The Lord Victor Brooke the 3rd Viscount Alanbrooke - 10 January 2018, aged 85
The Lord Geoffrey Langford - 12 November 2018, aged 105 years
Lt Col LW Huelin OBE - 5 January 2018, aged 89
Lt Col Ivan Momtchiloff - 2015, 292 Airborne Fd Regt RA and 289 Para Regt RHA
Mr Malcolm (Geordie) Beige - 25 January 2018, 29 Commando Regt RA
Mr Glyn Cullen, 29 Commando Regt RA
Mr Brendan Moore - 11 December 2017, served with 12 Regt RA
LBdr Antony Motley - 24 November 2017
Mr Malcolm Stuart Norgate - 13 November 2017
Mr Ian (Sandy) Spittal - 10 January 2018, served with 42 Regt RA
Mr James (Jimmy) Stobbs - 21 December 2017, The Chairman of the 3rd Durham Volunteer Artillery Association
Mr David Russell Walmsley - 9 January 2018
Mr Arthur Wilkins - 4 February 2018
HOWE - Lt Col Maurice William OBE, passed away 19 January 2018 aged 98 years. Maurice began his service aged 19 at Woolwich in 1938 as ADC to Lord Linlithgow in Karachi before joining the British Expeditionary Force in 1939. His unit was one of the last to be evacuated from Dunkirk and he was one of the final officers to be lifted from the Mole. After a short time in the UK he was sent to Burma to fight the Japanese, returning in 1944, to be sent back to Europe as part of the invasion. He fought his way across Europe and his last act of the war being part of the liberation of Belsen concentration camp. In peacetime he served in Tripoli, Germany and Cyprus where he was awarded his OBE for his contribution to the peace process. Col Howe passed away peacefully at home in Winchester with his second wife Joy by his side. His first wife, daughter and son predeceased him, he leaves three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
KELLY - WO2 (RQMS) Michael Joseph passed away 27 January aged 90 years. Mike was a Parachute Gunner following his initial parachute course at the end of World War 2, he joined 66 Parachute Light Regiment RA, transferring to 33 Parachute Field Regiment RA and continued his career with 7 Parachute Field Regiment RHA. He completed his service with 32 Heavy Regiment. He became a BIA man, the Barrack Inventory Accountant. Sadly the last years of his life he suffered with a debilitating illness but is now at peace. Husband of Helga, father of Michael, Patricia and Peter, father in law of Susan, Jim and Susan. He was a devoted grandfather to Dominic, Ben, Daniel, Alex, Christopher, Patrick and Olivia. Thoughts are with Helga and the family.
PARK - William (Bill) National Service Gunner passed away 5 December 2017, at Queens University Hospital Glasgow. Bill was born and brought up in the Kinning Park area of Glasgow and went to Lambhill Street School. At the age of nine he decided to join the army, his parents thought he would be a good soldier but too young so his uniform was a red jersey with a badge on the front, he was issued with an instrument called a euphonium and twice a week he went to band practice, next came marching through the streets of Kinning Park every Sunday morning. Bill had joined the Salvation Army! He remained with them until the age of 14 always grateful for the opportunity to learn music. Following an apprenticeship as a painter and decorator he received a note from the King asking him to join his army, his National Service as a Regimental wireless operator. He was sent to Hong Kong to join 120 Mortar Battery RA based at Lymun Barracks. More training followed, he was sent on to Korea to take over from 170 Mortar Battery who alongside the Gloucester’s had sustained heavy casualties at the Battle of Imjin River. Bill was injured whilst digging in and was sent to the Field Hospital for treatment, once recovered he worked the 10 line telephone exchange 22 Wireless Set in B echelon. On his return to Scotland Bill joined 280 Field Regt RA, the RATA for a further 3 years. in 1960 he became a member of the Glasgow RA Club where he was elected to the committee in 1963 and became Secretary in 1965 until 1991 when the club closed. Bill was awarded the Certificate of Merit for his service to the RAA, he will be missed by all who knew him.
ROBERTS - Lt Col David passed away 25 December 2017, peacefully aged 86 years surrounded by his family. Having enjoyed a varied career including time in Hong Kong he retired at the age of 50. In his retirement David was the Northeast Recruitment Officer Newcastle from 1981 to 1991. Husband to Mary, father of Peter, Richard and Sarah and grandfather to Clare and Jonathon. David’s brother-in-law Major John Peile is also a Gunner Veteran, a thanksgiving service has already taken place in Northumberland. STEWART - William (Bill) passed away 4 January aged 96 years. Bill served as a radio operator with 472 Battery, 99th Field Regt RA and fought in the Battle of Kohima, the turning point of the Japanese offensive into India in 1944 during the Second World War. Sadly missed by his daughter, Mrs Diane Hopper.
THOMAS - Sgt Richard (Tommo) passed away 16 January 2018 former 26 Regt RA. Tommo served in the QM’s department, he was medically discharged in 2010 suffering from PTSD. Sadly he remained a very unwell man and struggled daily until his death. His mother Gleynis and daughter Chantelle requested his old comrades to attend his funeral 2 February to give him the send of he deserved as he was always a very proud and dedicated soldier, fiercely loyal to the Regiment for 22 years and was at his best when reminiscing. The Regiment old and new were in attendance as were the RAA standards, The Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and a Bugler. Hopefully Tommo knew that he was never alone and that his Regimental family were with him to the end. Sleep easy Brother.