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inmemoriam

Marking the passing of those who have served this country. Contributions from comrades and families welcome. See next page.

ALLEN Captain C G Allen OBE RN died 12 March 2016 aged 82

BILDERBECK Nigel Bilderbeck late RA died 15 March 2016

CAMPION Lt Col C M Grahame Campion V R D died 15th March 2016 aged 81

CLARKSON Cdr Thomas Clarkson died 8 March 2016 aged 93 Medical branch, served at D-Day

DAVENPORT John Kennedy Davenport DFC died 29 February 2016 aged 92. pilot 502 Sqn (Halifax)

FREEMAN Major John Robert Freeman MBE died 18th February 2016 aged 83

HORSLEY Wing Cdr Robert Milham (Bob) Horsley DFC 4 May 1921 - 19 January 1921

Wartime bomber pilot. commissioned afterwards, latterly intelligence officer. 23 sorties with Dambusters inc Tallboy against pocket battleship Lutzow. Shot down during first 1000 bomber raid on Cologne in 1942 (flying Manchester), escaped back to UK via "Comet" line

HOWE Air Vice Marshal John Frederick George Howe CB, CBE, AFC 26 March 1930 - 27 January 2016

75 combat sorties Korean war with South African Air Force. Joined US Army then RAF. Suez volunteer forward air controller with 40 Cdo. Latterly Cdt-Gen RAF Regt

HUNTER Col Rober Down Hunter OBE MC TD died 13th March 2016 aged 96

LEES Air Vice Marshall Robin Lowther Lees CB, MBE died 27th February 2016 aged 85

MEYER Captain Michael John Meyer died 10th February 2016 aged 83

MITCHELL Sqn Ldr C N C Mitchell died 28 February 2016 aged 90. Test pilot and Cresta Run

MITCHELL Air Cdre John Lewis Mitchell DFC 12 November 1918 - 5 February 2016

Navigator who flew Churchill during the war. 23 bombing raids inc Genoa (DFC) Later Defence & Air Attache Moscow

MUCKLOW Captain Harry Mucklow RN died 19 March 2016  Commander Sultan of Oman's navy 1976-80

NICHOLSON Air Cdre Dr Anthony Norman NicholsonOBE died 22 February 2016

O'BRIEN Admiral Sir William Donough O'Brien DSC, KCB Born13 November 1916 died 19 February 2016

From 13 year old cadet to CinC Western Fleet. Op Royal Marine, convoys (inc PQ-17 HMS Offa) I/C HMS Cottesmere off Gold Beach. Post war HMS Hermes

RICHARDSON Major Thomas Carr Richardson died 11 March 2016 aged 86

SUTTON John Digby Sutton DSO RNVR died 19th February 2018 aged 97

TAYLOR John Debenham Taylor CMG, OBE born 25 April 1920 died 20 January 2016

Wartime Royal Artillery (Territorial) Finland, Aden SOE instructor transferred to Intelligence branch - Ceylon. Post war joined SIS

THOMAS Lt Cdr George Alan Thomas died 6 March 2016 aged 92

WHITE Anne pamela Sutherland White (nee Mackay) died 20th February 2016 aged 93. Former Women's Auxilliary Service (Burma)

WILLIAMSON Gp Capt Mike Williamson died 15 March 2016 aged 78

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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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