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inmemoriam

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

BREENE Captain Patrick (Paddie) Breene RA 7 March 1928 - 6 April 2017

170 Independent (Heavy Mortar) Battery supporting Glorious Gloucesters in Korea. Hong Kong, Northern Ireland

BRUNTON Captain (later Sir) Gordon Charles Brunton 27 December 1921 - 30 May 2017 Royal Artillery. Indian Army Burma. British Military Govt Germany

COOKE Col Sir David William Perceval Cooke Bt died 13th May 3017 aged 82

COX Major Ralph George Busby Cox ISO TD died 17 May 2017 aged 85

CRICHTON Lt Col Aleck (Alexander) Cochrane Crichton Born 9 May 1918 died 18 April 2017 Chevalier Legion d'Honneur 2014

Volunteered for Irish Guards 1940. Adjutant 2nd Bn landed Arromanches Normandy (Guards Armoured Division)

FREER Stephen Freer 18 February 1920 - 26 April 2017. Bletchley Park, Italian and Japanese sections

HILL Gp Capt Peter Gerald Hill died 28th April 2017 aged 95

HOLT Cdr Graham John "Brutus" Holt died 26th May 2017 aged 2017

KEETCH Paul Keetch former MP for Hereford. House of Commons Defence Committee. Stalwart of the U K Defence Forum (including leading delegations to lobby for UK in Congress)

WELCH Lt Cdr Michael James Frederick Weld died 9 May 2017 aged 89

WHEEN Major James Francis Thirneycroft Wheen RA died 26th April 2017 aged 92

WIGRAM Lt Col Lord Neville Wigram MC died 23 May 2017

WILKINSON Major David Anthony Clement died 14th May 2017 aged 105

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In the service of our country.

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