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memorial2 nWe mark the passing of those who have served this country on the next page, including 2 of the last half dozen Batle of Brtain aircrew. It is believed that only Flt Lt William Clark, Gp Capt John Hemingway, Wing Cdr Paul Farnes and Flt Lt Maurice Mounsdon remain. (24 December 2019 - added Sgt (later AVM) John Thornett Lawrence 235 Sqn Coastal Command under control of Fighter Command October 1940 immediately before end of Battle of Britain. Lawrence died 18th December 2019))

Contributions from families and colleagues welcome, especially about people we haven't marked

ATHERTON Brig Maurice Alan Atherton CBE died 15 July 2019 aged 92 Green Howards

BEACH General Sir William Gerald Hugh Beach GBE, KCB, MC 20 May 1923 - 4 September 2019

Royal Engineer 1942 Normandy shortly after D-Day. 11th Hussars bridge over La Bassee wounded MC. 1st British Airborne Corps India. Java. Germany 7th Armoured 1956. Camberley Staff College i/c. MGO 1977

BEARDSWORTH Maj Gen Simon Jones Beardsworth CB died 8 July 21019 aged 90 Royal Tank Regt

BEVAN Rear Adm Timothy Bevan CB died 6 June 2019

BLACKETT Captain John Beuachamp "Beachie" Blacket 6 May 1939 - 5 June 2019 Coldstream Guards. Later London fishmonger

CHARLEY Col William Robert Hunter (Robin) Charley OBE, DL died 15 July 2019 aged 95. Royal Ulster Rifles Korean War veteran

COMRIE Cdr Gillian Margaret Comrie ARRC QARNNS died 16 July 2019 aged 73

CRETNEY Stephen Cretney 25 February 1936 - 30 Sugust 2019 National Service Cheshire Regt, Intelligence Corps (Germany)

CULPIN Sqn Ldr Bernard 'Bob' Culpin DSO, DFC 27 December 1921 - 30 May 2019

Wartime volunteer navigator. 405 Sqn . 75 missions over North West Europe, 16 against Berlin, support of D-Day, V weapon sites, U boat pens. Post war rejoined RAF. Egypt (Suez) Germany Cyprus

CUNNINGHAM Lt General Sir Hugh Patrick Cunningham KBE 4 November 1921 - 12 September 2019

New Guinea with 7th Australian Divn; Burma; Greece; Suez Canal Zone; German; Cyprus; Aden Finally DCDS (Op Req)

DOCKERILL Col Geoffrey Ronald Dockerill MBE 29 August 1926 - 20 May 2019 Egypt, Palestine (1948) KOBR, Parachute Regt, ADC to Montgomery c/o 1st Bn the Loyal Regt Malta, Defence Attache Vienna

DRINKWATER (later Sir) Lt Cdr John Muir Drinkwater 16 March 1925 - 13 August 2019

1942 HMS Cumberland Arctic convoys. HMS Syrtis off Norway 1944 - missed final fatal patrol. 1945 HMS Trident far East. Recce ashore Indonesia. Later Flag Lt to First Sea Lord. Later QC, Crown Court recorder

DUNGER Gerald Dunger died 2019 aged 97. Enlisted in RAF during World War II, qualified as a pilot. Flew Spitfires and Hurricanes. Instructor

FELTON George Eric Felton 3 Februry 1921 - 14 June 2019 Wartime RAF radar engineer and instructor mainly Middle East. Later computer operating systems pioneer.

FERGUSON Air VM Gordon Macarthur Ferguson died 8 July 21019 aged 81

GOURGEY Lt Cdr Reginal Ellias Gourgey died 4 Juky 2019 aged 104

GREEN Brigadier Duncan Ross Green CBE MC 7 June 1925 - 21 April 2019

Indian Army Partition 10th Gurkha Rifles Malaysia 1964 (MC) Hong Kong border Belize

HARGREAVES Major Richard 'Dick' Strachan Hargreaves MC Legion d'Honneur 26 September 1919 - 10 August 2019

May 1929 12th Bn Royal Fusiliers TA, promoted intelligence Sgt. 1942 2nd Independent Para Bgde, landed S Italy Sept.43. Laterza (MC) Gustav Line. Monte Cassino. Op Dragoon S France Aug 1944 Le Muy. Greece. Later Special Constable (Chief Insp)

HART Sqn Ldr John Stewart Hart DFC 11 Sept 1917 - 18 June 2019 . Canadian. One of the last of The Few. 602 Sqn 3 victories

Came to Britain to join RAF Dec 1938. Lysander south coast patrols looking for invasion. 602 Sqn Spitfires One Me109, 2 prob Ju 88. 67 Sqn India & Burma Hurricanes v Japanese. 112 Sqn P-51 Mustangs Italy ground attack (DFC)

HENDERSON Major Diana Henderson WRAC 21 May 1946 - 10 April 2019 TA officer

HOUSTON Sgt Glyndwr Desmond (Glyn) Houston 23 October 1925 - 30 June 2019 Fleet Air Arm, Royal Corps of Signals, joined ENSA in Singapore, India (inspired It Ain't Half Hot Mum) Later actor

HUGH-JONES (Sir) Wynn Hugh-Jones 1 November 1923 - 5 July 2019 RAF signals officer from 1943. Cairo. Gustav Line. Algeria later diplomat

HUNT Col Thomas Arthur Hunt died 21st July 2019 aged 101

JARY (Lt?) Sydney Walter Jary MC Legion d'Honneur 24 May 1924 - 5 August 2019 18 Platoon 4th Bn Somerset LI. (TA ) Normandy reinforcement. Fighting patrols. Reichswald Forest (MC) later Ist Bn Hampshires Palestine and Libya

JORY Gerald Anthony Jory OBE 2 May 1930 - 2019 As a 13 year old worked with French Resistance as a courier and liaison with Barbier Network

KENDRICK Brig Roy Edwin Kendrick died 28 August 2019  MILREP SHAPE

KIRBY Maj Gen Norman George Kirby OBE 19 December 1926 - 25 July 2019 Army surgeon. Suez jumped with 3 Para to set up optg theatre. Late Hon Surgeon to HM Queen

LISTER Frederick Lister died 3 December 2018 aged 98. Royal Engineer, Fall of Singapore, 3 1/2 years PoW Burma Railway

LONG Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long CMG 2 January 1919 - 31 July 2019 Royal Artillery, 22nd Indian Mountain Regt. Retreat thru Malaya to Singapore 1942. Changi, Burma railway. Later Governor of Cayman Island

MCCLENN Gp Capt Donald McClen CBE, AFC died 21 August 2019 aged 86

MCINNES Flt Lt Archie (Archibald) McInnes 31 July 1919 - 31 July 2019 One of the last of The Few.

601 Sqn Hurricanes summer 1940. Oct - 238 Sqn South Coast patrols. Flew from HMS Victorious into Malta. Western Desert. Shot down. Lost lower arm. Retrained using special eqt

OTTEWILL Peter Allan Kirby died 28 June 2019 Royal Highland Fusilier

OWEN Air Cdre Peter Limsden Tudor Owen OBE died 30 September 2019 aged 85

PENTREATH Capt David Pentreath RN CBE DSO 9 Apri 1933 - 26 June 2019 Cdr HMS Plymouth Falklands conflict who accepted Argebtine surrender of South Georgia

1951 Queen's Sword Dartmouth. Fleet Air Arm pilot. HMS Daring Far East, HMS Brighton, After Falklands (bombed off West Falkland) Cdre Clyde

PIKE Brig Christopher James Pike DSO OBE 10 November 1933 - 15 July 2019

Gurkha Rifles. North Borneo DSO (jungle fighting against Indonesians 1957) Hong Kong Cultural Revolution 1967 Cyprus (Turkish invasion OBE 1974)

RAHILLY Lt Col John Richard (Dick) Rahilly died 7 August 2019 aged 98 Royal Corps of Signals

RITSON Capt Timothy William Ritson QOH died 1 September 2019

SHARP Sgt John Sharp MM 1 May 1923 - 14 August 2019

RAC, Green Hwards, SOE One of the last "Jedburghs" Radio operator "Isaac" France (MiD) "Camel" Burma then "Manual" (MM) Indian partition

SOUTHGATE Brig John Terence Southgate died 28 August 2018 aged 98 RA, Cdr 24 Airportable Brigade and 7 Para, RHA

SOWERY Air Marshal Sir Frederick Beresford Sowery CB 14 September 1922 - 24 July 2019. Promoted from the ranks

26 Sqn 1942 buried alive when Me109's attacked his hospital in Torquay. Mustang, Tomahawk ground attack 200 hrs ops. Trained glider pilots for D-Day. !st Allied Airborne Army support ground attack. Post war permanent commission 615 Sqn i/c flying Meteors. 46 Sqn. Aden. withdrawl 1967 (commanding my father) DG RAF Training Ankara CENTO

WALDEN Col Ian (Benjie) Walden MBE died 9 September 2019 aged 78

WALTER Lt Col Peter Walter MBE, MC and Bar 26 January 1928 - 28 June 2019 Sherwood Forster, 22 SAS MiD Malaya MC with Royal Lincs Regt. MC Radfan Campaign Western Aden. Later cdr Brecon para school

WEST Major Peter Williams Clifford West died 29 September 2019 aged 92

WILSEY General Sir John Wilsey GCB, CBE 18 February 1939 - 25 September 2019

Devonshire & Dorset Regt Cyprus (EOKA campaign) N Ireland S Armagh MiD GOC 1990 Former Yugoslavia. Finally C in C UK Land Forces

WHITAKER Major Jeremy Ingham Whitaker died 9 September 2019

WOODS Maj Gen Henry Gabriel Woods MC 7 May 1924  -19 Sept 2019  Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards ("the Skins")

Normandy July 44, MC on the Rhine 20 year old tank commander. BAOR, Korea, Aden, Libya Cdr RAC Centre. Military Attache Washington. GOC NE District. Advocate of anti-tank missile-firing helicopters

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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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