Andy Tibble - 3 January 2013 Gentlemen, I very much regret to inform you that (David) John Wilson (WO2(QMS(AC)) passed
away on Saturday 29th December 2012 after a long illness. John was a very popular person within 'The Artillery Clerks' Association
and will be missed by all those members who knew him. Our thought's are with his wife Pen and his family at this very difficult
time. The funeral details will follow tomorrow.
Joe Falzon - 3 January 2013 Sad news of a great loss. John will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to Pen and
his family and friends.
Alan Witts - 3 January 2013 A very fine gentleman. a great Ch Clk and a fantastic yacht master and instructor. John,
you will be sadly missed, my deepest condolences to you Pen and the family. RIP mate, I will drink a wobbly one in your memory, Taff
Pat Verdon - 3 January 2013 How very sad, John was a one off. He took over from me as Chief Clerk 39 in 1977 and was
Chief Clerk of 25 when I was commissioned into that Regt. I have a feeling that he was Chief Clerk 7 RHA as well. May he Rest in
Peace, my condolences to Pen and his family.
David Stotan - 3 January 2013 Sad news indeed. Pat is correct John was Chief Clerk at 7 RHA and I had the pleasure of
working with him for a brief time. Condolences to Pen and his family at this very sad time.
Stephen Seymour - 3 January 2013 How sad, brings back the memories of his yacht poster with blonde to counteract the
stresses of being a regt chief clerk, and he I believe served 3 Regts as CC, 39, 3RHA and 25 (not sure) on this. Remember quite
vividly a few moments with John Wilson during Belfast tour with 39 in 1978. Pass on my condolences RIP.
Dave Cussell - 3 January 2013 A great loss. He gave us all many happy times and good memories. My sincere condolences
to his family. He will be sorely missed. RIP John.
Graham Le Bas How very Sad to hear of the Passing of such a Gentleman, I have very fond memories when he was my CC at
25 Fld Regt and then 3 RHA, spent many a week aboard a yacht on the Baltic. A sad loss, RIP and condolences to Pen and his
Tony Skinner ex WO2 (QMS(AC)) - 28th January 2013 I have just looked at our website for the first time in months and
read of the tragic death of John Wilson. I am absolutely utterly shocked and devastated at the passing of John, who was one of
life's real gentlemen. It will teach me to look at our website more often. It will also teach me to stay in contact with my friends
more often, especially when friends are not all that far away. (John lived in Aldershot), yet I only went to see him there once when
he was Chief Clerk of 7 Para RHA. David John (Taff) Wilson joined 16 Light Air Defence Regiment RA at the beginning of 1964 straight
from Junior Leaders Regiment RA. He arrived as a B3 Clerk and was put to work in RHQ under the stern eye of WO2 (QMSAC) Harry
Waldron as amendments/publications clerk. I arrived in May of that same year and elected to be a clerk having no other trade
available to me that was suitable for an Artillery Regiment. David (Taff as he was then known), immediately took me under his wing
and showed me how to get on with amendments while he developed his talents on making up forms and posters to make life easier for
himself! Taff would never get flustered, and approached all tasks given him with gusto and a "don't worry - I'll sort it out"
mentality. Sometimes Harry Waldron didn't agree with his mentality. We would go on exercises to Todendorf and other remote places in
Germany and have fun, and sometimes when we got tired and hungry and dirty we would have little spats, like literally throwing Gnr
R.... off the top of a haystack for moaning, and moaning and moaning. Saturday nights down in Krefeld started in a small bar where
our own regimental pop group would be playing, and normally ended up in the Saddle Bar where everyone tried to avoid paying by
climbing out of the toilet window at the back of the bar. Looking back on those times I cannot for the life of me remember if Taff
was a big drinker or not. I have a feeling he drank only very moderately. He was young and extremely fit. Six months later after
passing my B3 course, I was posted to 32 Bty from RHQ and not long after the regiment was posted to Singapore. So I lost contact
with Taff, (David as he was now known). He was with RHQ in Nee Soon and I was at RAF Changi. We met up on the odd occasion between
Changi, Tengah, Nee Soon and Kuching in Borneo. At the end of the Borneo Confrontation I returned to RHQ as a Bdr (Asst Chief Clerk)
and our acquaintance was renewed for a short time before I returned to the UK for my BI Course at Woolwich. The Advance Party of the
Regiment also arrived at Barton Stacey just as I completed the course at Woolwich. David and 2 pay staff and myself were the admin
representatives. The main body of the regiment were due 4 weeks later. The huts on the camp at Barton Stacey were uninhabitable, the
floors to the wooden billets were rotten, some huts didn't have any roofs and window frames didn't have any glass. David thought it
immensely funny. We had to be accommodated in the next camp up the road that belonged to 42 Survey Regiment Royal Engineers. Snow
blizzards cut us off from our camp and we were in a tiny room in a wooden hut and we were cold. The following morning we stacked up
the pot bellied stove with anthracite and declared that if nothing else we would be warm on our return. We certainly were! The fire
brigade had to be called out to extinguish our fire when the hut and our equipment was burned down. 42 Regt were not best amused and
ordered us back to our uninhabitable camp. The Board of Inquiry exonerated us when it came out that the asbestos board behind the
stove that was supposed to prevent heat from spreading to the wooden walls, wasn't asbestos after all, but wood and cardboard
painted to look like asbestos. We also got a free kit replenishment for uniform lost in the fire. After the arrival of the main body
the regiment got down to sorting itself out and a new battery was added to our establishment (14 Kole's Kop Bty). Then they all
sailed off to El Adem, North Africa for an exercise and David and I were on our own to look after the admin. We had so little to do
that we just watched television all day long and drove Chiefy's car about from one end of the camp to the other, and sometimes down
to Andover. Neither of us was a driver! Chiefy, was now SSgt Ron Warman. He was the proud owner of a very ancient Holden Ford car
that had a few dents in it and much paint peeling off. He required us to start it up each morning and night to help keep the battery
topped up. Of course we did!!
I should point out the names of some of the illustrious clerks that were at 16 Regt at the time David and myself were there. You
may recognise some of them as they went on to be Chief Clerks in their own right. It's mainly due to them that David had such a good
grounding in clerical procedures that made him such a good clerk: WO2 (QMSAC) Harry Waldron (later WOI(SMAC): Bdr John Osman later
WOI (SMAC); Bdr Jock Ogilvie, later WO2(QMSAC); LBdr Brian Leadbetter later WO2 (QMSAC), Gnr Dave Edgeley later SSgt(AC), Gnr George
Barratt, later WO2(SMIS), Gnr Tony Hey, Gnr Bill Yearsley, Bdr Tony Micallef, Gnr Jock Gall, and Gnr Geordie Harrison and finally
Lbdr/Bdr Jim Madams. Jim Madams was a particularly good friend of David's and, as some of you will know, Jim is the brother of
David's wife Pen.
I left the regiment at the beginning of 1969 and apart from the occasional phone call or chance meeting at an Artillery Clerk's
Course followed by a Dinner evening, I saw little of David (now known as John) for quite a few years. He married Pen in 1969, and
shortly after he applied for was accepted for Brixmis in Berlin in the rank of Acting Sgt. On his return from Brixmis he was allowed
to keep his rank and was chief clerk of 42 Regt, Sennelager until it's disbandment. His next appointment was at 39 Regt as SSgt
(AC), and by 1980 he was chief clerk at 21 Arty Group at Woolwich. From there he went back to BAOR in Paderborn and became chief
clerk of 25 Regt, now a WO2 (QMSAC). 2 years later (1984) he was chief clerk of 3RHA still in Paderborn. And finally he ended up as
Chief clerk of 7RHA in a non-para appointment. He didn't mind yachts but he wasn't about to launch himself out of planes!
As has been commented on before, he was known as an extremely fine yachtsman and instructor and a fine sportsman. What isn't
widely known, is that he was also an excellent hockey player. An absolute gentlemen off the field and absolute terror on it. To see
him bearing down upon you with hockey stick held high was a terrifying sight and woe betide you if you were daft enough to stand
your ground. I know.....
John was a wonderful friend, drinking companion and colleague, and I wish I had done more to stay in contact with. He was the
ultimate gentleman who always went out of his way to diffuse awkward situations. His death has saddened me enormously. Rest in peace
John and may the angels look after you.
I never met his wife Pen, but my sincere condolences go out to her and his family.
Rest in Peace Brother John