WO2 Wayne Bashford 10 December 2017 (WO2 Bashford transferred into AGC/SPS from RHA)
Mr Paul Collyer December 2017
WO2 Brian Elliot 8 December 2017
Mr Dewi Evans 2 November 2017
Sgt H Hull 23 December 2017 (Known by ‘Screaming Skull or Pete’)
Mr Dan Kay
Gnr Tony Osman (believed to have served with 7 RHA)
BREACH - CE Major Retired, suddenly on 22 November 2017, after being involved in a car accident. Beloved husband of Judy, George served with the Gunners in his early life and became a member of the Royal Artillery Historical Society in 2004. Funeral has taken place.
MAY: Major Bernard May died peacefully at Hereford Hospital on 5 December 2017, aged 89. He served with 45 Field Regiment RA in England, Korea and Hong Kong until late 1953. He then became Adjutant of 55 Training Regiment RA in Wales. From 1955 until 1958 he studied the Chinese (Cantonese) language and in 1959 transferred to the Intelligence Corps. Much loved husband of Pauline, father of Stephen and grandfather to Emily.
GREAVES - John, Captain Retired passed away 21 October 2017. John served with 22 Lt AD Regiment 1967-1982, 103 & 104 Regiment (TA), 12 Regiment RA, and lastly 5 Regt RA as their Unit Welfare Officer. He served tours in Northern Ireland and Cyprus, retiring to an isolated part of Scotland. John passed away after a long courageous battle with cancer, beloved husband of Maureen. RIP, UBIQUE.
CLEGG - Kevin Jame Sgt passed away 4 January 2018, aged 51. Retired in 2006, L Bty 1 RHA. Sincere condolences to Ann.
COUCH - Fred WO2 (BSM), passed away 17 December 2017 aged 98. Fred served with 26th Indian Division, 160th (Jungle) Field Regiment, 584 Bty. Serving from 1941 to 1945, India, Burma, Arakan and Ramree campaigns. He served all that time with no home leave, endured two bouts of malaria and one of dysentery. He was promoted to Bombardier bypassing Lance Bombadier at Okee Doke pass when the gun in his troop received a direct hit killing the number 1 and 2. Post war Porton Camp, BAOR, finishing at Parkhall Camp, Oswestry. 58-62, BSM to the ‘Old Rooks’ then 59 ‘Asten’ Battery. Serving 22 years a gunner. His son Peter writes, he is now with his beloved family, friends and comrades, he remained a fighter until the end. It was pleasure and honour to call you Dad, also to be with you at the end. UBIQUE.
CLARK - Bdr Ray ex 42 Regiment and secretary of Middlesbrough Branch RAA passed away 2 January 2018. Ray was in hospital awaiting surgery when he suffered a ruptured aneurysm. Ray joined the Royal Artillery in 1959 and after training at Oswestry joined 42 Regiment at Plymouth followed by tours in Cyprus, Pembroke Dock and Lippstadt. He served with HQ Battery and RHQ and after discharge in 1968 completed a further 9 years with the reserve. Middlesbrough branch members send their sincere condolences to Gwen and the family. All branch members, less those on holiday, have been informed. Funeral has taken place.
LEWIS - Dilwyn (Taffy) passed away 11 December 2018. Taff joined the Artillery in 1967 with JLRAA following which he joined 32 Heavy Regiment RA, 50 The Queens Battery in 1969. He served in Hildesheim and Bulford, believed to have retired 77/78.
STOLWORTHY - Wayne Bdr passed away 3 January 2018. Wayne served with 47 Regt RA, HQ Bty retiring in 1979.
BENTLEY - Lt Col (Retd) Christopher Peter died peacefully on 8th January 2018, aged 77. He served with 42 Regt RA - British Army, 2RAR - Rhodesian Army, Zimbabwe Army HQ and Western Frontier Regt - Royal Oman Army. Much loved husband, father and grandfather.
HUGHES - Brig Bugs Hughes OBE passed away peacefully at home 11 January 2018 aged 83. Loving husband of Janet, much loved father of Penny, Jonathan and Judy, grandfather to ten adoring grandchildren. Bugs was CO of 1 Regt Oman Artillery in the closing stages of the Dhofar War, he arrived in late December 1974 just before Op DARAB in January 1975, he commanded the Gunners throughout their operations in 1975, which ultimately led to the declaration of the end of the war in January 1976. He remained in Oman until 1976 after which he refused a MoD appointment to go as DS to the Sudanese Staff College, subsequently commanding the whole UK BATT there as Colonel. After Sudan came Victory College at Sandhurst, he was the Regimental Colonel RA, and later the Chief of Personnel of the UN Force in Sinai. Having finished his career as Brigadier Commanding the RA Range in the Hebrides, he retired in 1990 and devoted much of this time to charity sailing for the blind. Funeral has taken place, a service of thanksgiving is to be arranged.