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FAA - Obituaries 2018 | The Fleet Air Arm Association

THE FLEET AIR ARM ASSOCIATION
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1985 - 2018
FAA OBITUARIES
" Lest We Forget "

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Note: This page is not only for FAAA Members who have “Crossed the Bar”, Obituaries for ALL former FAA Personnel will be accepted.

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CPO AEM M GEOFF GIBBONS
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.

Informant:
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.

R.I.P

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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

Informant:
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.

Informant:
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.

Informant:
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.

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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.

Informant:
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.

Informant:
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.

Informant:
Colin Hodgkinson
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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.

Informant:
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.

RIP
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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

Informant:
Nick Martin‎


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