Message received from Bryan Griffiths, Branch Chairman, RMPA WA: It is my sad duty to notify all members of the sudden death of Les Fryer, an honorary branch member, a good friend and past RMP colleague of Eric Heath. Eric has advised that Les had passed away in his sleep on 10 March 2019 during a Caribbean cruise. Les joined the RMP and commenced training at Inkerman Barracks, Woking on 30 April 1958 where he was given regimental number 23657515. Les remained in Woking until 28 November 1958. On 29 November 1958 Les was posted to 2 Div Pro Unit RMP, Bunde/Lubbecke in BAOR where he served until 2 January 1964. From 3 January 1964 to 14 February 1966 Les served as an instructor at Yorkshire District Pro Coy (TA) in Leeds, UK. From 15 February 1966 until 3 March 1967 served at 20 Armd Bde Pro Coy RMP in BAOR. From 4 March 1967 Les served at the RMP Depot & Training Establishment in Chichester, UK until his discharge on 29 April 1967. Les was a committed member of the Royal Military Police Association and held full membership of his beloved RMPA West Yorkshire Branch where he was an active member. In 2007 Les elected to also take on honorary branch membership of RMPA Western Australia Branch and followed the development of our Branch with great interest. Les made good on his long intended trip to visit Eric in Western Australia and visited Perth in 2012 where he participated with members in the Anzac Day Parade. Thank you and kind regards, Brian Griffiths, Branch Chairman, RMPA Western Australia Branch.
Message received from Mrs. Pamela Gibbons. 9th February 2019. Death of Tom Greensides Squad 783. Tom served 1960 -62 I believe in Dusseldorf. Collapsed and was hospitalised in Norwich, whilst his wife was on holiday abroad with her sister. He died shortly afterwards. He came from Framingham Pigot near Norwich. My mother knew his father from schooldays. She lived in the next village at Caistor St Edmunds.(famous old Roman town. Her father was killed n action 19.09.1914, Royal Norfolk Regt. Tom served 1960 -62 I believe in Dusseldorf. Collapsed and was hospitalised in Norwich, whilst his wife was on holiday abroad with her sister. He died shortly afterwards. He came from Framingham Pigot near Norwich. My mother knew his father from schooldays. She lived in the next village at Caistor St Edmunds.(famous old Roman town). Her father was killed n action 19.09.1914, Royal Norfolk Regt.
BILL HEPBURN: Hi Ian, I have a belated obituary which is not on your Website. I wonder if I may rectify that now. Bill Hepburn Ex Cpl RMP died on 14/01/2017 in his home town Stoke on Trent after a prolonged illness. Bill joined the the RMP in July 1965. He was in 71 Squad, after which he was posted to 2 Div Pro Pro Unit in 'Osnabruck'. He then served with 170 Pro Unit RMP in Edinburgh, and was demobbed from there, into Civvy Street. His death was reported in other Obituaries, but not RMP World. Those who remember Bill, will know that he was a soft spoken, 'Scotsman'.from 'Dunfermline' He had a laid back outlook to life, and was genuine, and trustworthy to his friends, and a pleasant man to be around. He was also a good 'Footballer and a regular player for 2 Div. in 1966-8. He was a regular attender at 12 Bde/2Div reunions over the years, and is sorely missed by those of us who knew him well. Ron McAdam.
Hi Ian, I regret to inform you of the passing of ex L/CPL Mel Burlton 807 Squad ex N/S 1BR Corps Provost Coy RMP.1960/63. Regards Jim Porter.
ANTHONY SIMMS: I have just received the following Vale Notice from Brian Griffiths, Chairman, RMPA Western Australia Branch. Ian
It is my sad duty to notify all members of the death of Anthony Thomas (Taff) Sims BEM. Taff had been gravely ill for many months and was in care at his son’s home in Kainga NSW where he passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday 19 January 2019. Taff had a long and comprehensive service career in the Royal Military Police where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. Anthony Thomas Sims was born in Cardiff in 1940, and in 1958 after being given regimental number 23536636, Taff underwent training in 725 Squad at the RMP Depot Inkerman Barracks, Woking under the watchful eye of Sgt Terry Prouse - who became Taff’s RSM nine years later at 17 Gurkha Div Pro Unit RMP. Between 1958 and 1983 Taff served in BAOR, Cyprus, UK, Malaya, Berlin, Cyprus then back to UK for a long stint at London District Pro Coy RMP where he became a specialist dog handler (explosives) until the completion of extended service in November 1983. During his time in London, Taff was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to the RMP. I knew Taff Sims from Berlin where I served from 1971 to 1973. I fondly recall Taff and his lovely wife Margaret (Maggie only to her friends) were both the life and soul of our Corporals Mess where Taff did regular stints as the barman, often very ably supported by Maggie during busy periods. Their innovative thinking in enhancing our social life really made visiting the Corporals Mess a most pleasurable experience. I also recall Taff wearing a full gorilla suit behind the bar on a number of occasions when we had the “Aussie tours” visiting – this always producing much hilarity! Taff also had a lifelong love of rugby, I recall him being a gifted player and he later became well revered as a rugby referee in Berlin. On taking Army retirement, in 1984 Taff together with Margaret and sons Paul and John emigrated to Australia. Taff was subsequently appointed the Principal Security Officer at Parliament House, Canberra. Taff served diligently in that position where he was privileged to meet many prime ministers and visiting dignitaries during the years until his retirement in 1995. In 2001 Margaret passed away and Taff then lived with his sons, either in WA or in NSW. Taff joined RMPA Western Australia Branch in 2012 and during his time living in WA, Taff attended many of our meetings and enjoyed our camaraderie. I was privileged to compile a member’s profile for Taff, this article appeared in the June 2018 edition of Redcaps-Western Australia. Condolences have been extended to sons Paul and John and their respective families. I am currently unaware of funeral arrangements. Thank you and kind regards, Brian Griffiths.
I have just received the following Vale Notice from Brian Griffiths, Chairman, RMPA Western Australia Branch Ian.
It is my sad duty to notify all members of the death of John David Parker. John recently fell ill and was admitted to Royal Perth Hospital. Unfortunately,
John’s condition rapidly deteriorated and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where he passed away mid-morning today, 2 January 2019.
John had a mechanical engineering background and had served with the RAF 1957-58. He re-enlisted into the RMP in 1962; where he suffered injuries during training, limiting his service to Woking before being discharged.
John had been a committed and valued member of this Branch since 2009 and I cannot recall a meeting which he did not attend. John was also the President of the British Ex-Services Association (Inc) here in Perth, and in addition to his enthusiastic commitments with BESA, he also held a keen interest and involvement with local historical societies and community groups. Local members may recall a recent prominent press article where John carried out meticulous research to reunite previously long-lost WW1 medals to descendants of the recipients.
The sudden illness and passing of John has been a great shock to us all. It was only on 14 December last where John was fit, healthy and well enough to attend our RMPA Christmas function.
Our condolences are extended to his partner Maureen and her son Duncan. John will be sadly missed by us all.
The funeral service for John will take place at the West Chapel, Fremantle Crematorium, Carrington St & Leach Hwy, Palmyra commencing 1000am Thursday 10 January 2019. Mourners should assemble at the nearby Carrington Pavilion from 0930am. In accordance with Maureen’s request, a Guard of Honour will be drawn from RMPA & BESA members present to be assembled outside the West Chapel. All members attending the funeral are asked to be dressed accordingly with blazers and berets (also white gloves for Guard of Honour. Formal medals may be worn. I will be requesting both the RMPA Branch Standard and the BESA Standard be on display inside the West Chapel during the service. Light refreshments will be available immediately after the service.
For members wishing to say their own personal farewells to John; Maureen has advised arrangements have been made for a viewing at 4pm on Wednesday 9 January 2019 at Chippers Funeral Parlour, 289 Albany Hwy, Vic Park.
John (Jinx) HODGSON: I have received the following message from Ron McAdam. Hi Ian, I am writing to let you know that John Hodgson Cpl RMP, in Osnabruck, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland, passed away in November 2018, after a long illness. John was a character in the full sense of the word, and I know it is a term over used at times. He was always an easy man to get on with, and, again another cliché, Everyone liked him, and it was hard to take offence with him. He enjoyed, immensely his time in the RMP, and wanted to join the Civil Police on demob. Unfortunately, a hearing problem, prohibited him from doing this. He was a regular attender at 'Osnabruck' reunions, and the passing years, never seemed to change him. He made the most of his 'Posting' to this 'Planet we live in, and I am sure he will brighten up, whatever 'Billet' he arrives in. He will always be remembered by those who knew him best.
Stanley BARRITT: Hello Ian, Just to let you know ex Redcap Stanley Barritt (now aged 89) passed away late last night, peacefully at home under hospice at home care. In the end he has succumbed to the effects of mesothelioma (Asbestos Lung Cancer). As in life he dealt positively with this illness making no fuss to the end. It seems true; old soldiers never die, they just fade away. He was a first class sportsman in his young days winning medals for a range of sports and especially soccer in local and army football. If he had been born In the modern age he would undoubtedly have been able to compete at a high professional level as a soccer player. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends in the local community and in the working dog and wood carving world. Although working in industry once demobbed he was very much a countryman, and as well as breeding top working Labradors also competing for Wales with his working dogs and winning prizes for his walking stick making. He was ever busy despite some bouts of serious illness over the years. You can’t keep a good man down. Best wishes. Reg Barritt. (Son).
Dave CUTTS:Hi, my name is Chas Bennett, ex Corps, 62-70. Is it possible you could put an RIP on the site for another ex Corps member who died early this morning 19/5/18, of COPB (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, ie he couldn’t breathe freely without the use of oxygen). He leaves a wife two kids. I served with Dave in Berlin and Singapore. Dave also served in NI and Cyprus. A great mate and bloody good colleague, who will be missed by all who knew him. If you could do this please I would very grateful. Thank you. Chas Bennett.
Brian KELLY:Hi Ian, I would like to report the death of my friend Brian Kelly who I renewed contact with 6 years ago through your site, it has been a most enjoyable time. Unfortunatley, he was admitted to Wanganui hospital on 12/4/18 and passed away on the 25/4/18. His squad was 476, and before he joined us in 17th.Gurkha Div in 1956,he was in Korea and Japan his rank was L/Cpl. Keep up the good work, I appreciate the effort you have put in and I am sure the rest do. Regards Jack Garthwaite.
Major John E Parminter & WO2 Charlie Derrick: Hi Ian sad to pass on the following recently deceased Corps members: WO2 Charlie Derrick RMP(SIB). It is with great sadness that I have to report that ex WO2 Charlie Derrick passed away on Friday 2 March 2018, having fought cancer for some considerable time. Maj. JE Parminter RMP/SIB also died in late February2018. Kind regards – Paul Sibley.
GARBETT, Horace:26.01.2018:I am very sad to pass on this unhappy news of one of everybody's favorite and most supportive 105 ers. Are there any members able to attend when the time comes? Brian Chammings. Christine Saunders wrote:"Hello Brian,Sadly I am emailing to tell you that Dad passed away Tuesday 16th January. We were all with him at the end and he passed away peacefully. Could you please inform his fellow members of the 105 Club. The local branch of the RMPA have offered to form a guard of honour at his funeral. We do not have a date yet for his funeral but will inform you as soon as the arrangements have been made.Kind Regards, Chris Saunders (daughter)"
BOLSTRIDGE, Michael:16th October 2017:I have received news that Michael passed away on 9th October 2017.
GROVES, George:18.09.2017:I have recently received the sad news of the death of GEORGE GROVES who passed away on 7th September 2017, aged 76. George served in 247(Berlin) Pro Coy, SHAPE, AFCENT, 24 BDE Aden, Plymouth & N.Ireland and after leaving the corps he and his wife Margaret were very involved with SCOPE and other charitable occupations. He was also Assistant Borough Treasurer, Stafford and then had his own training company. George was an articulate, eloquent and kind man who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Condolences go to Margaret and the family at this most difficult of times. Georges Funeral will be held at 1pm on Friday 22nd September at Offington Park Methodist Church, Worthing, West Sussex. John Wiseman, Royal Hospital Chelsea.
STORMONT, Angus:12.08.2017:I'd just like to pass on the news that my dad Angus Stormont, sadly passed away on the 6 January 2017. He served in 226 squadron when he was doing his national service from 1951 to 1953. He was very proud of his time as a Redcap and shared his many memories of his service with me. My Dads wife Barbara(my Mum)had tragically lost her life in a road accident only four months before my Dad passed away. This affected him greatly and he went downhill quickly after that. He had been suffering from vascular dementia and my Mum was his carer. At least our family know they are together again in heaven. Yours faithfully, Brian Stormont.
DRURY, John Robert:30.07.2017: Hi Ian. Spotted this a few minutes ago on my end of month checkup in the NZ Herald 'Death Notices'. One John Robert Drury ex British Military Police Sgt. passed away peaefully at Hibiscus Hospice,that is North Shore Auckland, on Friday 28th July 2017. I personally did not know him,but think I saw him mentioned in R.M.P.A newsletter quite some time ago.Trust you are keeping well. All the best. Regards Jack Garthwaite.
TISSINGTON, Mick:04.06.2017:You may well now be aware, but Mick sadly passed away on Sunday after a short illness. The funeral arrangements have just been organised - Friday 16th June, Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium at 10.30am followed by a celebration of Micks life at the Cross Scythes pub (Baslow Road, Sheffield S17 4AE). It would great to see everyone, so if you are planning to attend, can you let me know so we can gauge approximate numbers, Darren. (Stepson). Please contact Ian for Darren's e-mail address if you wish to attend Mick's funeral.
MORLEY, Charles:08.02.2017:Paul Thackstone has informed me of the passing of Charlie Morley, formerly squad 466, in December 2016. His funeral was held at Rose Hill Cemetery, Doncaster, Yorks on 2nd February 2017.
GREENWAY, Richard:18.11.2016:I have received the following message from John Massey:Ian, it is with deep regret that I now have to inform you of the sad death of my good friend Richard Greenway. He passed away ay the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edbaston, Birmingham during the early morning of Thursday 17th of November 2016. He had been ill for some time with type 2 diabetes and bladder cancer. It was a strong battle but he finally went down with multiple organ failure. Regards, John Massey, 23385360, 636 Squad, Inkerman, 1957. Richard was posted to S.H.A.P.E. after Passing Out at Inkerman, 593 Squad, January 1957. In those days the route to France was via London District Pro Coy in both directions. The length of time individuals remained in London varied from days to months performing duty in London during their stay. He does not remember exactly how long he was there but it was certainly some weeks. John Massey-636 squad Inkerman.
GARNHAM, Ian:08.11.2016:I have just received the following messages: (1)Ian, Just to inform you that former Corporal Ian Charley Garnham, an In Pensioner at the Chelsea Hospital, died on 28th October. 2016. His funeral is at Royal Hospital at 1400 hours on Wednesday, 16th November 2016. I served with Charley in Berlin, but I know that he also served in Singapore and 175 Pro Coy. NI. Kind Regards, Colin Ullmann-Jones and (2) Robin Harnott formerly squad 345 and 17 Ghurkha Div Pro. Coy. RMP Malaya, suddeny passed away last Thursday, November 3rd, where he lived in Worthing. He was 85 on Aug 4th. His funeral is on the 15th November at Worthing Crematorium. Phil Harnott (son).
O'NIELL:20.10.2016:I have received this message from Steven Brown:Bob O'Niell (Inkerman, 540 Squad, Dec. 1955) sadly passed away quietly at home with his family around him on Saturday 15.10.2016. He put up a brave fight against his lung cancer but it eventually beat him. His wit, wisdom and banter will be greatly missed at the bar. Best regards, Steven Brown (just one of Bob's many friends)
CLINT, Arthur:27.09.2016:Message received from Howard Endersby formerly 200 Pro.Coy. Singapore:Ian, It is with much regret that I have to report the death of Arthur Clint. Arthur joined the RMP in 1959 and served in Hong Kong; N.I. (two terms) and S.H.A.P. E among others . He held the rank of WO1. Upon leaving leaving the Army Arthur joined the Prison Service in Bedford where I had the pleasure of meeting him. When he left the Prison Service he returned home to Kirkudbright, which is what he had always wanted to do. Arthur died from prostate cancer on 23rd of November 2015. His funeral was on 1st December 2015.
SURRIDGE, Gordon:Hi Ian, My Grandad, Gordon Geoffrey Surridge, carried out his National Service (I believe it would have been between 1950 and 1952, from when he was 18 – 20 years old) as part of the Military Police. He passed away last week and one of the pictures we have of him for his order of service is of him in one of the Military Police Jeeps. I’m not sure where the picture was taken but I wondered if you would like me to email over a copy of the picture for your website. My grandad always talked fondly of his National Service and loved the Matchless 350 bike and the cars that he drove during that time. We did have his squad picture but I cant find it at this time. If I do I can also send this if this is something you would like as well? Best wishes, Claire Sharpe.
TURTON, Bruce:09.07.2016:Message from John Sweeney:Bruce Turton passed away peacefully at home on 18th June 2016, aged 85 years.Will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral service to take place at The Blessed Virgin Mary andSt. Leodegarius Church, Ashby St. Ledger's on Friday 15th July 2016 at 2.00pm followed by committal at Rainsbrook Crematorium in the Drayton Room. Family flowers only, however donations in memory of Bruce for Cancer Research UK and the Guide Dogs for the Blind may be sent to Walton & Taylor, Independent Funeral Directors, 16, Railway Terrace, Rugby, CV21 3EW Tel:01788 543008.
RYDER, Norman:05.05.2016:I have received news of the passing of Norman Ryder in April after a short illness from his daughter, Alison. Norman served with 17th Gurka Pro.Coy. in 1953 at Seremban.
28.2.2016:I have received news that Charlie O'Leary of 210 squad died on 26th February 2016. Many of us have known Charlie for a very long time indeed. RIP.
FORD, David:11.1.2016:I have received the following message from Brian Griffiths:It is my sad duty to notify all members of the death of David Ford who passed away in a Queensland hospital after a long illness on Monday 11 January 2016, aged 77. David was a long-standing member of the Royal Military Police Association and provided RMPA life membership number 16078 on 13 August David R17;s RMP service included:D&TE RMP - April 1957;17 Gurkha Inf Div Pro Coy RMP & 99 Gurkha Inf Bde Pro Det GMP ( Seremban, Malaya & Johor Bahru, Johor) R11; October 1957; 99 Gurkha Inf Bde Pro Unit GMP (Nee Soon, Singapore) R11; March 1959;200 Pro Coy RMP (Singapore) R11; June 1959;Army Reserve, UK R11; April 1960;D&TE RMP (Woking) R11; March 1961;3 Div Pro Coy RMP (Bulford, UK) R11; June 1961;99 Gurkha Inf Bde Pro Unit RMP (Brunei) R11; January 1963;DAPMR17;s office, 3 Div HQ (Bulford, UK) R11; May 1963;Malaya Area Pro Unit RMP (Malaya) R11; February 1964;17 Div Pro Coy RMP (Malaya) - December 1965;Army Careers Office (Cardiff, UK) R11; December 1967. 23512665 Sergeant David Ford RMP was awarded the GSM with clasp R16;MalayaR17; GSM 1962 with clasps R16;BorneoR17; and R17;Malay PeninsulaR17; and completed his military service on 15 March 1970. Within a few weeks of discharge, David and family emigrated to Australia on R16;MV Fair SkyR17;. David was also later awarded the Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) Medal from a grateful Malaysian government.Funeral arrangements at this time are not known. Branch condolences are extended to his widow Dorothy and family. Individual condolences may be sent to Dorothy Ford, 47 Oyster Point Esplanade, Newport, Queensland 4020. Brian Griffiths, Branch Chairman, RMPA Western Australia Branch.
28.11.2015:The late Capt.Bill Campbell RMP.
STOREY, Barry:28.10.2015:Message from Pete Harrison:I report the passing of former LCpl Barry Storey, Squad 595. Served in Cyprus :- 1957-58. Barry passed away at his home on Friday, 16th October 2015. His Funeral took place at Pontefract Crematorium on Monday, 26th October 2015. He was a stalwart member of the ‘Cyprus Veterans Group’ RMP. Pete Harrison.
FERGUSON, Thomas:30.08.2015:The following message has been received from David Peet:Dear Ian, This is, sadly, to inform you that my old pal Thomas ( Tom ) Ferguson, passed away in the early hours of this morning, 30th August, at home in Stirling, Scotland, after a long debilitating illness which he fought to the end. Tom was a member of Squad R1 at Inkerman Barracks and passed out in April 1961. We met and served together at 20th Armoured Brigade Provost Unit at Detmold, Germany, part of the then, B.A.O.R. until I was posted back to the UK. Tom continued his service at Detmold where he met and married Karin. We had the great fortune of meeting for the first time since I left B.A.O.R. at the RMPA Reunion Dinner Weekend at Eastbourne in 2007 and have kept in close touch ever since. We also, together with the girls, attended each subsequent Reunion Weekend except for Portsmouth and Southsea in May this year when he, unfortunately, was too ill to be able to attend. Obviously, our thoughts go out to Karin and the Family and I’m sure this applies to any of the RMP family who knew Tom and Karin, Yours sincerely, David.
CALDER, Robert:02.08.2015:I have just received the following message from Rob Long:I regret to inform RMP & various military friends of the death of my friend Robbie Calder. Robbie had been seriously ill with a brain tumour since late last year and died peacefully in his sleep early yesterday morning. Typically he faced up to this final challenge in an upbeat, glass half full manner enjoying a glass of scotch and occasional cigar in the evenings to the end. He did not want any fuss nor yet a military funeral but Karen has asked me to let folk know of his passing. RBL. Robbie Calder's funeral will be a private family occasion followed by a thanksgiving service to be held at St Luke's Parish Church Hodnet commencing 14:00hrs. Thursday 6th Aug 2015. The service will be followed by a reception at the Tern Hill Hall Hotel. Family flowers only but donations are welcome and will be divided between: The Lingen Davies Cancer Fund & The Royal British Legion. No black ties nor bright colours only! Karen has asked if readers have photographs of Robbie. It seems that contrary to received wisdom he was camera shy! Happy snaps may be posted here and I will forward them, or sent direct to Karen. (I have her email address which I will provide where necessary.) I would be grateful if readers who intend to attend let me know PDQ as Karen needs an idea of numbers. The Regimental Secretary, Colonel Jeremy Green, will be speaking at the service and attendees should expect to sing for their suppers by sharing memories and anecdotes at the reception. Travel notes: Hodnet is to be found just off the A53 SW of Market Drayton, Shropshire. The Tern Hill Hall Hotel is midway between Market Drayton & Hodnet on the A53.
WANT, Leonard:12.07.2015:To all members RMPA Western Australia Branch. It is my sad duty to notify all members of the death of Leonard Gordon Want who passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning, Friday 10 July 2015 aged 90 years. Len Want was revered as one of the elder statesmen of our branch and amongst the first members to join our local group of ex-Redcaps in 2004. Len was also the last of our WW2 era members and a well-respected and committed member of our Branch. In 1940, Len was most surprisingly able to convince the recruiting officer he was of sufficient age to join-up. At the tender age of 15 years, he was able talk himself through the recruiting process and was promptly signed-up into the Royal Marines. Len was given regimental number 110734 and saw active service as a Royal Marine Commando in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Burma until 1945 and his demobilisation after war service. In 1953 Len joined the Royal Military Police and served 22 years until 1975. His substantial RMP service included Egypt (1953), Nicosia & Famagusta, Cyprus (1953-1956), UK (1956-1957) BAOR at Munster, Sennelager and Detmold (1957-1960). He also saw deployment to 24 Bde in East Africa mainly in Nairobi and Gil Gil, and in Kuwait until 1961; thereafter returning to BAOR to serve principally in Munster during the early 1960s. Len later saw service in Singapore around 1968 and that included a special stint at the British Embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam in 1969. Len had his last years of RMP service serving in BAOR, Cyprus with the UN and finally back to the UK where he served in Chester and Donnington. Len’s regimental number was 22964755 and RMPA life membership number was 9695. It should also be acknowledged that during his RMP service, Len was once severely wounded during a stint of active service in Cyprus. I recall Len telling me the story of the Japanese samurai sword he had obtained off a deceased Japanese officer immediately after a particularly hard skirmish in Burma, prior to the end of the war. In later years, Len was pleased to donate that sword to the RMP museum and proudly kept his letter of appreciation from the Commandant of the RMP Training Centre. Len had a mischievous grin and excellent sense of humour. Len once recounted to me, with much amusement, having been left off some parades as it appeared unseemly for a Corporal to be displaying more medals than the inspecting Brigadier! Len is survived by his widow Sylvia, adult children, grand-children and great-grandchildren. I will arrange a notice in The West Australian on behalf of RMPA Western Australia Branch. As soon as I am aware of funeral arrangements by the family, I shall advise all members accordingly. Brian Griffiths, Branch Chairman, RMPA Western Australia Branch.
13.07.2015:I can now advise that the funeral of our member the late Len Want will take place at the chapel within The Catherine McAuley MercyCare Nursing Home, 18 Barrett Street Wembley W.A. at 2.00pm Thursday 16th July 2015. The service will be conducted by our Chaplain The Reverend David Noble. Our Standard will be present and the family have requested RMPA participation where appropriate. Len was a very revered member and it is hoped that all that can attend will do so. On entering the Nursing Home grounds persons arriving by car should turn sharp left once through the gate and proceed to the main parking area close to the chapel area. There are a small number of parking spaces at the chapel but these may not be available at the time. Should any further details be required, please contact me (08) 9524 8034 or Mob 0408 010 338 if I can help or I will try to find out without disturbing the family. Trevor Margetson, Branch Treasurer, R.M.P.A. Western Australia Branch.
SHUTER, Cyril:04.07.2015:I have just received the following message:Dear Ian, It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of my father Cyril Shuter. My dad served in the RMP for only a short time but it had an enormous impact upon his life and he never forgot his service and always considered himself a member of the regiment. I know that he was a regular user of your website and had made contact with several people through the website. I felt it right to let you know of his passing. Mathew Shuter.Note:Cyril is one of my earliest contacts and communicated with me on numerous occasions. Ian.
I have just received the following message:
Hi, just to inform you that my Dad passed away yesterday, peacefully at home in Gloucester, with his family around him, after fighting cancer for 7 years. Dad was 22808522 Cpl Bob Langdown. He joined the RMP in 1952 and was in 302 squad. He joined the mounted troop and took part in the Queens Coronation escorting the the Queen of Tonga. He later served in Malaya (Singapore). Please could you post in your obitury section for any of his old comrades to see please. Many thanks, Mike Langdown.
SHAW, Brian:03.06.2015:I have just received a message from Alf Ellwell that Brian "Geordie" Shaw has passed away 1.6.2015 in hospital after a short illness.
CAFFREY, Harrold:26.05.2015:Message received from Brian Warren:Harry Caffrey died 14th May 2015 after a long illness.
ALLSOP, Peter:Hello Ian. 19.04.2015: I have received the following message from Reg Mugford:I have just heard of the death of former WO1. Peter George Allsopp (23247476) who died on 17th April 2015 aged 78 years. He was a Detective Sergeant in the Sussex Police after his retirement from the Army. Best wishes Reg Mugford (23137793)
08.04.2015:The following message has been received from George Woodall:Dear Ian, I am not to sure if word has filtered down to you about Bill? He passed away on Easter Saturday afternoon 4th April at home. Word has been put out to many of his fellow Mounted friends and, on my own branch web site we have opened a Condolence page at www.rmpacnw.org My email to many reads: "I shall forward you any details that I receive when they are known. I don't expect this to be after next Tuesday owing to Easter Monday holiday. Should you wish to send a condolence card to Betty and family, the address is: Mrs E. Griffiths 70 Rowhill Avenue, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 3LP." Also Bob Woolnought has been most helpful in getting word onto Facebook and via his Mounted Branch web site. Once I have Confirmed details of the place, date, time etc of the funeral I shall let everyone know including all RMPA Branch Secretaries as agreed with Vice Chairman RMPA Captain (Retd) Bob Eggleton. Grateful if you could pass the word via your web site and or other means of communication. As ever, George, RMP Mounted Branch Secretary.
16.04.2015:Bill's funeral will take place at Aldershot Crematorium on Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 12. 15 hours. After the Service refreshments will be served at the Aldershot Cricket Club. It will be Family floral tributes only. Donations in Memory of Bill may be sent to the Funeral directors: The Co-operative Funeralcare, 91 Victoria Road, Aldershot, GU11 1JE. Tel: 01252 320055, on behalf of The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Wavererley Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8BL. To assist Betty with the catering I should be grateful to be informed if you will be attending refreshments after the Service so I may advise the family of numbers. RMPA Branch Standards will not be paraded at the funeral sevice. Aldershot Crematorium is located at: The Park Crematorium, Guildford Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4BP Tel: 01252 321653. Aldershot Cricket Club is located at: Guildford Road, Aldershot, GU12 4BP. Tel: 01252 328537. DIRECTIONS - Take the A331 towards Aldershot. At the exit signposted Aldershot take the A323 towards the town. At the second set of traffic lights turn left into Lower Farnham Road (Vauxhall garage on the corner). Guildford Road is the 4th turning on the left and the ground is at the end of the road.
PALLISTER, Frederick:07.04.2015.I have received the following message from Bryan Johnson: Good morning Ian, Long time no contact but I'm still a regular visitor to site. My reason for writing today is to inform you, and the rest of the Redcap Family, of the death of Sgt. F W Pallister, died 2nd April 2015, aged 87. Sgt.Fred was my instructor, 551 squad, back at Inkerman 1956 .I had managed over the past 59 yrs. to keep a drawn out contact with him, and even moreso over the past few years. I know that he had done service in Korea, the D&TE and finally in 247. If any old contacts of Fred., ex. probationers etc. ,would like to reminisce with me on our mutual contact , then they can contact me on my email address or 'phone (details deleted-please ask me for e-mail and 'phone number-Ian).Fred died at his home in Berlin. Regards, Bryan.
STRANGWARD, Albert:31.03.2015.I have just received the following Vale Notice from Brian Griffiths, Branch Chairman, RMPA Western Australia Branch. It is my sad duty to notify all members of the death of Albert Thomas (Taffy) Strangward. We have been advised by the family that Taffy passed away peacefully in Royal Perth Hospital on 1st March 2015 after a long illness. Taffy joined the RMP in 1947 and served briefly in Woking and Aldershot before his posting to 227 Provost Company in Trieste where he served until his discharge in 1950. His regimental number was 21037094. Taffy also had many years’ service in a civilian police career having served in the Birmingham City Police from 1950 to 1954, and on emigrating to Australia, served in the Western Australia Police Force from 1954 to 1987. Taffy has been a member of our branch since its inception and has been loyal and proud member since. Whilst health issues in past years had often precluded Taffy from attending branch meetings, Taffy had always maintained his interest in branch activities and supported our fundraising efforts for UK ex-service and Australasian community charitable causes.Taffy is survived by his son David and daughter Bronwyn. The condolences of all members of RMPA Western Australia Branch are extended to his family.
23.02.2015:I have received this message from Frank Wood. O'BRIEN, Thomas:Hi Ian, Just a quick note to let you know that Tom O'Brien, known to all as Paddy, passed away on the 12th of January 2015. The day after his 87th birthday. I was notified on the 22nd January, by his step son who was going to take him home to Ireland the following week. I first met Paddy in 1958 when he was sent to Soltau No 6 Section 7th Arm'd Div.attached to 7th Arm'd Brgde. as a Sgt. He was there for a few months when he was promoted to RSM and transferred to 7th Arm'd Div Provost HQ. in Verden. I was demobbed in 1959 and only met up with Paddy again a couple of years ago, when I was trying to locate some of my old army comrades. Paddy ended his service career as a Major, and was a very proud man. I enclose a photo of him at our meeting in his home at Leonard on Sea in Sussex.We had kept in touch ever since. I am led to believe that he was serving in Cyprus prior to being posted to Soltau. Also I believe he had an award from the Queen, but I cannot remember what it was. OBE or MBE. Perhaps you could find out. By the way Paddy's the one in white. Hope this E-mail finds you in Good Health. Take Care. Kind Regards. Frank Wood.
GARRICK, Michael:07.02.2015:I have just received the following message from Brenda Bennett. Dear Ian, I have just heard that Mick (gonk) Garrick has sadly passed away suffering a heart attack while in hospital. Mick served in 247 (Berlin) Pro Coy in the early 60s and in 1963 he married Kathy Fitzpatrick and they had one son Ian. Brenda Bennett
BURGESS, Robert:15.08.2014: I have received the following message from Judith, Bob Burgess's daughter:"This is Judith, Bob's daughter, just a line to let you know that my dad passed away on the 2nd of August after being diagnosed with a brain tumour on the 12th of May. He spent four weeks in hospital followed by seven weeks at home and he passed away peacefully at home, with family around him, which was a blessing.
CAMPION, Ivor:18.06.2014:It is my sad duty to notify all members of the death of Ivor Ronald Campion of Canvey Island, Essex who passed away after a long illness in the UK on Monday 16th June 2014. Ivor served in the RMP from 1954 to 1956 in Dusseldorf, BAOR. His regimental number was 22990164 and he completed training in squad 416. Ivor was a proud and keen member of the Royal Military Police Association and a full member of RMPA Colchester and East Anglia Branch. Ivor was a frequent visitor to Perth, Western Australia to visit his daughter Anne, son in law Keith and their young family residing here. It was on one of these family visits he made contact with local ex-RMP members and kept in contact through his daughter until the formation of RMPA Western Australia Branch in 2006. Ivor then quickly showed his support for our young branch by promptly joining as an Honorary Branch Member, in addition to retaining membership of his mother branch in the UK. Ivor and his partner Tilley were also able to attend one of our regular RMPA lunchtime meetings in more recent years during a family visit to WA. They had a most enjoyable time that day and I recall Ivor being particularly impressed over the evident development and success of this branch, and its stark contrast to the early days of only a few local former redcaps getting together for an occasional lunch. The condolences of all members of RMPA Western Australia Branch are extended to partner Tilley; daughter Anne, son in law Keith and their family. Ivors funeral will be held in the UK during next week. I understand that separate notifications in the UK will also be made. Brian Griffiths, Branch Chairman, RMPA Western Australia Branch.
31.05.2014:I have received the following information from Brian Warren: BOWD, George:Death of Retired Police Detective Superintendent-GEORGE EDWARD BOWD. We have been notified of the death on 16 May 2014 of retired Detective Superintendent George Edward BOWD, DOB 15/12/34 I have received the following service history from his son Jonathan. After 2 years National Service in the RMP he joined Berkshire in June 1955. He served in Windsor, Maidenhead, Newbury, Swindon, Aylesbury, Reading, Banbury (2 i/c Division) and retired as a Detective Superintendent 2 i/c complaints and discipline at HQ Kidlington. In 1965 he was a founder member of No 5 District Regional Crime Squad and received 5 Chief Constables Commendations and 1 from the DPP, all for crime detection. He was one of the first TVP officers sponsored through University and graduated with a BA from Reading University in Economics and Criminology, his thesis on the Economics of Imprisonment formed the basis of a number of Home Office papers. He retired from TVP in 1985 and then worked for the Foreign Office based in Cheltenham. The funeral details are as follows:- We will be saying goodbye to my dad George Bowd on Thursday 5th June at Banbury Crematorium, Hardwick Hill, Southam Road, Banbury, OX16 1ST. Kick off is 14:00 hrs. Afterwards at Cherwell Edge Golf Club, Chacombe, Banbury, OX17 2EN Family flowers only, any donations to The Critical Care Unit at Horton Hospital, Banbury. George is survived by his wife Janet, daughters Elaine & Julie, son Jonathan and three grandchildren. George was a member of our branch.
JOHNSON, George:09.04.2014:Dear Ian, I wonder if you could put this in the obituaries on your web site please:Former Cpl. George (Johnny) Johnson passed away on the 4th April 2014, he was a member of 447 Squad and served in the BAOR with the 6th Armoured Division Provost Company in Lubbecke and Bunde from 1954-57. After leaving the army he joined the Bristol Constabulary retiring after 30 years and then became a Court Officer. He was the founder of the Mailed Fist Club whose members had served with either the 6Th Armd Div or 2 Div Provost Companies and worked tirelessly to locate and recruit former members of these units and he also organised the yearly reunions. He was a very popular and kind man always ready to help others and will be very much missed by all who knew him and those privileged to be counted amongst his friends. Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Lillian and his family. Kind regards. Tim Brett.
GREETHAM, Richard:02.04.2014: I have just received this message from Alan Spoors: It is my sad duty to inform you that Major Dick Greetham passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 29th at home. He was aged only 60. Details of the funeral will be notified in due course , but will be in Catterick, North Yorks.
SLINGER, Peter:12.03.2014: Just received this message from Ron Hay. I just thought I would pass on the sad news that PETE SLINGER, squad 77, has passed away on Sunday the 9th of March, I am sorry I don't have any further information on the sad passing of an old compatriot. He will be sadly missed at our reunions in the years to come.
PATTERSON, Bernard:07.03.2014:Hi Ian, I have to inform you that Bernie passed away on the 17th February 2014, aged 80 years. He had been suffering from a rare form of blood cancer for some time. He had been in 273 squad. Best wishes, Brian Warren
LOUGHBRIDGE, George:04.02.2014:George (Squads 249 & R10) passed away in January 2014. Our condolences go to his family.
BEDFORD, Peter:04.02.2014:I have just been informed that Peter (581 Squad) died on 31.12.2013. Our condolences go to his family.
HOWARTH, Dennis:11.11.2013:I have just been told that Dennis Howarth passed away this morning around 0100 hours. He suffered complications whilst slowly emerging from his coma. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are available. Our condolences go to wife Ruth. UPDATE:16.11.2013:Funeral arrangements from Ian Lewis:28th November 2013 at 1320 hours. Location:WEST HERTS CREMATORIUM, GARSTON, NORTH WATFORD, HERTS, WD25 0JS.
WILLIAMS, John:05.11.2013:John passed away after a short illness at Joondalup Hospital, Western Australia on Tuesday 5th November 2013. John served from 1944 to 1948. He served initially with the South Wales Borderers until his transfer to the Corps of Military Police (CMP) in 1945. John served as military policeman in India, Egypt and Cyprus until his discharge in 1948 at the rank of sergeant. John is survived by his wife Enid and family.
MACLEAN, Roderick:03.11.2013:Im writing to tell you that my dad, Roderick Paul MacLean, sadly passed away on 17th October 2013. He was 79 years of age and had served with the RMP Squad 301/ 18th Inf. Bde. Provost Unit. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in June and had latterly received exceptional care in the Highland Hospice, Inverness. I have dads old photo album from Malaya and it contains some nice pics that Ill forward on to you when I get some free time. Thanks, Roddy.
STOPFORTH, Brian:30.10.2013:I had an email from George Woodall, from the Chester and North Wales Branch, RMPA, telling me of the demise of Maj. (Retd) Brian Stopforth. Brian rose through the ranks. I and he served together as CPL's in 2 Div, Lubbecke, in 1963/4 time and I spoke with him last month at at CenCO meeting at RHQ. I know no other details at present but as soon as I do I will pass them on, May Brian Rest in Peace. John Sweeney. Our condolences go to Christina.
LLOYD, Eric:It's sad news to inform you and your members the death of my father Eric LLoyd. He died after a short illness with cancer on 27th September 2013. He had many happy memories of his time with the Military Police August 1945-1947 BAOR. He was attatched to 103rd Provost company In flensburg and Lubeck. I have included a few photos of my dad's time in North West Germany and for your members who may have had relatives in his unit. He is survived by his children, Graham and Martin LLoyd, and his brother RMP Roland Lloyd. 1950-52.
MASEK, John:I have just heard the news that John Masek has passed on. John started the popular "Watchdog Defender of the Realm" website in November 2004. Our condolences go to his wife Maggie. Ian.
MANGER, David:01.10.2013:Ian, Sorry more bad news. From the Old & Bold website. It was announced today that yesterday, Saturday 28th September at 0515 David Manger lost his battle against Cancer. Can you post this on your website. Kind regards - Paul Sibley. Our condolences go to his wife Pauline.
HARVEY, Neil:29.09.2013:I've just today been informed of Neil Harvey's passing last July. It would appear that he died in very poor circumstances financially. Neil's body has suffered the indignity of lying in a mortuary, almost forgotten. Fortunately, some former RMP namely Taff Reilly, Pete Donaldson, Ray Ellam & Bill Liddle have got together to give Neil the respectful send-off that he deserves. Ray is Chairman of the Kent Branch RMPA. The RBL have been approached and its understood they will circulate it around the membership for flag bearers and any other provision they may be able to give. The Depot has also been approached and it would appear they will be donating a nominal sum. The four of us have/are supporting the funeral with a financial sum but a great deal is required.Neil is being cremated next Thursday at Ashford in Kent at 1200 hrs.A small donation to the following bank account would be gratefully received.Nat West Bank Sort 52-41-42 Acct 50812890 Reference neilharveyfuneral1. If anyone can make it to the funeral please let me know and I'll pass on your message to Bill Liddle. It's a shame about such short notice-Ian.
01.10.2013:I have since received a message from Jim McQuarrie regarding Neil:Ian thank you for your post regarding Neil's passing and his forthcoming funeral. The initial information received by Ray Ellam and indeed myself, led us to believe that Neil had been dead for some 2 weeks before being found, is incorrect Neil enjoyed the friendship of Alan Cole from Dorset who had been his friend since the early 1940s. Alan told me that he and Neil telephoned each other SEVERAL Times every day. On the day of his death Neil had spoken to Alan in the evening and was expected to ring back after a visit to his local shop. This of course did not happen, and as a result Alan alerted the police, who forced entry to the house, and found Neil lying on the floor behind the front door with his keys in one hand and his shopping bag in the other. The Coroners Office feels that death was swift and Neil was probably dead before hitting the floor. Our branch of the RMPÀ have as WS requested, taken over the funeral and in fact, Ray has been working behind the scene to make it a good send off. I am conducting the funeral , something I have done many times, my son is the Branch Standard Bearer and is a ex RBL award winner. My daughter, is a musician with 2 PWRR and is the trumpeter of choice at Canterbury Cathedral, St Paul's and many other venues in between. She was only too willing to play the Last Post for Neil. This is not a take over bid, but rather coming to Ray's assistance in an unfortunate situation. Several people will be attending from Neil's old Cycling Club, which was his passion. Regards Jim.
FRANKLIN. Patrick:30.08.2013: Just had a message from Bob Adams:Patrick Joseph Franklin. Served in the Corps at then end of WWII in Greece. The chap reckons that he was made up to WOI to replace someone who was being demobbed and became the the youngest WOI in the army. Funeral is at St Edmunds Church, Downham Market, PE38 9LF. 13th September 2013 at 1400 hrs.
PRIESTLEY, Denis:26.08.2013:Hi Ian, I have a sad entry for the obituary list, On Sat 17th Aug 2013, Denis Priestley passed away in Farnham as the result of a heart attack. He was a member of the Corps, mainly serving with Para Provost. Ben Turpin.
CHAPMAN, James:06.07.2013:James (Jim) Alfred Chapman passed away peacefully on 12th May 2013. Jims RMP service was in UK and Düsseldorf from 1950 until 1952.
TURNER, Frederick:04.07.2013:I have received the following message from Peter Allsopp Ex WO1 RMP 1955-1977 and also Ex Sussex Police. I regret to inform you of the death on 1st July of Frederick Charles Turner aged 95 years. Before serving in North Africa and Italy with the Royal Military Police during WW2 he had joined the West Sussex Constabulary to where he returned on demob. He served at various stations including Ferring, Midhurst, Petworth, Worthing and retired as Chief Superintendent at Chichester. During his time at Chichester he kept his association with RMP by helping to organise the yearly RMP march. In retirement he was a member of Rotary. Fred was a Widower. He leaves a daughter, Mrs Margaret Toley,.He also leaves three Grandsons, Richard, Michael, and James. The funeral will take place at Chichester Crematorium on Tuesday, 16th July at 3.30pm. Family flowers only. Anyone wishing to make a donation to St Wilfred's Hospice in Fred's memory should send it to: Dillistone and Wraights, Funeral Directors, 49-51 Spitafields Lane Chichester PO19 6SG.
LIDDLE, David:03.06.2013:I have just received this message from David Liddle: I am writing about David Gordon Sullivan, ex-L/Cpl 22642642 who served in the Royal Military Police from 21-2-52 until 1-5-55. He initially enlisted in the REME but transferred to the RMP and was a member of 282 Squad at the then RMP Depot at Woking. He was posted to Korea where he served with 1st Commonwealth Divisional Provost Company from late 1952 onwards. Notes he wrote showed he was engaged in convoy escorts north of the Pintale Bridge near the Imjim River. On completion of his National Service he joined the Metropolitan Police and served with them until 1964 when he emigrated to Australia with his family. Throughout his time here he has lived in and around the Melbourne area in Victoria. Sadly he passed away on Friday, 10th May 2013 in the Western Hospital, Footscray, Victoria after a short illness. He is survived by his wife Violet and sons David, Ralph and Roland.I am related through marriage to David and the family have given me permission to pass on this information to you.
SMITH, Rodney:01.06.2013:I have been asked to include the following message: On 29th May 2013 Cpl Rodney Charles Smith RMP passed away at home after suffering pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed 9 weeks ago and suddenly lost his battle. Rod was born in Coventry in 1944 and was educated locally. Rod started his career in the Corps with Squad 25B in Inkerman Barracks in 1963 and was first posted to 7 Armd Bde Pro Unit RMP in Hohne. After his tour in BAOR he returned to the UK to serve with 19 Inf Bde Pro Unit RMP at Cherry Tree Camp, Colchester. During his time in Colchester he met and married his wife Sue. In 1970 he was posted to 227 Pro Coy RMP in Cyprus and after that terminated his Army service to start a very successful career as a Civil Servant in London. His untimely passing has left a major void in his family and he leaves behind his widow Sue and children Jonathan and Shona. Funeral details not yet known.
20.04.2013:Colin Holloway sent this picture of Cpl. Paul Heys grave in the BMH Malaysia.
ANDERSON, William:17.03.2013:Message received from John Sweeney: It is with regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Bill Anderson, a former member of London Branch RMPA, for the last two years he has been a member of the Derby branch and he has been living in the Nottingham area. Bill, and his good lady wife, have been regular attenders at The Cove & Warwicks social events for a number of years. He was last seen at the Annual RMPA National weekend at Coventry last year. Bill suffered a stroke in December, from which he never really recovered, he finally succumbed a few days ago. Our prayers go out to Bill's Widow and family. Bill's funeral will be at Derby next Friday 22nd March 2013, details are yet to be finalised, and as soon as I have them I will forward them.
BIGGS, Lawrence:24.02.2013:I have just received this message from Geoff Kimber."I have the sad task to report that Laurie Biggs ex 200 Provost Company, Singapore passed away recently and that the funeral is at the Kent & Sussex Crematorium, Benhall Mill Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5JJ, on Friday 1st March at 14.30".
HEATLEY, Frederick:I have just been informed of the passing of former RSM and SI, Fred HEATLEY, who died on 4th February 2013. Condolence messages etc., to wife June please ask Ian for her contact details. Ian.
KEETON, Terrence:23.01.2013:Hi Ian, Can I let you know about the passing of Terry "Buster" Keeton on 16th January 2013. Terry was with me at 173 Provost Co. in Palace Barracks, Northern Ireland 1956 -1958 and for some of that time was escort to Lt. General Brian Kimmins OC Northern Ireland District. We made contact again many years later and he was an ever present and enthusiastic figure at all our reunions from 1987 until 2007. Terry was one of the good guys and a larger than life character always good for a laugh. He was so proud of his time as a "redcap". His son is carrying on the tradition. He will be laid to rest with military honours on Saturday 26th Jan in his home village of Alkborough North Lincolnshire. Arthur Bunting.
VOCKINS, Roy:01.01.2013:I have just been informed of the death of former Sgt. ROY VOCKINS BEM on 30th December 2012 after a long illness. May Roy rest in peace.
STAMP, James:18.12.2012:Message just received from Peter Richards:Sgt Jamie STAMP RMP ( Kenya, Hohne and Depot Signals Wing) passed away on 16th December 2012 aged 74 following a short illness. Funeral details to follow.
FALCONER, George:02.12.2012:This message has been received:GEORGE FALCONER, former WO1 SIB, passed away unexpectedly on Monday 19th November at his home in Colchester. His funeral will take place at 1100 hrs on Monday 10th December 2012 at the Colchester Crematoruim, Mersea Road, Colchester, Essex. The wake will take place at the Donkey & Buskin Public House Layer Road, Layer De La Haye. RMPA members attending are requested to be at the crematorium by no later than 1045 hrs Members are requested to wear Berets, medals and Branch ties.
SIDDALL, William:The death is reported of L/Cpl.William (Bill) Siddall (5572791) aged 95 yrs, who had passed away in Western Australia on 8th October 2012. Bill resided with his wife Pam in Busselton and had joined our branch in 2010 as country members. Whilst Bill was unable to attend regular WA RMPA Branch meetings in Perth, I am advised that Bill always appreciated receiving our branch newsletters and regular email communications during these later years of his retirement. Bill joined the Wiltshire Regiment in February 1940 and transferred to the Corps of Military Police in March 1941. Bill also saw overseas service in the Middle East and Italy from June 1942 to April 1945, and in North-West Europe from April 1945 to February 1946. After returning to the UK, Bill was released to the Army Reserve in May 1946. Our condolences are extended to wife Pam and family. Brian Griffiths, Branch Chairman, WA.
WOODCOCK, Sir John:According to the obituary in today's Telegraph, Sir John Woodcock, ex Chief Inspector of Constabulary served SIB 1950/1952 in Korea and Japan Born in Preston, 14th Jan1932, died 21st September 2012.
ARMSTRONG, Peter:OCTOBER 2012: Peter was a National Serviceman who was in squad 749 at Inkerman and served his time in Germany. Peter died in October after battling cancer. We reunited twice in the later years and spoke fondly of those days under RSM Mullinder. He was a good old Yorkshire lad and will be missed. Dave Davies.
HONEYFORD, Gordon:15.10.2012:I was wondering if you could help me in any way at all, my father GORDON HONEYFORD, served as an rmp many years ago , sadly he died last week , aged 82 years. His funeral is this wednesday 17 th oct 2012, my family and I were wondering if there was any way we could let other veterans know of his death so they could possibly attend the funeral . Thank you for taking time to read this and look forward to hearing from you . Kind regards, Catherine Turner.
NELSON, William@:03.10.2012:Message received from Steve Ketteringham:WO1 Bill Nelson, ex Para transferred to RMP, sadly he passed away this morning after being very ill.
JONES, Ronald:The death is reported of RONALD DERRICK JONES who passed away after a short illness at Swan Districts Hospital, Perth, Western Australia on Friday 27th July 2012. Ron was also affectionately referred to by our Western Australian Branch RMPA members and ladies as our Ronjay. Ronjay was amongst the first members to join our group and late in 2004 and became our inaugural Branch Secretary on formation of our Branch during 2006. Ronjay was not only a well respected and committed member of our Branch, he was also greatly involved in environmental issues where in recent years he was successfully nominated for a prominent community award in recognition for his voluntary services, the story of which was featured in the "Sunday Times". Ronjay served from 1944 to 1948. Ronjays service was initially in the Welch Regiment and transferred to the CMP in 1945 where he principally served in Northern command. He was a widower and is survived by his sons Greg and Barry and their families. I will arrange a notice in The West Australian on behalf of RMPA Western Australia Branch. As soon as I am aware of funeral arrangements requested by the family, I shall advise all members accordingly. Brian Griffiths.
CURTIS, Charles:The death is reported of Sgt. Charlie Curtis who passed away in a Melbourne Australia, Nursing facility 18th July 2012. Charlie turned 97 years last September. He was in the CMP contingent that took over the German Hamburg City Police in May 1945, and served there with RMP for twenty years! UPDATE 24.07.2012:If you, or any other of your acquaintances, wish to attend Charles' funeral it is to occur at 11:00 am in the Templestowe cemetery on Thursday morning 26th July. Please pass this on to any who may be Melbourne residents. He had a good life and will be missed by all.
SHAW, Ondre:24046771 WO2. Ondre Anthony Shaw. BEM, (Squad 80) DOB 26 July 1948 (63 years old). I have received the following message from Trevor Shaw. Sadly I have to report the sudden death of my brother Ondre who collapsed on the 10 July with an Aortic Aneurysm rupture and died on the 12 July after a massive organs failure in Lincoln hospital. He trained at Chichester in Nov 1965 and was posted to 12 Armd Bde, Osnabruck, then detached to 2 Inf Div Lubbecke, his favourite posting, see 2 Inf Div photos Album 2, titled Trevor Shaw of his wedding with guard of honour, 1970. He was posted to Rheindahlen 1970, where I served with him, (Ex Cpl Trevor Shaw, Squad 127). He also served in Libya 1969, Munster, Hameln, Sennelager, Colchester, Aldershot, NI Lurgan bomb int undercover team. He was also the 5 Inf Bde, RMP Pl Cmd of the 1982 Falklands war, see photo of the platoon in Port Stanley, page 1 & 2 under Mick Cooper & Trevor Shaw. He was de-mobbed in July 88. He also leaves his older brother ex Cpl. Rodger Shaw, Squad 7409. His 2 grown up sons still live in Lubbecke. To me, he was the perfect Redcap, 63 tall, immaculately dressed, fluent German speaker and brilliant report writer, he will be sadly missed.
ABBOTT, John:Death of Capt (retd) John Abbott RMP (SIB). Dennis Ward emailed me this morning that sadly "John Abbott passed away last night, 21st June 2012, after a long struggle with cancer. Do not have any details of funeral but will let you know when I have them. We are getting thinner day by day". Dennis has also made a Forum entry to this effect. Sad news indeed as John was an old friend and colleague. When John's funeral arrangements are known, you will be informed and they will be placed on the Forum, together with an address for notes of condolence to be sent. Kind Regards, Kevin Jobson. 26:06.2012:Added information. Funeral service will take place on Fri, 29 June 2012, commencing at 0915 hrs, at Saint Lleurwgs Church , Hirwaun, Aberdare. CF44 9NZ, which will be followed by a cremation. John's wife, son Grant and Daughter Louise would welcome any of John's ex colleagues/friends who would like to attend the service. Notes or cards of condolence can be sent to John's family via his son, Mr Grant Abbott, 15 Tidmarsh Grange, The Street, Tidmarsh, Berks. RG8 8FD.
PURBRICK, Anthony:11.05.2012:I have just received information that Tony, formerly squad 273, died suddenly on May 11, 2012. Tony was a dog handler in the Met and then Traffic Division before going to the USA to live.
ATKINSON, Clifford:24.05.2012:Message received from Bob Adams: Following message received from Charmaine at RHQ. Many of you will, by now, have heard of the tragic death of Capt (Retd) Cliff Atkinson last Thursday on his way to the RMPA Reunion. I have been asked to pass on details of his funeral which are as follows: The date is Wednesday 30th May 2012 at 1500 hrs. The Address is: Whitley Bay Crematorium, Blyth Road, North Tyneside, NE26 4RR .The padre conducting the service will be the N.East Branch padreGraham White. Kind regards Charmaine. Regards.Bob Adams, email@example.com
CRAM, Michael:07.04.2012:Message received from Mike Cram, son of Michael Owen CRAM formerly squad 231:
It is my sad duty to inform all of those of you in his address book that Dad suffered a blood clot on Thursday and was rushed in to Morriston hospital. He has been operated on but sadly there is nothing they can do for him. He is heavily sedated and peaceful The family have gathered at his bedside and it is only a matter of time I'm afraid.
Please use my email address to stay in touch with me if you wish to get further news. Kind Regards, Mike junior. 07.04.2012-UPDATE:Sadly, Dad passed away peacefully this morning at 7.10 am. I will post a further update regarding funeral and other arrangements after the bank holiday when known. Mike junior. 11.04.2012:Update:Just to let those of you who don't already know, Dad's funeral will take place at St John's Church Gowerton at 2.15 pm on Wednesday 18/04/12 then Llanelli Crematorium at 3.30pm and afterwards at The Bridge inn in Llangennech. Mike Junior.
GRASS, Barry:27.03.2012:Message received from Kevin Morson: Just to let you know that WO2 Barry Grass, MBE, RMP SIB, has passed away after a courageous battle against lung cancer. He was a great character and well respected by all who had the privelidge of knowing him. He received his MBE just a few weeks ago from H.M The Queen. Barrys funeral service has been arranged for Tuesday April 10 at 2pm. It will be held at the army chapel, Southwick Park in Fareham. The family has requested there are family flowers only. Any donations can be made in Barrys name to The Rowans Hospice, C/O Solent Funeral Services, 82-84 High St, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hants, PO13 9DA. For any further information contact Dave Grass on 07790 910002.
BURTON, John:13.03.2012:The death is announced of John (Paddy) BURTON, BEM.CQMS. He died Saturday 10th March 2012 in London. John was a member of the RMPA N.I Branch. Funeral details:Tuesday 20th March 12.30pm at Chilterns Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham, Bucks., HP7 0ND (Tel .01494724263).
DUKES, Duncan:13.03.2012:The death has been announced of Duncan DUKES. His funeral was held in the Heart of England Crematorium, Nuneaton, Tuesday 29th February 2012.
WEAD, James:10.03.2012:Bob Adams has informed me of the death of former WO1 Jim WEAD-SIB. Bob paraded the Branch Standard at Jim's funeral held in Barham Crematoriun, near Canterbury, Kent.
MORRISON, Jean:29.01.2012:To all members of RMPA Western Australia Branch. Vale Notice. It is my sad duty to notify members of the sudden death of Jean Morrison, wife of our late inaugural Branch Standard Bearer, David Morrison. Jean had died suddenly from her injuries at the scene of a road traffic accident in Rockingham on Monday 23 January 2012. David and Jean were amongst the first of our small group to meet regularly for lunch seven years ago and had attended many of our meetings, both before and after the formation of our branch. As with David who passed away after a long illness in 2007, Jean will be greatly missed. I have passed on the condolences of all members, wives and partners of RMPA Western Australia Branch to their son, Steven. The funeral of Jean Morrison will be held at 11.00am on Friday 3 February 2012 in the West Chapel at Fremantle Cemetery. All members, ladies and partners wishing to attend the funeral are welcome to do so. Please gather beforehand at the main entrance. There will be a funeral notice in next Tuesdays The West Australian newspaper to confirm all arrangements. Lest we forget Brian Griffiths, Branch Chairman, RMPA Western Australia Branch.
HILLYARD, James:26.01.2012:11th January 2012. I have received this message from Bob Adams: James (Jim) Hillyard, formerly 667 Squad Inkerman, passed away on 11th January 2012. His Postings included 101 Coy. at Krefeld and Rhinedahlen;19 Imf. Bde Cyprus and UK 156 Coy. Colchester. After a SIB Probationers course in 1959,he worked in Hounslow, Colchester, Shorncliffe, Chatham and Berlin until demob in 1962, when he joined the Sussex County police, where he did 22 years, reiring with the rank of Sergeant. Jim suffered from Cancer for many years which he bore with great fortitude, and he will be missed by his familhy and many friends. The Corps was well represented at the funeral, as was the Sussex Constabulary.
23.12.2011:I have received the following message from Mike Seabourne: Bob and Ian,I have just received this sad news from Bill Cole, who had know George for over 40 years. In view of Georges wide circle of friends within RMPA please will you circulate the information. George was a good member of Fenland Branch RMPA and will be providing our Standard and a guard of honour at his final parade anyone who wishes to join us will be most welcome. Mike.
WORTLEY, George:From: Bill Cole Sent: Friday, December 23, 2011 11:38 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: George Wortley - Sudden Death. Mike, 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 years career. Because 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. Regards, Bill.
MEACOCK, Patrick:20.12.2011:Message received from Bob Adams:From the obituaries page of Daily Telegraph, 20th December2011. Meacock, Patrick, Major(retd) Royal Military Police, suddenly on 25th November 2011.Very dearly loved husband of Jane and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.Funeral has already taken place. Note:Patrick was a former member of squad 675.
AYRES, James:14.12.2011:Message received from Andrew Haughton:My uncle Jim, a retired Major in the RMP tragically developed a brain tumour and passed over within three weeks of the diagnosis. His name was James Ayres and he served all over the world (including Cyprus) during his service in the RMP. I have attached a picture of the RMPs who came to his funeral service in York on the 13th July 2011, to give Jim his final salute.
PROTT, James:21.11.2011:Message received from Ken Fowler:It's my sad duty to inform you of the passing of our North America Branch Chairman, Jim Prott. He died Saturday as a result of a massive heart attack.Secretary, Ken Fowler.
BUSS, Patrick:18.11.2011:Ihave just received the following message from David Peet. Just to let you know that an Old Comrade, Patrick (Pat) James Buss, aged 76 years, died in the Atkinson Morley Hospital on Monday, 14th November following a stroke. His funeral will take place on Monday, 28th November 2011. Pat and I were quite good pals, and served together with the Traffic Department, Surrey Constabulary at Godstone Traffic Centre. He retired a couple of years or so before me and I've since met up with Pat a few times at our Traffic Reunions and popped in to visit him at home on a couple of occasions when we've been up the Surrey area visiting Family. He was a smashing bloke and will be missed. He leaves his wife, Margaret and Daughter, Elizabeth together with her husband, Cliff. Kind regards, David.
ALLEN, John:05.11.2011:Sadly, John Allen, passed away at the end of October after a long illness. He was represented at his funeral on 31st October by Frank Thornton and Alan Hinchcliffe.
BOYD, David:05.11.2011:I have just received the following message from Kevin Morson. I write to inform you of the sad death of WO1 (retd) David Boyd, RMP (SIB), who died on Wed, 2 Nov 11, in Glasgow, of cancer. David was a much respected friend and colleague to many of us and, at the time of his death, he was also the Chairman of RMPA Strathclyde Branch. The basic details can be seen on their website: www.rmpastrathclyde.org.uk and go to the 'Remembrance' page. Regards, Kevin Morson.
MOTT, Douglas:23.09.2011:I have just received the following message from Dave Jones: "Just to let you know that Doug Mott passed away on Wednesday evening 21st at 1700hrs. RIP. Regards, Dave Jones.
MULLINDER, Clifford:23.09.2011:I have just heard that Cliff Mullinder passed away on 21st September 2011 at home after a long illness. The funeral will be held on Monday 3rd October 2011* at 0930 hrs at Chilterns Crematorium, Whielden Lane. Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0ND. No flowers but donations if desired to the RMP Central Benevolent Fund.The family invite you all to attend Wendover Bowls Club, Dobbins Lane, Wendover, Buckinghamshire HP22 6BU after the funeral. *Please check this date with Reg.Sec. Ian.
COCKLE, George:23.09.2011:I have just received the following message. "Hi Ian, I have the sad task of advising the death of George Cockle, Squad 813, who sadly passed away on Sat 27th August. He had been battling with cancer for the past two years but unfortuneatly he lost the fight. We have known each other 50 yrs when we were both stationed at 101 Pro Co Rhiendahlen Garrison Germany. Best regards. Neil Stammers".
ROBBINS, David:01.09.2011:I have just received a message from Garry Benning as follows:"Hi Guys, Just a brief e-mail to let you know that Dave Robins ex 200 Provost Coy 1958-1960, died on Tues 30th August at Campbelltown Hospital NSW after a short illness. I visited him in hospital just a week ago. He retained his sense of humour and was philosophical about his illness. A good mate has passed on. Regards, Garry Benning". Ian's note:There is a 1959 photo with Dave in it in 200 Pro.Coy. Album 2.
JONES, Thomas:01.09.2011: I have just learnt from Kevin Morson that Major (Retd) Tom Jones, MBE. RMP. passed away in his sleep on night of 30/31 August 2011 (aged 84years) after a brief stay in hospital being treated for leukaemia.
PEEL, Donald:26.08.2011: I have just heard that Don Peel had passed away during the evening of 23rd August 2011 in Blackpool Hospital. Our condolances go to son Paul.
11.08.2011: I have just received this notice from Bob Adams. BETTY, John, Major(Retd) formerly No.1 Commando and Royal Military Police. Funeral service will take place at St James Church, Mangotsfield, 24th August at 1.30pm followed by private interment. No flowers by request but donations in lieu to Help for Heroes, c/o Roy Preddy Funeral directors, 2 Cossham Street, Mangotsfield, Bristol, BS16 9EN.
MATHEWS, Robert & ARMSTRONG, Sydney:26.07.2011:Just received this message from Kevin Morson: "Just heard about the news about Bob Matthews and Syd Armstrong on the SIB website:It is with great sadness that I inform you the recent deaths of two of our friends and former colleagues; Bob Matthews and Syd Armstrong. 1. Bob Matthews, WO1 (retd) RMP (SIB) was not a member of the O&B website members' list but today I received a telephone call from WO2 (retd) Bill Cole, ex-RMP (GPD), that Bob sadly died suddenly on 29 June 2011; I understand while he was on holiday visiting relatives in the USA. I do not know when or where the funeral was held but, I understand, notes of condolence can be sent to Mrs. E. Matthews (Ian has her address if you wish to send condolences). 2. Syd Armstrong, WO2 (retd) RMP (SIB): Syd Armstrong's wife, Cath, has been in touch via David Manger, that Syd died peacefully at home in Loughbrickland , Northern Ireland, on Friday 8th July 2011, after a long illness. Following a small family funeral his ashes were taken to Sunderland to be scattered at sea, off the coast at Roker. These were his wishes.
POYNER, Alan:19.07.2011:Message received from Terry Poyner:Just to let you know my dad Alan Poyner, passed away at 03:30am Saturday 16th July 2011. He leaves behind my mum (his wife Pat Poyner of 53 years), sons Terry (52), Alan (51), Roger (44); daughter Tracy (48); Grand children Natalie, Corina, Sián, Luke, Emma & Chelsey, and great grandchildren Declan and Millie. My father lived a long, happy life, he was a great father figure and role model and we shall all miss him. My father was strict but fair and I know that the way we were all brought up made us the dependable individuals we are today, with high morals and standards, respect for others and a desire to bring our children up with the same values our parents expected in us. My father had a fantastic time in the Royal Military Police for 22 years, served in Singapore, Cyprus, Tidworth, Northern Ireland, Bulford Camp, Germany, Holland and fought in Borneo....this though was one battle he did not win, I think he knew on the Thursday that his time was up and died in his sleep on the Saturday morning. He will be greatly missed by family and friends....Regards, Terry Poyner. Funeral service in The Carnarvon Chapel, Bretby Crematorium, on Thursday 28th July at 11.15 am. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu for The Royal British Legion, may be sent to John Hylton, 25 Market Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, DE11 9PR. Enquiries please to J Hylton & Sons. 01283 216668.
HAYWARD, John:20.06.2011:I have just been informed of the passing on Friday 17th June 2011, of John Hayward formerly 201 squad. No other details.
STEWART, Peter:04.05.2011: I have just been informed that the following former RMP have recently passed away.Peter Stewart 03/2011;Jim Fudge & David Maher 04/2011. Further details are in the 'RMP Old Comrades April Link-Up Newsletter' in 'RMP Newsletters General' segment on my web-page.
STALLWOOD, Roy:25.04.2011:Message received from Ruth Stallwood:Dear Ian, I am writing to let you know that Bob my husband, died on 16th April 2011. He suffered with emphesemia for over 10 years, we just recently both caught a cold type virus, which then caused a chest infection for Bob, which he just did not have the strength to fight this time. Best Regards, Ruth Stallwood.
WILSON, Roy:10.04.2011:Message received from Colin Whatman:Just to advise you that former RSM ROY WILSON died this morning. Roy was squad instructor at Woking during the 1955/8 era, and last two postings were RSM 1(BR) Corps and RSM SHAPE in approx. 1972/5.
CARTWRIGHT, Georg:04.04.2011:Message from Bob Powis:0766:(Geordie) died 1st April 2011.
MARVEL, Ernest:03.04.2011: As reported in The "Scottish Legion News" sent by Alan Wright. has died at the age of 94 years. He served during WW2 in the CMP, including the D-Day landings through to Germany. After the conflict, Ernest was nearly killed on his final days in the army when somebody put a grenade in the hut stove, blowing up half the billet. He survived to tell the tale. Our thoughts are with his family. Ernest will be missed missed by all in the Legion in Cumnock-Ayrshire.
ROUTLEDGE, William:He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers from 1955 to 1960 in Malaya during Emergency and then in RMP from 1962 until 1979. He was also the RMP Branch Secretary and a member of the Cumnock Branch of the Scottish Legion.
DANIEL, James:12.03.2011:Just heard from Alf Ellwell of the passing of Jim DANIEL.SSgt.RMP, formerly squad 435 and RMP Instuctor AAJLR. Our condolences go to wife Pat and Jim's family.Further details as they come to hand.
BARTON, Peter:07.03.2011:Message from Bob Adams:Regret to advise the death today of Lt.Col.(Retd) Peter Edward (Dick) Barton ex 14435476 1942-1963. 476429 1963-1981 retiring from the depot as Lt. Colonel. Funeral arrangements to follow.
10.03.2011:Received this from Bob:"Just heard from Colonel John Baber that the funeral will be a very private family affair, but on Saturday 26th March at2pm there will be a memorial service in the Corps Chapel at Southwick Park (just north of Portsmouth) followed by tea in the mess afterwards. I do hope that many people can attend, and Colonel John has asked me to give him names and numbers so that he can arrange security and the tea".
TAYLOR, Reginald:19.01.2011: Message received from Alan Spoors:Reg ('Spud') Taylor. He died on 8th January, having spent Christmas & New Year in hospital in Malaga, and was cremated the following day. Served, amongst others, in 179 in NI. 3 Div Pro Coy at Barnard Castle.
BARDON, James:18.01.2011:James William Barden formerly 22780610 SSgt SIB-RMP. A bombadier in a previous life serving with the Royal Artillery 1939-1945 (42-45 as a POW) re engaged 45-47 with RMP. He then served 25 years with the Metrpolitan Police during which time he did 16 years with the A E R, 93 section SIB . Jim lost his fight for life on Monday 17th January. The Funeral has been arranged at Eastbourne Crematorium:Tuesday 1st February 2011 at 1430 hrs. Afterwards at the Hydro Hotel. Please adviseCLICK to e-mail if attending.
I found your website whilst spending the small hours awake, how sad I am that my father, now passed away, did not know about it in order to contribute, as I am sure he would have wished.My father, Lt.Col. A. R. Smith RMP, was known as Ray or Col.Ray. He joined RMP from National Service whilst serving in Nigeria. He served in Berlin, Bielefeld, Dusseldorf from where he encouraged the Ski Hut in Sonthofen to thrive and develop. Other postings included Hong Kong, Singapore, Bulford, MOD London, York, S.H.A.P.E Mons. My father had been in excellent health until 24th December 2009 when we all believed he had caught a chill. In March, after many blood tests and a diagnosis of COPD, was eventually sent for an xray due to his loss of tremendous weight. Sadly he was found to have a 9" by 9" tumour on his good lung and advised that nothing could be done. My mother, Patricia, nursed him to the end at home, extending his time with us due to her expert knowledge as a Physiotherapist, for which we are all grateful. My father slipped away, peacefully on 30th May 2010 and his service of memorial was held on 19th June in Royston, Herts where both he and my mother had spent the last 23yrs since the death of my sister, Nicky. The family were pleased that Col. Norman Allen-RMP Ret'd was able to give a eulogy and that Col. Jack Thomas-RMP Ret'd was also able to attend.
A Service of Rememberance is to be held by The Royal British Legion on Tuesday 24th August 2010 at 11am for a wreath laying at the War Memorial, Royston, Herts. My mother would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to attend. Thanking you in advance for your help in posting our sad news. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information. With every good wish, Carole Driver (nee Smith). If anyone would like to convey a message to Carole, please contact me. Ian.
HILL, Steven:14.08.2010:Message received from GRAEME (Taff) WILLIAMS:Ian, Could you please publish the following: Steve Hill died during the early hours of this morning (13 Aug 2010) at home in Limassol, Cyprus. He served 1972 / 1973 to 1995 before retiring to Cyprus. His body is to be repatriated to the UK. Steve's funeral will be on 26th August 2010 at 1300 hours it will be held at: Cemetery Lodge, Lower Morden Lane, Morden, Surrey SM4 4NU. Ph.020 8337 4835. Before and after at the Beverley public house at the roundabout, not far from the Crematorium gates, to give him a proper send off. My 'E' mail address may be displayed for further information.
"It is with the most profound sorrow that I must inform you that my beloved wife Jane passed away peacefully yesterday, Tue 29 June at 2000 hrs, after a short but spirited battle against illness. Jane felt unwell a little over one month ago and after extensive tests it was determined that she was afflicted with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Her condition spread with great speed and on 24th June, after only 36 hours in hospital, it was decided that there were no further treatment options. She returned home and we were able to spend her few remaining days together in the home and gardens that she had created and loved so much. I take some comfort from the fact that she was able to see her family and talk with our dear friend the Reverend Stuart Foster. She also had time to sit with me in our garden to watch the sun rise. I cannot begin to express the depth of my grief at the untimely loss of such a kind, generous and wonderful wife and soul mate. I will always remember her as the happy, vivacious and effervescent person that she was before this cruel illness struck her down so suddenly. I am most grateful for the kind messages that we received during Janes final days. I read them all to her and she asked me to send her love to all the friends and colleagues who have given her so much happiness over the years. I have been humbled by the calm, brave and stoical way that she tackled her condition to the very end. Jane has asked for a private and dignified send-off by her close family, however if you wish to send a message you may do so via my email at (please ask me (Ian) for addresses). She would appreciate contributions to the Marie Curie Trust if you feel so inclined. Please say a prayer for Jane".
TURNER, Walter:We regret to advise the death of Sgt. WALTER TURNER, SIB. Wally joined the Corps in 1943, was one of the first Red Caps onto the beaches on D-Day. He died after a long fight with his health on Sunday 27th June 2010. Wally's funeral is at Eastbourne Crematorium on Friday 9th July at 1130hrs. Bob Adams, East Sussex Branch, RMPA.
MOFFATT,Jack: 18.06.2010:Death of Lt.Col.Jack Moffatt.RMP.SIB. Earlier today we received the sad news that Lt. Col. Jack Moffatt passed away today, 17 Jun 10, in hospital after a very long illness of 7 years. Our condolences go to Jack's family.
GERRARD, George:14.06.2010:I am advised of the passing of former Cpl. GEORGE GERRARD, who had served with 1 Corps RMP. London District RMP & the Metropolitan Police. Our condolences go to George's family.
MITCHELL, Alex:07.06.2010:Former SSgt. ALEX MITCHELL, SIB and 12 Inf Bde Osnabruck, died on 25/5/2010. at his home in Sydenham. He will be well known to many, and was quite a character. He is being cremeted at Lewisham Cremetorium on Tuesday 08/06/2010 at 12.15am.
BERRY, Peter:RSM Peter Berry died this morning 1st June 2010. He had been suffering from cancer diagnosed October 2009. He served at Rheindahlen, other German postings, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong retiring as RSM Depot Chichester in 1988.
HAMILTON, Andrew:19.05.2010:I have just been informed that ANDY HAMILTON, formerly 810 squad, has suddenly passed away on Monday 17th May 2010 in Londonderry. Our condolences go to Andy's family.
BROWN, John Gordon:01.05.2010:The sudden death of John Gordon Brown is reported. John served his 2 years National Service at Inkerman Bks, Woking, and started (according to his father GW Brown ex 150) with 241 Squad. Unfortunately, there appears to be no photo of that squad, however, I have posted photos of John when he was serving at Woking between 1951 53. The second with him in No 1 dress shows him just before he lined the route of the Queens Coronation in 1953 and just before he left the RMP. John died suddenly at home on Wed 21 April 2010 and his funeral service held at Durham Crematorium on Thursday 29th April 2010. After leaving the RMP, John went on to join Durham Police and also spent 4 years in Cypress with the police during the troubles. He retired in 1988 as a Detective Chief Inspector.
BENTON, Brian:16.04.2010:I have just heard of the passing of Brian Benton, a member of the South Yorkshire RMPA. Brian's funeral service is to take place at 1400 hours on Tuesday, 20th April, 2010, at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Green Lane, Rawmarsh, followed by interment at Greasbrough Lane Cemetery. Refreshments will be provided for the mourners at Monkwood Club, Hough Road, Rawmarsh, after the funeral.
ADAMS, David Charles died on 21.12.2009. David was in squad 55.
TELESFORD, Aloysius:07.03.2010:Sgt.Aloysius Telesford aka Telly, formerly squad 7405, died in Canada 2nd March 2010 from a heart attack.
CLEARY, John:21.02.2010:Cpl. JOHN CLEARY died 17.02.2010. His funeral is at the Harlow, Essex Crematorium 3rd March 2010 at 1130 hours. John served with both 200 & 247 Pro.Coys.
ATKINSON, James:22.02.2010:Cpl.JAMES DOUGLAS ATKINSON, passed away on 20.01.2010. James is believed to have served with the Lanc.Constluary before joining RMP in May 1953.
WALLIS, Bernard:10.02.2010:BERNARD Eric WALLIS. Former 22957702 (1953 1975) WOI (RSM) Bernard Eric Wallis died aged 74 years at home on 2nd December 2009, after a short against brain cancer. Bernie (Wally) served 22 years with the RMP, with his last two postings being Dog Coy, Hong Kong and 176 Pro Coy, Londonderry. His funeral was held 14th December 2009 at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip, Middlesex. It was attended by family and friends. A great man who will be sadly missed by all. We had the RMP shield replicated in flowers as his main wreath and a Gurkha played the Last Post and Reveille.
HAMILTON, Brian:06.02.2010:Kevin Morson has just informed me of the death of former WO1 Brian Hamilton MBE. Updated information:03.03.2010:Message received from Alan Wallace (Cousin). In loving memory of WO1 (RSM) Brian Hamilton MBE, who sadly passed away 3rd February 2010, after a short fight against cancer with his family at his bedside and who will be sorely loved and missed by his family and friends.
PROUSE, Terry:I have just been informed of the death on 27th January 2010 of former WO1 and SI TERRY PROUSE. His funeral is on Tuesday 09.02.2010 at 1115 hrs at the West Suffolk Crematorium, Risby, Bury St. Edmunds. Our condolences go to wife Sheila and son Anthony.
RUSSELL, Dawn:15.01.2010:Dawn Russell (nee Latus) passed away after losing her fight against a long illness on 4th Jan 2010. Dawn was a member of 160 Pro Coy RMP and the Mounted Troop during her RMP career. RIP Dawn". Note:There is a picture of Dawn proudly seated on her mount in Mounted Troop photo section-Ian. Additional note:If anyone would like to contact Gerry Russell with messages of condolence please e-mail me for Gerry's contact details.
STANNARD, William:13.01.2010:William(Bill) Edward STANNARD, Lt.Col (Retd) RMP, Suddenly following a short illness, aged 81 on January 6th 2010. Service of thanksgiving will be held on Friday 29th January at 1400hrs at St Andrews Church, Boyton, Near Woodbridge, Suffolk. All welcome, family flowers only, donations if req'd to Gurka Welfare Fund.
DING, Robert:07.01.2010:ROBERT GEORGE DING, passed away peacefully on January 4th 2010 after a long illness at Newton House Nursing home, Grantham, aged 80. Major(retd), MBE, Late Special Investigation Branch, RMP. His funeral Service at Christ Church, Newark on Trent on Wednesday 13th January at 1pm followed by Cremation at Grantham at 2pm. Family flowers only, if desired donations to Help the Heroes sent to E. Gill and Sons Ltd, 55 Albert Street, Newark on Trent NG24 4BQ.
PRITCHARD, Michael:L/Cpl. Michael (Pritch) Pritchard was accidentally shot and killed by a British Army sniper whilst on duty in Sangin, Afghanistan on Sunday 20th December 2009. Our condolences go to his family.
Message received from Mike Seabourne 14th December 2009. Ian For your information. Very regrettably this is the sixteenth RMP military funeral I have attended in the last six years (the fifth this year). As we approach Christmas our thoughts go out to the families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. I attach a photograph of Sgt Loughran-Dickson's funeral which was held in Deal on 9th December 2009 together with the information from the local newspaper the East Kent Mercury. Mike.
LOUGHRAN-DICKSON, Robert:A full military funeral has been held in Deal for Sgt. Robert Loughran-Dickson, 33, who was killed in Afghanistan last month. At the service at St Leonard's Church the serviceman's teenage son, also Robert, paid tribute to his father and described him as my daddy, my hero and our hero. He shared memories of his father received from colleagues from 4th Regimental Royal Military Police who knew the sergeant as L-D. They said they would remember his cheeky smile, his witty comments, his caring considerate nature and his selflessness. Robert, who was born in 1992, told the funeral service that he had millions of good memories of his father. Sgt Loughran-Dickson's commanding officer Lt. Col. Debbie Poneskis told the packed church that she was at the service on behalf of the regiment in this country and Helmand province in Afghanistan, where the sergeant was shot on November 18. He was one of our finest sergeants and I am proud to have served alongside him and to have known him. He was popular and an extremely well respected figure. I could not have asked for a more reliable, committed and confident soldier. He was a gentleman and loved being in the military police. It is a massive understatement to say he will be missed by all. The funeral was followed by a private burial at St Nicholas Church, Sholden. Sgt. Robert Loughran-Dickson was born in Dover, went to Sholden Primary School and Deal Secondary School. He had been a member of the Deal ATC and played the bugle at Remembrance Sunday services".
BARLOW, Ernest:I have been informed of the death of ERNEST BARLOW, in November 2009.
OAKLAND, Jim:03.11.2009: In memory of Cpl.JIM OAKLAND RMP, a WIS, who was killed on duty in Afghanistan on 23.10.2009.Our condolences go to his family.
BOOTE, Steven:In memory of two brave NCO's. Cpl's. STEVEN BOOTE & NICHOLAS WEBSTER-SMITH, murdered in Afghanistan on 3rd November 2009. Pictures courtesy:"Daily Mail".
OAKLAND, James:23.10.2009:In memory of Cpl. JAMES OAKLAND, killed on duty in Afghanistan on 22nd October 2009.
Photo Courtesy MOD
GALLOP, Eric:17.10.2009:I have been informed of the death on 13th October 2009 of former RMP Sgt. ERIC GALLOP. Eric was well remembered by many former RMP.
DAVIES, Gwynn:16.10.2009:I have been informed me of the death of Lt. Col GWYNN DAVIES, OBE. Originally with KOYLI Col. Davies transferred to RMP and served in Korea. He was CO RMP Hong Kong and was APM Southern Command in 1964. He served in the same position in the Rhine area, followed by Berlin and then Northern Command before retiring in 1973.
ATKINS, Charles:02.09.2009:I have been informed that Cpl.Stanley CHARLES ATKINS, formerly 247 Pro.Coy. died 18th August 2009.
PENDLEBERRY, Harold:02.09.2009:I have just been informed of the death of HAROLD PENDLEBURY, ex squad 90, in June 2009.
McGENNITY, David:28.08.2009:Formerly Squad 259-Inkerman-January 2009, died in hospital suddenly on the 19th of August 2009. He was a National Service Red Cap and also did thirteen years TA service as a Red Cap. It shaped and moulded him as a person, and he was proud of the fact until his last day, He never forgot the joy being a Military Policeman gave him.
CHIPPERFIELD, Frederick:27.08.2009:Message just received from Col. John Baber, RHQ: "It is my sad duty to inform you that Major (QM), Fred Chipperfield, passed away on Saturday 22 August 2009, in Frimley Park Hospital, after a short illness. A cremation service will be held on Wednesday 2 September 2009 commencing at 1245 hrs at Easthampstead Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3DW. For those attending it has been requested that serving officers wear uniform and all others Blazer, red beret & medals. Further details may be obtained from Mr Reg Barnett (Aldershot RMPA Branch Secretary), telephone 01252 624496 or e-mail: email@example.com."
LAMERTON, Dennis:07.07.2009:Formerly squad 433, passed away 26th May 2009.
BROOKE, Lance:25.06.2009:Another message just received from Barrie Woodward. "Hi Ian, I have to inform you of the sudden death of Lance Brooke who passed away on the 31 May 2009. LANCE BROOKE joined the RMP in 1962, and after training served two and a half years in various parts of Germany, he then served a further three years in the TA. Lance was an active member of the South Yorkshire Branch RMPA and had just taken over as Chairman for the branch, he was also Standard Bearer for the Branch.The funeral service was held on 12 June 2009 at St Peter & St Leonard's Church Horbury Wakefield, where the Guard of honour consisted of 25+ RMPA members and at least Six Branch/British Legion Standards along with many other Legion and ex service men. Lance will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Regards, Barrie".
JOHNSON, Crawford:20.06.2009:It is with regret that I have to report the death after a short illness of CRAWFORD JOHNSON, aged 71. Crawford was in 627 squad at Inkerman.
BARTON, Richard:20.06.2009:I have just learnt of the death of ARTHUR (Dick) BARTON, who served in the Corps for many years. He joined RMP just after the war and he served until the early sixties, I believe he finished his career as a WO1. He spent much of his career with SIB and also served in Kenya during the Mau Mau campaign. According to the local paper here in York he earned his nickname Dick after the popular radio detective of the fifties. His funeral takes place on 6 July at York Crematorium.
MOCHAN, George:18.06.2009:GEORGE MOCHAN:George passed away alone at his home in Egglington, Co. Londonderry a few days ago. George served in Belfast in 1976-78. His funeral is in Dundee on Wednesday next, time and place to be confirmed. RIP.
GRAHAM, James:22.05.2009:More sad news.JIMMY GRAHAM, formerly squad 647, passed away after a long illness on Sunday the 22nd March 2009 He had been fighting cancer since June last year. His funeral took place on Thursday 26th March. Our condolences go to Cathie, son's Andrew and Stephen and daughter Gillian.
PARRY, John:21.05.2009:Just received this bad news. A well known figure on our RMP web sites, ex Sgt.John Owen PARRY, ex squad 600, has just passed away. His funeral service will take place on Thursday, 28 May 09, commencing at 1415 hrs at the Salem Chapel of Rest, Millbank, Holyhead, Angelsey, North Wales. Cremation will be at the Holyhead Crematorium. Our sincerest condolences go to his family.
FULLER, Robert:20.05.2009:Former SSGT R.J (Bob) FULLER ex-RMP, who served a full career in the Corps in BAOR in the 1960s, NI etc., and left the Corps whilst at 160 Pro Coy RMP in July 1985. An extremely popular and well known man in the RMP, who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Bob had been ill for some time and died on the 12 May 2009 whilst in hospital. Our thoughts must go out to Beryl his wife, son Andrew and Daughter-in law Kierston and Grand Daughters Charlotte and Kimberley. Bob,s funeral is to take place at St Stephens Church, St Stephens Road, SALTASH, Cornwall, PL12 4NQ on Tuesday 26 May 2009 at 1400hrs.followed by a celebration of Bobs life in the sailing club in Saltash.
ROSS, Benjamin:07.05.2007:Sgt. BEN ROSS RMP was killed by a suicidal assault in Afghanistan Thursday 7th May 2009 whilst training Afghan police personnel. Our thoughts are with Ben's wife Sheena and family. Full report can be seen on BBC (UK) News. Picture of Ben below and on my "Latest News" segment courtesy BBC News.
Message from RHQ 20.05.2009:"The funeral of the late Sgt Benjamin Ross, killed in action in Afghanistan, will be held at 1230 hrs on 26 May at St Marys Church, Bruton, Somerset. RMPA are requested to wear Blazers, Beret and medals. Branch Standards would be most welcome. The family have requested No flowers and any donations to either Help for Heroes or Cancer Research. Cheques should be made payable to the relevant charities and sent c/o. W. J. Trotman, Funeral Directors, Ashdene, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 4QQ.
Col. J H Baber MBE. Regimental Secretary".
GRINHAM, G:04.05.2009:With regret I must inform you of the death on Tuesday 28th April, of 7686494 Lance Corporal G. A.GRINHAM. George was my father-in law. He served during the war in the 30th Corp of the 8th Army.The service will be held at the Southampton Crematorium, East Chapel, at 11.40am on Monday 11th May. Sorry for late notice as have only just got back from holiday. Regards, Chris Fry.
MASSIE, John:I have been informed of the death of JOHN MASSIE on 9th April 2009 aged 83. John's funeral will take place at 1400 hours at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury. Our condolences go to Josie and family.
CAMPBELL, James:I have been informed you of the death of former WOI JAMES CAMPBELL, QGM, ex Para Provo and Sussex Police. The funeral was held Thursday 2nd April 2009 at Slindon, West Sussex. The Corps was represented by 16 members of the RMPA and the standard of the East Sussex Branch was paraded."
CARROLL, Stephen: Steve was the police officer murdered by sick dissidents in Co Amagh NI on Monday 2nd March 2009. He had served with 175 Pro. Coy. RMP in 1984, and was the brother of ANDY CARROLL, ex RMP. Our sincere condolences go to Kate and families on their sad loss. We know the pain they are suffering and all our thoughts are with them.
KETTLE, Vctor:I have just informed me of the death of VIC KETTLE on February 1st 2009, after a long illness. Vic served in 200 Pro.Coy. Singapore under Maj. Fred Chipperfield.
LOVETT, Brian: I have just been informed of the death on 17th February, of Brian LOVETT, ex 652 squad, after a long battle with cancer. Our condolences go to Brian's family.
SSgt. Terry Pearson-RMP.
HACKETT, Ronald: I have received notification of the sudden death of Ron HACKETT BEM, who had passed away in hospital during the early hours of this morning 16.02.2009. Ron trained with squad 327 and served with me in 1 Corps HQ Bad Rothenfelde & Bielefeld. I was NS but Ron signed on for an extra year. He married Erika and returned to the UK and had five years in civvy street, rejoining RMP in squad 783. He was promoted to Cpl.then became an ASI taking R26b squad, and then undertook SIB training and was made Sgt. He later helped to set up the Australian SIB and was finally promoted to Captain, RACMP and appointed as Commandant of the Australian equivalent of of the UK MCTC, retiring in 1983. Ron's funeral was on Monday 23rd February 2009. Our condolences go out to Erika and family. If you would like to send Erika a personal card please ask me for her address.
17.12.2008:STEVENS, Brian (Taffy) formerly 582 squad. Brian passed away at his home in Port Talbot, South Wales in November 2008. Taffy will be missed by all of his mates from 51 Brigade. Our condolences go to Brian's
06.12.2008.SMITH, Clive:The death is announced of CLIVE SMITH, ex squad 295, on 04.12.2008 after a long illness. Clive was Secretary of the West Yorkshire RMPA. Our condolences go to Clive's family.
06.12.2008.FIELDHOUSE, Jack:The death is announced of ex Sgt. JACK FIELDHOUSE, one of the first Redcaps ashore on D-Day, 6th June 1944. Jack was 92 years of age. Our condolences go to Jack's family.
10.03.2008:THOMPSON, Alfred:Alfred passed away in February 2008.
18.09.2017:GROVES, Groves:I have recently received the sad news of the death of GEORGE GROVES who passed away on 7th September 2017, aged 76. George served in 247(Berlin) Pro Coy, SHAPE, AFCENT, 24 BDE Aden, Plymouth & N.Ireland and after leaving the corps he and his wife Margaret were very involved with SCOPE and other charitable occupations. He was also Assistant Borough Treasurer, Stafford and then had his own training company. George was an articulate, eloquent and kind man who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Condolences go to Margaret and the family at this most difficult of times. Georges Funeral will be held at 1pm on Friday 22nd September at Offington Park Methodist Church, Worthing, West Sussex. John Wiseman, Royal Hospital Chelsea.
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