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This area offers members an opportunity to record an appropriate tribute to comrades that have passed on. If you would like a message of condolence or tribute to an Artillery Clerk posted please send your email to the Webmaster

Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mr Ken Ward

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Andy Tibble - September 2018 I regret to inform you that former SSgt(AC) Ken Ward passed away on the 3rd August 2018 aged 80. RIP Ken

Andrew Sykes - September 2018  R.I.P. condolences to family and friends.

David Hamilton - September 2018  RIP Ken Ubique condolences to the family

Des Riley - September 2018  RiP Ken.

Stephen Truslove - September 2018  RIP Ken

Terry Cooper - September 2018  RIP, Ken.

Stephen Truslove - September 2018  RIP, Ken.

John Lindley - September 2018  RIP Ken. Empty in tray at last

Mike Hutchinson - September 2018  RIP Ken.

Chris Hedge Shuter - September 2018  Rest in Peace Brother.

Paul Mudd - September 2018  R.I.P. condolences to family and friends.

Graham Hampton - September 2018  RIP Ken

Brian Morgan - September 2018  RIP Ken

Mick Grenham - September 2018  RIP Ken

Ken May RIP - September 2018  RIP Ken

Denis Crawford - September 2018  A sad day indeed. RIP Ken.

Dave Cussell - September 2018  RIP Ken

Harry Aitch Lomax - September 2018  RIP Ken

Clive Nuttall - September 2018  RIP Ken

Pip Bailey - September 2018  RIP Ken

David Allen - September 2018  RIP Ken

Dennis Norris - September 2018  RIP Ken. Condolences to the family and friends.

Russ Lee - September 2018  RIP Ken

Mervyn Chadwick - September 2018  RIP

Ron Holmes - September 2018  Stand easy Ken.

Leon Lyall - September 2018  R.I.P. Ken

Terence Gibbs - September 2018  I served with Ken in 45 in the early to mid 60s. Often wondered what happened to him. RIP mate.

Mark Testi - September 2018  RIP Ken

Joe Falzon - September 2018  RIP Ken

Denis Crawford - September 2018  RIP Ken.

James Peggie - September 2018  New Ken quite well

Phil Headford - September 2018  Sad news RIP Ken

Vince Scott - September 2018  RIP ....condolences to those close to him.

Rest in Peace Brother Ken

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mr Ken Snoding

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Clive Nutall - August 2018   It is with the greatest sorrow that I have to inform you all that my great friend and our fellow colleague Ken Snoding passed away on 7 August 2018 after a 5 week illness with very aggressive Cancer. Ken a true gentleman brilliant clerk and super friend for 50 years.

Terry Cooper - August 2018   RIP, Sir.

Des Riley - August 2018   RIP Ken.

Dennis Norris - August 2018   Very sorry to hear that Clive. Ken was my first Assistant Chief Clerk under Cliff Fields when I arrived at 40 Fd in 1975. A firm but fair man who, as you say was a gentleman. RIP Ken and please pass on my condolences to his family - he will be remembered fondly.

Mick Grenham - August 2018   RIP Ken. Tony very sad news, please pass my condolences on to his family

Russ Lee - August 2018   RIP Ken

Ian Ward - August 2018   RIP Ken

Brian Morgan - August 2018   RIP Ken

Martin Hester - August 2018   RIP Ken

Stephen Truslove - August 2018   RIP Ken

Phil Hayes - August 2018   RIP ken our thoughts are with the family

Mike Hutchinson - August 2018   RIP Ken!

Brian Smith - August 2018   RIP Ken. Condolences to family

Harry Aitch Lomax - August 2018   Sorry to hear RIP Ken, my condolences to his family

James Peggie - August 2018   Another one bites the Quill

Phil Headford - August 2018   Rip ken see you at the final rv

David McNally Robertson - August 2018   Hi Clive, I am quite shocked and so sorry for his Family. As you know Ken was my Assistant in Naughty Forty and as you say, one could not have wished for a nicer colleague and Friend. He sounded so positive about moving house and understandably was bereft at his own personal loss and missed her immensely. I am sure all who knew Ken would like you to pass on our sincere condolences at the loss of such a wonderful Guy. David.

Joe Falzon - August 2018   RIP Ken

Andy Tibble - August 2018   RIP Ken

Graham Le Bas - August 2018   RIP

Bob Cowan - August 2018   RIP Ken, thoughts going out to your family

Barry Yates - August 2018   RIP Ken Snoding, a true gentleman! As 129 Bty clk, he was always my 'go to' oracle when I needed advice as well as the proverbial size 8 up my jacksie!

David Allen - August 2018   RIP Ken

Dave Cussell - August 2018   RIP Ken condolences to the family

Clive Nuttall - August 2018   Ken was CC 6 Int Corp JHQ Rheidahlen in 1979 and of course Asst CC 40 Regt before that.

Ken May - August 2018   Sad loss. I knew of Ken but cannot recall meeting him. RIP AC.

Denis Crawford - August 2018   RIP Ken

Andrew Sykes - August 2018   R.I.P. Condolences to family and friends.

Leon Lyall - August 2018   Condolences RIP Ken

Trev Hind - August 2018   RIP

Mike Hutchinson - August 2018   RIP!

Phil Hayes - August 2018   RIP ken

Mark Testi - August 2018   RIP Ken

Rest in Peace Brother Ken

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mr Ron Fleming

Andy Tibble - June 2018  I regret to inform you that I have been informed that Ron Fleming passed away in 2017.

Des Riley - June 2018  RiP Ron.

Terry Cooper - June 2018  RIP Ron.

Brian Smith - June 2018  Sorry to hear this. RIP Ron

Mike Hutchinson - June 2018  RIP Ron!

Dave Cussell - June 2018  RIP Ron

Mick Grenham - June 2018  RIP Ron

Martin Hester - June 2018  Sadly I served with his brother. Not sure if he was in Korea but was in Hong Kong

Phil Hayes - June 2018  Sorry to hear RIP Ron

Joe Falzon - June 2018  RIP Ron

Denis Crawford - June 2018  RIP Dear Ron

Andrew Sykes - June 2018  R.I.P. Ron.

Tony Wilson - June 2018  RIP Ron. Served with Ron mid 60s, 42 Regt, Lippstadt. He was CC and I was a young B3 Clerk. Saw him later after his retirement when he worked at RA Records, Footscray. Must have lived to a good age.

Ron Holmes - June 2018  RIP Brother AC

Russ Lee - June 2018  RIP Ron

David Hamilton - June 2018  RIP fellow AC - Ubique

Rest in Peace Brother Ron

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mr Bill Johnson

Andy Tibble - 21 Aug 17 It is with the very deepest regret that I have to inform you all that Former WO1 (SMAC) Bill Johnson has passed away. Unfortunately, the exact date is unknown which we are trying to find out. Rest in peace Bill.

Joe Falzon - 21 Aug 17 Bill died on 4th August from a short but aggressive fight against cancer, just 4 days after "celebrating" his 90th Birthday. Bill, dear friend, rest in peace.

Ken May - 21 Aug 17 A few memories of Bill whose nickname was 'Twitchy'. Born and bred in Liverpool, Bill had appeared on the musical hall stage (singing and dancing I think). A warm and friendly person even to a spotty faced xboy sprog. I had forgotten about his boxing refereeing, there was so much more to Bill and I am sure there would be many funny stories involving him from those who served with him. Well done you on keeping copies of Crossed Quills. Warm regards.

John Reynolds - 21 Aug 17 You quite correct Ken when you say that Bill appeared on the musical stage. There is a photo of him performing a song and dance routine on page 2 of Issue No 6 of "The Crossed Quills". Bill was also a qualified boxing referee and there is a photo of him refereeing a boxing match in Singapore on page 4 of Issue No 8 of "The Crossed Quills".

Ken May - 21 Aug 17 My first Chief in 12 LAA in Delmenhorst 1962 on mustering from JLRRA. RIP Sir

Brian Smith - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Darren Ward - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Barry Yates - 21 Aug 17 RIP sir, Ubique!

David Hamilton - 21 Aug 17 RIP Sir - Ubique!

Mike Hutchinson - 21 Aug 17 RIP Sir!

Mervyn Chadwick - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Brian Morgan - 21 Aug 17 Rest in Peace brother Artillery Clerk

Harry Aitch Lomax - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill.

Terry Cooper - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill.

David Allen - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill.

Des Riley - 21 Aug 17 Sad news, RIP Bill.

Mick Grenham - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Eddie Mills - 21 Aug 17 Rest in peace Bill.

Dennis Norris - 21 Aug 17 Rest in Peace brother AC

Peter Gauci - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Mark Testi - 21 Aug 17 RIP Sir

Joe Phelps - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill.

David George Stotan - 21 Aug 17 Sad news indeed - RIP Bill

Clive Nuttall - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Graham Brown - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Russ Lee - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Bill Young - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

John Reynolds - 21 Aug 17 Rest in Peace my old friend.

John Martin - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Stephen Truslove - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill Young

Dave Cussell - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Stephen Seymour - 21 Aug 17 RIP

Ron Holmes - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Gary Tyson - 21 Aug 17 RIP

John Lindley - 21 Aug 17 RIP Bill

Tony Wilson - 23 Aug 17 RIP Bill.

Andrew Sykes - 23 Aug 17 R.I.P Bill rest in peace. UBIQUE

Denis Crawford - 23 Aug 17 RIP dear Bill

Alan Lowthian - 23 Aug 17 R.I.P. Bill.

Rest in Peace Brother Bill

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mr W P C Morland

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Andy Tibble - 19 Mar 17 It is with the very deepest regret that I have to inform you all that Bill Morland passed away Saturday morning on the 18th March 2017. The funeral details are awaited and will be published on this website when received should anyone wish to attend. Rest in peace Bill.

Stephen Truslove - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

David Hamilton - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill - Ubique.

Terry Cooper - 19 Mar 17 RIP, Bill.

Phil Headford - 19 Mar 17 Another great AC moves on RIP old friend.

Mark Testi - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill, a legend in the AC fraternity.

Andrew Sykes - 19 Mar 17 RIP. Condolences to family and friends.

David Tyler - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Peter Gauci - 19 Mar 17 I worked with Bill in 20 Hy regt in Fally.....RIP Bill.

Des Riley - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Clive Nuttall - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Gary Tyson - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Alan Sawdon - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Brian Morgan - 19 Mar 17 Rest in peace Bill.

Dennis Norris - 19 Mar 17 Sad news. Rest in Peace Bill.

Joe Falzon - 19 Mar 17 Very sad news. Rest in Peace as you check the documents in the sky.

David George Stotan - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Andy Moss - 19 Mar 17 sad news, RiP Bill.

Alf Alvin - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill, so sad to hear, sincere condolences to your family and all those others fortunate to have known you - UBIQUE.

Mike Hutchinson - 19 Mar 17 Very sad news rest in peace Bill!

Joe Phelps - 19 Mar 17 Another of my contemporaries has left us. Condolences to all of his family. RIP Bill.

David Allen - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Dave Cussell - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill very sad news and condolences to family and friends.

Ken May - 19 Mar 17 Greatest respect for a former colleague and friend. RIP Bill.

Colin Davidson - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill it was nice knowing you, rest easy.

Harry Aitch Lomax - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Ron Holmes - 19 Mar 17 Another legend on his way. Stand easy Bill.

Vince Scott - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill - condolences to all close family and friends.

Leon Lyall - 19 Mar 17 Sad news. Rest in peace Bill.

Peter Bradburn - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Alan Lowthian - 19 Mar 17 R.I.P. Bill.

Derek Kelsey - 19 Mar 17 Very sad news. First met him in 1975 in Dortmund. RIP Bill.

David Martin - 23 Mar 17 Very sad news. Bill was a good friend who had the respect of all we young 'uns in his exemplary career. See you upstairs for a pint in due course.

Mick Grenham - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Russ Lee - 19 Mar 17 Sad news indeed RIP Bill.

Robert Astick - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

Alan Ashcroft - 19 Mar 17 Very sad news. Spent my last two years as a fellow AC in 7th Arty Brigade with Bill. Always very supportive and excellent company. Rest in Peace my friend.

Stephen Seymour - 19 Mar 17 RIP Bill.

David J Burfitt 19 Mar 17 Sad news indeed - I mustered from JLRRA and joined 22 AD Regt, Dortmund, in 1972 where Bill was Chief. RIP Bill - condolences to his family.

Rest in Peace Brother Bill

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mr John Taylor

John Taylor May 1948 - 3 Mar 2017 There were a number of us at John Taylor's funeral today (3rd April 2017) and we gave him a good send off UBIQUE.

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Andy Tibble - 7 Mar 17 It is with the very deepest regret that I have to inform you all that John Taylor passed away on Friday 3rd March 2017.

The funeral for John Taylor will take place at 1230 hours on Monday 3rd April 2017 at Chelmsford Crematorium, Essex. Any member wishing to attend are asked to email Geoff Hyatt at @obrehya by Thursday 30th March so that numbers attending can be passed to the family.

Steve Callaghan - 8 Mar 17 I am deeply saddened to read about the loss of John Taylor on Fri 3 March. I have many very fond memories from Bramcote times, especially being taught to play squash after a few in the Mess Bar. Also a neighbour and friend. John will be another member difficult to replace. RIP my friend.

Rest in Peace Brother John

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mr John Lane

Andy Tibble - 24 Jan 17 It is with the very deepest regret that I have to inform you all that John Lane passed away last year on 19th November 2016.

Joe Falzon - 25 Jan 17 Rest in Peace, John.

Rest in Peace Brother John

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mr Denis Rollo

Those of us who knew Denis Rollo were shocked and saddened to learn of his death earlier this year (2016), aged 87. His service to the Royal Regiment extended over 65 years; he leaves an immeasurable legacy as a prolific historian, researcher and author, winner of the Napier Award (1973), the Lefroy Gold Medal (1984), the RA Medal (1994) and the Alfred Burne Memorial Award (1978, 1990, 1992 and 1999).

As a friend to our Association he took time to write a short history of The Artillery Clerks. He will be highly missed by all who knew him and held him in the high respect he deserved, not least by his widow, Nancy and their twenty great-grandchildren.

Joe

Rest in Peace Brother Denis

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  John Dixon

Former WO1 (SMAC) John Dixon passed away in January 2015. The Association was informed of this from his wife on the 4th February 2016.

Rest in Peace Brother John

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Tom Webb

Former Sergeant (AC) Tom Webb passed away on Wednesday 19th August 2015. Tom was a great supporter of the Artillery Clerks’ Association where he regularly attended the reunions both at Larkhill as well as in Germany when he was able too. He will be missed by all those members who knew him. Lt Col Joe Falzon (Chairman) and Mr Chris Shuter represented the Association at Tom’s funeral.

Rest in Peace Brother Tom

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Dennis Phillipson

Former WO2(QMS(AC)) Dennis Phillipson passed away on 21st May 2014. I was only recently informed of this by his wife.

Rest in Peace Brother Dennis

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Dave Scott

Former Captain & WO1 (SMAC) Dave Scott who died on Friday 10th May 2013 aged 66. Although not a member of the Association, Dave will be missed by those who served with him or knew of him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Rest in Peace Brother Dave

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Bob Lewney

Former SSgt (AC) Bob Lewney who died on 6th September 2013. Bob was one of the Associations oldest members. Unfortunately, over the past few years Bob has been unable to attend the Reunions. He was a true Artillery Clerk, and one of the last of his generation. Bob will be missed by all those members who know him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Rest in Peace Brother Bob

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Pat Verdon

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Joe Falzon - 13 Nov 13 It is with the deepest regret to inform you all that Pat Verdon passed away in hospital this morning. He will be hugely missed by all who served with him and knew him. I have personally lost a very good friend and confidant and the Association will now be without one of its strongest supporters. Further details regarding funeral arrangements to follow.

Please keep his family in your prayers at this most difficult and sad time.

Rest in peace dear friend.

George Martin - 13 Nov 13 Very sad news. First met Pat in 1973 when most Thursday's he, Joe Phelp and I enjoyed a few pints at The King's Troop Sgts Mess. Then regularly afterwards particularly when we served together in 50 Missile. A bundle of fun always. RIP.

Mary Hester - 13 Nov 13 I was devastated to have the phone call from Pat's wife to inform me of his passing. We have been friends since instructors at JLLRA Bramcote in the 60's and I will sorely miss him.

Joe Phelps - 14 Nov 13 Very sad news indeed. We had some very good times together at The King's Troop Sgts Mess (Pat was with the HAC and lived in St John's Wood) and many times after. A really wonderful person who will be sadly missed.

Mick Grenham - 15 Nov 13 It is always sad to lose a friend and Pat was a friend to many of us. He will be sadly missed especially at our re-unions.

David Stotan - 17 Nov 13 I wish to add my deepest condolences to Pats wife and family and join everyone else in saying how much he will be missed.

Rest in Peace Brother Pat

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  John Wilson

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 W.

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 family.

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

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Idris Hughes

Former WO2 (QMS(AC)) Idris Hughes passed away on Monday 13th August 2012 after a long illness. Idris was a popular member of the Artillery Clerks' Association and will be missed by all of those members who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Idris's family.

Rest in Peace Brother Idris

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Jim Cussell

Andy Tibble I first met Jim in 1972 when I joined the MOD as a young Sgt. He was great company socially, be it strolling through St James Park eyeing up the local wildlife or sampling the ale in one of the local hostelries. A man of great experience he was also ever willing to pass on his knowledge to anyone who asked. It was always a pleasure to meet him during the following years, especially at our reunions. He was the epitome of an Artillery Clerk, I was honored to be counted amongst his many friends and he will be sadly missed. Dave, my heart goes out to you and your family at this time of great sadness.

Mick Grenham - 21st February 2011 My sincere condolences Dave. Enjoyed his company when you came to dinners together: Another Pompey supporter.

Steve Seymour - 7th January 2011 I am so sorry and wish all the family well during this time. Jim will always be remembered.

Graham Brown - 5th January 2011 Dave, I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Jim, one of our Association icons. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you and your family now and in the days ahead. Rest in Peace Jim.

Joe Falzon - 4th January 2011 Dave, I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. Please accept my sincere condolences. Will be thinking of you all at this very sad time.

Dave Tyler - 4th January 2011 Dave and Family, words at such an extremely sad occasion as this may be a comfort and on behalf of the Jims extended family the AC Assn please know that we all share the deep loss at this very sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with all.

Steve Callaghan - 4thJanuary 2011 My sincere condolences at the loss of your Father, Friend and no doubt mentor into the world of Artillery Clerks'. He will be sadly missed by the association, however your loss will be deeper. Thinking of you at this, the saddest of times.

Dave, please accept my sincere condolences for you and your family. I will have a large port and drink to Jim. RIP Jim.

Ron Holmes - 4th January 2011 Rest in Peace Brother Jim.

Rest in Peace Brother Jim

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Brian Garthwaite

Andy Tibble I have just been informed by the Secretary at RHQ AGC that Brian Garthwaite passed away on Friday 21st May 2010. Unfortunately, I didn't know Brian very well, however, I do know that Brian qualified as an Army Helicopter Pilot and won the Master Pilot Trophy in the AAC.

Richard Nichol - 11th March 2014 I knew Brian as a Bdr, and am sad that he has passed away at such a young age. He was a good lad with a sensible outlook on life. I am not aware of his age, but it must have been 40ish. Also did not realise he had become a pilot, but am not surprised that he won the Master Pilot Trophy. It would have been nice to have known the circumstances of death. Please pass on my condolences to his family. May he RIP.

I was a new sprog, off the plane from Woolwich to 1 RHA and Garthers was newly arrived from JLRRA. He was, in one word, ambitious. From day one he wanted promotion and the made him one of the youngest LBdrs in the Regt. Soon after he went on a Potential Officers but luckily they found he had a brain and he returned. He then soon became Bdr then I was posted to 27 Fd Regt and contacts was lost, however I did hear he went onto pilot Apache's again; ambitious to the last.

Garthers was a nice lad, bit posh, very polished and the son of a bank manager from Nottingham. What I admire is he never hid this and this could seem to be arrogance, however on hindsight I admire his belief in himself and how he refused to drop his Grammar School accent. I remember learning how to drink with him at the grand age of 18 and remember working with him in RHQ under the gaze of Sgt Roy Deal, Sgt Steve Seymour and Chief Clerk, WO2(SQMS(AC)) Brown.

Rest in Peace Brother Brian

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Ron Cooper

Steve Callaghan - 11th February 2010 I very much regret to inform you that Ron (Paddy) Cooper collapsed and died suddenly at home last night. Please remember Jean as she was with him at this exceptionally sad time.

Denis Norris - 11th February 2010 What a shock! It only seems like a few days ago when I dropped Ron off at Paderborn Flughafen to get his flight back from the Germany reunion. Ron was my Chief Clerk in 4 Fd Regt (immediately after Mel Charlton) and was a Gentleman. My thoughts are with Jean and his family at this sad time. It will be a particularly poignant toast to absent friends this years reunion! A fond farewell to yet another fellow Artillery Clerk - rest in peace Gentleman Ron.

Andy Tibble - 11th February 2010 Once again this is very sad news. Although I never had the opportunity to serve with Ron, I got to know him over the years at the Reunions. A great person who filled us all with laughter with his jokes. He was a great supporter of the Artillery Clerks' Association and will also be missed by us all. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

Joe Falzon - 12th February 2010 I am deeply saddened by this news. Ron was a truly good friend to a large number of our members and will be greatly missed. He was, without doubt, a very special person. Heartfelt sympathy to Jean, family and friends at this sad time.

Brian Morgan - 12th February 2010 What a shock and such sad news to hear of Ron's sudden and unexpected death. Ron was my Chief Clerk with 7 RHA in Osnabruck and was a truly good friend and a gentleman who would help anyone. Ron always added a little humor and laughter to any occasion. A stalwart and strong supporter of the Association he will without doubt be greatly missed. My sincere sympathy goes out to Jean, his family, friends and love ones at this sad time. Rest In Peace brother Ron.

Ian Constantine - 12th February 2010 I was shocked and sad to hear the news of Rons untimely passing. One of life's truly nice guys, I will miss his laughter and company at our reunions.

Graham Brown 12th February 2010 What a shock. Ron will be sorely missed by all; please pass my condolences to Jean.

Mick Hutchinson - 13th February 2010 I was shocked when Steve Callaghan informed me of the untimely and unexpected death of Ron Cooper. It is ironic to note that Ron was at my wife's funeral service on 17th December last year, and notwithstanding the circumstances, was as ever a gentlemen and good friend. I had known Ron for a number of years and had traveled with him to Larkhill for our first Re-union there in 2008. He was my Chief Clerk at Bramcote and taught me much. My sincere condolences to his wife Jean and the family at this most painful juncture. Sleep well Ron you will be sorely missed!

Pat Verdon - 14th February 2010 I have just returned from holiday and read the terrible news of Ron's tragic and untimely death. I am deeply saddened. Ron was my assistant Chief Clerk in 16 Regt in Soest and Northern Ireland. We always boasted that we had the most balanced Classified Documents Register in the Province because all entries were signed by me, a Southern Irish Fenian and countersigned by Ron, a Northern Irish Orangeman! I couldn't have had a better 2IC, Ron was a brilliant clerk, an excellent Asst CC and a great pal. My thoughts and prayers are with Jean at this terrible time. Rest In Peace my friend.

Ron Holmes - 14th February 2010 Such sad news and like Dennis said, it seems like yesterday; in Mansergh Bks having a cool beer and pleasant evening with fellow ACs. I got to know Ron over the years at the re-unions, especially the last few Germany weekends where Ron came over and had us all in stitches of laughter with his stories, jokes and anecdotes. A stalwart member who will be sorely missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. We will raise a glass to you at Larkhill in the Spring and at the next Germany dinner. Rest in Peace Ron.

Des Riley - 14th February 2010 Really saddened to learn of Ron's untimely passing. He was another of our true Gentleman. As everyone is saying, he will be sorely missed and I will join in the raising of a glass at Larkhill this year. Rest in Peace Ron.

Steve Seymour - 16th February 2010 I have just received an e mail from Ron Cooper's son informing me of his death last Wednesday. At the last Re-union in Germany I spent the weekend showing him around Paderborn and Gütersloh. Having also shared the room with him - it is with much sadness to learn that he passed away last Wednesday and will not be present at the Reunion in UK. He was a very pleasant quiet man, who's company I enjoyed, and sadly cannot have a drink with him.

David Stotan - 19th February 2010 I was extremely shocked to hear Ron had passed away suddenly, he was my Chief Clerk when I was still wet behind the ears. I owe that man so very much, not only was he my mentor but he was a great friend also. I only have limited access to the Internet right now but once I have broadband fully restored I will ensure any tributes received are posted on Silent Quills. Rest in Peace Ron.

Rest in Peace Brother Ron

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Yogi Yeowell

Former Sgt(AC) L W (Yogi) Yeowell passed away on Wednesday 17th November 2010 aged 93. Yogi was the oldest members of the Association. Unfortunately, over the past few years Yogi has been unable to attend the Reunions due to illnesses. Yogi served in the French Foreign Legion and was awarded the Croix de Guerre whilst serving with them. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Rest in Peace Brother Yogi

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Mel Charlton

Andy Tibble - 17th December 2009 Gentlemen, I very much regret to inform you that our Secretary, Mel Charlton passed away earlier this morning after a short aggressive illness. Mel was a great inspiration to both the Association and all of those who knew him. As a great friend and Association colleague, Mel's absence will be greatly missed. Our thought's are with his family at this very difficult time. Rest in Peace Brother Mel.

David Stotan - 21st December 2009 Even though I was aware Mel was facing the fight of his life I never thought of him losing this battle, not Mel - I still find it difficult to believe he is no longer amongst us. Mel was a great inspiration to me and a great teacher of what being and Artillery Clerk is all about - I will miss him so much. My thoughts are with his family at this most difficult time. Rest in Peace Brother Mel.

Dennis Phillipson - 21st December 2009 I was stunned to read that Mel had passed away. A terrific person and it was an honor to know him. My condolences to his family and he will be deeply missed by all ACs - Rest in Peace Mel.

Steve Seymour - 22nd December 2009 I knew of his illness, but did not necessarily expect him to pass away. A strong character, who I admired for his evident pride, and fully expected to see him at the next dinner. I am very much saddened by this loss of a member of the AC fraternity, who did so much for the military organisation, both in uniform and as a civilian. RIP Mel. I and the other ACs will sadly miss you

Pat Verdon - 20th December 2009 I am deeply saddened by Mel's untimely passing. He was everything that has been said about him in the other tributes and much more. He was a deeply caring and compassionate man. Rest In Peach brother Mel.

Ron Holmes - 19th December 2009 I cannot express my feelings in this short message box. Mel was such a Gentleman and kind spirit. Rest in peace brother Mel it's so sad you had to go. We had such wonderful times at the dinners over the years. I sincerely hope we can pick up the pieces and carry the AC torch on with the enthusiasm and drive that you brought to the our association.

Dennis Norris - 19th December 2009 Very sad news indeed! Mel was my first Chief Clerk when I was promoted to AC and took me to my first AC Reunion (he made me drive!). A personal friend of both Dorothy and myself - he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family - rest in peace Mel.

Mick Hutchinson - 18th December 2009 I was stunned and shocked to read of Mel's death the day after my own beloved wife was cremated. The accolades already posted bear testament to the man, who in my opinion was the power house behind the success of our association. A gentleman or the first order who will be missed by us all.

Graham Brown - 18th December 2009 I am shocked at this news. The association will not be the same without Mel - my thoughts are with his family. Rest in Peace.

Russ Lee - 18th December 2009 Mel was a great man and a true friend to me I am deeply saddened by the news, my thoughts are with his family.

Joe Falzon - 17th December 2009 The news early this morning, although expected, came as a shock. Mel was the driving force and the inspiration behind the Association and will be sorely missed by all those of us who knew him. He always went the extra mile to ensure that the Association flourished - we now owe it to his memory to remain vibrant and united. Rest in peace my friend.

Des Riley - 17th December 2009 So saddened to learn of Mel's passing. He really was one of life's true Gentlemen and as Andy has said an inspiration to so many. I am so very proud and fortunate to have been able to count Mel as a real friend. Its so difficult to express my feelings and thoughts right now but suffice to say that he will be sorely missed by many. Our thoughts and sincerest condolences go out to his family at this very sad time. Rest in Peace Mel.

Rest in Peace Brother Mel

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Duggie Waterhouse (Chelsea Pensioner)

Andy Tibble - 10th December 2009 Gentlemen, Once again in such a short time, I regret to inform you that another one of our Chelsea Pensioners, Duggie Waterhouse passed away earlier today (Thursday 9th December 2009). Duggie was a keen supporter of the Artillery Clerks' Association and was one of many few members who would always be last at the bar on a Reunion Dinner. Due to illness, Duggie's absence at recent dinners has been missed. Rest in Peace Brother Duggie.

Graham Brown - 18th December 2009 What a blow, although not unexpected the loss of Duggie is heartfelt. I have spent many a happy hour with him.

Steve Callaghan - 15th December 2009 I remember Dougie with absolute fondness, he was my first Chief Clerk in 49 Regt at Larkhill. The pint next year will be special.

Dennis Norris - 15th December 2009 Dougie will be sadly missed by the Association and Preston has lost one of it's finest - the Lillywhites are missing it's scarlet jacket! Rest in peace Dougie and I am sure a few of us will have a drink to your memory in Larkhill.

Alan Lowthian - 12 December 2009 Will someone please tell me when Duggie passed away. I have been out of touch and have missed three sad events now. I have so very many fond memories of Doug - the warm pints of lager, the last at the bar tradition. He was my mentor when I joined the world of clerking way back in 1963 at HQ 1(BR) Corps in Bielefeld. Put a damper on my festive season - I was about to send him a crad as I have done for many a year.

Steve Seymour - 14th December 2009 Duggie so enjoyed the Reunion Dinners, and I am so sad that I will not be able to meet him at a future dinner at Larkhill. I spoke quite often with him. Yes because I tend to be one of those last at the bar. RIP Duggie, I will drink one for you at Larkhill next April.

Ron Holmes - 12th December 2009 RIP Duggie. I will never forget your escapades at our last re-union dinner in Paderborn, especially when you medals upset the security system at the airport. May the lights never dim in St Pete's bar.

Andy Moss - 12th December 2009 RIP Dougie. You will be sorely missed but the memories you gave us will live on.

Mick Hutchinson - 11th December 2009 Rest in peace Duggie. You were a great supporter of the AC's Re-union and Dinner!

Rest in Peace Brother Duggie

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  George McKinnell

Andy Tibble - 23rd November 2009 I regret to inform you that one of our Chelsea Pensioners, George McKinnell passed away on Thursday 19th November 2009. George was a keen supporter of the Artillery Clerks' Association, and his absence was missed when he was no longer able to attend the reunion dinners. Rest in Peace Brother George.

Rest in Peace Brother George

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Paddy Corbett

Paul Perry - 28th October 2009 I have just read that Paddy Corbett passed away in hospital on 12 September after a short illness. For those who remember Paddy he was Chief Clerk for 24 and 50 Msl Regiments.

Steve Seymour - 14th December 2009 My sympathies to his family, although I did not know him personally. I did note that he regularly posted on this site. God rest in peace. His little anecdotes and jokes will be missed.

Brian Smith - 28th November 2009 Very sorry to hear of this loss. Although never served with paddy, like others his musings were most enjoyable. rest in peace.

Joe Hoggins - 17th November 2009 I am really sorry to hear of the death of Paddy. Paddy took over from me at 10 UDR in Belfast and I do not exaggerate when I tell you that there was nearly a riot of BHQ staff (civil servants) when they checked his documents and found out his religion! Needless to say but Paddy made a great impression on them as he did with everyone he served with and that knew him. His character won them over.

I will miss his little anecdotes and Paddy stories. RIP.

Mick Hutchinson - 31st October 2009 This is very sad news indeed. I enjoyed reading Paddy's muses and anecdotes, some of which were quite enlightening. Rest in peace Paddy.

Alan Lowthian - 22nd December 2009 I have been off line (Arty clerks msg bd) for weeks so have just caught up with the sad sad news of both Paddy and Mel. I have so many dear close memories of my time with Paddy in 24 and his dear family too. He was a larger than life figure and I am saddened at the loss of a stalwart like him. Mel I knew from the many dinners and he too was a stalwart as the many tributes will have no doubt have born witness. Rest in peace dear brother clerks.

Pete Deverall - 30th October 2009 I was only thinking a few weeks ago that we were missing his muses on the message board. They always brought on memories of our time together in 24 and 50. Will be drinking a Bushmills to him tonight. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

David Stotan - 8th November 2009 Like Dennis I don't believe I have met Paddy but I did look forward to reading his musings on our message board. Rest in peace brother Arty Clerk.

Dennis Norris - 29th October 2009 Although I never met Paddy, I felt I knew him via this message board - I will miss his musings. Rest in peace brother Arty Clerk.

Andy Tibble - 28th October 2009 I am very sorry to hear such sad news. Paddy was an inspiration to all who knew him. As he was at 50 Msl before my time, I never served with Paddy.

My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

Ron Holmes - 29th October 2009 That is sad news. He was so much fun at the dinners and always wrote a nice apology for not being able to get to the Germany dinners. RIP Paddy.

Rest in Peace Brother Paddy

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Bob Day

Mel Charlton - 20 May 2009 Gentlemen, I regret to inform you that one of our stalwart members Bob Day passed away on Mon 18 May 09. Rest in Peace Brother Bob.

Pat Verdon - 21st May 2009 I am shocked and greatly saddened at this news. Bob was indeed an irrepressible stalwart. Rest in peace Bob.

Mick Hutchinson - 20th May 2009 Sad news indeed. Rest in Peace Bob.

Rest in Peace Brother Bob

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Alan King

Ron Cooper - 16th Apr 2009 I have just read in the local paper that Alan King passed away on the 9th April. Alan was an ex Artillery Clerk whom I first met when posted to the Clerical Wing at Bramcote in August 1978. I am sure many of the older Arty Clerks will remember Alan from both his military days and as the civilian instructor at Bramcote. His funeral will take place at the Heart of England Crematorium, Nuneaton on Wed 22nd April 2009 at 1030 hrs.

Dennis Norris - 22nd April 2009 How Sad. Alan King was the instructor on my B3 Clerk course at Bramcote 1974/5. He was a very nice guy and an extremely knowledgeable Artillery Clerk. Rest in Peace Alan.

Graham Brown - 19th April 2009 Another very sad loss. I only met Alan a few times but he was a gentleman.

Derek Baldry - 18th April 2009 Casting my mind back to when I was at Bramcote, 1973 - 1974 I am sure Alan King was an instructor at the Clerical Wing then.

Rest in Peace Brother Alan

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  H Hammond

Andy Tibble - 7 Decemer 2016 I have just been informed of the following from Vince Scott. It is with the very deepest regret that I have to inform you all that 'H' Hammond passed away on the 19th July 2008. Rest in Peace 'H'. Andy

Des Riley - 7 December 2016 RIP 'H'

Mick Grenham - 7 December 2016 RIP 'H'

Steve Snowdon - 7 December 2016 Sad news, I worked with H in 21 Bty. RIP

Pip Bailey - 7 December 2016 OMG..... RIP 'H' a gentleman was great to have worked with you m8

Stephen Truslove - 7 December 2016 RIP H

Vince Scott - 7 December 2016 A sharp and ‘on it’ young Sgt (AC). Nothing was a problem and nothing was too difficult. Little in stature but big in persona he was a good one to have around. He supported his Chief Clerk and Regiment in Paderborn and Armagh extremely well. Reliable and dependable he got on with the business in hand. Popular with the lads but not a soft touch by any stretch of the imagination. He achieved the results expected of him. He enjoyed his fishing, mess life and the occasional flutter on the mess machines – sometimes needing a step up to put the coin in :). RIP little buddy – you were a joy to be around and for your support I thank you. Regards to Debs and the grown up kids.

Dennis Norris - 8 December 2016 RIP H.

Robert Astick - 8 December 2016 RIP H

Clive Nuttall - 8 December 2016 RIP H

Mark Testi - 8 December 2016 RIP 'H'. Good bloke and far too young to be gone.

Duncan Pettit - 8 December 2016 RIP 'H' always enjoyed the banter.

Alf Alvin - 8 December 2016 RIP 'Titch' sad sad loss

Harry Aitch Lomax - 8 December 2016 My condolences to the family and RIP 'H'

Ron Holmes - 8 December 2016 Stand easy H. We had some good times together as young lads starting with a memorable B1 Clerks course around 1980. Sad news that he is gone so early but he won't be forgotten. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Mike Hutchinson - 8 December 2016 Rest in peace 'H'

Iain Campbell - 8 December 2016 Went through Juniors with H. Sad loss - RIP Titch.

Ted Fairbrass - 8 December 2016 Had the honour and privilege of working alongside H in 45, cracking company and good for a laugh most memorable being him talking religion with 45's padre after a memorable boxing finals night, second to his attempt of placing a 2 mark coin into the mess one arm bandit, everyone at the bar stopped just to watch. Gone but never forgotten always fondly remembered rest easy H do not drink the bar dry up there we will meet up again, I think me and Vince still have a ten mark note somewhere.

Vince Scott - 8 December 2016 Still don't know who owes who the 10DM. borrowed and paid and borrowed and repaid and borrowed again. The 10DM triangle might be hard to understand and quite rightly too. Vince, H and Ted are the only ones the understand the cycle. I reckon Ted owes H the dosh :)

Dave Cussell - 8 December 2016 RIP H

Rest in Peace Brother H

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Ted Morgan

Mel Charlton - 31st May 2007 I regret to inform you that our Welfare Officer, former WO2(QMS(AC)) Ted Morgan passed away unexpectedly yesterday 30 May 07. Ted was a good man, loved and respected by all that knew him. It was an honor to be his friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Margaret and family. Rest in peace Brother Ted.

Bill Morland - 2nd June 2007 Alas, another friend and comrade gone to his rest. A giant of a man in many ways, he was always available for advice yet never judgmental; the very best type of Artillery Clerk. His Memory will abide, Wrought not in stone or clay, But in the Hearts of those, Whose gain was knowing him. May he Rest in Peace. Our deepest condolences go to Margaret and her family.

Graham Brown - 1st June 2007 I'm sorry to hear such sad news. Ted was an inspiration to all who knew him. I never served with Ted but have shared many a pint with him. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Derek Ralphs - 31 May 2007 I am sat here sad with tears in my eyes and sorrow in my heart; Ted was my first Chief Clerk; I will miss him for being a good friend to me, always asking after me and a very caring man. God rest him.

Dennis Norris - 31st May 2007 What terribly sad news! Although I also never served with Ted, I spent many a 'happy hour' with him in the bar at Woolwich and shared a room with him on a couple of occasions. An excellent Artillery Clerk and association stalwart who will be sorely missed.

Des Riley - 31st May 2007 I am really saddened to read of the passing of Ted. Although I never worked with Ted our contact through the Association proved to me he was one of the nicest men you would want to meet and a true gent. He will be sorely missed.

Ron Holmes - 31st May 2007 Its sad to hear. I never served with Ted but I have shared many a beer over the last few years in Woolwich. He always had a smile and was one of the good guys. My deepest condolences to his family and close friends.

Mick Hutchinson - 1st June 2007 This is really sad news, although I never served with Ted I did get to know him very well at the AC Reunions over the years. A man with stories to tell and much advice to impart he will be sorely missed by the Association. Rest in peace Ted.

Rest in Peace Brother Ted

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  George McGilvery

David Tyler - 9th November 2006 Very sad to hear the news today that George passed peacefully away in the early hours of this morning after a short but very aggressive illness. He will be deeply missed by his family, members of the Artillery Clerks Association and Commando Gunners. I first met George during the handover in Singapore between 95 and Cdo Lt Regiments. Big smile and large moustache. I had the good fortune to work with him whilst at Artillery Division at Bielefeld when he was Chief Clerk Nuclear. Always excellent company both at work or at Arty Clerks dinners. Will never be forgotten.

Also notified of his passing today from RBL Headquarters. Was aware that he was moved to a hospice yesterday but was not expecting this sad news so soon. I knew George first when he was with 95 Cdo Lt Regt and again from my days in BAOR. When I started with the Legion in 2001 he was the first to ring me up and welcome me aboard. He will be sorely missed.

Paddy Corbett - 13th December 2006 This is a serious shock to me. I knew and respected George as a first class person who was willing to help out a friend in need - he was a friend indeed. I find it hard to take in. My sincere condolences to his family. I shall light a candle in Church for him tomorrow morning. God be good to him.

Joe Hoggins - 12th November 2006 I knew George for around 28 years and cannot remember him having a bad word for anyone. Always a gentleman and staunch Artillery Clerk who will be sadly missed. I will certainly raise a glass to him in February. He would approve!! God bless.

George Martin - 12th November 2006 Saddened to hear the news about George. He was a character with a dry sense of humor which publicly hid his huge ability. I cannot recall how many quiet drinks we had together but they always lasted into the early hours of the morning. My thoughts rest with his family.

Galina McGilvery - 11th November 2006 Thank you all so much for your kind words, mum and all the family are very touched, a great man will be sorely missed! Mum kindly asks if anyone has any photos of my dad she would be very grateful if you could email copies to us at galina.woods@ntlworld.com. Many Thanks again. Carol and family.

Graham Brown - 10th November 2006 I cannot add anything to that already said. A wonderful friendly man he will be sadly missed. My best wishes to his wife and family.

Brian Rose - 9th November 2006 Sorry to hear about the death of George McGilvery. My sympathy to his wife and his family at this sad time.

Mel Charlton - 9th November 2006 I am equally saddened to hear about George. He was a character loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace Brother George.

Pat Verdon - 9th November 2006 How very sad. George was a lovely bloke and was always so cheerful every time we met. I am so sorry. RIP.

Heather Reed (nee Mcgilvery) Many Many thanks for your kind words. It's a hard time for not only us his family but evidently all who knew dad. A man taken before his time but fought hard too the end. I am proud too be his daughter and too know he was respected and liked by all who knew him is a great comfort too me.

Adrian Mcgilvery - 13th November 2006 My thanks to all who left messages about my dad. My dad was a great man and a best friend who I will miss very much. I can rest easy knowing that everywhere I go he will always be looking out for me. Rest east dad. X

Rest in Peace Brother George

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Don Cormack

Eddie Mills Very saddened to read in the Gunner that Don Cormack had passed away. Don and I had a most unusual handover in July 1959. I was to take over from Don at 654 Lt AC Sqn in Hildesheim whilst Don was to take over from me at HQRA 2 Div in Lubbecke. Criss-cross handovers completed it was decided that we should also exchange married quarters. We passed each other on the Autobahn,Don and family on his way to Sportz Platz Lubbecke and I with my family on our way to Saar Strasse, Hildesheim. A pleasure to have known you Don. Rest in peace.

John Reynolds I am sorry to read of Don's passing. We, too, had an interesting experience. Both Don and I had had to relinquish the acting rank of Ssgt(AC) and, as a result, had been posted. I went to 645 Lt Ac Sqn at Hildesheim and Don went to HQ 1 Lt Ac Wing at Detmold. We both traveled out to BAOR together and arrived at our respective destinations on the Thursday evening. I reported in to the OC of 645 Sqn, Maj RM Begby, on the Friday morning and started the process of setting up the new Sqn Orderly Room. After lunch I was told that plans had changed and that Don and I were to swap over. A truck arrived from Detmold on Saturday morning and dropped Don off and took me back to Detmold. It was my shortest posting ever. Rest in peace Don.

Bill Johnson Like John and Eddie, I was saddened to hear of the death of Don Cormack. Don took over from me at HQRA Farelf Singapore in 1965 and I returned to UK to take over John's post at HQDRA Woolwich. For the short period I knew him I held him in high regard. His family met mine and during our handover period our families met several times.

Yet another of the good guys. Rest in peace Don.

Rest in Peace Brother Don

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Derek Dalrymple

George McGilvery Derek Dalrymple died on the 11th July 2005 at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. I first met Derek in Singapore in the late 1960's when he joined 95 Commando Regiment to take over as Chief Clerk from Jim Cussell. Whilst I am sure that there are a great many other Arty Clerk who knew Derek far better than I, I still had the privilege to call Derek my friend. He may long be remembered for his prowess as a cricketer but I have many fond memories of him. Times like the Chinese dinner evenings that the clerks of 95 Cdo would hold regularly before we all descended on Bogey Street and of the Hollies Concert in Singapore just before we returned to the UK, as well as the many daily events in the Regimental Office.

Sadly another Quill has fallen Silent, Rest in Peace dear friend.

Rest in Peace Brother Derek

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Ian Ridge

George McGilvery Coming back to the Arty Clerks site today to check on the latest news (its been a while since I visited it) I was shocked to see the notification of the death of Ian Ridge. It seems only a short time past (just a short year ago) that I had a telephone conversation with Ian following an exchange of emails, having seen his contact details on this site, we had promised to keep in touch but sadly never did, which make this all the more poignant.

Although Ian and I were not the closest of friends, we were brother clerks and we where drinking buddies and spent many a great Sunday morning propping up the bar following an Arty Clerks Dinner swapping tales. I also had regular contact with him when I was the Chief Clerk 104 Regt in Newport and he work up at HQ Wales up in the Beacons.

If there was ever a tale to tell you could be sure that Ian was telling it. Rest in peace my friend.

Rest in Peace Brother Ian

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Chris Freeman

George McGilvery I am sure that there are many Arty Clerks 'out there' who knew Chris better than I, however I would like to pay a special tribute to a gentle giant of a man whom I personally believe set my Artillery Clerk career rolling. Chris was the Assistant Chief Clerk of 94 Locating Regiment when I arrived there in May 1971 hot foot from the Far East, by April 1972 he had seen me promoted to Lance Bombardier and made acting Bombardier and posted me to 1st Artillery Brigade as the Discipline Clerk and the rest is history.

Chris was affectionately known to the clerks in 94 as Yogi, and this was not a derogatory nickname, he was called this because he was an affectionate Big Bear who actions and rhetoric mimicked the lovable cartoon bear. He will undoubtedly be sadly missed by all those who's life he touched so fondly.

Farewell my friend.

Rest in Peace Brother Chris

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Cross shaped gravestone with Gunner emblem  Terry Foster

Eddie Platts I'm very sad to announce the passing of one of our colleagues, Terry Foster. Terry's daughter Gillian phoned to inform me that Terry passed away yesterday, Wednesday 3 April, following a long illness. He was only 63.

I first met Terry when he took over from Keith Creswell as Chief Clerk of 22 (Gibraltar 1779-83) Locating Battery RA in 1969 and I was the bombardier clerk. We enjoyed a splendid working relationship and I am indebted to Terry for his guidance and education during the 18 months we served together.

Terry was a typical blunt Yorkshire man who was never afraid to express his opinion and did so in a manner which was totally without ambiguity:- He was also an accomplished angler, winning many competitions and a talented artist. One enduring memory is Terry's cartoon of Major Brian Derry, when the battery was under orders for Northern Ireland in 1969. The cartoon was entitled "The Relief Of Derry", and I'm sure you can all visualise what he drew. He also had a fine singing voice and would need little encouragement to give us his very creditable Mario Lanza impersonation.

We were good friends but as with many service friendships, lost touch over the years. I had been searching for Terry for a couple of years until finding him on this very site in November 2000. We have been in constant contact until his recent hospitalisation and whilst obviously very ill, he never lost his wicked sense of humor.

I will miss him greatly and offer my condolences to his wife Rose and his six children.

Bill Morland Like many of his contemporaries I was deeply saddened to hear of Terry's untimely death. I offer these few words in sympathy.

Another name from our roll has gone, leaving family and friends forlorn. His loss, to us, is heavens gain, very few of his ilk remain.

Ubique.

Rest in Peace Brother Terry

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