Rest in Peace
1973 - 1990
William ( Lanto )
Kemp. - died 24th.March 1990 aged 67yrs. Enlisted
into DCLI as a Band Boy in 1937, initially posted to 2nd.Bn.
at Blackdown, soon after posted to 1st.Bn. in India. In
1940 returned to the Regimental Depot in Bodmin, from
there he rejoined the reconstituted 1st.Bn. in the UK.
he remained continuously with the Band of the DCLI. and
on amalgamation with the Band of 1 SCLI until his discharge
from the army in 1962 with the rank of Band Sgt.
Harry Wight - died
Nov. 1989 - SomLI - SCLI - he served
in WW2 awarded 1939-45 Star - Africa Star - Burma Star
- . Defence Medal - Victory Medal.
So he was in at the very beginning of WW2 , and was still
in at the end. Harry was very proud of the Somersets.
A another great character
(Cpl Harry Wright) and one of "Major Meredith's boys"
Maj. QM. Albert William
Frederick ( Jack ) Frost - died 9th August 1989,aged
72yrs. Enlisted into the Som.LI. in 1935, and after a
brief spell with the 2nd.Bn. at Colchester, he joined
the 1st.Bn. in India. He served with the 1st.Bn.for the
next 11yrs, including operation's in Burma during WW2.
He was promoted through the rank's and as ORQMS. he was
a member of the Escort to the Colours party when the 1st.Bn.
marched through the gateway to India prior to leaving
India. In 1951 he was posted to 1 DCLI. as ORQMS. serving
in Minden and the West Indies.
In 1955 he returned to 1st.Bn.Som.LI.
in Plymouth as RQMS. and later moved with the Bn. to Malta
and Cyprus. He was commissioned in 1957 as the 2nd. QM.
and MTO. to the 1st.Bn. in Plymouth and Warminster, this
was followed by a tour as QM.to the TA. Bn. at Bath. Following
the amalgamation in 1959, he was QM. with 1 SCLI. in Gibraltar,
Berlin and Gravesend from 1961-66. He was then posted
to the LI. Depot at Shrewsbury as QM. and retired from
this post in 1968 having completed 33yrs. service.
Ben Dunster, RSM.
- died 27th March 1989, aged 62yrs. Enlisted into the
DCLI in 1946. After service in Greece, Malaya and Mogadiscio
he returned to the Regimental Depot at Bodmin in 1954
having been promoted up to the rank of Sgt. He was later
posted to RMA. Sandhurst as CQMS. and then to 1DCLI in
Osnabruck as CSM. of C Coy. and after amalgamation with
1 SCLI. In 1961 he was posted to the Regt.Depot as CSM
Training Coy. and from there to the LI. Depot at Pontefract.
He was then posted to the LI. Brigade Depot at Shrewsbury
as RSM. Later he was posted to 1 KSLI. in Singapore and
Malaysia. He retired from the army and later was fighting
ill health and unfortunately not seen by his army friends.
He was a muched love father of his children, Christopher
Reginald John Henry
Fudge, - Died 18th. December 1988, aged 49yrs.
Enlisted into the SCLI in 1962 and served in Gibraltar,
Berlin, Gravesend and Aden. ( Unfortunately very brief
details recorded in the Silver Bugle )
Capt. Kenneth Brice,
- died 9th September 1988, aged 68yrs. Enlisted
into the RAPC in 1940 and after a few month's transferred
to the Som.LI. Served with the 7th.Bn. throughout the
campaign in North West Europe. By the end of the war he
had been promoted up to the rank of Sgt. He was later
promoted to CSM. and served with the 7th.Bn. and then
the 1st.Bn. in BAOR. He was then posted to the KOYLI and
served in Malaya and again Germany. He was commissioned
into the Som.LI. as QM. in February 1959 and served in
that capacity with the 1st.Bn. and after amalgamation
with the SCLI and Som.LI. TA. until his retirement in
Maj. Stanley Frederick
Pine, MSM. - died 9th. August 1988, aged 75yrs.
Enlisted into the DCLI. in the 1930's and posted to the
1st Bn. in Dinapore, The Andaman Islands and Muzzafarpur.
He was promoted up to the rank of Sgt.and was posted as
PSI.to a Platoon of 4/5th. DCLI serving on the Isles of
Scilly. On mobilisation he went initially to 4 DCLI, then
in 1943 he was posted to 2 DCLI in Italy and promoted
to RSM. After the war he returned to 4/5th. DCLI. In 1954
he was awarded the MSM. and the same year he was commissioned
as QM. at the Regt. Depot at Bodmin. In 1957 he was posted
to 1 DCLI. and he served first at Bodmin then Osnabruck
and after amalgamation with SCLI. He retired from the
army in 1965, but was immediately re-employed by TAVRA
as QM. Cornwall AFC. He finally retired in 1977 having
served the Crown for 45yrs.
Maj. Alec Bruce Whale
- died 25th. December 1987,aged 65yrs. Prior to the commencement
of WW2 he was due to go to Durham University, the war
intervened however and he found himself in training with
the 10th. Devons. He was then commissioned into the KAR.
serving in Burma with the 1/6th. Tanganyka Rifles.
Immediately after the war he transferred to the DCLI and
was posted to 5 DCLI in Germany. He was later posted to
1 DCLI in British Somaliland. There followed another long
period of secondment with the 7th. Kenya Rifles and the
6th.Tanganyka Rifles in Nairobi and Mauritius. He was
posted to 1 SCLI in Osnabruck shortly before the Bn. returned
to the UK. and based at Seaton Barracks, Plymouth. He
was for a short period of time the OC. C Coy. He retired
within a few month's of the Bn. returning to
John ( Jack ) Cook
- died 21st.December 1987, aged 55yrs. Was called up for
NS. completed his service, returned to civvy street and
after a very brief break, enlisted into the Som.LI. and
served with this Regt. then following amalgamation, with
1 SCLI and later the LI. from 1956-1973 in UK. Osnabruck,
Gibraltar, Aden,Cyprus and Norway. He was an outstanding
Buglar and took part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
and many Regimental event's including 4 Tattoo's in his
home city of Bath. His last appointment before leaving
the army in 1973 was Bugle Major at the LI. Depot Shrewsbury.
William Dyer -
died July 1987 (date not given) aged 50yrs. Enlisted into
Som.LI. and served with this Regt. then following amalgamation
with 1 SCLI. in the UK. and Osnabruck from 1957-1960.
David Ead, Inspector
RUC. - Murdered by Provisional IRA. on 20th. April
1987 in Newcastle, County Down. David was a Plymouth man
who enlisted into the SCLI. in 1967. He served in Northern
Ireland as a member of the Signals Platoon. He was discharged
from the army in 1970 and returned to Northern Ireland
where he joined the RUC., he worked his way up through
the ranks from Const, Sgt to Inspector. He was wounded
when the IRA. bombed the Ulster Polytechnic killing two
constables. He won three commendations. His community
work in Newcastle will always be remembered with affection
by the community, and its very success in reconciling
religious differences was probably the reason for his
assassination. He left a widow and two daughters.
Sidney George Bawden
- Died Apr 1987 aged 47 at Taunton Deane Somerset
- George as he was known was from the Somerset levels
and was a withy grower. He was part of the Somerset DLI
draft and spent his NS service with SCLI as a driver.
He leaves a daughter Anthea.
Cyril Newcombe Sgt.
- died 19th. June 1986, aged 66yrs. Enlisted into the
Som.LI. in 1938. He served at the Depot and with the 1st.
2nd. and 5th. Bn's during and after WW2. He left the army
in 1946 but after a short period of time he re-enlisted
into the Som.LI. He subsequently served as a Provost NCO
and then as a Provost Sgt. in Som.LI and later SCLI. He
served in Austria, Borden, Germany and the Middle East.
Robert Bevil Stacey,
Pte. 23901140 - died 17th. June 1986, aged 41yrs.
Enlisted into SCLI at the age of 17yrs. in 1962 and served
for 6yrs. including Aden and Germany. Left the army in
- ( known as PD ) died 28th. April 1986, aged 55yrs. Educated
at St.Pauls and RMA Sandhurst. Commissioned into the DCLI
in 1951 and joined the 1st. Bn. at Bulford. In 1953 he
was posted to the Regt.as a Training Subaltan, later he
was posted to 1 KSLI. in Kenya. There then followed a
period spent at the War Office after which he returned
to the Regt.Depot as Adjutant. He resigned his commission
Raymond ( Dick )
Orum.CSM. - died 27th. October 1985, aged 56yrs.
Enlisted into the KOYLI ( no date given ) and later transferred
into the DCLI. He served in Malaya, Germany, West Indies
and Berlin. He also served two tour's of duty at the Regt.
Depot at Bodmin. Following amalgamation he served with
the SCLI and became a greatly respected figure of the
Bn. He retired from the army in 1969.
Robert James Jones
C/Sgt - died 20th. April !985,aged 67yrs. Enlisted
into the Som.LI.in 1936. Prior to WW2 he served at the
Depot and with both the 1st. and 2nd Bn's. During the
war he saw active service with Som.LI. in Burma and North
Africa. After the war he served with the Regt. in Germany,
Singapore and the Middle East. At the time of the amalgamation
he was serving at the Regt. Depot and he was the
NCO. featured in No:1 Dress of the SCLI on the front cover
of the Light Bob magazine.
He retired from the army in 1962 after 26yrs.service.
Geoffrey Ronald Walker
- RQMS.died 16th. June 1984,aged 55yrs.At the time of
his death he was the Chief Clerk at the LI.Office, Taunton.
Enlisted into Som.LI. and following training was posted
in 1947 to the 2nd.Bn. in Austria where he was employed
as the Typist to the Adjutant. ( who was at the time the
Regt.Sec.) He subsequently served in clerical post's in
the 2nd.Bn. later the 1st.Bn.and the Regt.Depot, during
this period he was promoted through the ranks and in 1960,
following amalgamation he was
posted to the Regt.Depot of the SCLI at Bodmin as RQMS.
He held a variety of other senior clerical post's within
the army before retiring in 1976 having served for 28yrs.
Not content with this he enlisted into the 8th.UDR.as
RQMS and held that post until leaving in 1981 and joining
the LI. Office at Taunton.
Capt. Harold F. Royyfe
MBE. - died 30 November 1982,aged 65yrs.Enlisted
into the 4th Bn.DCLI.in 1940 later moved to the 1st. Bn.
and during WW2 served with the Bn.in the Middle East.
In 1946 he was promoted to RSM. From 1948-50 he was posted
to the 4/5th Bn.DCLI(TA). He was then posted back to the
1st.Bn. as RSM. serving in Germany and Jamaica. In 1957
he was posted to the Regt. Depot as RSM and was in post
when the amalgamation took place and it became the Regt.
Depot of the SCLI.
He was awarded the MBE n 1959. In 1960 he was commissioned
into the DLI.and posted to Berlin where he was at first
the Messing Officer and then the MTO. He remained as MTO
when the Bn. moved to Hong Kong.In 1965 he was posted
back to 1 SCLI and went with the Bn. For their Tour in
Aden. He retired from the army in 1967.
Maj J.P.Jordan (forenames
not given) - died 29th August 1981,aged 55yrs.Enlisted
into DCLI as a boy soldier in 1941 and served in that
Regt. and with Som.LI. and following amalgamation with
1 SCLI until 1967 when he retired after 26yrs.service.
During this time he was an Orderly Room Clerk and was
promoted through the ranks to Sgt. In the 1950's he was
the Officers Mess Sgt.with 1 DCLI in Minden. He later
served as PSI with the 4/5th.Bn.DCLI from 1955-57 then
in the same post with Som LI.(TA) from 1961-67 and with
the Somerset Yeomanry from 1967-68. From 1969-70 he was
the School Staff Instructor (RSM) with the Monkton Combe
School CCF. He was Commissioned into the Somerset ACF.
in 1969 and then in 1974 he was appointed as Chief Executive
Officer, Gloucester AFC. He retired from this post due
to ill health in June 1981.
Joseph Henry Thomas
- Died 1980 (month and date not given)aged 69yrs. Enlisted
into the DCLI in 1930 and served with the Regt. in India
and Iraq. During the war he served with the DCLI in the
Western Desert as part of the 8th.army. He was taken prisoner
in June 1942 south of Tobruk. In 1943 he escaped from
the POW camp in Italy where he was intered but was recaptured.
He returned at the end of the war to England and following
further service with the DCLI he was discharged in 1948
after 18yrs service.
In 1950 he re-enlisted into the DCLI and served with that
Regt. at various postings up until the amalgamation in
Osnabruck. He the served with 1 SCLI until he retired
in 1962 having attained the rank of CSM. He had served
a total of 30yrs.
Maj. Michael Charles
Watts - died 22nd. September 1979, tragically whilst
in Hospital aged 59yrs. Enlisted into the army in 1939
and served during the war with the 6th.Bn. Som.LI. and
the Kings African Rifles. After the war he returned to
SomLI and in 1946 he served with the 2nd. Bn.in Greece
and Austria, later he was posted to the LI. Training Bn.
at Borden. From 1949-51 he was posted to the Regt. Depot
at Taunton as the Depot Capt. In 1951 he left for a 2nd.
tour with the KAR and on completion of this tour he returned
to 1 Som LI. in UK and later moved with the Bn. to Malta
Following the amalgamation he served in Osnabruck with
1 SCLI until December 1959 when he retired from the army
due to increased deafness.
WO2 Michael Albert
John (Baggy) Burford - 23038919 - 30th April 1978
aged 44yrs. Enlisted into TA on 1st. July 1951.Served
with 255 (Medium) Regiment Royal Artillery. Later called
up for National Sevice and served with 1 Som, LI .in Malaya
and UK until discharge in 1956. 1st.January 1958 rejoined
1st. Som LI. as a regular soldier, moved to Osnabruck
on amalgamation. Served with the Bn. in Gibraltar, Berlin,
Canada, Norway, Aden and Northern Ireland. On formation
of 1LI. served in Lemgo, Colchester, again in Northern
Ireland and Tidworth. Baggy was presented with the Long
Service and Good Conduct Medal, besides Malaya, South
Arabia and Northern Ireland GSM.
(Annegret Burford died on Monday 8th August
2016. Annegret was the widow of John Burford (Baggy) who
died in 1978 aged 44. Annegret was a regular attendee
of the annual SCLI/LI/Rifles reunion held in Taunton.