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memorial2 nWe mark the passing of those who have served this nation. Contributions from comrades and families welcome.

After the death of William Clark (below) it is believed that there is now only one survivor of "The Few" from the Battle of Britain - John Hemingway

ALDWINCKE (nee Helen Lovie Taylor) 26 October 1920 - 24 April 2020 Hut 6 analyst signals traffic Bletchley Park. Co-author official history Later Chevalier Legion d'Honneur

ANTHONY William Lesley (Les) Anthony 30 April 1933 - 21 May 2020 Welsh Guards Germany

BAILEY Captain David Bailey RN died 1 April 2020 aged 89

BARCKLEY Fl Lt Robert Edward Barcklay DFC 18 November 1920 - 29 March 2020 MiD twice Evacuated from Dunkirk 1940 Volunteered to transfered to RAF, trained as pilot 3 Sqn Hurricanes (air cover Dieppe raid) and Typhoons Shot down 12 V1 flying bombs (inc first) Shot down over France, Comet Line back to UK

BARNES (later Sir) James David Francis Barnes 4 March 1936 - 4 March 2020 National Service Royal Artillery battery commander Malaya

BEAVIS Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Gordon Beavis KCB, CBE, AFC 13 August 1929 - 7 June 2020  43Sqn Meteor, 608 Sqn Vampires, 617 Sqn UK-Sydney Vulcan record. CO 10 Sqn VC10Germany, Cyprus later Dep CinC Allief Forces Central Europe 

BEAZLEY Cdr Peter Bryan Beazley OBE died 6 April 2020 aged 94

BECKERMAN Wilfred Beckerman RN 19 May 1925 - 18 April 2020. Officer convoys North and Arctic Seas

BENHAM-CROSSWELL Lt Col John Alfred Benham-Crosswell Royal Engineers died 23 May 2020 aged 84

BERESFORD (later Lord) Major Patrick Tristram de la Poer Beresford16 June 1934 - 18 March 2020 Royal Horse Guards. Cyprus. Borneo. R Sqn 22 SAS (Territorial) Later equestriansim

BLOWER Lt John Henry Blower 25 August 1922 - 14 June 2020 Royal Engineers Burma  MiD

BOISSIER Lt Cdr Martin Boissier 1927 - April 2020 HMS Birmingham (to Egypt) HMS Isis Atlantic convoys HMS Orion. Post war Fleet Air Arm pilot 810 Sqn Korea

BOOTH Flt Sgt Malcolm Booth MBE RAF 15 April 1924 - 10 July 2020 Lancaster bomber pilot  75 Sqn over Germany  30 missions . Then instructor

BOWLBY Col Patrick Bowlby died 27 June 2020

BOWMER Trevor Bowmer RN died 14 April 2020 aged 70

BRIGSTOCKE Admiral Sir John Richard Brigstocke KCB 30 July 1945 - 26 May 2020 Gunnery officer. CO HMS Upton. Recruitment poster.. Sea training at time of Falklands . CO HMS York CO HMS Ark Royal . ACNS> Cdr UK task Group. Second Sea Lord, C in C Naval Home Command

BRIGGS John David(son) Briggs 7 November 1917 - 16 March 2020 Pacifist . Pay Corps, Medical Corps, landed in Normandy 1944 to serve in field hospital

BROOKE Lt Col Thomas Christopher Peter Brooke died 14 May 2020 aged 81

BROWN Admiral Sir Brian Thomas Brown KCB, CBE 31 August 1934 - 27 April 2020 HMS Unicorn Korean war RNAS 898 Sea Hawk HMS Eagle 848 Sqn helicopters HMS Bulwark Kuwait, off malaysia HMS Tiger Far East . Falklands logistics miracle. Second Sea Lord (Chief of Naval Personnel - persuaded RN to send women to sea)

BRYANS Cdr Patrick Bryans died 3 April 2020 aged 86

CAMPBELL Fl Lt Alasdair Cambell died June 2020 aged 97 personnel responsibilities Burma

CARUANA Sqn Ldr Robert 'Bob' Caruana died June 2020 aged 96 Pilot and MI6 agent. Trained in Rhodesia (editor's father??) Chindits airstrip recce. 30 Sqn P-47 Thunderbolts ground attack. 1946 Spitfires 19 Sqn Germany . Home in Germany used as safe house. During Falklands lived in Buenes Aires 2 months gathering info on Arg forces

CHEVALIER GUILD Lt Cdr John marjoribanks Chevallier Guild died 18 June 2002 aged 86

CLARK Fl Lt William Terence Montague 'Terry' Clark DFM AE 11 April 1919 - 7 May 2020 Auxiliary Air Force voluinteer March 1938, RAF VR 1949-1954 219 Sqn Blenheim air gunner and navigator as Sgt. Reroled as night fighter. Several "victories" Commissioned into 488 Sqn. Air controller North Weald Sector. Later shot down Ju 188 over Normandy beach head

COOKE-PRIEST Rear Adm Colin Herbert Dickinson (Cooke) Priest 17 March 1939 - 6 April 2020 Observer, Fleet Air Arm. 814 Sqn HMS Albion , HMS Victorious. 824 Sqn HMS Ark Royal. Cdr HMS Plymouth, HMS Berwick HMS Boxer HMS Brilliant. Head of Fleet Air Arm

CORRIN Michael Lawson Corrin 2 April 1934- 2 April 2020 Korean War veteran

COWARD Vice Admiral Sir John Francis Coward KCB DSO 11 October 1937 - 30 May 2020  co HMS Valiantco HMS Brilliant T22 S Georgia & Falklands  finally Cdt RCDS

CROPPER Peter John Cropper CBE 18 June 1927 - 16 May 2020 Royal Artillery

DEHN Conrad Dehn 24 November 1926 - 26 April 2020 Royal Artillery

DOBBS Lt Cdr Michael Conway Dobbs died 27 April 2020 aged 95

EDEN Sir John Benedict Eden Bt (later MP and Lord Eden of Winton) 15 September 1925 - 23 May 2020 Rifle Brigade, 2nd Ghurka Rifles, Gilgit Scouts later Charman, Royal Armouries

FELICE Captain John Felice RNR died 29 April 2020 aged 96

GRIMTHORPE Lady Elizabeth (Skip) Grimthorpe nee Lumley DCVO 22 July 1925 - 15 April 2020 Wartime SOE camouflage section 

GRIMWOOD Captain John (Jack) Percival Grimwood RN died 29 May 2002 aged 98

HALL Col Michael Drummond Hall OBE GM died 26 April 2020 aged 81. RAOC bomb disposal. Malaysia 23 IEDs defused. Germany, Dubai. chief ammunition technical officer Northern Ireland

HAMPTON James Hampton RAF died 8 June 2020 Flight engineer, 76 Sqn Halifax aircraft . Author "Selected for Aircrew"

HAWKINS Fl Lt Desmond hawkins DFC 23 November 1922 - 26 April 2020 . Lancaster Navigator 44 Sqn 26 raids over NW Europe 630 Sqn 625 Sqn 16 missions, finally food drop over Netherlands

HOUSSEMAYNE du BOULAY Sir Roger William Houssemayne 30 March 1923 - 14 April 2020 RAF. Hurricanes over Malaya. Later diplomat

HENDERSON (later BURY) Anne Scott Bury MBE WRAF

JONES Captain Michael Jones MVO RN 1930-2020 Korea, Aden, HMS Albion (India, Africa) later taught Prince Chalres and Princess Anne to sail

JONES Lt Col Nick Jones died 30 April 2020 aged 84 Royal Artillery

KING Sgt John Philip 'Jack' King 27 February 1922 - 23 December 2019 Royal Artillery. Singaore. Burma Railway. Later warrant officer gunnery expert. Hong Kong

KUTI Captain Adekunie Harrison Kui died 28 March 2020 aged 78

LLOYD Lt Col David Alun Lloyd died 12 May 2020 aged 91

MANN Rosalind Daphne Mann  (nee Lechem) 30 April 1925 - 18 May 2020 WRNS Bletchley Park Bombe operator

MARR W Donald Marr 1930 - 2020 RNVR Mediterranean

MAXWELL Wendy Maxwell nee Kathleen Margaret WallaceMBE 17 January 1920 - 2 May 2020 Wartime Cabinet Office secretary inc Quebec and Tehran conferences

MONTROSE-GRAEM Douglass Nontrose-Graem 1924-2020 Hungary WW2 aided Raoul Wallenberg saving Jews. Arreested by Gestapon. Tricked release. Arrested by Soviets. Escaped death march. Royal Scots Greys commissioned into Intelligence Corps 1952 (with John le Carre in Austria)

MORRIS Rear Adm Roger Olive Morris CB died 18 April 2020 aged 87 Chief Hydrographer RN

NATZLER Pierre Natzler 18 February 1917 - 28 April 2020 (Covid) Free French forces Casablanca. SOE British Army officer . By Lysander into France 1943 to test escape line via Spain and Portugal (successfully)

NORMAND Lt Cdr (Patrick) Ian Normand AFC died 28 June 2020 aged 92 Test pilot

OHLENSCHLAGER Brigadier Richrad Ohlenschlager died 25 April 2020 aged 95

PIGOTT Lt Gen Sir Anthony David Pigott KCB, CBE 23 December 1944 - 19 March 2020 RE. Apollo moon programme, Germany, N Ireland, British Honduras, MA to VCGS Falklands, ARRC, Cdt Camberley, DCDS

RAMSDEN James 1 November 1923 - 29 March 2020 Rifle Brigade N W Europe MiD later MP and briefly Sec of State for War, Minister of State for the Army

READ Petty Officer Leonard Ernest Read QPM 31 March 1925 - 7 April 2020 Royal Navy 1943-46 later Detective Chief Inspector 'Nipper' Read, Metropolitan Police murder squad detective and national co-ordinator of regional crime squads

REID Malcolm Herbert Marcuc Reid 2 March 1927 - 11 May 2020 RN officer HMS Defiance, HMS Ocean

ROBERTSON Cdr Frederick James 'Rusty' Robertson OBE died 18 April 2020 aged 88

RYAN Maj Gen Denis Edgar Ryan CB died 7 June 2020 aged 91

SARGENT Lt Cdr John Brough Sargent MBE RM

SHEPHERD Gp Captain Robert (Bob) George Shepherd died 25 June 2020 aged 79

SINCLAIR Maj Gen George Brian ( Gus) Sinclair CB, CBE 21 July 1928 - 17 May 2020 Royal Engineers. Korea , Christmas Island (Op Grapple), Libya, Cyprus, CGS 1 Corps Germany. Army engineer-in-chief

SMITH-JAYNES Cdr Ernest Roston Snoth-Jaynes died 21 May 2020 aged 72

STEFF-LANGSTON Gp Capt John Anthony Steff-Langston MBE died 5 May 2002 aged 93. CO RAF Northolt. New Zealand

STEPHENSON-OLIVER Wg Cdr John Nigel Stephenson-Oliver died 28 June 2020 aged 81

STEVENS (Flt Lt?) Sydney George "Stevie" Stevens DFC, AE* died 11 April 2020 aged 98. Lancaster pilot 1943 28 missions NW Europe, Turin 57 Sqn Berlin airlift (reservist)

STEWART Major Ian Hamilton Stewart died 11 April 2020 aged 74 Gurkha Transport Corps, RLC, Intelligence Corps

STEWART Dr Roibert More Stewart OBE TD RAMC died 20 May 2020 aged 92

STREATFIELD Eve Streatfield MBE died 31 May 2020 aged 100 Wartime MI5. Later Inst of Strategic Studies, Cabinet Office assisting writing of "British Intelligence in Second World war"

SUMMERS-SMITH Captain (James) Denis Summers-Smith 25 October 1920 - 5 May 2020 Captain, Intelligence officer 9th Cameronians. D-Day wave 2 Wounded and invalided home Falaise August 44

TOPP Air Cdre Roger Topp 14 May 1923 - 6 March 2020 Horsa pilot Rhine crossing . 98 Sqn Mosquito CO 111 Sqn Hunters. Aerobatics. Later development

TUCKER Wing Cdr John Ralph (Tom) Tucker died 17 April 2020 aged 90

WAKELY Lt Dorothy Dorothy Wakely (nee Temple) 4 July 195 - 6 May 2020 FANY and SOE (French section) Algiers - Massingham HQ, Italy (with Yugoslavians)  Italy Star

WATERFIELD Lt Cdr Joly Waterfield died 12 June 2020 aged 87

WESTON Lt Col John Culpepper Weston MC Royal Marines 11 April 1928 - 27 March 2020 Wounded at Suez (thereafter saluted left handed) Malta, Cyprus c.o. C Company 40 Commando Op Claret, Op Stonehouse under fre (MC) Malaysia , Quantico

WIGLEY Raphael George Wigley died 1st April 2020 aged 91. RAF pilot

WILKINS Roger John Wilkins died 14 April 2020 Nos 1, 2(AC), 43 and 63 sqns Aden, Germany

WITTS Air Cdr Jeremy (Jerry) John Witts DSO 18 June 1950- 3 June 2020  Cyprus - Vulcan. Germany - Buccaneers 14 missions Toornado Iraq War 31 Sqn. NATO CO RAF Northolt ADC to Queen Air Attache Washington

WOOD Lt Cdr Anthony Hugo Wood died 4 April 2020 aged 86

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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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