crossed many times over the years and they were always a laugh a minute. This was typical of John. One day we were talking about my then Boss, Eddie Cloke, and John told of when he arrived at St Mawgen as OC Police. He introduced himself to John saying, 'I'm Flt Lt Cloke but you can call me Eddie. What shall I call you?' John replied, 'Mr Osborne.' A good friend. I will miss him.
John Law


I've been advised that Memb. No. 2307, Mr. Charles Sutton, of Dulwich, London, passed away on 27th January.
Dave W.

Bernard Purbrick (Mem no: 934)  RAF Service 1951 - 1973
Sorry to inform you all that Bernard died a short while ago.  His funeral is to take place this pm (27/1/10) at Ipswich.  A branch member will represent the Association.
Roy Alden   (Sec E & S)

 Just learned Frank Gill died on Saturday morning (26th Dec).  He was in Grantham Hospital recovering from a massive heart attack.
Got out of bed yesterday morning collapsed and died.

There is a post on your page from a John Curtis which is a little incorrect regarding Frank Gill, who passed away in Grantham Hospital
I am Franks middle son, Philip (known by Mum and Dad and close friends as Pip). I must correct John on the date Dad passed, it was in actual fact 25th Dec 2009.
The facts were quite tragic really. Our elder brother Mike had a Brain Tumour diagnosed during June of 2009. As Dad was still very active and fit, and still worked, there was just NO stopping him ! he had wanted to help Mike as much as possible during the time Mike had left with us. So Dad retired at the end of that October, then on November 9th went with Mum (Margaret) and Mike to Rutland Water so Mike could take some pictures of birds, all three (Mum, Dad and Mike) were keen Ornithologists. While at Rutland Water Dad had a massive heart attack. He was taken by ambulance to Grantham Hospital, who cared for his every need for seven weeks.
Some of Dads friends will recall his birthday was on Dec 24th, and also that he had a son whos birthday was on Dec 25th, that would be me. My wife and I saw Dad on his birthday, he was very ?Frank?, i.e. humorous, witty and cheeky and just full of beans. He expected to be able to go home (in Grantham, where they had lived since November ?71). Mum phoned me at 07:00 on Christmas morning to inform me Dad passed away as one of the nurses helped him out of his bed and into a chair.
We don?t hold John responsible for his inaccuracy, these things happen. But this was really just to put the record straight. Dad would have wanted this.
Many thanks and best regards
Philip N. Gill
(If you wish you may post as written, we don?t mind at all, but also, if you wish you need only correct Johns date)

Sheila Laverick , Dave Laverick's widow, also passed away a couple of weeks ago.  Her daughter got married on the Sunday.
Sheila had a heart attack on the Monday and died. 

I don't think that either Frank or Dave were members of the RAFP Association
John  Curtis

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the RAFPA of the passing of my good friend Phil (Compo) Heap, who died of a heart attack on Saturday 12th Dec 2009. My thoughts are with Sandy his good lady wife of 38 years, his son Philip wife Catherine and son Mathew. I will miss our web chats. Anyone wishing to contact can do by E-Mailing with the subject RE Phil to the Webmaster who has Sandy's email
Dave Wilkinson
The funeral is at 10:40 on Wednesday, 23rd December 2009 at the Southern Crematorium, Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, MANCHESTER M21 7GL.

I regret to inform you that ex wo. Ted Whitlam died yesterday, Friday 11th December. . Condolences to his widow and family.
James Williamson
The funeral of Ted Whitlam, will take place at Scunthorpe Crematorium on Tuesday 22nd at 2pm. After at Jack and Jills in Gainsborough.

I have today (11/12/09) been advised the Memb. No. 0403, Norman Bashford, of Horsham, West Sussex, passed away a few days ago.
RIP, Dave W,

Dear all,
It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the death of Wendy Ramsay, wife of member, ex-WO Paul Ramsay.
Wendy's funeral will take place at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Wiltshire, BA14 6HL on Monday 30th November at 1345 hours.
A special request was made by Wendy that friends attending her funeral should not wear black mourning clothing but should attend in colourful clothing to celebrate her life.
May Wendy rest in peace.
Brian Flinn

I received an Email from Graeme this morning (31 October) informing me of the passing of his daughter Joanna after a viral illness. Graeme and I served at Laarbruch together as Dog Handlers, he and the family moved to Canada to a life he and his family loved. As a member of the RAF Police Family I feel that all Graeme and Liz's friends should know of this terrible tragedy' REST IN PEACE Joanna. Stewart and Doris

 I must advise the death of my great friend and colleague, big Chris McAvoy.
Chris passed away in his sleep during the night of 26 October 2009.  Funeral arrangements will follow once we are aware of them.
 Our condolences go to his wife, Anne and the family.
Brian Clark (Ex FS)

Sadly I must advise you of the death of  Ex Sgt Ian Stewart who served on P&SS (Scot Det) during the Flt Lt JB Nicol era.
Ian lived in St Andrews Fife. The Funeral will be on Thursday 29th at the St James RC Church at 1330, The 1330 time is to be confirmed on Monday. in the event this changes I will notify all.
Max Espie

Very sad news indeed. I learned a lot about CI work from Ian at ScotDet 1979-83, not least how to drink Grouse the proper way, "With a wee drap o water". Rest well Ian.
Michael Hall

I've been advised of the death, last Monday, 12th October of Memb. No. 1805, Mr. Tony Cundall, of Victoria, Australia.
Dave W.

It is with deep regret that I have the unfortunate news of the passing away of a colleague. Keith Laydon died in his local hospice last Saturday 10th October,  after being diagnosed as having a brain tumour last June.
Keith is to be cremated at Rawdon Crematorium Horsforth on 27th October at 12:00, this is twenty minutes earlier than originally published
The funeral was a non religious one and overseen by a humanist. The eulogies were given by Steve Hughes, family members and a work colleague from the Halifax IT security branch. There was a song sung in the middle of the ceremony by a lady and a guy on a guitar, the song had been written by Keith, apparently a song writer in his own right. It was well attended by ex RAF Police. A time to catch up with Steve Hughes and Eddy Shears at the reception at the Peasehill House Hotel at Rawdon. Our heart now goes out to Sheila.
RIP Keith

Mick McQuade

I am advised that Memb. No. 0199, William Wigham of Consett, passed away in December last year.

 I've been advised that Member No. 1132, Mr. Clive Footit of Kidderminster,passed away last month.No further details.
RIP Clive,
Dave W.

If the association do not already know Tony Thompson an Old Ceylon Comrade and the sec. of the West Anglia Branch, passed away yesterday, 4th October
Funeral Thursday 15th October 2009 at 12 noon at the Cambridge Crematorium. No flowers or cards.

Ken Needham

Martyn Thomas.
I have just received an e mail from Martyn's daughter to notify me of Martyn's death last Friday  26/09/09) as a result of a heart attack . I last had contact with Martyn about eight years ago at which time he was looking forward to retirement in 18 months . Martyn was a station policeman . I was stationed with him at Scampton and later saw him in Germany . I remember him as a popular and cheerful young man , but of course we were all young men then .
Ian Hopcroft

I must sadly inform anyone who knew Phil Yeadon that he passed away at the end of August after a long illness.Phil served at various units including St Morgan, Berlin (twice) and Waddington . 
Simon Pemberton

With regret I must inform you that  George Briggs ex Sgt SI QPD died today 20th September 2009  at  approximately 1300hs as a result of an accident at his home in Hawick . I am in communication with his family. George was a well known character in the trade and my oldest friend in the service.
Max Espie
George's funeral is on Tuesday 29th September at St Marys Church, Hawick at 1030 hrs

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the membership of the RAF Police Association that former RAF Police Flight Sergeant (and RAFPA member) Kit Shuttleworth, passed away in hospital in Palm Desert, California USA, on the 3rd September 2009, surrounded by his wife Ann and his two sons. Kit had been fighting to overcome various health problems for a number of years, supported by Ann who took on the role of carer. Kit was my first flight sergeant when I arrived at RAF Wyton straight from training in May 1975. Clearly, he recognised my talent for police work and trusted me enough to work on a number of investigations during my first tour of duty in the RAF. He was a great mentor, always immaculate and professional and a credit to both the branch and service. Indeed, he set me on the right path to a full and successful 25 year career in the RAF Police, and throughout it I often related to Kit as my role model. May he rest in Peace.

I will be pleased to pass on any messages of condolence from members to Ann.
Regards ......... Steve Davies

 I received an email from Alan's daughter stating that Alan Hitchen had passed away on August 26th after suffering a heart attack. He was living in Canada.
I knew Alan from our days at RAF Kai Tak in the 50's and again at RAF Coleby Grange, soon after.
Just over a year ago,we met up through the Assoc web site and exchanged many electronic laughs. Sadly it wasn't longer.
Dave Roberts

Dear All,
Retired Sqn Ldr W M (Taffy) Walters-Morgan died at 01.00 on Thursday 3 September after fighting pneumonia.  Some members will remember WM2 as a formidable rugby machine along with the Cattigan twins, in the 60s and early 70s.
Taffy was not a member of the Association. 
May he rest in peace.
John Walton
I remember 'Taff'  arriving at 3 District, Spitalgate in 1958 (or maybe 59. getting old now ) along with a young M.I.David.
They worked with us on CI (as it was then) and I can recall a Night Phase test at a unit well down the old A1 with four of us in 'Taff's' Austin A40.We were very very cramped to say the least.
Never served with him again but remember that time with him.  Oh Happy Days!!!
R.I.P. Sir
John Curtis
Yes a memorable character ? good singing voice after a hard game and a few jars.
Can?t think of anything more frightening than being in the scrum facing Cattigan - Walters-Morgan ? Cattigan
Of course you could always include Frank Merrick and make it the most handsome quartet to grace a rugby pitch; with Jim Kyle as referee you had a full house of fine young men.
I suppose we could always add Perry Close and Red King
Regards to all
Tony L

Dear all,
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Don Sutherland died at 1100 today, 30th August.  Don had been terminally ill with cancer for several months, but he fought the inevitable with stubborn determination and good humour.  Don died peacefully, with Sheila and his daughter Morag by his side.
Farewell and Rest in Peace Don,
Brian Flinn
Sheila Sutherland wishes to thank all members of the RAF Police Association and Royal Air Force Police who attended Don's Funeral and the wake afterwards at the Highwayman at Sherriff Hutton. She thanks people for the flowers and wreaths sent and the donations made which were just short of ?3000 (which will be divided equally between the St Leonards Hospice, York and the Macmillan Nurses. The family also received over 100 Sympathy Cards which they found difficult to comprehend.
From Sheila, Douglas and Family and Morag and Family Thank you all so much.
My sincere condolences to Sheila and Morag.  Don and I were on the same CI course in 1977 and I can think of no one who was more kind and gentle than Don
Steve Cattell
Flowers or Donations to either : The St Leonards Hospice, Tadcaster Road, York or the Macmillan Nurses can be sent to J Fielder, Funeral Directors, 48 Clarence Road, York YO31 7EW (Tel 01904 654460) Further information will be given when known. Regards
Brian Burrows
Branch Secretary
Pictures of the Honour Guard and Standards of theNorth Yorks Branch, East Midlands Branch, Thirsk Branch RAFA and West Riding Branch at Don's Funeral today. 
As you know by now I take my camera to all RAFPA functions
As I was a standard bearer at this funeral I gave my camera to John Limb and asked that he got me some pictures.
Thats John's hand with my camera taking pictures of other cameras!!!!!.
What is the world coming too??
On a serious note the service and subsequent 'wake' was one of the must moving I have attended.
An indication of how well respected, and liked, was Don.
The presence of 25+ RAFPA/RAFP personnel from all over the UK says a lot for the man.
RIP Don.
John Curtis
Saddened indeed to hear that Don has passed on. Like everyone who met and worked with Don, I found him to be a real character and a some-one to be respected. He had a wicked sense of humour and treated everyone with great respect. It was indeed a great pleasure to have worked with Don for a year at Marham. Please pass on my sincere condolences to Sheila and Morag at this sad time. May Don Rest in Peace and be remembered for a very long time as a gentleman.
Stephen R Davies
Obidos, Portugal
 please pass my sincere condolences to Sheila and Morag together with those of the Scot & NI Branch.  I was stationed with Don at Marham in 83-85 when we brought the station online again and I recall some comical times especially as we were living in a temp SSA consisting of hangars and barbed wire with sangers!!  great times that he helped to make happy memories on.
A sad loss may he rest in peace.
Gus McGowan
Scot & NI Branch
I was informed today that my old and dear friend Don Sutherland died today. Don was a character in the RAF Police trade, a real Gentleman, who will be greatly missed by his family and all his friends. Our condolences go to Sheila and Family. Stewart and Doris, Rest in Peace old friend.
Although I only got to know Don a couple of years ago, I found him to be a warm and genuine type of bloke. Condolances to Sheila and Family. Rest in Peace Don. George Sutherland
I first met Don Sutherland a couple of years ago at Eden Camp on Vets Day I believe, he seemed a nice warm friendly man. Condolances to his family, RIP Don. Dennis Cothay
I have just learned of Don's passing today in an e-mail from Dougie, his son. Don was my FS at the school on both occasions I was there - he was a true gent and friend - he will be sorely missed by those of us lucky enough to have served with and for him. He was the first to buy me a pint in the Mess when I returned to the school having been promoted a couple of years earlier - I think it was he who insisted we went for a beer. Many happy memories. Deespest sympathies to Sheila and the family. Sleep well old fella and save a place for me... Gary Preston

Dear all,
It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Ken Box, Treasure of the Western Region Branch, died yesterday, Wednesday 19 August, after a long illness.  All our sympathies go to his wife Yvonne and family.
The funeral of Ken Box will take place at 1200 on Wednesday 2nd September at Haycombe Crematorium, Whiteway Road, Bath, BA2 2RQ and afterwards at Fry's Social Club in Keynsham.  Yvonne has requested family flowers only but anyone wishing to make a donation can do so with cheques being made payable to the RAF Benevolent Fund and sent to Guyan Funeral Directors, Charlton Road, Keynsham, BS31 2JA.  In the meantime Ray Orgill is happy to deal with any enquires on 01275-853605.
May Ken rest in peace.
Brian Flinn
Dear all,
As you will be aware, the funeral of Ken Box will take place on Wednesday 2nd September at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath.  Ken's wife, Yvonne, has requested that the RAFPA provide a Guard of Honour at the crematorium.  Tony Lake, Gordon Sidey, Ray Orgill, Ivan Carey and myself will be in attendance and form the Honour Guard.  Any member who intends to go to the funeral and wishes to join in the Honour Guard please be aware that Association beret and medals will be the order of the day.  If you intend to go please advise myself or Ray Orgill.
Brian Flinn

Warrant Officer Tim Parker

It is with great sadness that it is announced that Warrant Officer Tim Parker died in the early hours of Monday 17 Aug 09. Warrant Officer Parker passed away peacefully following a short but bravely borne battle against cancer. The thoughts and best wishes of the extended RAF Police community are with his immediate family, Rachel and Calum, at this time.

The funeral service for WO Tim Parker, RAFP, will be held at St Guthlac's Church, Market Deeping, PE6 8DA on 27 Aug 09 commencing at 1330.  All those attending are requested to be seated by 1320.  A cremation service will follow at Peterborough Crematorium, Mowbray Road, North Bretton, PE6 7JE at 1430.  All friends and colleagues
are invited to attend all proceedings.
The family has requested that no floral tributes are to be sent but donations can be made and will be divided equally between "Help for Heroes" and Macmillan Cancer Support.  Donations can be made via RJ Scholes Funeral Services, 4 Horsegate, Deeping St James, Peterborough, PE6 8EN (cheques should be made payable to RJ Scholes).

WO Parker personally requested that the following note, which he had handwritten himself last Friday, be given the widest possible distribution:

?To all my friends and colleagues, who have offered me such generous support over the past few months, I would like to offer you my heartfelt thanks. I had hoped to visit Henlow at some point but my illness has now deteriorated to such an extent that it is no longer possible for me to be able to achieve this. Although I will not be able to see many of you in the final coming days, hopefully weeks, I would just like to express to you all what wonderful memories I have during my career to take with me.?
Kevin Huggins
95381 7031
I would be grateful if you could pass on the sincere condolences of the North West Area Branch to Rachel and Calum at this most difficult of times.  I worked with Tim for a number of years on Southern Region ? his patience was tested on more than one occasion by a CI guy trying to circumvent the system!  Tim was a total professional but more importantly a true gentleman and will be so sadly missed.
Best wishes
Paul Donovan

I have just been informed of the death a month or so ago, of Mrs Ann Mugridge the wife of the late Sgt Frank Mugridge RAFP who served in WWII in Ceylon and India in the RAF SIB. Although she was not a member of the RAFPA, she and her husband may be known to some of our members.
Regards ......... Steve Davies

On 15 Dec 1944, Aircraftswoman Ann Mugridge; the wife of RAFP Sgt Frank Mugridge, boarded the troopship Queen of Bermuda and began her perilous journey to India. At the tender age of 18, she had volunteered to join the WAAF in Jun 1941 and was posted to RAF Cottesmore. She was initially employed in the messing office but was later transferred to work in the station HQ. One day she was dealing with a ration invoice for oranges. Having never seen oranges on the unit she approached her WO and queried the invoice only to be told that they had been ordered for the aircrew. Ann, being a fairly well informed young lady, pointed out to the WO that children of 18 years and under were also entitled to the orange ration and therefore she was eligible. For some time after, until she reached the age of 19 plus, she received an orange as and when they became available. Ann made quite an impression on her WO because in addition to receiving her orange, he secretly gave her his chocolate ration. In May 1942, Ann had her first encounter with the enemy. She was walking on the unit one afternoon when she saw a FSgt running from side to side towards her shouting for her to take cover. Initially, she had no idea what was happening and stopped in the middle of the road. The FSgt reached her and pushed her against a nearby building and that was when she first saw the Messerschmitt. She recalled that it was so close that she saw the face of the pilot laughing at them as he flew by. The FSgt then pulled her towards the opposite end of the building telling her that the aircraft was coming back. As it did so, a hail of bullets struck the area where they had initially been standing. It was a lucky escape for Ann and her rescuer. In Aug 1943, Cottesmore was handed over to the Americans and Ann was transferred to RAF Market Harborough as a clerk in the station HQ. It was during that time that she met Frank Mugridge; a RAFP NCO working in the guardroom, and on the 12 Jul 1944 they were married. Unfortunately, because of the war the couple were soon separated when her husband was posted to Ceylon leaving his new bride behind to fend for herself. In Oct, Ann successfully responded to a bulletin asking for WAAF volunteers to serve in India.
On the 17 Jan 1945, she arrived in Bombay after the troopship had been chased by an enemy submarine during the final phase of the journey. For Ann, the best part of the voyage had been going through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea at night; after suffering 4 years of the British wartime blackout it had been wonderful to see the magnitude of lights glowing on the shore as the ship sailed by. Although her husband was serving with the SIB in Ceylon, he had arranged for his colleagues in Bombay to look after her during her tour in India and had written, telling her that two of his colleagues would meet her from the ship when it arrived. After disembarking, she was approached by 2 SIB men and although they were charming she felt as though she was under arrest as they escorted her away from the port and took her out to dinner. Living in the Astoria Hotel, Ann was assigned to work at Andheri; the site of today?s main airport. After being in Bombay for a few months, she met someone that she and her husband had known at Cottesmore. He had been given an invitation to a party for 2 and asked Ann if she would like to go with him. She accepted and much to her surprise, found herself in a very expensive apartment, owned by an Indian prince, being introduced to high ranking civilians and senior military personnel. After a while however, Ann was discretely approached by the same SIB WO who had first met her off the troopship. He was in company with a provost officer and together they suggested that she should quietly leave. Although she was enjoying herself, she found herself being led out of the building and being driven back to the Astoria Hotel. A few days later she heard that the SIB had arrived to arrest a high ranking civilian who was alleged to have been spying for the enemy. Soon after, Ann and her husband were reunited when he was posted from Ceylon to the SIB unit in Bombay.
In the latter half of 1945 a new wave of anti-British demonstrations swept India. Ann recalled that the demonstrations organised by the students in Bombay started off peacefully, but were soon taken over by trouble makers and then the majority of the community saw the protest as a means to settle old scores. She remembers that the demonstrators would stop uniformed British military personnel in the street and demand their hats or ties, which they would burn as an insult to British rule. As she was accommodated close to the university, it became a common and irritating practice. Later, Ann and a colleague from the Women?s (India) Army Corps were out shopping when they were surrounded by a group chanting ?Down with the British? and ?Quit India?. Someone suggested taking the girls uniforms and burning them as a symbol of protest, and the girls were given the option of removing the uniforms or having them removed. Sensing the mood, they offered no resistance and calmly took off their shirts and skirts and handed them over to the cheering crowd. While the uniforms were being burnt, the 2 girls were ushered into a nearby shop where the kindly owner provided them with some replacement clothes and kept them out of harms way until the demonstrators had moved on. On another occasion, Ann, her husband and a friend were walking along a street when they were warned that a large group of protestors were heading their way. They were ushered into a nearby building and from an upstairs window saw a British Army Sgt still in the street just as the demonstrators came around the corner. They watched in horror as the jeering crowd made their way towards the unarmed NCO and all he could do was back up to the wall of a nearby hotel. The crowd started to close in and at that point some waiters from the hotel formed a human chain from a first floor window and reached down to help the Sgt. Amazingly, within seconds he had been lifted up and pulled to safety. In another incident, Ann was walking to meet the military vehicle that was taking her to work. As she turned the corner she saw that the vehicle had been attacked by a mob and its contents thrown into the street. The Indian driver had been beaten unconscious and dumped onto the cargo and the jeering crowd had set fire to it. Having no regard for her own safety, Ann ran screaming towards the mob, grabbed one of the attackers by his hair and pushed him towards the flames until he pulled the driver from the fire. Help soon arrived and the crowd quickly dispersed while the owner of a nearby chemist shop helped her to treat the injured driver until medical help arrived. She later recalled that although things had happened so quickly, she was not sure who had been more frightened, her or the Indian she was threatening to burn. Ann and her husband returned to the UK shortly before India was granted independence.

Dear All,
Member, retired Wg Cdr James William Peebles Kyle  MBE died on 4 August 2009.  Before being commissioned, Jim Kyle was an NCO in the old RAF SIB in among many places, Egypt.
Jim Kyle's funeral will take place on Wednesday 12 August, at 10.00, at Gloucester Crematorium which is off A38 (Eastern Avenue) on Coney Hill Road.  Family flowers only.  Donations to Mencap.
After Jim's funeral at Gloucester Crematorium, there will be refreshments and drinks at the Oakwood, Tewkesbury Road, Twigworth, Gloucester  GL2 9PG.
May Jim Rest in Peace.
John Walton
So very very sad to hear of Jim Kyle's death; I have memories of him going back many years, all of them good. I wonder if you remember the day at Northern Region when, as I was sounding off about him, you kept looking over my head to warn me that he was standing behind me! When the penny dropped, I turned round, said ' Hello Sir' and walked out. I few minutes later he came into my office, sat down and we continued to chat about the past as if nothing had happened.
May you rest in peace Jim, you will always be one of my favourite characters.
Paul  Flanagan
I first met Jim Kyle in Egypt in 1952 when he was a Cpl m/cyclist.   The next time I saw him he was a Wg Cdr!
May he rest in peace.   Please pass on the sincere condolences of the North Yorks Branch to Jim's family
Brian Burrows
So sorry to learn about the death of Jock Kyle, He joined the RAF shortly after me and we knew each other over many years. I took over as SY1 and HQ Security Officer from him in Singapore and he was exceptionally kind and helpful to me. He was a kind man and considerate of others. My condolences to his family and may he Rest in Peace.  Ron Sutcliffe.

Although I personally never met Wg Cdr J W P Kyle 4068747, the legend and his reputation lived on in the branch long after he retired. As such, he will go down in the history of the branch as one of its characters. My condolences to his family and may he Rest in Peace.
Steve Davies