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Capt David H Mizen *update received* 15 May 2018 aged 86 years 6 Field Regt (NS)

Major Ronald Lovatt 29 June 2018 aged 90 years

Lt Col KL (Ken) Saward 8 July 2018 - full obituary to follow

Lt Col PRS (Paddy) Smith

Major Derek Findley 7 July 2018 aged 98 years 

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BRAND– Col Christopher Norman, passed away 30 June 2018 aged 73 years with his wife Hazel and daughters by his side.  Chris served with the Royal Artillery before transferring to the RAPC and AGC retiring in October. 

BROWNE– WO2 (TSM) Martin, passed away 1 July 2018 aged 76 years. Martin served with T Bty 12 Regt RA enlisting in 1959 and retiring in 1983. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce, son Andrew and wife Vanessa, daughter Connie and husband Graham, and grandchildren Oliver, Anya and Alayna. Missed by all who knew him. 

GORDON– Maj Anthony, passed away 23 June 2018 aged 83 years, he had been suffering with dementia.  Tony is survived by his wife Jill and children Rupert, Nicholas, Robin, Lucinda and Penny.   

GRIFFITHS– WO2 Hugh, passed away 5 April 2018 aged 91 years. Hugh was an active member of the Chester and Merseyside branch of RA. Having signed up to the General Service Corps in 1946 at age 19 he chose to join the Royal Artillery. His service years took him to North Africa, Palestine, Malta, Germany, Malaysia and Borneo as part of the Middle East Land Forces (MELF).  Hugh served for over 18 years in total, he was acting WO2 from SSgt whilst with 12 Regt RA.  Ending his career with the Army Careers Office located in Birmingham.  His wife Elsie predeceased him, he leaves behind two sons, Brian and Paul. UBIQUE 

LARGE– Gnr James, passed away 15 February 2018 aged 76 years. James served with the Royal Artillery and was also attached to the Army Air Corps for a total of 7 years in the 1960’s. During the South Arabian Campaign he served in Aden and was awarded the Campaign Service medal.  James also served in Germany. RIP.   

NORRIS – Gnr Paul Carl passed away 18 June 2018 aged 49 years after losing his battle with cancer.  Paul served in 9 Troop, 5 Regt RA from 1990-1995 serving in Germany and Northern Ireland.  He also carried out UN tours of duty. He leaves behind his son Carl and parents Tony and Carol, and brother Shaun.  Last post submitted by Mark Rowley Paul’s uncle. Sadly missed and remembered always.  

NORWOOD – Sgt Ray, passed away 9 April 2018 aged 96 years. Ray was made a lifetime member of the RAA November 1973.  He is survived by his wife Ruth and daughter Janet. 

STABLES – LBdr Nigel, passed away 13 May 2018 aged 49 years following a courageous battle with cancer.  Nigel served with 12 Regt RA from 1995 to 2004 seeing service in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, the son of military parents you could say he was born into the service life.  His funeral has taken place but donations can be made to Help for Heroes.  Nigel is remembered as a fantastic Dad to his son Josh and a great friend to many others including Annalisa. He will be remembered always. Once a Gunner always a Gunner.  

WOOD – SSgt Geoff, passed away 3 June 2018 aged 56 years in the James Paget Hospital in Norfolk.  Geoff served in the Falkland Islands, Iraq, Canada, Belize, Germany, Gibralter and Denmark with 12 Regt RA (43/58 Bty). As a young man in the Regiment he was known as ‘Woody’ and after his service ‘Easy Geoff’. Geoff leaves behind his wife, Shirley, and his daughter Natalie her husband Jamie and his granddaughter Evie. Geoff’s passing has been reported to Gunner by his best mate Mr Paul Griffith, he will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. RIP  


Lt Col Lewis Huelin OBE 

Lt Colonel Lewis (Lew) Huelin died peacefully at home in Jersey on January 5 2018 aged 89 years. Deeply loved husband of Doreen for 64 years and father to Jo, Mandy and Lewis. Lew spent part of his early formative childhood years under German occupation in his native island of Jersey from 1940-45. It was during this time he helped with the perilous escape of his elder brother who fortunately made it across to France, undetected, to join up with the allies. After Liberation and a short spell with the Cameron Highlanders Lew attended the first post war intake at the newly reformed RMAS in 1947 and soon after was commissioned into The Gunners. Early regimental tours saw service in BAOR in a war ravaged Germany when the country was on its knees, witnessing the early stages of its reconstruction and building of the NATO Alliance.Being the ‘born diplomat’ Lew excelled in the field of Liaison and Public Relations. It was this attribute which led to many significant roles including a tour as head of tri-service PR in the Persian Gulf and Trucial States based in Bahrain and PR Staff Officer to the Commander Far East Land Forces based in Singapore.Other military and government PR responsibilities followed involving duties during the emergencies in Mauritius and Anguilla and several other international assignments including Norway with the Ace Mobile Force, Australia and Malaysia.Significantly, towards the pinnacle of his career, Lew was awarded the OBE for his efforts as Liaison Officer to 1st German Corps based in Munster, West Germany. His masterly command of the language, clever humour and deep understanding of those around him was very well received at the Headquarters and the appointment did much to enhance the mutual trust and understanding between British and German forces, both of which were going through major restructuring at the time. It was a measure of his success that his work prompted personal commendations from both the British and German Corps Commanders.Lew was always a keep fit fanatic and a well accomplished sportsman. His great passion for many years was on the athletics field and here he particularly excelled with the Javelin. This, and later in retirement, now back in Jersey, the urge to drive golf balls ever greater distances, did little to help a lifelong back problem. This sadly deteriorated eventually causing Lew to be virtually house and then bed bound. A condition which he hated after leading such an active life as it even restricted his other great passions, painting, playing the piano and cooking.Thanks to the loving and devoted support from Doreen, Lew was able to remain at home until the last. After a very busy and active life and career his memory will be cherished by many and he will be very greatly missed by all his family and friends. 

Lt Col James William Beachus 

Lieutenant Colonel James William Beachus, 80, died peacefully on January 20, 2018. A veteran of the Greek-Cypriot war where he served with the United Nations, he was also Battery Commander in 24th Missile Regiment (Napier HQ). His last posting as an active officer was Chief of Staff HQ Rhine Area. Col Beachus was born on May 24, 1937 in Shipston-upon-Stour, Warwickshire, England to James and Ivy Beachus, nee Jenner. Educated at Warwick School, Warwick his ambition was to join the Armed Forces. In 1958, he joined the Royal Artillery after graduating from Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was first assigned to 50 Missile Regiment in Troon, Scotland. He married Geoffrena Harms-Cooke, daughter of Vernon Harms-Cooke and Eleanore Marshall Bird, on 6 June 1959. As part of his ongoing training he learned Greek in Corfu and went on to study and learn many languages including German, French and Polish. From 1970 until 1972 he attended the German Staff College, Hamburg, which has been dedicated to preparing top-level military personnel for their assignments in the armed forces or with NATO, the European Union and the United Nations.Col Beachus spent many years abroad after graduating, living in Famagusta Cyprus, Athens Greece, Geleen Holland and Hamburg, Paderborn, Dortmund, Bielefeld, Dusseldorf – Germany. In 2002, he retired and settled in Dalheim by Wegburg, Germany. In his retirement he enjoyed his passion for old-timer classic antique cars participating with his wife in many rally and racing events around Europe.He is survived by his wife Geoffrena, his daughters, Lucinda and Tanya, his sons, Timothy, Simon and Justin and his nine grandchildren.