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inmemoriam

We mark the passing of those who served this country. Contributions from comrades and families welcome.

BRAND Col Christopher Brand died 30 June 2018 aged 73

CARRINGTON Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, KG, GCMG, CH, MC, PC, DL 6 June 1919 – 9 July 2018

Grenadier Guards Armoured Division tank commander North West Europe. MC bridge at Nijmegen. Later junior defence minister, First Lord of the Admiralty, Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary (resigned after Falklands invasion); Secretary General NATO, European Community envoy to Balkans

CORKERY Lt Michael Corkery QC 20 May 1926 - 22 June 2018 Grenadier then Welsh Guards

DUTTON Lt Cdr Brian Dutton DSO, QGM 15 November 1931 - 23 April 2018

Boy seaman HMS Belfast Korean War. Petty Officer. Sub Lt 1964. Ship's diver. i/c Fleet Clearance Diving Team No 1. DSO for clearing Argentine bomb HMS Argonaut Falklands (week long task).

ELLIS Mary Wilkins (later Ellis) 2 February 1917 - 24 July 2018. One of last ATA girls, flying 76 types, 1000+ deliveries to 200 airstrips . 400 Spitfires - few in 2 seater aged 99. Commodore ATA Association

FARLEY John Frederick Farley OBE, AFC 17 April 1933 - 13 June 2018

RAF pilot. Later test pilot (about 100 types) Instrumental in getting Sea Harrier accepted and in service in time for Falklands

HAVILAND Captain Geoffrey Arthur Havilland MC 10 May 1930 - 19 July 2018 Royal Leicesters, later 1 PARA. Wounded on Hill 217 Korea, withdrew his men first. 

HOLCROFT Lt Cdr Michael Holcroft died 20th July 2018

NEIL Wing Cdr Thomas Francis Neil DFC and Bar, AFC 14 July 1920 - 11 July 2018

14 Battle of Britain victories in Hurricanes - 141 sorties. Siege of Malta (one victory) Last flight aged 95 2 seater Spitfire . As CO 41 Sqn, first Allied pilot to land in France after D Day 208 Sqn 1956 Suez AFC

ROBERTS Sgt David (Dewi) Ceredig Roberts died aged 99. Royal Artillery Malta 1940-43. Wounded, down to 7 st. Trained for Op Jupiter, Guraded SS officers at Sennelager. Saw repatriation of Cossacks

SNOWLING L/Cpl Reginald "Titch" Snowling  Legion d'Honneur28 March 1921 - 30 June 2018 Tank gunner.  23rd Hussars (&24th Lancers) Normandy D-Day (Gold Beach), Belgium. Hit 2 tanks with 1 shell Falaise Pocket

SPRAGG John Spragg died aged 81. National Service Commission Middlesex Regt. Cyprus Emergency

STAFFORD-KING-HARMAN (later Dennehy and Lady Dunn) 7 March 1918 - 12 July 2018 Naval intelligence secretary   Bletchley Park and MI5

TREDEA Warrant Office II Jonathan "Jack" Trea MM 15 May 1920 - 17 July 2018 Australian commando leading headhunters in Borneo jungle on guerilla ops, not knowing World War II was over for 2 months

WEBB Jeffrey Cecil Webb died 4 July 2018 RAF officer

WELLUM Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Harry Augustus Wellum DFC 4 August 1921 - 18 July 2018

Youngest Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot (4 victories) Two tours. Malta via aircraft carrier. Test flew Typhoons, instructor. Post war Vampirees, Meteors B29 Washingtons. High altitude special ops. Later author, First Light

WHITAKER Captain Trevor Whitaker MC 14 January 1924 - 12 April 2018 Rifle Brigade Caen to Netherlands, wounded. One of first into Belsen

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