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FAA - Obituaries 2018/19 | The Fleet Air Arm Association

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1985 - 2019
" Lest We Forget "

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These pages are not only for FAAA Members who have “Crossed the Bar”, Obituaries for ALL former FAA Personnel will be accepted.

for Notifications of any FAAA Member's Obituaries:

Mandatory and Essential.
Inform Arnold Thompson the Membership Secretary – ajt915704@ntlworld.com or 02392 786443

Optional. To have an entry in the Navy News. Go to Navy News eMail Address edit@navynews.co.uk and send an email giving details of the deceased. Details should be kept brief but include - Name, Rank, Squadrons/Ships, Length of Service, Date of Death and if so, state member of the Fleet Air Arm Association.

Optional. Put it on the Fleet Air Arm Association Website.

Peter Murray
National Secretary - FAAA

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Crossed the Bar on the 6th January 2018

Geoff lost a long fought and brave battle with cancer, his family would like anyone who had the privilege to know or serve with him, to attend Geoff's Funeral and Wake, if possible.

Funeral Arrangements: Tuesday 23rd January 2018: 1.15pm at
Renishaw Church, Sheffield, then at 2.30pm Brimington Crematorium.

Then Wake will be at the
Steel Melters Pub at Killamarsh from 3pm.

David Rouse

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Surgeon Captain Richard Jolly RN OBE

from The British Falkland Islands & British Military

on the 13th January at 15:09

It is with Great Regret and Sadness that I must Inform you that Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly passed away in his sleep this morning. Sue his wife is obviously devastated. His friends don't know if there will be a private or public farewell to this great man, Truly Heart Breaking

Surgeon-Captain Richard Jolly OBE is a former Royal Navy medical officer who served in the 1982 Falklands War and was later decorated by both the British and Argentine governments for his distinguished conduct during the conflict. He still practising and giving lectures to medical establishments on his experiences. He is a co-founder, with Denzil Connick, of the
South Atlantic Medal Association formed in 1997

As Officer Commanding Medical Squadron of the Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines, Jolly was Senior Medical Officer of 3 Commando Brigade RM and commanded the field hospital at Ajax Bay.

The facilities at Ajax Bay were set up in an old refrigeration plant which was situated next to an ammunition dump, as those were the only roofed buildings available of any size fit for purpose. Therefore, due to its position, Brigadier Julian Thompson ordered they were not to paint a Red Cross on the buildings to highlight the hospital due to the terms of the Geneva Convention. The conditions in the field hospital were poor and despite the dirt, poor lighting, air attacks and the presence of two unexploded bombs, only 3 of the 580 British soldiers and marines wounded in action were to die of their wounds and none while under the care of Dr Jolly.

Jolly wrote the book The Red and Green Life Machine about his experiences. and he is the only serviceman to be decorated by both sides after the conflict, being awarded an OBE (Military Division) from the UK and the Orden de Mayo (Order of May) - awarded to "foreigners who distinguish themselves by service or personal achievement, or who have gained the nation's gratitude" - from Argentina.

When visiting Argentina in 1998, Jolly had sent ahead a list of Argentine casualties and asked the authorities there what had become of them. As a result, the Argentine Foreign Ministry discovered the truth about the battlefield medical care of their wounded by the British during the conflict and invited over fifty of them to a ceremony in Buenos Aires, where Dr Jolly was appointed as an Oficial (Officer) in the Order of May in recognition of his outstanding work in saving the lives of many wounded Argentine soldiers and airmen.

Being a foreign decoration, Jolly had to write to Her Majesty the Queen for permission to wear his Order of May award with his other medals, to which she personally authorised him to wear the award "on all occasions" on behalf of the three hundred British Naval, Royal Marines and Army medics involved in the war.

Jolly also featured and was extensively interviewed in the TV Documentary Falklands Combat Medics, which concentrated primarily on the work and role played by the Field Hospital based at Ajax Bay.

With Denzil Connick, he campaigned for the recognition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for all Falkland Veterans in aid of the
South Atlantic Medal Association.

The Funeral Service for this War Hero who saved hundreds of lives during the Falklands conflict is to be held at HMS Raleigh.

Service Personnel, Veterans and Members of the Public will gather to say their final goodbyes to Captain Rick Jolly at the Royal Navy Training Centre on Saturday, February 10 2018.


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LEM (Air) Jeff (Fix It) Foster L/FX915597, Crossed the Bar on 1st January 2018 - The Family Service is to be held on 26th January 2018.

Service History.

T.S. Arethusa 49-52
HMS Ariel 52-53
HMS Porchester Castle 53
HMS Daedalus 53-54
HMS Peregrine 54-55
HMS Eagle 55
HMS Daedalus 55-58
HMS Ariel 58-59
HMS Falcon 59-61
HMS Ariel 62
HMS Seahawk 62-63

Jeffrey Foster ( Son)
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Charles Henry Taylor, aged 95 yrs. Royal Navy, form-up at 11:30hrs for 12:00hrs Church Service at St. Peter's Church, 13 Old Church Road, Birmingham, B17 0BB on Friday 2nd February 2018, after church service family and friends move onto Quinton Cemetery for Committal Service.

Charles served in India and Burma with the Fleet Air Arm, and was a founder member of the Nautical Club, Birmingham.

Alan Breward
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REM(A) John (Jock) Duncan L/090548 ex-800 NAS, Crossed the Bar on the 17th December 2017

Service Record:

Daedalus 1965-66
Fulmar 1966-68
Eagle 1968-70
Condor 1970-71
Bulwark 1971-73

Dad passed away peacefully after a long illness at St. John's Hospital, Livingston.

The funeral is being held at
West Lothian Crematorium, Livingston on Monday the 5th of February 2018 at 4 pm., all are welcome to attend.

Informants: Rhonda Duncan (Daughter) and
Pete Halfacree

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Lieutenant (Air) John Lawrence Fallows (Laurie) RNVR, 815 Squadron 1941-45

Passed over the bar aged 96 on February 23rd 2018, peacefully at home with family.

Enrolled as Naval Airman 2nd class in April 1941, aged 20, Laurie trained as a navigator in Trinidad.

His first flight was a Grumman Goose, then mainly Percival Proctor monoplanes, before graduating to warplanes: Fairy Albacores, Supermarine Walruses, Blackburn Sharks and ROCs. He was proud to receive the record for most accurate flight from the base in Trinidad.

Posted to 815 Squadron in January 1944, in the rain on the Dornoch Forth he was crewed up with the new Barracuda Torpedo Dive Bomber. He flew extensively with his friend Sub. Lieutenant Vic Vout (Pilot) on 53 flights, 66.25 hours by day, 9.4 by night, until he left the service in 1945.

He went on to lead a life as a teacher, headmaster, schools inspector, and after retirement as a walking guide for the Yorkshire Dales National Park and an author on the subject of wild flowers.

He lost his wife, Hazel, a few years ago, but is survived by 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He is to be buried in the
Churchyard in Far Sawrey, Cumbria.

Andrew MacAuley (Grandson)

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Gentlemen, it's with the heaviest of hearts that I have to inform you that the former CPOAEA(M) John Enright of RNAS Yeovilton crossed the bar today 25th February 2018.


The funeral of former CPOAEA(M) John P. Enright of RNAS Yeovilton, 846 NAS 1987 - 2009, will take Place at The Fleet Air Arm Church, St Bartholomews, Yeovilton, Friday 09 March 2018 at 14:00.

Please bring suitable clothing as the church is expected to overspill, and a speaker system will relay the service outside.

John was a keen runner, and well known within the Yeovilton Community for his running, charity work and love of Rugby.

He passed suddenly but quietly as he slept on the 25th February 2018, aged 50.

Fair Winds and Calm Seas Shipmate, we will all miss you.

Alan Dunbar

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Clive Thirwell crossed the bar on the 8th February 2018.

I knew him as a POREL(A) on Ground Radio at RNAS Yeovilton.

At his funeral it was mentioned he had been an Aircrewman and received a bravery award for saving Norwegian sailors from a sinking ship in a force 8 gale.

On leaving the RN, he became the landlord of the Bakers Arms in Martock, Somerset, and then spent time instructing in Saudi before retiring to live near Yeovil.

Condolences to his wife Pauline and Family.

Nigel Leveridge
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Ladies and Gents would you mind raising a glass to my Dad, Harold Hodgkinson ex-CPO Fleet Air Arm in WWII who passed away quietly last night (03/03/2018) aged 98 years.

I'm sure he will have them lined up already, one for him and Mum.

Colin Hodgkinson
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Trevor "Tas" Sewry

Trevor "Tas" Sewry (AH) has Crossed the Bar, the Funeral took place on 20th February 2018. Roger Aylett attended. More information to Follow!

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Former Petty Officer (Met) George Clevett, my immediate superior on HMS Victorious has died after a stroke, I believe on the 22nd of February, and is being cremated at Worthing Cemetery on the 19th of March, but I don't know the time.

Rick Park
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Received from CPO G Evans | CFD | HMS ALBION |

Petty Officer Chris Heale who is the POOD HMS Albion received the sad news that his father ex CPO Mervyn Thomas "Tiny" Heale passed away suddenly on the 01 March 2018.

Chris would like to let his Dad's old shipmates know and the funeral details are TBC.

However, Tiny's Funeral will be a private family only affair, please respect the family's wishes.

His Dad served in the Falklands, HMS Invincible and Junglie Squadrons or CHOSC as it was back in the day.

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Alexander Young Balfour - Fleet Air Arm served on HMS Vengeance as pilot and squadron leader ( 812 Squadron ) after volunteering in 1939 and served until the end of Second World War.

Funeral Arrangements: 27th March 2018 at Streetly Crematorium, West Midlands.

Informant's Name :
Irene Brettell - Neighbour and Friend
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Arthur Lesley Darby completed his National Service in the RN 1949 to 1951 and was attached to 1931 Naval Air Squadron (Fleet Air Arm) serving on HMS Victorious.

Funeral Arrangements: at 11:15 a.m. on Monday the 26th March 2018 at George Road Community Church, Oldbury, B68 9LN.

Informant: Yvonne Wilks (Niece)
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It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that shipmate Albert "Oily" Oliver (Northampton RNA) crossed the bar on 6th March 2018.

Oily served as an Aircraft Handler between 1951-1961 and was 84 when he passed away.

His funeral is due to take place at St Michael and All Angels Church Northampton @ 1300, 28th March 2018.

For further information, please contact the Informant, his Son, Carlton "Oily" Oliver on 07340183841
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Petty Officer Telegraphist Air Gunner Eric Martin crossed the bar on April 4th, aged 95.

He flew in Swordfish and Barracudas between '42 & '46.

He was on Victorious and at Trincomalee with 823/824 NAS.

Will miss you, Dad

Nick Martin‎
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Roy Jennings

Telford and Wrekin Branch are very sad to announce that Shipmate PO REL(A) Roy Jennings crossed the bar on 17th April 2018 after a short illness, aged 77.

Roy joined the Fleet Air Arm from 1956 to 1968 and became a member of the branch in 1997. He will be remembered especially for trips shared with branch members, sailing along the canal on his narrow boat.

Funeral, 8th May 2018 at St Leonard's Church, Malinslee, Telford at 2.30 pm, followed by Telford Crematorium at 3.30 pm.

Billie (Liz) Fairley, Secretary Telford and Wrekin Branch.
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Peter Nixon RIP 2

Peter Nixon (AH) recently Crossed the Bar……..

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to the funeral of Peter Nixon, to be held at Tynemouth Crematorium, Walton Avenue, North Shields at 11:15am on Friday 27th July 2018.

The wake will take place afterwards onboard The Earl of Zetland, Royal Quays Marina, North Shields.

Please feel free to share this notice or to message me for any reason.

Sean Nixon (Son)

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Lt. Cdr. (SD) Jack Cant RN Rtd. Crossed the Bar Last Night ( 21st of July 2018 ).

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ex CPO Radio Artificer Nathaniel Gould FAA has Crossed the Bar.

If anyone would like to pay their respects his funeral will be at 10.45 on the 27 July at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, West End, Southhampton. SO30 2HL Tel: 01489 786617

If anyone would like to speak with his daughter Louise, her number is: 07515 421541.

Cards may be sent to:
12 Northmore Road,

Jim Sutherland
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Commander. Paul, Robert, Palmer, Madge. (1937-2018).
FAA and Naval Intelligence.

Service History :
1953 joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman; promoted to Petty Officer after 4 years and in 1959 was commissioned.

1959-1973 As a Naval Officer (Service No: C0063444A) (Serial No: 148473) flew a variety of missions; Gannets, turbo-prop Airborne Early Warning aircraft for 5 years; Buccaneers, nuclear strike aircraft for 3 years; Wessex, anti-submarine helicopters for 6 years.

1959-1973 During active service found time for his sport playing for Navy sides at rugby, sailing, athletics, soccer, cricket, hockey, swimming, diving and water polo.

1968 "The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the award of a Commendation For Brave Conduct to Lieutenant P.R.P. Madge in recognition of courage, skill and initiative in rescuing his pilot form the cockpit of a Wessex HAS Mk1 helicopter on the night of 9/4/68 after the aircraft had ditched heavily into the sea following an explosive engine failure. Rescuing the American pilot who could not get out of his cockpit" The London Gazette 16/8/68

1974 stood down from flying duties and specialised in Naval Intelligence. Served in London, Cyprus and Brussels, where he was Lord Carrington's Intelligence Officer at NATO.

1990 retired from the Royal Navy after visiting 165 countries and sailing all the oceans.

Retirement :
Since retiring he became the Family Historian, setting up family websites and has written 3 books about the Madge Family and its History. With family contacts all over the world he has researched and recorded 36 Madge Family Trees.

He leaves behind his wife Pam, children Sue and Nigel, grandchildren Grace, Lily, Freddie and Bea. He will be sorely missed but managed to have a fantastic life.

The funeral was held on 8/12/17 at Yeovil Crematorium followed by tea at the Warnefords Room, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton.

Informant's Name : Sue Wheeler (Daughter)

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CPO EL (A) Frederick James Towler, a retired ex President of the Bournemouth FAAA,
Crossed the Bar on the 5th September 2018 at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Service History:

26 Years Service including:

WWII 1940 - 1945
St Merryn, Cornwall. 799 squadron, then on to Egypt, Ceylon India to install training simulators & RFR 1949 - 1970.
HMS Ariel & HMS Heron 1951 - 1953.
HMS Falcon (Malta) 1953 - 1956.
Electrical instructor HMS Ariel up to 1960.
Work Study Team HMS Ariel & HMS Fulmar to 1963.
831 squadron at HMS Seahawk, HMS Heron & HMS Ariel to 1965.
803 squadron on HMS Ark Royal to 1966.
Royal Marines Work Study Team Eastney/ Lympstone before release in 1970.

The cremation will be held at
Bournemouth Crematorium on September 26th at 11:30

Informant's Name :
Mr Anthony Towler (Son)

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CEL(A) Michael Hall

It is with sadness that I write to you of the death of Michael Hall, Michael crossed the bar on Friday 7th September 2018. Michael was a member of the Southdowns Branch who lived in Shoreham by Sea and although he was unable to come to meetings for a while he enjoyed keeping in touch.

Sandra Packham, his daughter writes of her father:

"Michael Edward Hall was born in Brighton May 1925 and grew up in Portsmouth. He joined the Royal Navy in 1941 and was appointed to the Fleet Air Arm on a 3 year apprenticeship. Michael spent 24 years in the Fleet Air Arm, travelling the world. Michael particularly loved South Africa and the Far East. He served on six Aircraft Carriers, 16 Air Stations and took passage on six troop carriers. Michael became a Chief Electrician in 1951. In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1960 he was awarded the B.E.M. for work on aircraft in particular the hot and cold weather trials for the Scimitar Aircraft. He retired from the Royal Navy in May 1965."

We believe he joined his first ship at Scapa Flow and that his first ship did go hunting the Tirpitz but he shouldn't have been on that ship as he was still an apprentice or in training.

Michael's funeral service is being held on Wednesday 26th September 2018, 12 noon at The North Chapel,
Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3QB.

Carole Sharpe with Guide Dog Layla
Secretary Southdowns Branch

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Sub Lieutenant (O) Colin Frederick Challis

Served on 891 & 892 Squadrons, at HMS Heron (RNAS Yeovilton), and on HMS Centaur.

He had a Life Long Love for the Royal Navy.

Funeral Service to be held at
Pakefield Church in Suffolk on Tuesday 23 October 2018 at 11:15 am.

Trying to ascertain those who knew Colin in his navy days.
Please get in touch.

Informant: Catherine Turner - Granddaughter of Colin Frederick Challis

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Barry Simons, AA1 (AE), LFX 855531, served from 1947 to 1961.

Fisgard, Condor, Seahawk, Peregrine, Daedalus, Eagle, Sanderling, Vanguard (FORF Staff) and Dolphin (FOSM Staff).

826, 703X and 738 Naval Air Squadrons.

An Association Life Member, Secretary of the Eastbourne Branch of the FAAA, carried out duties as Vice Chairman, Standard Bearer, Magazine Editor, Reunion Organiser and Member of the National Committee of the Fleet Air Arm Association.

Passed away on 15th October 2018 Service at the
Eastbourne Crematorium on 5th November 2018 at 1300.

Peter Murray - FAAA Secretary

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Robert (Bob) crossed the bar Tuesday 23 October 2018

The funeral will take place on Thursday 8 November 13.45 at Warburtons Funeral Care , The Old Chapel School , Priestwell St., Todmorden, Lancs. OL14 8AL ( Cremation at Burnley).

The wake will be at Todmorden United Services Club ( Legion HQ ) White Hart Fold, Todmorden OL14 7BD.

All Welcome!

Branch Standards and Attendance requested to give this lad the send of he deserves.

Funeral P.O.C
Darren Widdup
RBL Sec. Todmorden

Robert was born in Todmorden in 1920.
Before the war, Robert was in the Marines and was stationed in Hong Kong. Once war was declared, Robert was stationed in the Mediterranean. During his 14 years in the Marines, Robert also visited India, Africa, China, Japan & America. Robert was a non-commission officer - Colour Sergeant.
After Robert left the Marines, he became a fireman with the West Riding Fire Service. Robert was a fireman from 1938 to 1952.
Robert married his wife Mary in 1941.
Robert has 4 children, Kevin, Cecelia, Paul & Nigel. (Kevin & Cecelia live in Todmorden, Paul lives with his dad & Nigel lives in Dundee, Scotland).
Robert has many grandchildren & great-grandchildren.
Before retiring, Robert also worked at Warburtons Undertakers & the library in Todmorden.
In his spare time, Robert enjoyed gliding & playing bowls. Robert has always enjoyed reading a lot & watching sport.
After retiring, Robert attended the local college where he gained an O' level in English Literature. Robert also attended classes in Marquetry & Calligraphy.
Robert gained an Award of Merit in Life Saving.
Robert was awarded a Legion of Honour from France.
Robert became a member of MENSA, having an IQ of 126.
In later years, Robert used to go dancing in Mytholmroyd with his friend, Renee.
Robert also attended Tai-Chi classes at the Central Methodist church in Todmorden.


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Over 70 years after playing his part in the liberation of France during the second world war, Mr. Robert Johnson has been awarded that country's highest award.

Mr. Johnson, formerly Royal Marine Sgt. Johnson, who landed at Sword Beach on D- Day amid an army career that also saw him serve in the Far East, around the world on the convoys and as a commando in the 1942 raid on Dieppe, received the Chevalier (Knight) in the ordre National de la Legion d' Honneur in recognition of his service in the Normandy Campaign.

Now aged 95, Mr Johnson, of Walsden, joined the service in 1938 and was on "The Eagle' at Hong Kong when the second world war broke out, coming back to Britain via Suez, and dodging submarines while serving on the wartime convoys.

"I missed being on the 'Royal Oak' at Scapa, which was sunk, but I did the Dieppe raid as a commando.
"That was unsuccessful - but we were successful in the end.

"This medal is for my service in Normandy, where I landed at Sword beach," he said.

"It is a nice medal and it is a high honour. It's taken a long time, but it's a nice gesture."

As a regular in the service, Mr. Johnson served until 1952, and his other decorations include the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Africa Star, the France and Germany Clasp, and the Defence and War Medal.

Born in Todmorden, Mr. Johnson's service also saw him fly for a while with the Fleet Air Arm, and he later learned to glide, which became a hobby he enjoyed.

Having served his country, Mr. Johnson went on to serve his community with 26 years' service with the West Riding Fire Service and later West Yorkshire Fire Service, at Slaithwaite, Brighouse, Elland and standing in at Halifax when required.

"You could say I spent all my life in uniform, I loved the fire service, helping people. I've enjoyed what I have done," he said.

Mr Johnson married his wife Mary in 1941 and she passed away ten years ago. He has three sons and one daughter and his family are very proud at this most recent honour.

'Never forget heroes like you'

"Warmest congratulations on this high honour in recognition of your acknowledged military engagement and your steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War. As we contemplate this Europe of peace, we must never forget the heroes like you who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the Liberation of Europe by the Liberation of France. We owe our freedom and security to your dedication, because you were ready to risk your life."

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Captain ​Keith Reginald Steele RN


HMS Vanguard 1949
899 RNAS Brawdy & HMS Eagle 1955-56
700 RNAS Lossiemouth 1965
801 RNAS Lossiemouth & HMS Victorious 1965-66

Length of Service 1948-1982

Date of Death 18th September 2018

Keith Steele joined the Royal Navy as a Cadet in 1948, training at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon (1952-53), and flight training with the United States Navy in Texas and Florida (1953-54). KRS served in Operation Musketeer (Suez, 1956) with 899 Squadron, and then as a test pilot and AEO at RNAS Culdrose, RNAS Brawdy, and RNAS Lossiemouth through the 1960s. Between 1970 and 1975 KRS served in the Flag Officer Naval Air Command (FONAC) at RNAS Yeovilton, and then between 1975 and 1980 at the Naval Secretariat at the Admiralty, London. After working at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium, 1981-82, KRS completed his service as Senior Commander Flag Officer Plymouth at Mount Wise.

Informant's Name : Richard Steele, Son
​​(also sent to edit@navynews.co.uk)

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Raymond Harrison Petty Officer / Winchman
Fleet Air Arm - PJX898489

Funeral Arrangements : 22nd of December 2018 at 11.45 Mansfield Crematorium, Derby Road, Mansfield, Notts. NG18 5BJ. Afterwards in the Towers Pub, Mansfield, Notts. Service History : Served 1951-1962,
HMS Loch Killisport, 1955 - 1957 HMS Centuar 1960 - 1962.

Informant's Name :
Phillip Johnson, Grandson.

Derek Sorrel
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FAAA Hanworth Member, Derek Sorrel, ex "Bombhead" crossed the bar during the night of 22 / 23 December. No further info at this time.
Vic Morgan
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by Tom Temple - Vic Morgan? - Vic was a ELMECH!(A) and later a Civvy Instructor at Daedalus and at Sultan - He crossed the bar on Oct 14th - Prostate Cancer & Dementia - he was a really good oppo of mine - we were Exped Instructors together at Daedalus 77/78, then I went back to the Wasp World and he went back to Junglies. He joined about a year or so after me (I joined in 59) and he was 74 when he died unfortunately I did not find out about his death until a few days ago.
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Len Owen, AM 1 (AE), LFX 917520

Len served 1952 to 1965, Eagle, Ark Royal 804 NAS, Peregrine 703 NAS, Seahawk 750 NAS, Fulmar 738 NAS, Heron 766 NAS, Daedalus, Gamecock, Condor, Goldcrest. National Chairman Fleet Air Arm Association 2006 to 2008, National Vice Chairman Fleet Air Arm Association 2005 to 2006, Served on the National Committee from 1998 to 2010, Arboretum Representative to 2017.
and The Derbyshire Branch Chairman for many years.
The funeral will take place on the 25
th January at 14.00 at Markheaton Crematorium, Markheaton Lane, Derby DE22 4NH – 01332 341012
Informant: Arnold Thompson

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CPO William (Bill) Harrison

Last stationed at HMS Heron, Yeovilton, Somerset and then worked for Westland Helicopters, Sadly passed away Christmas morning 2018 in Hospital. Private cremation at Cambridge Crematorium then ashes to go to Yeovil Crematorium, Garden of Remembrance.

Informant: Julie Harrison.

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Chief Air Fitter ( Ordnance) Derek (AKA Fred) Sorrell

I regret to report that Derek (AKA Fred) Sorrell passed away on 23rd December 2018

The funeral will take place at South West Middlesex (Hanworth) Crematorium at 1420 on Tuesday 15th Jan.

Derek joined the service in August 1947 aged 17 and left in February 1970 as a Chief Air Fitter (Ordnance). During his time in the service he served at / on various stations and squadrons including Heron (899 Sqd), Vulture, MoD Boscombe Down, Gannet (737 Sqd), Eagle (814 Sqd) Albion (890 Sqd), and Victorious (893Sqd).

In 1950 he transferred to the Australian Navy for a two year term.

He was a member of the Royal Naval Association, the Fleet Air Arm Association and the Fleet Air Arm Armourer's Association.

Informant: Fred'k Wadley, Fellow member of FAAA

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