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memorial2 nOn the next page we mark the passing of those who have served this country. Contributions from comrades and families welcome.

ALTERN Graeme M Altern died 2 January 2019 aged 77 ex RAF

ECCLES-WILLIAMS (nee GOODWIN) Jeanne Eccles-Williams WRNS Born July 1922 died 21 November 2018 Classified coastal defences Op Outward launching balloons against the continent

ELKINGTON Wing Cdr John Francis Durham  'Tim@ Elkington 23 December 1920 - 1 February 2019 Battle of Britain Hurricans1 Sqn (wounded defending against raid on RAF Tangmere). Later delicered planes to USSR. Typhoon Ground attack 197 Sqn, 539 Sqn nightfighters, India post war Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Christmas Island (nuclear tests)

FANSHAWE (Moxon) Joan Margaret Fanshawe (nee Moxon) 5 September 1920 - 21 December 2018 WAAF plotter 11 Group HQ during Battle of Britain Later RAF Debden

FRASER Maj Michael Quintin Fraser died 18 Jan 19 aged 89 7th Queen's Own Hussars

GAUNTLETT Alan Gauntlett Royal Engineers 1925 - 15 October 2018 Dropped near Arnhem 18 Sept 1944 4 Para Sqn RE. PoW, escaped, hidden by Dutch Resistance, evacuated "Pegasus 1" Last Arnhem survivor to take part in Theirs is the Glory (Sept 1945)

HARBISON AVM William 'Paddy' Harbison CB, CBE, AFC Wartime Spitfires and Mustangs inc escorting bombers. later F-86 with USAF Korea. I/c 67 Sqn RAF Germany, finally AOC 11 Group

HOLLIDAY Col Richard Durden Holliday died 30 December 2018 aged 79

HOWARD Rear Adm Christopher John (Jack) Howard died 18 Jan 19 aged 86

HUGHES Flt Lt William Robert Kent (Bob) Hughes DFC 14 February 1921 - 3 December 2018

Battle of Britain Blenheims. 23 Sqn 149 Sqn Wellingtons (attack on Tirpitz). 70 Sqn - 40 missions Middle East. 73 Missions over Germany as air gunner inc 1000 bomber raid on Bremen

KAY Maj Andrew Robertson Kay died 6 Jan 2019 aged 91

MEAD Lt Col Kenneth Andrew Mead OBE, DFM 10 August 1923 - 17 December 2018

Glider pilot Op Mallard (D Day, platoon of Royal Ulster Rifles) and Op Market Garden (Arnhem) - captured Stalag IV-B . Post war light aircraft Germany 1912 Sqn, Malaya 656 Sqn AAC, helicopters BAOR

MILLER Air Cdre John 'Dusty' Miller CCBE, DFC, AFC died 4th January 2019 aged 97

MORGAN Nigel Jeremy Morgan died 17 Nov 2018. Ex Irish Guards

OSBORN Cdr Michael Magnus Osborn OBE died 15 December 2018 aged 96

PIGGOTT Flt Lt Alan Derek Piggott MBE 27 December 1922 - 6 January 2019 Military glider operations, dakotas, India. Later RAF and civilian flying instructor. Filmed as stunt pilot

SUTHERLAND Sgt Frederick Sutherland RCAF 26 February 1923 - 21 January 2019 Wellingtons, Manchesters, Lancasters. 25 ops with 50 Sqn. Last but one survivor of Dambusters raid 617 Sqn. Bailed out when plane struck tree in low level attack on Dortmund-Ems canal. Helped to escape by Dutch and French Resistance

WATSON Dr William Humphreys 'Tiger' Watson MBE, MC, legion d'Honneur died 29 December 2018 aged 97. Last surviving commando from St Nazaire raid 1942

WILLAN Patricia Margaret (Paddy) Willan nee Kinghan. 1923 - died 20 December 2018 . Nursed shellshocked servicemen as pyschiatric nurse, Guys Hosp 1946. Navy wife

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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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