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

BAKER Sqn Ldr Peter Portway Baker AFC died 18th November 2017 aged 92

BUSH Keith Edward Bush OBE 7 December 1929 - 29 September 2017 Artillery officer. Air observation pilot, Malaya

CANN Major Frederick 'John' Cann Devonshire and Dorset Regt died 18th November 2017 aged 81

DUMON (Aline) Micheline (Mouchon) Dumon (later Ugeix) codenamed "Lily" George Medal, US Golden Medal of Freedom 20 May 1921 - 16 November 2017.

French Resistance Comet Line. Personally escoretd over 150 Allied aircrew into Spain. Escaped capture by Gestapo. RAF Escaping Society.

FARQUHAR-SMITH Gp Captain Horace Farquhar-Smith died 25th October 2017 aged 77

KERR (Francis) Harry Kerr 11 November 1927 - 22 October 2017 Fleet Air Arm aerial reconnaisance

KORNICKI Flt Lt Franciszek (Frank) Kornicki 18 December 1916 - 16 November 2017

Polish air force (162 Sqn) 1939. Escaped to France then England.Polish Air Force 303 Sqn Battle of Britain. 315 Sqn over France. c/o 308 Sqn (youngest squadron commander in Poish Air Force, 1943 c/o 317 Sqn. Supported Normandy landings. 1951 joined RAF. Last surving sqn cdr PAF. "The people's Spitfire pilot" RAF Museum

IMBERT (Later Lord) Peter Michael Imbert CVO, QPM 27 April 1933 - 13 November 2017 Natioanl Sevice RAF police

LANGFORD Colonel (Later Lord Langford) Geoofrey Rowley-Conwy OBE DL MiD 8 March 1912 - 13 November 2017

Escaped from siege of Singapore 1942, rescuing other escapees. Sailed 1500 miles to Ceylon. Arakan campaign. Relief of Kohima, Burma i/c 25th Indian Mounted Regt

LAWSON Capt R Maxwell RN died 8 November 2017

GOUGH (later LOFTHOUSE), Joyce Gough 14 February 1923 - 15 November 2017 wartime ATA pilot (Attagirl) from 1943. Ferried 18 different sorts of aeroplane.

MONTAGNON Captain Peter Ernest Arthur 24 April 1925 - 27 October 2017 Signals, Malaya. Post war MI6

SMYTH Flt Lt Ronald Edward Smyth DFC 24 December 1920 - 26 October 2017 25 Sqn Blenheims, 111 Sqn Hurricanes Debden 1940 249 Sqn North Weald several joint "kills" 615 Sqn Northolt - Blitz. 1943 recce unarmeed Spitfires 541 Sqn. Gibralter. 1945 ferrying papers for Churchill and Attlee. Now thought only 8 of "The Few" remain.

TOOTHILL Goffrey Colin Toothill 4 March 1922 - 26 October 2017. Wartime operational research, Telecomms Research Establishment inc night fighter radar

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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.

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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