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inmemoriam

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

BROOKS Major Peter Neilson Brooks RA died 31st Augst 2015 aged 88

BUSCOMBE Lt Cdr Richard John Buscombe RN died 23rd August 2015 aged 88

COKE Col Johnnie Coke CBE, DSC, RM died 4th September 2015 aged 98

DUNNING Major James Dunning 5 March 1920 - 15 August 2015

4 Commando Op Claymore, Dieppe raid. Royal Hampshire Regt Palestine Korea, Cyprus, Parachute Regt Suez

MCALLISTER Maj General Ronald William Lorne McAllister OBE, CB 26 May 1923 - 8 September 2015

Gurkha. Warime India. Force 136. MiD Chindwin river-Rangoon advance. Malay MiD 1948, 1950 Hong Kong during Cultural Revolution

MATTHEWS Major Paul Flood Matthews died 11 September 2015 Royal Berks Yeomanry

STRANGE Maj Bernard Frank Strange MBE died 19 September 2015 aged 83

WALKER Air Marshal Peter Walker CB, CBE died 6 September 2015 aged 65

WHITEHEAD Capt David Whitehead RN died 16 September 2015 aged 81

WILLCOCKS Major (later Sir) David Valentine Willcocks CBE, MC 30 December 1919 - 17 September 2015

Intelligence officer. Normandy June 1944 Took command of battalion of Cornwalls at Caen when cdr killed (MC) Op Market Garden. Later composer

WRIGHT Gp Capt Allan Richard Wright DFC + Bar, AFC 12 Feb 1920 - 16 Sept 2015

92 Sqn, 11 "victories", more damaged. Blenheims - tangmere Spitfires - Hornchurch 29Sqn Beaufighters, jets, Singapore, commanded BMEWS Fylingdales

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