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In Memorium - To The Green Fields

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

There is an old Egyptian saying that if you speak the names of the dead, they will live again

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John Acton-Brown

I was in Johns troop in Cyprus when he was killed. We were all meant to go out for a night in Larnaca but decided not to. Harry Robinson and myself had a patrol at about 6 am the following morning and we were awoke by an SBA copper at about 4.30am asking us to identify a body. Jeff Robinson actually went to identify him from Pergamos and Harry and I did our patrol we returned via the main road into Ayios Nikolaos and saw with our own eyes what was left of the car that John had been driving. Kev Warcup.



Col Tony Allen


2nd August 2015


Tony Allwood

27th March 2015

National Service with 1 RTR


Mick Atherton

27th May 2017
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Lt Col John Bailey
2012

Phil Baines
Friday 8th June 2007

Dennis Ball
15th Jan 2011


Major General Ian Baker CBE

28 July 2005

Dave Barkley

Mal Barnsley
Tuesday 30th October 2007
this was taken in Sep 05
(it was in Scarborough at the Newcastle Packet)

 


Ron Beckett (ATO)

SSgt Ron Beckett was murdered on 30th August 1973 attempting a bomb defusal at Tullyhoman Post Office, near Pettigoe, Co Fermanagh.Whilst serving with 1 RTR in Omagh. He was 36.

"Barney" Beddows

Motor Bike Accident

July 2008



Jeff Begley
16 February 2017

Nigel Biles


General Sir Jeremy Blacker

17th March 2005
Obituary link below



Ken Blanksby

28th September 2014

Ged Brady

Accidental Death 27 March 1969 on Soltau.
Buried in Limmer Cemetery Hannover

Rupert Brookshaw
21.11.57 - 20.7.90

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Mick Cahill

13 August 2014


Ben Campbell

20th April 2017


William "Yogi" Carmichael

14 May 2014

A good and loyal friend to many

Dean Chappell

Accidental Death On a building site - Burnley

Brian Clapham



Dave Clark

Died 2014
A good mate and comrade


'Col' Nobby Clarke

19th April 2015

peacefully in Dorchester Hospital


Nobby Clarkson

Bryan Criddle & Jason. Murdered by PIRA
whilst serving with 1 RTR in Omagh


Gordon Collinson

D Day Vet 1 RTR - July 2015

 

Lt Col Peter 'Dusty' Corbin

4th February 2012


Jimmy Cornmell

February 2017

Brigadier Tony Crook

24th April 2005

Obituray link at base





Dave Cummings

Lt Col Tony Cornish June 2005
(See letter below)


Alan Cunningham

13th January 2014

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Joe Daley 22 Feb 1969 on Soltau

Buried in Limmer Cemetery Hannover
next to Ged Brady


Vince Dauber
Cambrai Band

Alan Dawson

7th June 2017

Les Dinning

Ex 1 RTR Desert Rat 6 April 2005

Alan Dixon

15 June 2008

Gary Dobson 29th June 2009


Don Donabie

2 December 2015


John Dunne

15th Sept 2015
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John Edge

4th October 2011

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Dan Fallon

19th January 2011

John Feist

September 2011

Colin Fisk

12th December 2006

Dave Flett

10th September 2004

Joe Flood

George Forty

19 May 2016

Joe Frankel

Flying accident after leaving Army

Jack Frost

10th July 2005

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Walter Peter Gaff

19 Nov 1993
See notes below

 

Mick Gashe

June 2009

 

Paul Gavagan

11 November 2015

Ronald George

Age 22 Date of Death: 17 December 1971
Tidworth Military Cemetery
Grave Row: H Grave Number: 112



Lt Col David Glazebrook

7th February 2012

Taff Glover

Aged 26 - 11/11/1980




Chris Godlington

1 April 2016

 

 

Gary Gordon

4th June 2016

 


"Joe" Gotobed

6th September 2005

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Graham Hesketh

KIA 28 December 2007

Sergeant Graham Hesketh, from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment,  was killed in action following an attack on UK forces in Basra southern Iraq on Thursday 28 December 2006.  Graham joined the British Army at the age of 17 in 1989 and served with the 1st Royal Tank Regiment in Germany for three years. He left the Army in 1992, but rejoined in March 1995 to serve with 1st Battalion The King’s Regiment, and was promoted to Lance Corporal the following year. He was promoted to Corporal in July 2002 and posted to the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick where he was an instructor to infantry recruits. He returned to his Battalion and was promoted to Sergeant in January 2005. The King’s Regiment merged into The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment on 1 July 2006 and he deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Battalion on 11 November 2006, serving as a Platoon Sergeant.



Nobby Hall

approx 2013-2014


Peter Hey

22 June 2014



Charlie Hirst

9th January 2013


Dave Holt

7 April 2017


Geordie Hopkinson


Joe Humphreys
(Humbug)

13 June 2017
I/J
 

Marc Johnson

July 2009




Ray Johnson

August 2013


Rob Imery

October 2013
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Mick Kay

Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), Murdered by PIRA. Killed by remote controlled bomb, hidden in parked car, detonated when Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) patrol passed, outside Courthouse, Downshire Road, Newry, County Down. 3 April 1985




Tony Kearns

15th June 2012 

SSgt Fred Kirkham

January 2006 

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David Lewis

4th April 2011

His obituary is in the 2011
Summer Tank Mag

 


SSgt Stan Lewis

16th June 2005

Cpl John Limbert

October 2004

 

Roger Litchfield
21 December 2007

Chris Lowton 1983

Seen here in Herford in 1982 with Blink Ward

Chris Lowton's Grave
(image: Woggy Walker)
(click to enlarge)

 



Dave Lukins

12 Sept 2014

Geoff Lumsden

 6 December 1997

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Kev Madden

30th November 2009



Bruce Major

18th  Sept 2015

 

Roly Marshall

25 April 2011

Brigadier John Masters
CO  1961 - 1963

3 May 2010 aged 89

 

John 'Mac' McAllister

29 July 2014

Joe McCartney
Joe was a very good friend to me
bless you mate

30th April 2002

Jock McLaren

3 RTR from May 1952 - 1954(ish)
then 1 RTR until 1975 QM Tech all the way. Passed away on the 6th April 2007 age 78 years.



Martin McLoughlin


9 March 2017



Dave Melling

Dec 2015

 

L Cpl Leslie Metcalf
Killed On Active Service
17 March 2011



Dean Middleditch

 

Jimmy Morgan
February 2009

Pete Moon

October 1999

(see note below lists)

 

Charles Mooney

3rd July 2012

 

Peter Morrison

7 July 2016

 

 

 

Frank Murden

24th May 2011

 




Pete Murphy

27th January 2017

 

 


     
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Mike Newton BEM

died 1991

 



Dave Nicholls

June 2003

O/P/Q
 

Mike O'Brien

19th June 2012

Alan Oldman

16 July 2012

Geordie Park


Mick Perry


P
ete Pollock

July 2013
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Steve Read

15th February 2013

 

Dennis Richardson

21 June 2008

Rob Riley

Car Accident 4th April 2014



Captain Donald E N Robertson-Fox

KIA Aden Jan 1966



Jeff Robinson 18 Jan 2011




Alan Rogers*

1 November 2014


Dave Rose

13th July 2012
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Ian Sanderson

11 February 2008

Billy Scott
5 June 1998

 

Peter Scott
Sunday 12th August 2007

Des Shallow
RTA Honnington

 

Bernie Skelhorne

Jan 2011

 



Capt Ernest Smart MC
1 RTR 1937 - 1950

28 June 2015 Aged 94

Steve Smith

 Murdered in Hannover
PIRA Car Bomb

Enlarge - Bovington Memorial

Mick Staff

December 1980



Jim Stanley

19th December 2012


Dave Steele

April 2001



James Steele

End of Jan 2013

John Stevenson 

18th June 2011

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Chris Talent

26th October 2010

Wayne Tattersall

18th November 2008


Les 'Fag Ash' Taylor

Graham Taylor

19th November 2011

 

Ralph "Ginge" Taylor

 



Eric Teare

20th March 2017

President Merseyside RTRA

 

Don Thomas

11 April 2012

One of the beautiful people in our lives


George Todd

12 March 2016



Billy Troughear  C Sqn

Dave Turner

15th September 2009



Patrick Turner

26th Sep 2010
U/V
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This memorial has been removed as the person who gave me the image (his own son) has now rescinded that permission, claiming copyright. 

Even though this was a memorial to a much loved member of the 1 RTR. I have had to take it out. 

 

Derek Wapshott

A gentleman and mentor to many



"Blink" Ward

1984



Jimmy Warren

29 June 2014

Bill Wells

28th April 2010


Bobby Wenton

Jan 31st 2016



Gordon 'Dizzy' Wray
11 February 2015

Barry Wright

3rd December 2016
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Pete Young
May 1960 - December 2001

* Not the Alan Rogers who was a fellow Clerk
       

The Ladies of The Regiment

'Until I loved you, I never lived'


Sylvia Galvin
October 2011


Carol Metcalf
December 2009


Irene Curtis
5th July 2009


Anne Mattocks
November 2008


Marie Rice
March 2008


W/O Phil Baines
May 2008


Lyn Farrell. Beloved wife of Gordon and a dear friend to us all
29th June 2010


Trish Palmer
Beloved wife of Roy
31 October 2011


Lyn Goodale

19 August 2013


Mary Rickard

16 Nov 2013

Drene Johnson
Unknown date

Sue McCartney
23 November 2015

Gwen Noble
2 Jan 2017
   
         
         

Pete Moon: An horrific crash involving eight Lancashire people has left an army veteran dead. The stunned family of Peter Moon from Leyland are today coming to terms with his death in a devastating road accident. Mr Moon, 48, of Alder Close, died instantly when his car smashed head-on into two other vehicles on Schleswig Way, Leyland at 10.40am on Saturday. Today his heartbroken daughter Gillian and ex-wife Christine described the terrible shock of losing him. Christine said: "I didn't want to believe it was him until I went and saw the body. It was such a shock. I just don't know what to say." It is thought that Mr Moon may have passed out at the wheel of his red Rover 114, possibly after suffering a heart attack. A post mortem examination is being conducted to establish what happened. He veered into oncoming traffic hitting a Renault Clio and a Range Rover, sending the Clio spinning off the road. The Clio was driven by John Strange from Riversedge Road, Leyland and contained his wife Denise and three children. Mrs Strange sustained broken ribs and the rest of the family were treated for shock, cuts and bruises. Driver of the Range Rover Wendy Sharrock, 39, from Lydiate Lane, Eccleston, was treated for shock and her two-year-old daughter sustained bruising. Mr Moon was a keen fisherman who had served 19 years in the Tank Regiment but was retired. He had won campaign medals for Cyprus and Northern Ireland. Daughter Gillian described her dad as an caring animal lover, whose military discipline shone through even after retirement from the forces. She said: "He was always there when I needed him. He was a great support. He would help anybody. He got on well with people and would help them if he could. "He was fond of animals, especially cats. He was definitely a cat man. And he really enjoyed fishing." "He was an army man, he still had army habits. When he walked you could see the march was still there and his clothes always had to be a certain way. And he had quite a loud voice. He was good fun." Despite their loss, the Moon family were still thinking today about the other people hurt in the crash. Ex-wife Christine said: "I just feel so sorry for the people in the other cars, that they were involved and got hurt. I am glad they are all right." Insp Clive Cope of Lancashire police said: "The accident happened when a Rover 114 was travelling along Schleswig Way towards Buxton when the vehicle, for no apparent reason, veered on to the opposite side of the road." - From Chris Moon.

Lt Col (QM) Tony Cornish, BEM 

Several of your readers will know that my father, Lt Col (QM) Tony Cornish BEM, died last June, after a long illness. Tony’s funeral was well attended by serving and former members of the Regiment, and I would like on behalf of my mother Joan, my brothers and all of Tony’s family to thank them. It was a pleasure to see Tony’s oldest and youngest friends: those who had joined the Regiment with him in 1947 (at last I know where the nickname ‘Butch’ came from); those who had served with him at various points in his long career in the Regiment; and those with whom I too was lucky enough to serve in the First in the 1980s. I should also like to thank the Regimental Colonel and the Adjutant of the First for their help, and particularly Alan Laybourn and all at the 8 th RTR Association for their kind­ness and support.

Tony always took great pride in the professionalism of the Regiment; in his view, what mattered in the RTR was not who you are or where you are from, but what you can do, and how well. He was as happy in the company of the newest Trooper, as the most distin­guished Field Marshal. He was even, on occasion, known to be civil to Subalterns. And so he would have been delighted to see the range of ranks represented at his funeral, and even more delighted to know that in the end rank didn’t really matter; those who could join us on the day did so because they were friends. We had hoped that Tony’s funeral would be both a family event, as well as having a Regimental character. We achieved that aim so well that it was difficult to see where ‘family’ stopped and ‘Regiment’ began. If any of your readers have memories of their service with Tony, I would be delighted to hear from them. Yours sincerely, Professor Paul Cornish. Address is in Tank magazine. Page 50.

Letter in Tank Magazine March 2006 From Paul Cornish (1 RTR 1983-1989)

Walter Peter Gaff born 08/09/1926. Joined RAC March 1945 in Catterick. After doing a few months with the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1945 he was told to join the army or go down the pits as new air crews weren't required. His army number is 14461299. In November 1947 dad joined B squadron 1 RTR at Hobart Bks Detmold. When he left Hobart Bks he was a Sgt.  He swam and played water polo for the Regiment. He was demobbed November 1952. After a couple of jobs in civilian street he joined the War Department at Chobham with FVRDE then MVEE and then RARDE in June 1955. He tested all types of armoured vehicles at Long Valley near Bagshot, then in 1959 the Flotation Section was formed. He went to Marchwood near Southampton to do a military diving course, which he passed with flying colours. Then he went to HMS Vernon and HMS Dolphin to do a supervisory diving course for working on all types of armoured flotation vehicles. He also did underwater mine work under naval ships, submarine escape procedures and helicopter escape procedures. Also he did a lot of other things which were not spoken about. He retired in 1991 after 37 yrs with the MOD.  He received the BEM for his work with the WD/MOD. He died 19/11/1993.  He was a cousin to Lt Col John  Gaff, who was the CO of the same unit Ron Beckett was in, in Omagh. Dave Gaff.
 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1491129/Brigadier-Tony-Crook.html#

http://www.oldshirburnian.org.uk/index.php/obituaries/69-general-sir-jeremy-blacker

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