Cameron-Hayes - Colonel J Cameron-Hayes MVO passed away on 3 March 17. There will be a private cremation for him but a memorial service for him will be held on Friday 7 April 2017 at St Mary's Church, Chilton Foliat at 1100 hrs.
BERNIE - passed away peacefully at home surrounded his family on the 14th January. On Friday 10th February around 200 former comrades of 18 (Quebec 1759) Battery from his days with 42nd, 5th and 32nd Heavy Regiment, and members from other batterys in those regiments, came together to pay our respects and gave him a send off in true Gunner style. A number of Standards were paraded, his coffin was carried by his closet friends and memories were shared by Col Mac MacPherson former RARSM.
He leaves behind his wife Martina, and daughter Lorraine.
COX - Lt Col John Michael “Mike” Cox RA Retd dearly loved husband, father and grandpa, passed away peacefully at home on Monday 19 September, in his ninetieth year. He will be sadly missed.
DEAKIN - Maj John Arthur Clarence Deakin died on 28 August aged 68 years following a short battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Hilary, loving father to Victoria, Sarah and Georgina and devoted "Grumpy" to Clementine and William. A Thanksgiving Service was held in October 2016.
BURNESS - Mr John Burness sadly passed away on the 22 November. He served with 54 Bty and HQ Bty 25 Light Field Regiment. He was an active member of the Royal Artillery Association Wrexham Branch for many years serving as Vice Chairman, Chairman, Secretary and many more roles over the years. He will be sorely missed by his wife Gaynor, sons Anthony and Stuart, daughter Catherine and stepson Kevin. You will leave lots of memories for your comrades and friends at the Wrexham Branch. Stand Easy John.
Peter Armstrong 23245908 - a former R.H.A. Gunner and NCO Wireless Signals operator, died on 29th November 2016 aged 79. His father Thomas Armstrong was a DEMS Gunner serving in the South Atlantic, India, Italy and the Suez Canal area with the Royal Navy during WW2. Peter enlisted with the Royal Horse Artillery in July 1955 and served in Egypt and Tripoli from January 1956 until the end of May 1957 with 3 Regiment J Sidi Rezegh Battery he discharged on the 26th July 1962. His favourite saying which came about through his period in Africa was that he “Was up to his neck in Sand and Bullets” he did concede in later life that his Grandson Simon who currently Serves with the Army Air Corp and served in Afghanistan probably had it a little more difficult and was more than welcome and qualified to inherit his saying and keep it in the family.
Whilst serving in Tripoli Peter with other members of the regiment acted as extra’s alongside John Wayne and Sophia Loren in the classic “Legends of the Lost” film and whilst he can be seen on screen he always joked that if you blink you will miss him, it is nice to know that he will always be immortalised in film.
Peter was born in Withington Manchester and after being bombed out of the family home in WW2 he moved to Burnage with his family and grew up there before marrying in 1959. He is survived by his ex-wife Sylvia his long term partner Denise, as well as two brothers and sisters, Tom, Joe, Anne and Cora, his three sons; Gareth, Perren and Peter, four grandchildren; Simon, Jennifer, Rhiannon and Perrin along with three Great Grandchildren; Abigail, William and Ava. He was sadly predeceased by his sister Patricia in 2015.
He always had time for a smile and a kind word and looked on life as something to be enjoyed, he will be sadly missed by family friends and all those who knew him.