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Obituaries and death notices spotted this month. We welcome comments on past lives, and even notification of others passing (which we'll publish, although with the caveat that we are unable to verify them)

ADAMS Lt John Harold Adams RN Died 9 April 2012 aged 77
Fleet Air Arm pilot

ANGELL Lt Cdr Peter Angell MBE, DSC 7 Oct 1919- 18 Feb 2012
Ferried troops from Dunkirk to larger ships, 5 war patrols as captain of submarine Sea Rover in the Pacific - 9 ships sunk, 2 damaged

CHIU Yiu Nam GM 1949 - 14 Feb 2011
Modest RFA seaman in the Falklands who saved 10 trapped on Sir Galahad

CORSAR Charles H K Corsar LVO, OBE, TD, DL, MA died 9 April 2012

DABORN Col Alan Francis Daborn OBE Died 4th April 2012 aged 89

DENISON Patrick Anthony (Tony) Denison MC, MBE Died 10 April 2012 aged 89

FACHIRI Captain Robert Fachiri MC 4 August 1919 - 18 March 2012

Siezed the air and naval research station at Travemunde in May 1945, occupied by Germans, ahead of the Russians

HEATON Major Basil Hugh Phillipse MBE 30 March 2012 aged 88

HUNTER-CHOAT Brigadier Anthony Hunter-Choat OBE 12 Jan 1936 - 12 April 2012
Won the Medaille Militaire serving in the Fench Foreign Legion.  Joined Ghurkas, served in Malaysia, Borneo, N Ireland. Commanded Sultan of Oman's Special Forces

KENNARD Colin David Kennard DSO (poss Irish Guards) Died 13 April 2012 aged 92

LISTER L/Cpl John Bail "Baz" Lister 27 Oct 1928 - 19 Jan 2012
National Service soldier demoted to Private for "extra-curricular activities" - twice

MCKINNON Brig Alistair McKinnon OBE died 30th March 2012 aged 82

MALLINS Major Philip G Malins MBE, MC 8 May 1919 - 9 April 2012
Territorial, evacuated from Dunkirk, supply and transport officer,  Burma campaign, advance party to Saigon to thwart Annamite extremists Sept 1945

POLAND Rear Admiral Nicholas Poland CB, CBE 19 Feb 1917 - 10 March 2012
Motor torpedo boat captain, torpedo officer for attack on Tirpitz and in Far East, Director of Undersea Warfare, CoS to CinC Home Fleet, author "The Torpedomen" 1992

SISMORE Air Cdre Edward Sismore DSO, DFC and 2 bars, AFC, AE  23 June 1921 - 22 March 2012 aged 90
Precision navigator of Mosquitos who planned or executed raids on Gestapo headquarters inc Amiens, Arhus, Copenhagen.Post war Meteora and Victors

SPANKIE Hugh Oliver Spankie RM aged 75

STEWART Henry Edward Rober (Bob) Stewart MC died 25 April 2012 aged 91

TOYE Col Hugh Toye OBE died 15th April 2012 Aged 95

ex Army, diplomat

WILLIAMS Col George Torquil Gage 'Toots' Williams 1st April 2012 aged 91

WUJASTYK Flt Lt Stanislaw Wujastyk 27 November 1914 - 14 April 2012
Polish Air Force who escaped Poland in 1939, France 1940, liberated by Americans in N Africa, served with RAF in UK and Palestine 

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British military casualties - Editorial policy

In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

There is invariably at least a 24 hour gap between the official release of news of an event and the naming of the dead. This is to allow families to be informed and proper eulogoies to be produced. Occasionally families request no euologies or comment. We abide by guidance we receive on such sensitive matters. We regret that information on those who sacrifice almost as much through grave injury is seldom released by the MoD for operational reasons, and so we are unable to pay tribute.

 

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