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memorial2 nWe mark the passing of those who served this country, including Wing Cdr Paul Farnes - one of the last 3 known Battle of Britain Fighter Command pilots (Flt Lt William Clark, F.O. John Hemingway).

Contributions from comrades and families welcome.

AUDLAND Captain (later Sir) Christopher Audland KCMG 7 July 1926 - 29 December 2019 Royal Artillery Egypt, Palestine, Greece, Jordan Later diplomat 

BOOTH Captain Michael Booth DSC RN 1949 - 2020 HMS Bulwark Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brunei. C.O. HMS Scylla 664 Sqn AAC N Ireland (MiD) C.O. 847 NAS Falklands (DSC). Sharks display team. Naval Attache Germany & Canada

CHALFONT Lt Col Alun Arthur Gwynne Jones (later Times defence correspondent and Lord Chalfont , Minister for Disarmament) OBE, MC 5 December 1919 - 10 January 2020 South Wales Borderers Burma, Cyprus, Malaya (MC)

CLARKE Major Muriel Evelyn Bol Clarke 25 June 1920 - 3 December 2019 Commissioned into ATS. British Military Mission Romania, GHQ Far east Land Singapore; Trieste - intelligence staff officer; i/c WRAC Cyprus and Middle East. Later aid worker esp Romania

CLIFFORD Col Nigel David Clifford MBE died 17 January 2020 aged 88 Royal Enginees

COOPER General Sir George Lesie Conroy Cooper GCB, MC 10 August 1925 - 6 January 2020 Royal Engineers Battle of the Hook, Korea (MC); Arab Legion Jordan; Iraq Army; Belfast, Germany Cdr 19 (Air Portable) Brigade; inc Malaysia; GOC SE District finally Adjutant General

CUMMINS Lt Col (later Sir) Michael John Austin Cummins 26 November 1939 - 25 January 2020 Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards/ Royal Scots Dragoon Guards  Aden , Kuwait, BAOR, N Ireland Later Serjeant at Armes, House of Commons

DANCY John Christopher Dancy 13 November 1920 - 28 December 2019 Rifle Brigade Normandy. Intelligence officer North West Europe and Far East

FARNES Wing Cdr Paul CaswellPowe Farnes DFM, AE 16 July 1918 - 28 January 2020 7 Battle of Britain "kills" plus 2 shares made him an "ace" as a Sgt

Battle of France , Battle of Britain 501 Sqn Hurricanes Commissioned Nov 1940 229 Sqn Malta, Egypt 124 Sqn Iraq; c.o. 611 Sqn Mustang IV; 164 Sqn (later 63) Spitfire IX; later jet instructor

HEDGES Lt Cdr John Hedges AFC RN died 12 January 2020 aged 82

HOARE Lt Col Thomas Michael Bernard Hoare 17 March 1919 - 2 February 2020 ( "Mad Mike) London Iriah. Royal Armoured Corps. India, Burma . Later mercenary in Congo, Seychelles

JOHNSON Col John Malcolm Johnson dies 27 January 2020 aged 86

NIELD Brigadier Shirley Patrick Nield CBE WRAC died 18 January 2002

O'MORCHOE Maj Gen David Mial Creagh O'Morchoe CB CBE 17 May 1928 - 22 November 2019 Royal Irish Fusiliers (later Irish Rangers) i/c Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces

PLUMMER Briadier Robert Antony Plummer Irish Guards died 31 Decembe 2019 aged 90

ROBSON (formerly MacWatt) Senior Cdr (Major) Gladys Anne Logan Robson ATS/WRAC 14 September 1911 - January 2020 Wartime Asst Inspector ATS physical training

SHERMAN (Edwin Douglas) Ramsay Shearman 17 November 1924 - 13 December 2019 shortwave radio pioneer. Admiralty Signal Establishment. Advise to MoD and GCHQ

STEAR Air Chief Marshall Sir Michael Stear KCB, CBE died 5 January 2020 aged 81

TURLE Arish Richard Turle MC 4 April 1939 - 13 DEcember 2019 Rifle Brigade Sqn Cdr 22 SAS Oman HQ N Ireland Intelligence

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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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