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Obituaries and death notices published in The Times and elsewhere this month. Comments and additions are welcome.

BARTON Alan Frederick Barton RN died 27 April 2012

BAYLEY Lt Col John Richard Bayley died 1st May 2012 aged 65

BURRIDGE Major Philp Burridge died 6 May 2012 aged 92

CASSIE Alexander Cassie 22 December 1916 - 5 April 2012
RAFVR bomber pilot with Coastal Command  who was shot down and became forger for"The Great Ecape" at Stalag Luft III in Silesia

CORBETT Captain Hugh Askew Corbett RN, CBE, DSO, DSC 25 June 1916 - 19 April 2012
Served in destroyers through WWII. Op Torch (DSC) Op Dragoon (DSO while commanding HMS Wheatland) Korea First CO of HMS Fearless

DAWNAY Major Hugh Dawney died 28 May 2012

EDLMANN Lt Col Ernest Lorne Campbell OBE MC 28 April 1914 - 28 April 2012
The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)

GRIFFIN Lt Col Patrick Stanley Dillon Griffin died 4 May 2012 aged 92
Royal Artillery

HARDWICK Warrant Officer Pilot Malcom Hardwick RAAF QC died 8 May 2012 aged 87

HOGAN Major Neville Hogan MBE 24 July 1923 - 21 April 2012
Chindit long range penetration soldier in Burma. In 1947, fighting with Karen rebels, escaped from prison where condemned to death, to marry fiancee Glory

HUSTWITH Wing Cdr Robert Henry Collins Hustwith OBE BA died 28th April 2012 aged 89

MALEY Lt Col Thomas Maley died 16 May 2012 aged 64
AG Corps ex RAEC

RUTHERFORD Cdr George McCracken (Mac) Rutehrford MBE DSC VRD died 23 May 2012 aged 91

PARFECT Major John Parfect MBE died 1st May 2012 Aged 88

PRINGLE Air Marshall Sir Charles Pringle KBE 6 June 1919 - 15 April 2012
Engineer who kept Hurricanes flying in wartime Ceylon, V Bombers, retired as Controller Engineering and Supply (RAF)

ROGERS Lt Col Coilin Rogers RAOC, OBE died 10 May 2012

SHORT Ted (Lord Glenamara CH) 17 Dec 1912 - 4 May 2012
Wartime captain in Durham Light Infantry, Deputy Leader and Chief Whip of the Parliamentary Labour Party

SIMPSON Federick William Simson 1924 - 30th April 2012
Royal Navy in the Far East 1943 - 46

SONSTEBY Gunnar Sonsteby DSO 11 January 1918 - 10 May 2012
Norwegian wartime resistance hero and SOE operative

WALLIS-KING Maj General Colin Wallis-King CBE 13 Sept 1926 - 10 April 2012
Trained too late for WWII, served in Palestine, organised Operation Motorman, served as Director of Service Intelligence focussing on Northern Ireland

 

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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.

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