Notification of Death:
Sgt Ken Croft aged 85 years 22 Regt RA & 94 Locating 1950’s - 1970’s
Bdr Kenneth Crutchley 94 NZ Bty 45 Regt RA 1970’s
William Herbert 29 Cdo Regt RA
Lt Col Michael Elwyn Jones 13 April 2018 aged 81 years
Terry Moores 127 Bty 49 Field Regt RA
Sgt Ray Norwood aged 96 years - obituary to follow in later edition
Andrew ‘Drew’ O’Hara T Bty 12 AD Regt RA
Wayne Shakell 8 Bty 29 Cdo Regt RA
Robert (Bob) Smith Cdo Leslie Joseph Stephenson 5 April 2018
BLANSHARD – Geoff passed away 23 April 2018 aged 86 years. Gunner magazine received the following notice from the RAA Hull branch. “It is with great sadness that we the Hull branch RAA report the passing of our President, after a short illness. Geoff had served the Hull branch tirelessly and with dedication since 1972, in various key roles culminating in his award of the RA Medal in 2016. Geoff was overwhelmed to receive this, and wore it with great pride and dignity. We at the Hull branch will remember Geoff with fondness and respect not only for all his achievements but for his endless enthusiasm for the Association and his comradeship. He is survived by his devoted wife Doreen and their family.
COOK – Edward known as ‘Ted’ passed away 19 February 2018 aged 78 years. He served for 9 years in the Royal Artillery having postings to Hong Kong, Germany and the UK. He will be sadly missed by his daughters Lesley, Sharon and Amanda. Grandchildren David, Anna, Ann-Marie and Darren. Great grandchildren Shannon, Archie, Grayson and Freya.
FREND – Nigel William Col passed away 5 April 2018 aged 88 years. Beloved husband of the late Antonia and greatly missed by his children Amanda and Nigel and their families. Former CO of 29 Cdo Regt RA. UBIQUE.
GRACE – Stuart Alastair William Capt passed away suddenly but peacefully 20 March 2018. He served with 16 AD Regt RA and Kentigern House (APC) Glasgow. Stuart was also NRPS working with 7/8 Argyll’s, 105 Regt RA and 6 Scots. He was thought of very highly by everyone who worked with him, a much loved husband of Elaine and father to Andrew Shannon and the late Alastair. RIP. Funeral has taken place.
GRICE – Peter WO2 (BSM) passed away 28 April 2018. Peter served for a total of 22 years and was an member of the RAA Lincoln branch. Funeral has taken place but donations if desired are to be made to the RAA Lincoln branch. RIP.
GRIFFITHS – Thomas Michael Ashley Capt later Major TA passed away peacefully 18 April 2018 aged 88 years. Thomas was an estate agent practicing in Redcar and Middlesbrough. Sadly missed by friends and family. Goodbye Soldier.
HOCKADAY – Ian passed away 26 March 2018 aged 44 years. Ian served with 3 RHA and formerly with the Royal Signals.
JOHN - Peter Harrison Maj TD Solicitor, passed away peacefully in his sleep 22 April 2018 aged 83 years. Loved by family, many friends and clients. Funeral has taken place but donations if desired to the Rotary Foundation c/o Alex Jones Funeral Directors.
MAHONEY – Francis Wife of WO2 Joe Mahoney 103 Regt RA passed away after a long Illness in the early hours of 12 April 2018 aged 77 years. Joe began his Service with 208 AD Bty (Aigburth) originally on the Bofors Guns progressing on to the Family of Shoulder Launched Missile Systems. Joe later Moved to HQ Bty (St Helens) playing a major part in its expansion and recruitment. Both messes have fond memories of Joe and Francis when honoured with their presence at their numerous functions.
PALMER – Leslie Charles Sgt passed away 12 March 2018 aged 98 years. Sgt Palmer was a very proud WWII veteran serving with the 43rd Wessex Regiment and a secondment to the Royal Military Police, he returned to his regiment prior to de-mob at the end of the war. His beloved wife ‘Mick’ whom he met in her home town of Dartmouth when he was stationed on a gun site behind her house passed away 6 years ago, they are now reunited. Leslie was widely travelled including Norway, France and Belgium - he was awarded The Order of Legion d’Honneur medal for service in France, it’s the third highest French military decoration. In his later years he was an active member of the local Gillingham branch of the Royal British Legion, and enjoyed his membership of both the Royal Artillery and the 43rd Wessex Associations. He leaves behind four sons, Terry, Steve, Colin and Nick who proudly remembers Dad’s service number even now - 1530611. UBIQUE.
SMITH – Marty Lt Col – 16 Regt RA, US Army Exchange Officer passed away in Massachusetts USA 30 March 2018 aged 57 years. Marty was employed as a Battery Commander in 16 Regt 32 (Minden) Bty from 1992 to 1995 serving in both Kirton Lindsey and Dortmund. He returned to the US and retired as Lt Col.
WESTWOOD – Trevor known as ‘Westy’ Bdr passed away 2 February 2018 aged 69 years. 170 Bty 45 Field Regt RA, served three tours of NI, two tours of Canada, BAOR Paderborn totalling nine years service and in receipt of the GSM NI Clasp. Westy loved to ski in Bavaria. Lovingly missed by his wife Ann, sons Lee and James and his daughter Lisa, their partners Pauline and Raymond, and grandchildren Michael, Owen and Paige.
WILLIAMS – John Capt passed away 12 March 2018 whilst in Florida USA after a short illness. John served over 27 years primarily with 30 Bty 16 AD Regt RA and then as a commissioned officer with 22 AD Regt RA. Later he was the Property Manager for Tidworth Garrison. He was a proud and loyal Gunner who will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
WILLIAMS – William (Bill – Big Scouse) Thomas WO1 (RSM) passed away 26 April 2018 aged 88 years. Bill enlisted at the age of 17 rising to the rank of WO1, He made the rank of Sgt when he was just 21, he was a Troop Sgt at JLRRA at Hereford. Bill served with 32 Regt first as a WO2 and finally as WO1 RSM, he also served as WO2 BSM of 54 Bty from 1968 to 1972 when he left on promotion to WO1. He was mentioned in Despatches, Bills wife Josie died in 2003 he is survived by his daughters Margaret and Elizabeth.
Brigadier David Baines, who has died aged 94, had a distinguished and adventurous career in both the Army and the Security Services. In 1947, Baines was serving as adjutant with 74 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA in Libya. On the night of October 22, near Homs, a civilian bus loaded with Arabs ran off the road into a wadi or ravine which was flooded after a cloudburst. Baines was one of a rescue party which arrived at 2000 hours on a tractor. By this time the bus was overturned in a torrent about 10 yards from the edge of the road. Eighteen Arabs were clinging to the bus. Four others had been swept downstream and two of these were 120 yards away and holding desperately to some rocks. After the Arabs in the vehicle had been rescued by means of an improvised ropeway, Baines floated a lifeline to the two nearest Arabs. He rescued one. The other was washed away by the strength of the current. When all attempts to float a line to the two remaining Arabs failed, Baines dived into the river. He was tied to the bus with one rope and carried another, but he was still 50 yards from the two men when he reached the end of his rope. He tried to float the other line to the men, but this failed and he made the perilous return journey for more rope. Several times he disappeared under the water but eventually he got the line to the men and they were slowly pulled against the current to safety. When the rescue operation ended at 0300 hours, Baines had been in the water for more than three hours. He was recommended for a George Cross. When this was questioned, George VI intervened. The King considered that the courage Baines had shown merited the award of at least a George Medal but, in the event, he was appointed MBE (Military) for gallantry. David Fitzroy Alan Talbot Baines, the son of a Gunner officer, was born at Sutton, London, on December 22 1923 and educated at Eton, where he was Captain of House. He enlisted in 1941 on his 18th birthday and was commissioned in April 1943. Having joined 25/26 Battery, 7 Medium Regiment RA, as signals officer, he landed on Gold Beach on D-Day and took part in fierce fighting in Normandy, Belgium, Holland and the advance into Germany. At the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944, he was attached to US 82nd Airborne Division and, in the forced crossing of the Rhine, his vehicle was blown up on a mine and his signaller killed. In August 1945 he transferred to 6th Field Regiment RA and served as adjutant with this unit in Palestine and Tripoli where 6 FR became 74 HAA. After a posting to 5 Royal Horse Artillery followed by a move to Mons Officer Cadet School as an instructor, he was on the staff at 31 Lorried Infantry Brigade. In 1957 he joined 3 RHA at Bulford, first as adjutant, then as battery captain. A spell at the MS Branch of the War Office was followed by command of the Chestnut Troop 1 RHA in BAOR as a brevet lieutenant-colonel. After a tour as Chief of Staff at HQ 2 Division, BAOR, he assumed command of 1 RHA and led the regiment to Aden on operational service in September 1965. The regiment fired more than 23,000 rounds in support of seven British and six Arab battalions and received some 50 casualties, including seven killed. In 1967 he was promoted Brigadier and appointed Commander Royal Artillery 4 Division in Herford, BAOR. He subsequently became Director of Plans at HQ Strategic Command. His final job took him to Berlin as Chief of the British Military Mission to Soviet Forces or Brixmis. The system licensed intelligence gathering by Soviet and Allied forces but differing interpretation of the rules led to some sharp clashes, some of which strained relations almost to breaking point. But there were also lighter moments. On one occasion Baines and his wife, Honor, attended the opera in Leipzig, behind the Iron Curtain. Baines felt that the occasion demanded that he wear a dinner jacket. Uniform, however, was what the Soviets insisted upon and, at the end of the performance, they were arrested in full view of the audience and driven to Potsdam under escort. Unfortunately, the young Russian officer leading the convoy got hopelessly lost, and Baines ordered his official car to show him the way. This resulted in the unprecedented sight of the large black British Military Mission vehicle, flying the Union Jack, leading 10 Soviet army cars up the East German autobahn. Baines might have reached higher rank had he been more calculating, but his nature was to tackle problems head on, to take swift and decisive action and to encourage others to do likewise. He was highly respected and held in great affection by the officers and men who served with him. He retired from the Army in 1974, and for the next nine years worked for MI5 on measures to counter the terrorist threat, especially that posed by the IRA, to oil and gas installations around the British Isles. He then became a security consultant to BP International until he retired in 1988. For the next five years, he was emergency planning officer for St John’s Ambulance in Wiltshire. He was, for 10 years, a member of the Wessex Region Committee of OFWAT, and for many years he was churchwarden of his parish church of Berwick St James. Settled in a Jacobean house in Salisbury, he and his wife travelled to many parts of the world. He enjoyed skiing, sailing his yacht and, when well into his eighties, he was riding astride elephants in northern India. As President of the Normandy Veterans Association, he attended the annual commemoration of the D-Day landings and rarely missed the reunions of 1 RHA Aden Veterans. David Baines married, in 1948, Honor Coriat, whom he met when her father was Area Governor of Tripolitania, and who was the greatest support throughout their life together. She survives him with their two sons, both of whom became cavalry officers before having careers in the City. David Baines, born December 22 1923, died March 1 2018. This article is shared from The Telegraph Daily Edition App with you:
Colonel ‘Bob’ Chaundler died on 23 March 2018, two days before his 103rd birthday. He was borne in Teddington and brought-up in Norwich where he lived in the Cathedral Close. Educated at Sutton Valance School he went up to New College, Oxford to read Law. He represented Oxford at sailing gaining his half blue. He also met his future wife, Irene, a fellow undergraduate and a lacrosse international. After gaining an MA in Law he was commissioned in 1936 into the Royal Artillery. Ordered to France in 1939 he hurriedly got married and three days later his new wife waved the regiment good-by as they marched down Fleet High Street to entrain for France where he was promoted to Captain as the Adjutant. His regiment was one of the last to be evacuated from Dunkirk. Later he recalled; “It was awful seeing all these chaps trying to get onto the boats. Finally, I remember running flat out down the quayside towards HMS Windsor and thankfully we got all our men back to England. I joined our CO in the Captain’s cabin of the ship, and we were given a bottle of whisky. I don’t remember much before disembarking at Dover.” He later took part in Operation Torch as a GSO2 in the 46th Division before being posted back to England to the Senior Officers’ School from where, at very short notice, he was posted as a GSO1 to HQ Airborne Corps for Operation Market Garden. He recalled that flying in a glider was an extremely unpleasant experience; “Our glider was towed by a four-engined Lancaster bomber, and the noise and exhaust fumes were terrible.” He successfully landed near Nijmegen, linking up with the Americans. He watched the 82nd Airborne Division’s capture of the Nijmegen Bridge and said it was the bravest act he ever saw. Bob Chaundler finished the war with a posting to India, where he was on the planning staff for the airborne landings to liberate Singapore. Fortunately, the War ended before they took place and Bob was posted to New Delhi to join Mountbatten’s staff in the planning for Indian independence. He was joined there by Irene and their two young sons. Bob was Mentioned in Dispatched three times for his wartime service. Back in England, he reverted from Lieutenant Colonel to his peacetime rank of Major. In keeping with the rest of his military career, he was soon on the move with a post to the War Office in London, followed by a move to Norfolk as a Battery Commander with the regiment soon moving to BAOR. After which Bob was posted on promotion to Kenya during the Mau Mau Emergency where, again, he was Mentioned in Dispatches. Back to the War Office, this time in Stanmore, and then to Paris in a NATO appointment. After which he remained in Paris to form ‘Live Oak’, to analyse military strategy in the event that the Russians again threatened to takeover Berlin. In 1962 Bob took the ‘golden bowler” and retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel. He then became the Administrator for the National Council of Social Services in London. The Council’s main role was to bring voluntary organisations and charities together and into a closer relationship with the government. Bob was among the delegates who helped persuade Chancellor of the Exchequer Anthony Barber, and subsequent Chancellors, to provide tax breaks for charities. By the time he finally retired in 1980, the Council was about to be re-named the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and has become one of the country’s most important bodies supporting the voluntary and community sector. Bob was appointed an OBE for his services. He retired to his family home in Crondall in Hampshire where he enjoyed gardening and bridge. He was also Chairman of the Parish Council. His wife of 74 years died in 2013 and he is survived by two sons (one of whom followed him into the Army and was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment), six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Major Derek Andrews MBE, passed away at his lakeside home on 26 January 2018, with his wife Lindsey and his family at his side. The funeral was held at Heart of England Crematorium, with a wake afterwards at Nuneaton Old Edwardians Rugby Club. Derek Andrews (known as Andy) was born in London on 31 May 1941, the twelfth child of thirteen. He was a terrible student, preferring to bunk off school to play with his friends in the bomb sites which still existed in London. He left school at fifteen with no qualifications. He moved from one job to the next: worked in a coal yard, as a screen printer, a van guard, in a saw mill and as a barrow boy in the local market. Together with his brothers, Andy was a member of a local boxing club and reached blue belt standard at judo. Two years after leaving school he joined the Army and his life changed forever. He remembered National Service lads crying to go home whereas he thought all his Christmases had come at once; for the first time in his life he had his own bed, hot water, three meals a day and new clothes (albeit a uniform), and they gave him money too. Andy excelled at military training and passed out top recruit from an intake of 360. Only three months after completing his training he gained his first promotion to Lance Bombardier and moved quickly through the lower ranks, being promoted to Sergeant one month before his 21st birthday. Sgt Andrews was them posted to Germany, where he met and married his first wife, Vivian. They had two children, Richard and Rebecca, and gave him three special grandchildren, Steven, Evie and John. At this stage, Andy realised that to progress his career he must improve his education so he enrolled in classes and with help from Vivian, the Army Education Corps, and much burning of midnight oil, he achieved three O Levels in Maths, English and History. To his delight he enjoyed learning, became an avid reader and would enrol on as many courses as possible for the rest of his career. He took full advantage of all the Army had to offer, learning to sail and ski, enjoyed water skiing and sub-aqua. Andy was never a great sportsman but did represent his regiment at rugby, squash and hockey. The family were then posted to Scotland where he was an instructor, and then to Hong Kong. While in the Far East he undertook courses in Singapore including one on Jungle Warfare. Andy was then sent for the first time to the Junior Leaders’ Regiment in Nuneaton, where he was a successful Troop No.1. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant and was in charge of all Technical and Survey Training; his Commanding Officer wrote of him as being one of the best instructors he had ever met. He was promoted to Sergeant Major and the family were posted to Wiltshire. After a while the family decided that for the sake of the children’s education they would buy a house and move back to Nuneaton and for two years Andy commuted at weekends. Then as luck would have it, he got a Commission and was posted back to Nuneaton as Troop Commander. After six months he was promoted to Captain and was in charge of Recruit Training. To his own astonishment, just one year later he gained another promotion and became a Major and was given a command in Northern Ireland at just three week’s notice and with no time for any special training. Andy always said he was very lucky at being in the right place at the right time – he had risen from Sergeant Major to Major in just 18 months. Andy completed a tour with his new regiment in Germany where he was Artillery Advisor to Task Force Hotel. This being at the height of the cold war, the role of the Task Force was to delay the Russians for 24 hours to allow the rest of the Army to be ready. The Task Force knew this may mean using nuclear weapons; Andy did the training and became an expert in this field, a responsibility he found daunting. Through a friend at the War Office he was able to arrange a posting back to Nuneaton as Battery Commander and later as Battery Commander of HQ. Andy and Vivian sadly divorced and he later married Jean. Sadly, Jean died and for eighteen months he became something of a recluse, until one evening when a couple of old army pals took him to a local social club. And that’s where he met Lindsey, the love of his life. They had a wonderful wedding, but not only did he gain a wonderful wife, he also gained another daughter in Catherine who he grew to love and admire and the feeling was mutual. After retiring from the army Andy took on the role as CEO of Leicester, Northampton & Rutland Cadet Force. He considered himself very lucky to have a succession of forward thinking, efficient, commandants and a genuinely dedicated permanent staff, and together they grew the organisation from 24 to 45 Detachments, from just 600 cadets to 1500. Recognition of this success came with a trip went back to Buckingham Palace, where HM The Queen awarded Andy the MBE for his services to the Army Cadet Force. Andy was always mindful of what the Registrar wrote on the back of his birth certificate – ‘Don’t Leave This World As Bare As You Came Into It’. Andy certainly never did that.