Sidney Edward Thomas - died
19th September 2013
The death occurred on Thursday 19th September of Sidney
Edward Thomas 68yrs, at The Beeches Nursing Home, Hayle,
Cornwall. Sid served in the SCLI from 1964-68 and resided
in Marazion, Cornwall. He had been ill for sometime
with cancer. Full obituary to follow.
L/Cpl 23771739 - Anthony Hood
- died 18th July 2013 - aged 73 yrs. National
Service 1960/62 - Draft 62 at Bodmin - served in Osnabruck,
Plymouth and Gibraltar. C Company & HQ.
Memories - Tony was a
mans man like no other, everybody liked him, some loved
him like in the best mates sense, you could trust him
to stand by you to the end. His passing is recorded
with great sadness, his articles on this website live
on to a tribute to him, his humour and understanding.
Rest in Peace.
23783917 Cpl John Frederick Pover.
- died 3rd July 2013 - DCLI/SCLI/LI. aged 71yrs.
John passed away at 0650hrs today, Wednesday 3rd July
2013 at St Julia's Hospice, Hayle.
He had been ill for a number of years with cancer and
copd and 5 1/2 years ago had major heart surgery. Following
two heart attacks in recent days which saw him hospitalised
first in Treliske Hospital, Truro, before being transferred
to St Julia's, he had been in a coma for the last two
days of his life.
John Pover left the Army in September 1970. For much
of his service he served with the Regimental Police
and also as a Bugler within 1 SCLI. After leaving the
Army he worked with Plessey in the UK and Middle East.
Thereafter he became a coach driver specialising in
European tours before working in the holiday trade within
Memories - SCLI website
edited , Done with a heavy heart.
Sleep peacefully John, you are remembered with good
memories. Your stories will live on !
Michael (Mick) Butler late of
DCLI,SCLI, passed away on the 17th June
Michael James Butler born in 1936. He enlisted into
the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry in 1953 at Cowley
in Oxford as a National Serviceman but quickly signed
on for three years to get the extra pay and to be posted
to the DCLI who were about to Embark for the West Indies.
He quickly got promoted to Sgt and became involved in
the Machine Gun Platoon. In Osnabruck he was the MT
Sgt and did various posting as PSI with the TA Battalion.
He was a Recruiting Sgt in Redruth in 1963 for a couple
of years and promoted to C/Sgt and did a tour as an
Instructor at the RMAS.
At the Light Infantry Depot at Shrewsbury as was RQMS.
the rank he held until his retirement. He then worked
for the Civil Service.
His Cremation Service was held at Penmount near Truro
on Tuesday 2nd July, He had been ill with Cancer for
several months, He died on Monday 17th June, there was
a large attendance at his Service, Mick was a Freemason
and many of his Brothers attended.
Terry Joll attended along with Fred Lean and Dick Wignall
23497877 Sgt Hubert John Hill
- "Hew Benny Hill" - died 17th June 2013
I am sorry to say the Hew 'Benny' Hill passed away late
evening of Monday 17th June, aged 74yrs.
Benny served in Som LI. SCLI and LI from 1956-1979.
He had been ill off and on for many years, suffering
from and receiving treatment for cancer.
he was admitted to hospital approx a month ago when
litres of fluid was drained from his lungs.
It was also discovered that he had Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
and that his heart had been reduced
to a 15% functionality, due to the amount of cancer
treatment he'd received in the past.
Many will be sad to hear that Mr Hubert John Hill (Benny)
died on Monday 17th June 2013. He was 74 years old.
Benny Hill began his Army service in 1956 and served
with 1st Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry in Warminster.
Thereafter he served with 1st Battalion The Somerset
& Cornwall Light Infantry in Osnabruck, Gibraltar
He left the Army in 1979. Towards the end of his service
he was in Hong Kong as CQMS B Company with 1st Battalion
The Light Infantry. Beforehand he served with 5th Battalion
The Light Infantry as a Permanent Staff instructor in
Wellington. When serving with 1 SCLI his time was spent
predominantly with the Anti-Tank Platoon. Having left
the Army he worked for Somerset County Council as a
local government officer and also as a gamekeeper.
The funeral of John Hubert Hill will be held on Tuesday
2nd July 2013 at Porlock Methodist, Church, High Street,
Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8PU beginning at 11.30am. The
funeral service will be followed by burial at Porlock
Cemetery. Family flowers only have been requested. Donations,
if desired, may be made to the Beacon Centre, Musgrove
Park Hospital, Taunton# and other charities yet to be
23732940 Michael Royston Coles
- died 27th May 2013
Michael (Mike) lovingly husband to Suzanne, father
to Michael, Stephen and Rachael, served with the SCLI.
He was a provost Corporal in Berlin, so hopefully some
of you (probably the bad boys) will remember him! Well
sadly my Dad passed away on the 27th May 2013, after
a long and hard battle against cancer. Dad actually
went on from the SCLI to join the SASC and finished
his time as the QSMI at Norton Manor Camp. Dad's funeral
will be held at Taunton Crematorium on Wednesday 05th
June 2013 at 1100hrs. All are welcome to attend. If
anyone has any stories, memories or messages please
post them on here. Thank you RIP Dad x
23801741 Corporal George Edward
George Edward Counsell Cpl 23801741 died 1st May 2013
George was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in
January of this year. Called up for national Service
in July 1960, he was among a number of fifty plus earmarked
for the SCLI, who were trained at the DLI Depot, Brancepeth
Castle, Durham. This was due to the large number of
personnel called up to join the SCLI in what was the
last year of National Service, that the Regt Depot,
Bodmin was unable to accommodate all recruits, therefore
alternative arrangements were made. After completion
of training he joined 1 SCLI in Osnabruck serving in
C Coy. The Bn returned to the UK in June 1961 and was
stationed at Plymouth before moving to Gibraltar in
August of that year. It was from Gibraltar that he left
the Army in July 1962 having attained the rank of Cpl.
He returned to his home in Curland, Somerset, where
he later took over the Village Post Office and General
Store from his father. He ran the business for a number
of years before retiring at the age of 40 and moving
to Merriott. Later he took up employment with a paint
supply company, working as the manager of their Yeovil
depot until his retirement. Pre-deceased by his wife,
his funeral at Yeovil Crematorium on 10th May was very
well attended by his many friends and relations. George
was a member of the Taunton Branch of the Association,
our Branch bugler Paul Frazer together with members
of the branch also attended. Our condolences go to his
daughters Alison, Annette and Sarah and their respective
-I remember George as he was in Arras Platoon as DLI
Brancepath, along with Ray Ryan RIP, John Turner RIP.
Sleep in peace. (Keith Petvin-Scudamore)
MAJOR S G S RUDD-CLARKE, DCLI, SCLI
AND LI - died 26th March 2013
All of you who knew Simon Rudd-Clarke will be sad to
hear that he died of a sudden heart attack in his garden
on 26th March 2013. His funeral is to take place on
Friday 12th April 2013 in the Parish Church of Smethcot
near Shrewsbury at 12.00 midday.
It is with deep regret that I was told of the death
of Major Rudd-Clarke, I believe he was with the Duke
of Cornwall L.I for a short while before joining SCLI,
I first came into contact with him when he was just
a 2nd Lt. I was a L/Cpl barman in the Officers Mess
so saw quite a lot of him in his off duty moments. He
was the only officer to buy me and L/cpl. John Turner
a beer in the Mess. Myself and John were off to a Tramps
night at the Cpl's Mess, and bumped into Simon outside
the Officers Mess whereby he invited us in for a beer,
I don't know what the outcome would have been if the
Colonel had been in the Mess. I have other memories
of you Simon, and you always found time to have a chat
at the Reunions and 50th Anniversary. So rest in peace
Si. you were one of the best. - Tony
Oh dear what sad news. I remember him so well as a
young officer, always smiling and cheerful. In 1960
he took a Signalling course , he was a Lieut and most
of us Privates, Rocky Hill was the Colour Sgt in charge.
Simon completed the course, he did not pull rank on
us and we all had a laugh together.
Please send Alison my sympathy at her sad loss. - Keith
I was also saddened by Maj. Simon Rudd-Clarke death
as I was fortunate to have served under his command
of the Regimental Signals Platoon as well as accompany
him on the very same signals course at Hythe,Kent. He
was a quiet but determined Subaltern Officer at the
time but was in tune with all of his platoon members
regardless of rank. On one occasion I remember him taking
me and a couple of other junior NCO's over to Spain
in his open top car for a change of scenery from the
Rock and treating us to a beach salad and beer and making
us all feel at ease with his generosity.Then there was
the time when practically the whole of the Signals Platoon
were drafted over to Seville to take part in the filming
of the film "Laurance of Arabia".
The last time we met was when he returned to Berlin
ranked then as Captain and immediately made a beeline
to the Signals block to reacquaint himself with past
members.Sadly our paths never crossed again as both
of us took on different jobs within the Bn and away
from the Bn. I have passed on a letter of condolence
to his wife, Alison, directly on behalf of Tricia &
myself expressing our delight in having shared our lives
with such a true Officer and Gentleman
.Thank you Simon for some very very fond memories.
Gerry and Tricia Blackwell
Alan Granville (Alf) Collins
- Cpl 22975217 - died 2nd March 2013 - aged 77yrs.
Alan, who had been in failing health for several years,
died in West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance, on the 2nd
March following a recent admission. He enlisted into
the DCLI in 1954 and following training at the Regt
Depot, Bodmin, joined the 1st Bn in Jamaica. He also
saw service in Belize and later Osnabruck with Support
Coy with both DCLI and following amalgamation with 1
In February 1960 he decided to leave the Army, but within
a month he had rejoined 1 SCLI in Osnabruck. He continued
with his service there and later Plymouth and Gibraltar
where he was the Bn Provo Cpl. In February 1963 he again
decided to leave the Army, but this time he only managed
1 week of civilian life before rejoining 1 SCLI, serving
first at the Brigade Depot before a posting to the 1st
Bn in Berlin. Following the 2 year posting he returned
with the Bn to Gravesend from where he deployed to Aden
in April 1966 for a six month tour.
Following the Bn's return to Gravesend from Aden in
October 1966, Alan finally left the Army in 1967 and
returned to his native Cornwall. He later married and
worked until his retirement with the Cornwall Probation
Service. His funeral service which took place at Treswithian
Crematorium, Camborne on the 18th March was very well
attended by his family and friends, and included 15
members of the West Cornwall Branch of the Association,
of which he was a member, together with their Branch
bugler and Standard. There was also representatives
of the Camborne RBL together with their standard. Our
condolences go to his wife Wendy and his son and daughter.
Terrence Price - 23901191 -
died 25th December 2012 - aged 68yrs
Terrence (Terry) Price died in the early hours of Christmas
morning at his home following a massive heart attack.
He enlisted into the SCLI in 1962 and following initial
training joined the 1st Bn SCLI in Gibraltar. For the
greater part of his service he was member of the Bugle
Pltn. Leaving the Army in 1972 from 1 LI he returned
to his home town of Frome. His funeral took place on
the 13th January and was attended by close to 400 mourners
including a number of former colleagues who had served
with him. Our condolences go to his wife Mary and his
Raymond (Ray) Johnson - 23896392
- (1936 - 2012) - died 11th December 2012 - aged 76yrs.
Raymond Johnson died at his home on Tuesday 11th December
after a long battle with lung cancer. He enlisted into
the SCLI in 1962 and following initial training at Pontefract
joined the 1st Bn SCLI in Gibraltar. His first posting
was to a Rifle Company and later to the Signal Pltn where
he remained for the rest of his service there and with
the Bn in Berlin, Aden and Gravesend from where he left
the Army in 1966. He returned to his home in Huddersfield
and from then until retirement had numerous employments
which in his words were "too many to mention".
His funeral took place at Huddersfield Crematorium on
the 20th December. ( No details of attendance)
George Alfred Walker - 24013889.
Died Nov. 16th. (1947-2012)
It is with great sadness I have to report the death of
my old friend George, George sadly passed away at 17.30
on Friday 16th November, at the age of 65 in Doncaster
Royal Infirmary with a virul infection.
George signed on in July1964, later joining SCLI in Berlin
in September, then serving with 1LI in Gravesend (where
he joined the Assault Pioneers), the exercises in Canada
& Norway, then Northern Ireland, finishing in Lemgo
and demobing in1971 settling back to Doncaster.
George did well for himself in civvy street, having first
ran a lakeside cafe, then 3 pubs (good times), owned a
petrol station & shop, finally retiring (sort of)
a few years ago, running very successfully a little business
with his son Niel.
George and I were friends right from school, we worked
together, joined up together, drank, laughed and cried
together, we even ended up living close together, George
was the sort of person that would do anything for anybody,
and second to none as a friend.
Sadly George leaves behind a loving family of wife Chris,
2 sons, 2 daughters, and many grandchildren, we are all
going to miss him.
William Arthur (Bill) Reid -
died 27th Sept. aged 67yrs.
Bill Reid, also known as “Ginge” to his
many friends was a member of the Taunton Branch of the
Association. He passed away on Thursday 27th Sept at
Frethey House Nursing Home, Bishop Hull, Taunton. He
had been ill for sometime with various types of cancer
and diabetes and just prior to his death had been a
patient at St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, Bishops
He joined the SCLI in February 1963 and following initial
training served with the Bn. and later 1 LI in Berlin,
Gravesend, Norway, Canada,and Lemgo. He was also the
holder of the GSM for Aden and Northern Ireland. On
leaving the Army in 1972 he returned to his native Bridgwater
where he took up employment as a warehouseman. He maitained
his links with his former friends from his Army days
and was a regular attendee at the SCLI Reunion.
His funeral service took place on Wednesday 10th October
at Taunton Crematorium was well attended by his family
and friends from the Association, including a number
who had travelled down from the Northeast. The Taunton
Branch standard and Branch bugler were also present.
Our condolences go to his son’s Barry and David
and their respective families.
Joseph (Joe) Barker - died on
21st July 2012
a Hospice on the Isle of Wight aged 74yrs. He had been
ill for sometime.
Joseph (Joe Barker died 21st July 2012 aged 74yrs. He
had been suffering from asbestosis for quite sometime
and passed away in the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle
of Wight. Joe was called up for National Service into
the SCLI in March of 1960 and following basic training
at the Regt Depot in Bodmin joined the 1st Bn in Osnabruck.
He was posted to C Coy and it was’nt long before
he attained the rank of L/Cpl. Returning with the Bn
to the UK and then to Gibraltar he was later promoted
to Cpl. On leaving the Army on completion of his 2yrs
service he returned to his home on the Isle of Weight,
where he very soon joined the Prison Service, a job
in which he remained until retirement. This was a totally
different occupation from that in which he was employed
from leaving school until his Army service, which was
in the boatyards on the Island. His funeral service
followed by cremation took place on the Isle of Wight
in August. 170 people attended his funeral with many
coming from the area of Spain in which he resided. Our
condolences now go to his wife Daphne, sons John and
Phillip and respective families.
Alan Rushby - died June 2012
- aged 64
It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of Pte
Alan Rushby, Alan died of lung cancer in the Northhants
Hospital, Basingstoke,he had been told he had a year,
but sadly succumbed after only 2 months.
Alan was born in Doncaster South Yorkshire in 1948,
he joined the 1/SCLI in Aden 1966, serving with 1LI
in Gravesend, Northern Ireland, and Lemgo, until 1971
when he left HMF.
Alan was divorced, but leaves behind 3 children and
many grandchildren. Alan spent most of his working life
on the continent as a steelfixer/joiner, but mainly
in Munich He also tried his hand at hostelry, opening
a pub in southern Spain for a while. I know all this
as Alan was my brother-in-law, and we did most of these
things together. Rest In Peace Alan - Ray Grimson
Wilfred James (Jimmy) Rickard
- Died May 14th 2012
Mr Jimmy Rickard died on Monday 14th May 2012. He
was 69 years old. Jimmy was a member of the Taunton
Branch. Jimmy joined the Army in 1963 and served with
The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry and the 1st
and 3rd Battalions of The Light Infantry. He served
overseas in Berlin and Cyprus. On leaving the Army he
worked as a Cadet Admin Assistant for the Cornwall ACF
for many years.
He is survived by his wife Joan and sons David and
Adored husband of the late Yvonne and greatly missed
by his four children, twelve grandchildren, seven great
grandchildren and countless friends.
Tribute by Bob Bogan BEM
"Toots was a legend to thousands of soldiers"
Colonel Williams was the CO of the DCLI Depot in Bodmin
in 1959 when I was posted there as a training corporal
from DLI. It was a privilege to serve from early 1959
to 1962 under such a fantastic officer and gentleman.
All we young NCO's would have followed our CO into the
jaws of hell without question.
Depot life was so content and very happy depsite defence
cutbacks, almalgamations , training the last NS drafts
and the extra drafts/intakes for KSLI and SCLI, Major
Toots Williams as he was then could be seen out and
about the depot with his men!
Truely a "Mans Man" who was respected by
all who knew him, not just at the regimental depot but
CAPTAIN PETER MAURICE COATES
- died Jan 29th - RM - KSLI - Para - SLI - SCLI - SOAF
Many will be sad to hear of the recent death of Captain
Peter Coates. Following a month of illness Peter died
on 29th January 2012, aged 76.
Details were passed to this office by Peter’s
son, Roger, who serves in a Full Times Reserve Service
(FTRS) appointment, following regular service in the
Coldstream Guards. Peter had two other children, Dawn
Peter began his military career in 1954 with The Royal
Marines before being attending Eaton Hall. Initially
becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in The King’s Shropshire
Light Infantry he was seconded to 3rd Battalion The
Parachute Regiment serving in both Cyprus and Suez.
Then, having gained a regular commission in The Somerset
Light Infantry, he served as a platoon commander before
assuming the appointment of weapon training officer
with 1st Battalion The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry.
A tour with 1st Battalion The Herefordshire Light Infantry
followed before two years service with The Sultan of
Oman Armed Forces. Having received the Sultan’s
Commendation in 1968 he left the Army in 1969. He subsequently
worked for the Home Office.
Peter and Sheila were married for over thirty years.
Some ten years ago Peter suffered a stroke and many
appreciate how hard Sheila has worked during this time.
Meanwhile Peter was particularly proud of his regimental
links and those with the Association in Somerset. Funeral
arrangements will soon be determined by Sheila and her
step-children. Meanwhile those wishing to write to Peter’s
widow, may do so at the following address: Mrs Sheila
Coates, 10 Plymouth Hill, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon,
Ted Ley- RIP - died Jan 2012
- SCLI - LI
We have just heard that Ted Ley has died in London,
some will remember him as I do coming to Taunton Reunion
with his wife, probably in 2007.Sadly his wife Georgina
Ley died some 2 years ago, and Ted never got over it.
More details soon.
Message from Trevor Nottingham
Very very sad about the passing of Ted .He was a happy
go lucky person. He thought passionately of his late
wife Georgina .Whom sadly he never got over her passing
. And also his 6 children Jason Darren Kerry Adam Chevonne
& Chantel. .Ted served in SCLI & IST BN L/Inf
.He served in the Anti-Tank plt Operating the then new
guided weapons system the (VIGILANT) .He also served
as a dog handler in the troubled Northern Ireland .Ted
was also a very good boxer and boxed for the Bn many
times .He leaves with me and many of his friends very
good memories .
Terry Cheek - died 9th Dec 2011
- 23982924 L/Cpl Cheek T S - C in C’s Commendation
Terry died in Taunton after a
long illness and will be remembered especially as a
member of Recce Platoon Aden, one of Bob Bogan's lads.
After his service he joined the police force and took
up climbing at which he became an ecxpert at coastal
Terry was aged 64 years old. He was an avid supporter
of the SCLI/LI/RIFLES Reunion in Taunton.
He served from 1963 to 1968, Junior Leader and then
with 1 SCLI. Promoted to Lance Corporal, overseas service
included BAOR and Aden. On 28th October 1966 he received
the Commander in Chief’s Commendation. On leaving
the Army he joined the Police.
OBITUARY by BOB BOGAN BEM
Terry's death came as a monumental shock to myself.
May I offer my sympathy to his wife Paula, his son, daughter
and all the family. I have phoned Adrian (Terry's son)
to ask could I write something on the S.C.L.I. website
out of respect to his dad.(Terry).
Terry Cheek was a Section Commander in 1st. S.C.L.I.'s
"SPECIAL BRANCH SQUAD" ADEN 1966. He was an
excellent comrade, a true friend and one of my teenage
HERO'S, a first class leader of his section."no
fuss". He led by his own example. Calm and steady
under sniper fire and grenade attacks. Solid as a rock!
with the demands that were placed on such a young soldier.
His puckish sence of humour could lift our spirits in
the stinking, vile , open sewers, which were infested
with rats and cockroaches, where our ambush positions
were normally sited at night.
Nearly all of S.B.S. (CHOSEN MEN) like Terry were teenagers.
I myself was almost twice their age."On paper I
was the Platoon Commander".
However we grew so close! They were like my own son's.
I'm not ashamed to say ---- "I loved them all",
and became very protective toward's them, ensuring whenever
possible, "No one disturbed their sleep, their
meals were good". Our erratic lifestyle did not
fit in with the Battalion's routine.
S.B.S. directives, order's, operations, came via Fort
Morbut. It was not possible for my "bonny lads"
to serve 2 master's, hence Terry Cheek's comments on
"Bob Bogan's web pages".
When S.C.L.I. returned to Gravesend we reformed as
Recce Pln. within 6 months I was posted out. Terry left
the Army and joined the Police Force in Taunton. I'm
aware he was an expert rock climber and appeared on
With Ernie Lethbridge's kind assistance Terry, Ernie,and
myself met up again at the Taunton Reunions up until
How other's saw S.B.S.! To quote one visiting journalist,
"A LESS MILITARY OUTFIT YOU COULD HARDLY IMAGINE!
LANDROVERS LIKE ARAB VEHICLE'S! DRESSED IN UNKEMPT CIVILIAN
CLOTHES! WITH VAST ASSORTMENT OF WEAPON'S".
"THE CINC's CITATION".
The Commander in Chief awarded Certificate's of Commendation
to the following on the 21st.October 1966, L/CPL T.S.CHEEK,
L.W.PROSSER, J.L.SUMMERS, Pte's R.F.STONE, F.P.STUCKEY,
D.A.P.THOMAS, (S.B.S.) 1 S.C.L.I.
They record that they have been employed as a Special
Branch Squad in Aden during the period 27th April 1966
-- 1st.October 1966.
This Squad has been on call by the Aden Police Special
Branch for 24 hours of every day during the Battalions
emergency tour in Aden and has been used in operations
all over Aden State,and across the border into Lahey
These operations were often mounted at short notice,
have been potentionally very dangerous, and required
a high degree of military skills.
On night's when they have not been used by Aden Police
Special Branch, they have carried out two man ambushes,
during the hour's of darkness. These have been mounted
dressed in civilian type clothes, amid the back alley's
and open sewers of Sheikh Othman to cover the principle
grenade throwing area's. Between them they have captured
FIVE terrorists with grenade's actually in their hand's.
Another who had thrown his grenade at an Army mobile
patrol was fired upon by an ambush and was killed.
Throughout this period they have been called upon to
work long hours both by day and night. Alway's with
the knowledge one careless act could be fatal. Dispite
the inherent tension, and sleeplessness of this work.
Their keeness, alertness, enthusiasim has been an example
to all, and far above that normally expected of young
Terry Cheek! Rest In Peace.
Thankyou for all the memories.
Message from Ernie Lethbridge
So very sad the passing of Terry Cheek. Terry and I
were Infantry Junior Leaders together, later joining
the S.C.L.I. in Berlin serving together in "C"
coy then in the Recce platoon until he left in Gravesend.
Terry was a guy you could always count on no matter
how hard the going got, a true and trusted friend. His
two great loves in the Army were rock climbing and H.F.
Antennas. I think the love of the latter was due to
the fact it often involved climbing. I believe it was
Les Summers who christened him rubber legs because of
his ability to put his foot level with his shoulder
when climbing, a name that stuck until he left.
A friend that will be sadly missed by myself and anyone
who had the privilege of knowing him.
Rest in Peace Terry.
David John Jones-died 15th November
2011 aged 72yrs.
David was born in Bedminster Down, Bristol. Following
his final schooling at St Mary Redcliffe he became an
apprentice Bricklayer. He was called up for National Service
into the SCLI in June of 1960 and following training at
the Regt. Depot, Bodmin, he joined the Bn in Osnabruck,
where after further training he became a Signaller and
Dispatch Rider. He remained as such throughout his service.
Leaving the Army in June 1962, he returned to the building
trade continuing as a Bricklayer/Stonemason until his
retirement. David had been suffering from cancer for the
past couple of years and had undergone both chemo and
radiotherapy. His death occured in Frenchay Hospital,
Bristol following his admission for pneumonia. Our condolences
go to his wife and family.
John Turner - died 17th Oct
In 1960 John was called up for National Service and
did his training at Durham (Brancepeth Camp) , after
a short time John enlisted into the Regulars. He then
served in Osnabruck, Gibraltar, Berlin, Gravesend, Northern
Ireland, Lemgo ending his career in Colchester 1975.
On returning to Shrewsbury he joined 5 LI as a TA member
and then landed the job as NRPS Sgt until 'Option for
Change' in 1999. In total John served the army for 39
years. .Our thoughts are with his wife Sheila and his
Message from Keith Petvin-Scudamore
I will always remember you John as member of Arras
Platoon at DLI Brancepeth, you were often right marker,
tall and smart. Then many years later meeting you at
reunions, travelling long way with Sheila but never
missing, still on parade to the end. Sleep peacefully
Message from Tony Hood
JOHN TURNER, - One of the best, so sorry to hear of
your passing, we had many a laugh together during the
18 months I spent in your company at the Officers Mess
in Osnabruck and Gibraltar. Thanks for all the memories
you have left me with, you were a great 'mucker' my
thoughts are with his family. R.I.P. John. Tony Hood.
Kenneth Trapnell - died 24th
June 2011 -
Ken's funeral took place at the
Weston Crematorium on Thursday 7th July 2011. He
served with the SCLI in Gibraltar and Berlin sadly died
after a long battle with Cancer. His devoted wife and
family know little of his service with the Regiment
and would be pleased to hear from any of his friends
Ken and his original family,came from Portbury near
Bristol. After his service in the SCLI, he may have
been resident in Pill, near Bristol at least with his
present family. He and his wife Eileen returned from
Spain last year where they were living in retirement.
Their present address is 76 Firtree Avenue,Oaktree Park,Locking,
Weston Super Mare. BS24 8RJ. Telephone01934 823939
Ken used to take part in running with Alastair Fyffe
and may have done a little bit of boxing. I also remember
he used to Baby sit for his Colour Sgt's family in Gib
Lance Corporal Brian Skinn -
died June 2011
Brian Skinn, who served in Berlin & Gravesend,
Brian was from Doncaster, sadly passed away some weeks
ago, no further information at present, but will post
when I get it. Remembered by Ray Grimson.
Sid Bright - died 20th May 2011-
Ex Sgt in DCLI - SCLI
Aged 89, passed away in his sleep.
Beloved Father of Paula (deceased), George, Gillian
and Rosemarie. Doting grandfather of thirteen and great
grandfather of three. Sidney was a decorated soldier
and WW2 POW serving with DCLI. Forever in our hearts,
may he rest in peace.
Poppa Bright - In memory of our
darling poppa, tinker, tailor, soldier, pearly prince,
horse whisperer,costermonger, cut a dash, cowboy, and
storyteller. In heaven with 'Scruffy' now, Darling.
We shall miss you dearly, from all of your thirteen
grandchildren and your three great grandchildren .
Messages from Bob Bogan.
I've just had a sad e-mail from Chad Lobb, Sid Bright
who was the S.C.L.I's Medical Sgt. in Aden and Gravesend,passed
away today at 9am.
Sid was in sheltered accomodation in Barnstable,for
several year's, last time I spoke to him was in March
2011. It was obvious Sid was in poor health then.
Shiner Bright, I'll not forget after my third grenade
attack you were Surgeon General in your M.I. Room in
Radfan Camp.and you removed all the big bits of grenade,
patched me up so I could go back to Sheikh Othman.
Again,a wonderful comrade who will be missed by all
who knew him.
I served alongside "Shiner" Bright for many
years in the D.C.L.I.,and S.C.L.I..
We were Cpl's,then Sgts. together.He was to me like
the big brother I never had,being almost opposite in
character,and 12 years older than myself.
We did have many things in common.Pride in our Regiment."A
puckish sence of humour". "Telling old soldier's!"
War Stories" "Seeing the funny side of service
life". "Making the most of what we had,or
did not have" as soldier's,and comrades.
Shiner was a WW11 D.C.L.I. Veteran,and had been a P.O.W..His
medals included 1939/45 Star,Africa Star (8th.Army),Italy
Star,1939/45 Defence Medal,1939/45 Victory Medal,also
while serving with S.C.L.I. in Aden as the Regiments
Medical Sgt. He was awarded his G.S.M. 1962 with it's
South Arabian clasp.
Shiner for several years lived alone in sheltered accomodation
found for him by the "Adens Veterans Assn".
Flat 20,St.Ann's Court,Barnstable.
Myself, and Ernie Lethbridge did visit him before attending
the Taunton Reunions. He was not in good health,never
the less.Sid's passing hit me very hard.
"Shiner thanks for some Wonderful memories".
Message from Chad Lobb
Sid Bright was my first wifes father, he was a Sgt
in the medic centre he left the SCLI whilst we were
in N Ireland, he also served with the Btn in Berlin,
Aden (where he gave me first aid when I was
blown up) Gravesend & finally N Ireland. On leaving
he returned to Bodmin & worked as a decorater then
in a store in the old barracks.
Chad Lobb - Rest in Peace Sid.
Bereavement of Mrs Esmee Wiscombe
- RIP - Friday 18th February 2011
Esmee and Bill, for many years, organised a Regimental
Band Reunion at Tidworth. It was a very popular event.
Malcolm Hedley Warren - died
18th Feb. 2011
SCLI/1LI Clarinetist passed away on Friday 18th Feb
2011. Malcolm lived at Patchway Filton.
Malcolm Hedley Warren, died 18th February 2011, aged
Malcolm enlisted into the Light Infantry Brigade, as
a Junior Bandsman, Boys Service,at Copthorn Barracks,
Shrewsbury on 8th January 1963. He trained as a Clarinetist
and following just over two years training, he was posted
in May 1965 to the Band of1st Bn SCLI in Berlin. Later
that year he moved with the Bn To Gravesend. In 1966
he attended the Royal Military School of Music at Twickenham
where he underwent further musical training before returning
to the Bn in 1967. Following vesting day in 1968 when
1st Bn SCLI became 1st Bn LI. Malcolm continued service
with the Band of 1 LI. In June of 1969
as a result of cutbacks to the armed forces he was made
redundant. Returning to civilian life he first took
employment with a milk company and later as a coach
driver with a local coach company. Later, and up until
the time he became ill with cancer, he was a full time
carer for his wife. As well as his wife Mandy he also
leaves two sons and three daughters all of whom we send
Lester Hocking - died 18th Jan
Lester hocking ex SCLI/1LI Bugler has passed away .His
funeral to be held on Thursday 27th January at TRESWITHIAN
DOWNS CAMBORNE .1615 PM
William Bevan Phillips - died
10th Jan 2011
William Bevan Phillips, died at Hayle in Cornwall on
10th January 2011, aged 73 yrs. He joined the DCLI in
the early 1950's and following training at the Regimental
Depot joined the 1st Bn. He served in the West Indies,
UK and Osnabruck. Following amalgamation he returned
to the Regt Depot were he served on the training staff
until closure of the depot in 1962. He rejoined the
1st Bn.SCLI in Gibraltar serving there and later in
Berlin. He left the Army with the rank of L/Cpl in 1964.
He leaves a wife, Toni and 5 children to whom we send
Allen Burt - died 4th November
Allen Burt who has been ill for sometime and was in care
died at 0345hrs today, 4th November. Funeral arrangements
are currently in hand and an update will be given when
final details are known. Allen was a boy entrant in the
early 60's and rose to the rank of WO11 (TQMS) in the
Regiment. In civilian life he was for a period of time
the Bursar at The Somerset College of Art and Technology.
Tribute by Trevor Nottingham
So very very sad to hear of the passing of Allen Burt
.We both left Shrewsbury along with George Rains in
1964 . Destined for The SCLI in Berlin . I spent most
of my career serving with Allen . A truly great friend
who enjoyed life to the full.
Rest in peace old friend - .Trevor Nottingham.
Bert Love - died 3rd October 2010
- Bert has been ill for sometime - Remembered by Dave
Rose & Reg Mitchell.
Sgt Stanley Templeman - died
19th July 2010.
He was DCLI
at the time of Amalgamation and therefore became SCLI.
He was at the LI Depot in Copthorne Barracks as Band Sgt
with the Junior Soldiers Band. He
died in Shrewsbury Hospital.
22327167 - Corporal Ken Hunt
- died December 2009
Ken he was A company storeman in
Gravesend. The funeral was in Taunton and many members
of the Taunton branch of the Regimental Association attended.
Remembered by Ray Hall
Lt Col Rupert Ian
Feild MC.- died on 1st November 2009 aged 82yrs..
Rupert Feild was born on 21 October
1927. and educated at Radley. On the 1st January 1946
he enlisted as a Rifleman in The Rifle Brigade. During
the course of that year he became an Officer Cadet and
from January 1947 until July 1948 attended RMA Sandhurst.
He was commissioned into the DCLI and joined the 1st
Bn. in Somaliland.
The Bn returned to the UK in1950 and became the LI
BrigadeTrng Bn at Borden. He was promoted to Lieut that
same year and took up the post of Assistant Adjt. In
1951 he became the Bn I.O. moving in 1952 to the post
of Adjt at the Regt. Depot Bodmin. In 1953 with the
rank of A/Capt, he was posted to HQ East Africa Comd.
Fort Hall, Kenya, as District Military I.O. He remained
as such until 1955. This was at the time of the Mau
Mau troubles in Kenya and it was during this time that
he was awarded the MC. In March of 1955 he had led a
mixed European and African police patrol deep into the
Mount Kenya forest. All were disguised as Mau Mau terrorists.
They entered a camp where a meeting was taking place
and in spite of sentries, were able to advance to a
distance of 10yds before opening fire, killing 3 terrorists
and severely wounding 6 others.
From 1955-58 he was posted to RMA Sandhurst as an
Instructor moving to 1 DCLI at Osnabruck late in 1958,
when he became the last Adjt of the Bn prior to amalgamation.
Following further periods at Staff College as a student
and staff appointments with the MOD, he was posted to
1 SCLI as a Coy Comd in 1963 with the rank of Maj. From
1966 until his retirement from the army in 1982 he had
a number of staff appointments in Aden and the UK. Promoted
Lt Col in 1972 his last appontment was that of Comd.
Salisbury Plain Trg. Area. In civilian life he took
up a position with an Insurance Broking firm in Salisbury
until retirement in 1994. He resided at Penselwood,
Somerset where he took an active role in village life.He
married in 1977 but this was later dissolved.
Bill Gready, Died 19th October
Aged 73yrs. Bill was born in Weston-super-Mare on
3rd July 1936. Following schooling he was called
up for National Service on the 4th November 1954 into
the Som LI. On completion of his training he was
posted to the 1st Bn who at this time were engaged in
the Malayan campaign. He completed his NS service
and in the late 50s re-enlisted into the SCLI as
a Regular serving with the Bn in Germany Gibraltar Libya
etc before later transferring to the KSLI and following
Vesting Day in 1968 with 3 LI. Bill
left the army in the mid 70s and took up employment
with the Fire Service. He became a stroke
victim in later life but always remained active, He
was a regular attendee at the Somersets in Malaya Reunion and
in September last he attended the 50th anniversary celebrations
at Wells, (No other deatails available at this stage)
Roy Tremmelling - died 16th
Dad joined as a cadet around 1951 then had a break from
53 - 55 where he rejoined properly and did 22yrs service.
he left the army life for good in 1977. At discharge he
was L/CPL and his army number was 22695720.
Dad never settled in to civi life and after several years
working as a slinger in the dockyard he got a job as a
security guard, he enjoyed being back in some kind of
Dad retired at 65. Sadly he passed away 16th October 2009
unexpectedly with heart problems and pneumonia aged 74
yrs. Dad left behind 3 children 9 grandchildren and 8
Message from his family.
We miss him more than he will ever know, but know one
day we will meet again .until then all I can say is
DAD I LOVE YOU XXX. (Donna)
Maj O M A ( Tony ) Carey. Born.
12th November 1939, Died 2nd June 2009 aged 69yrs.
Tony Carey was commissioned as a 2nd Lt into the SCLI
on 23 July 1960. He joined the Bn. in Osnabruck serving
as a Pltn Com. in C Coy. Later promoted to Lt he continued
with the Bn. in Gibraltar, Tobruk, Berlin and Gravesend
performing the duties of Pltn Com. A / Adjutant and
Intelligence Officer. Promoted Captain in April 1965
he attended the Army Language School in Aden as a student.
On completion of his course he was posted in July 1966
to the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces serving both in
Oman and Dhofar as Coy. 2 i/c and Adjt. He rejoined
SCLI in 1968 just prior to vesting day and went to Northern
Ireland with 1 LI serving as the Training Officer and
then Coy. 2 i/c. From March 1970 until October 1971
he had a staff appointment as a GSO3 Int. at HQ Berlin.
He rejoined the Bn at Lemgo in October 1971 serving
with the Bn. until September 1972. It was during this
period that he had carried out the duties of Colours
Parade Officer. Promoted Major in September 1972, he
attended the Army Staff College at Camberly as a student.
He completed the course in December 1973 and in January
1974 he rejoined the Bn as a Coy Comd. serving at Colchester,
Belize and Northern Ireland until December 1975.
In January 1976 he was posted to Hong Kong as GSO2
Intelligence Co-ordinator. Returning to the UK in mid
1978, he retired from the Army in September of that
year. Following his military service he took up residency
in Guernsey where initially he was the General Manager
of a Conference Organising Agency. In 1981 he set up
his own business in Marketing and Project Management
Consultancy of which he was Managing Director. He was
also a Freelance Journalist. In 1981/82 He was the Secretary
of the Guernsey Branch, BIM and a Member of the Committee
of Management, Guernsey Citizens Advice Bureau. Since
1981 he has been a Council Member of the Guernsey National
He is succeeded by his wife Barbara and three children
to whom we extend our condolences.
Major General Peter J. Bush
OBE. - RIP - 11th June 2009
Peter John Bush was born at Boxford, Berkshire, on May
31 1924 and educated at Maidenhead County School. He joined
the Army in 1943 and, after nine months as a trooper in
the Royal Horse Guards, was commissioned into the Somerset
Light Infantry (Prince Albert's).
He went to the Commando Basic Training Centre and,
in December 1944, joined 9 Commando in Italy, seeing
action at Lake Comacchio and the Argenta Gap, east of
At the end of the war he returned to England and joined
3 Commando. When the Army Commandos disbanded, he was
posted to 1st Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry
(1 SLI) in India. He was a very young adjutant of the
battalion during the period of unrest which preceded
partition and the granting of independence to India
and Pakistan. After a spell with Germany, in 1954 he
rejoined 1 SLI in Malaya, where it was engaged in counter-insurgency
operations. Two years as training major with Bristol
University Officers Training Corps was followed by regimental
service as a company commander at Warminster and in
BAOR with The Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry.
He was appointed chief instructor at Old College, RMA
Sandhurst in 1963 and, in 1966, he established and commanded
a new battalion, The Light Infantry Volunteers. Widely
dispersed, with an HQ in Shrewsbury, and rifle companies
in Durham, Wakefield, Hereford and Truro, it was a considerable
challenge. He was appointed OBE in 1968.
Peter Bush returned to Malaya as GSO 1 at 17 Division,
Malaya District and later, during the final withdrawal
of British and Commonwealth troops, he became the last
AA & QMG, Malaya Area. A successful spell at the
Ministry of Defence led to his appointment as Commander
3 Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland in 1971.
His HQ was set up in a commandeered ladies' underwear
factory in Portadown (nicknamed "Knickers")
and he was responsible for antiterrorist operations
in rural areas. He was mentioned in despatches.
In 1974 he returned to Sandhurst as Assistant Commandant.
Promoted major-general in 1977, he became Chief of Staff
and head of the UK delegation to the planning group
at Shape, code-named Live Oak, then responsible for
safeguarding freedom of access to Berlin for the Allies.
On his retirement from the Army in 1979, he was Controller
of the Army Benevolent Fund until 1986.
Unusually, Bush achieved high rank despite his lack
of formal staff training and without commanding a regular
battalion. His many friends attributed his success to
his engaging yet strong personality, integrity and good
sense. Tall and athletic, he was a good tennis and hockey
player and a fine skier.
Settled at Maidenhead, he enjoyed whippet coursing
and fly fishing on the Test and the Avon.
He was Colonel The Light Infantry from 1977 to 1982.
Peter Bush died on June 12. He married, in 1948, Jean
Hamilton. She predeceased him, and he is survived by
their two sons and a daughter.
Bert Statton 23735886 - died
4th June 2009 - Tribute
The service was conducted in the presence of a almost
full church including a sizeable group of his regimental
family. It was particularly heartening to be so readily
welcomed and embraced by Bert’s family themselves
in their time of great sadness. I am pleased to report
that Bert was afforded a most moving service and a thoroughly
send off, which included the sounding of “The
Last Post” - John Pover
Tribute by John Pover
Bugler Bert Statton
Truly a Soldiers, Soldier
In a week in which thousands of our countrymen remember
the sacrifice of those who went before us, a rather
smaller but nevertheless equally saddened group of old
comrades mourn the passing of one of their own.
Bugler (Bert) Statton, who joined the newly formed Somerset
and Cornwall Light Infantry in 1960 served with distinction
throughout the world and was in every sense a soldiers,
As a Bugler, Bert was one of what many considered an
elite group of men, men who under the stern leadership
of Bugle Major’s Smith and Hill worked tirelessly
to present a pristine and highly professional face of
the Regiment to an international audience.
From the rarefied atmosphere of NATO Headquarters in
Paris, to the Olympic Stadium in Berlin before a hundred
thousand spectators, Bert along with his Bugle Platoon
colleagues thrilled audiences with his precise military
skills and Bugling prowess. With the rest of us he wore
lines in the tarmac square at Osnabruck so much drill
and Bugle practice did he undertakes before the Paris
In those short periods when he wasn’t marching
up and down or practicing his Bugling skill he served
the Regiment well in the sport arena by his membership
of The Battalion Tug-of-War Team, a team which sweep
all before it in what was then known as BOAR.
Of course life in the Regiment was not all work, the
social element of any soldiers life is extremely important
as a bonding mechanism, and in that mechanism Bert was
a significant gog wheel, he was always the one who however
much “falling over water” he consumed remained
sober, certainly sober enough to get the less capable
among us back to barracks and for some inexplicable
reason he always had twenty marks in his pocket to help
out his less thrifty mates.
As with those young men of today serving their nation
in hostile surroundings across the world Bert saw his
fair share of the rigours of anti terrorism during the
bloody conflict in Aden where Bert adopted the other
face of the Regimental Bugler by switching to being
a very effective infantryman.
Throughout those sometimes dark days on active service
when we lost colleagues to the bomb or gunshot, Bert
was always there to extend the arm of comfort in our
hour of grief, for those caring actions we all thank
him in our quite moments.
We of the military family know that Bert will have answered
the final Bugle call with fortitude and strength, the
characteristics which set him apart as a true “Soldiers,
Soldier, we are comforted in our grief to know that
the Bugle Platoon up there will be strengthened by his
Bert will be sadly missed by all who knew him, both
in his military and civilian roles; his passing has
left a great hole in the hearts of his Regimental colleagues
and also in the hearts of his family to whom Bert’s
Regimental family extend their deepest sympathy and
condolences at this time of great sadness.
June 6th 2009
Tribute by Trevor Nottingham
I Served with Bert Statton in the SCLI .He was a wonderful
man always willing to help and listen with a good sense
of humour .I last met up with him and other ex SCLI
Buglers at the 2007 reunion at Taunton .And it was a
proud moment to see and talk to him after so many years.
This is a photo of Bert (centre front)with
Ex SCLI Buglers at that reunion. (click to enlarge)
SOUND OUT LOUD YOU BUGLES OVER THE RICH DEAD THERE
IS NONE OF THESE SO LONELY AND POOR OF OLD BUT DYING
HAS MADE US: RARER GIFTS THAN PURE GOLD
RIP Old Friend. - [Trevor Nottingham]
Tribute by Nelson Bassett.
The news of the death of 'Bert Satton' which I received
via SCLI site, came to me as a profound shock and sorrow.
I thought that you all, especially his family, ex bugles,
would like to know how much I share your loss.
Bert and I joined the Army together ,at Redruth in Cornwall
in 1959, I believe Bert was the first man to join the
newly formed regiment called the ,'The Somerset &
Cornwall Light Infantry' a regiment who would go on
and make history.
I am sure that this must be only one of a large number
of letters which the Family & the SCLI Site are
bound to receive from the many other friends which 'Bert'
made during a lifetime spent simply being ,'BertSatton
Tribute by Bob Bogan BEM
Bert! (Bugler Statton) what you have left behind in
this world, cannot be captured and written on a stone
It is already woven into the hearts, and lives of your
family, friends, also your comrades of The Somerset
and Cornwall Light Infantry you met and served with
on your journey through life.
Rest in Peace Bugler Bert Statton.
I will be with you in mind and spirit always.We all
have thousands of wonderful memories time cannot erase.
Sandy Sanders 14406702
- died March 2009 aged 84
- On amalgamation he was platoon Sgt of
8 platoon in C Company. He left the Battalion in May
61 to go to KOYLI his final rank was C/Sgt. . He was
an old soldier as he joined The Hampshire Regiment on
25th Sept 1942 and served in Burma, he had the Burma
Star as well as 1939/45 star, Defence Medal and Victory
Medal - GSM Malaya (earned twice as he was with 1 KOYLI
from June 48 until Sept 51 and SomLI from April 53 until
Sept 55) he was awarded two MIDs and of course he had
his LS & GC.
Ray Hall attended the funeral on 9th April and was the
only regimental rep present although "Bugle Major"
was there to play last post and reveille.
Anthony George Field
Died 19th February 2009, aged 62yrs. Anthony was born
in Yorkshire in February 1946 and enlisted into the
SCLI in May 1963. Following training he joined the Battalion
in Berlin serving as a Rifleman. He later served in
Aden and Gravesend as a driver. When the Bn. was posted
to Ireland, Anthony was posted to the LI Training Depot
at Shrewsbury where he was employed as an Officers Mess
Orderly. This was to be his final posting and he retired
from the army in May 1969. He returned to Dewsbury,
West Yorkshire where he took up employment in the Textile
Industry. As a result off ill health he was forced to
take early retirement in 2003 at the age of 57.
He leaves a wife and family. RIP. ....