Rest in Peace
1991 - 2000
Kenneth Richard Hughes,C/Sgt..
- died 13th. May 2000, aged 80yrs. Enlisted into 4th./5th.Bn.Dorset
Regiment as a Boy Soldier in 1936. In 1938 he transfered
to the 4th/5th Bn. DCLI, subsequently seeing active service
in Northern France with 4th.Bn. DCLI. and the 5th.Bn.DCLI.
( Including the major action at Hill 112 ) ( A Battle
Honour for DCLI and also Som.LI ) He also saw action in
the Netherlands and Northern Germany. Following the end
of the war he continued service with the DCLI, and with
1DCLI in Jamaica in the West Indies and later with the
Bn.to Osnabruck and the amalgamation with Som.LI. He served
with 1 SCLI in Osnabruck, the UK. Gibraltar and Berlin.
He retired from the army in 1967
Stone (known as Nipper) - died 11th.February 2000
following a long illness. Joined SCLI in 1962. Served
in Gibraltar, Berlin, Gravesend & Aden. Was a member
of Bob Bogans Recce Pl. in Aden. Left the army in 1968
as a L/Cpl. Received the C in C'sCommendation for service's
Captain (QM) William
John (Jan ) Passmore MBE - 10th Feb 2000 - RSM
in Osnabruck - DCLI - enlisted shortly after end of WW2
- . Joined 1 DCLI from the Infantry Training Centre as
a Corporal. - Served with 1 DCLI in Cyprus, promoted Sgt.
- Went on to serve in British and Italian Somaliland,
promoted Sgt. Major. - Posted to 1 KSLI. Served with 1KSLI
in Korea and returned to 1 DCLI in the West Indies, promoted
to RSM. of 1 DCLI in Osnabruck and first RSM of 1 SCLI
Osnabruck and Plymouth. Commissioned as Quartermaster,
1st April 1961, posted to 8DLI (TA), appointed MBE. Promoted
Captain (QM), 18th March 1965, retired 29th May 1970,
died 10th Feb 2000 after a long illness.
- died 7th February 2000 aged 60yrs. Enlisted for National
Service at Shrewsbury in 1958 and posted to Som LI. at
Knook Camp, Warminster. On amalgamation he served with
1 SCLI in Osnabruck and was demobbed in 1960.
Norman Padfield (
Paddy ) - died 1st. February 2000 aged 69yrs. Former
Band Sgt. He enlisted into 1st. Bn. Som LI. in 1948 as
a boy bandsman after attending the Army Apprentice Boys
School at Arborfield, Reading. He was an accomplished
musician playing the flute, piccolo and saxophone and
often played in the Regimental dance band. He also attended
the Army School of Music at Kneller Hall. He saw service
in Germany and Malaya and after amalgation, with the SCLI.
Band in Osnabruck, Gibraltar and various other postings.
He finally retired from the army in 1976.
Howard Edward (Ted)
Nation - died 29th.August 1999 aged 60yrs. Enlisted
into the SCLI in 1960 and after training was posted to
1 SCLI. in Osnabruck. He was employed as a clerk there
and in Gibraltar. In November 1963 he was posted to the
LI Depot at Shrewsbury as a Company clerk, returning to
the Bn. 3yrs later when they were in Gravesend. He was
promoted to L/Cpl then Cpl within a short space of time
and employed in the Bn. Orderly Room. He went with the
Bn. to Aden in1966. After the Bn.became 1 LI. in 1968,
he went with the Bn. to Ballykinler in Northern Ireland
still working in the Orderly Room.He was promoted Sgt.
in 1969. After 2yrs in the Province he was posted to the
MOD. to work in a Personnel Staff appointment based at
Stanmore, North London. He was discharged from the army
in 1971. In the early 90's he was dogged by ill-health
and in 1992-3 he volunteered to help out at the LI.Office
( Somerset ) when the Administrative Officer was absent
on long term sick leave. His diligence, experience and
knowledge of the Regiment were tremendous assets.
- died in 1999 aged 61 - He was called up for National
Service in 1960 and was demobbed from Gibraltar, he did
his training with the DLI at Brancepeth, then was transferred
to 1 SCLI, Osnabruck, Plymouth & Gibraltar. He spent
most of his time in Support Company. He was a bricklayer
by trade and lived in Bristol.
Ray Ryan RIP.- A dear friend, a sad loss,
but he left rich memories - (Keith
Major Charles Michael
Rice ( Rex ), - died 26th.May 1999, aged 56yrs.
Born near Arundel Sussex, after leaving Eastbourne College
he went to the RAF College at Cranwell, but he did not
complete the course and went to Mons Officer Cadet School
were he won the Sword of Honour. In October 1964 he was
commissioned into the SCLI. and posted to 1 SCLI in Berlin.
He served with the Bn. there, in Gravesend
and in Aden. He was a Rifle pln. commander,then the Mortar
pln.commander and finally the Anti-tank pln. commander.
He served with considerable distinction in Aden leading
patrols along the Yemeni Border. Whilst at Gravesend he
was involved in many exercises in Canada and Norway. In
1968 when SCLI became 1 LI he served in Ballykinler Northern
Ireland where he later became Assistant Adjutant of the
Bn.In 1970 he was selected to be a Course Instructor at
the Specialist Training Wing at RM.Depot, Lympstone.
He spent 2yrs.with the RM. before returning
to the Bn. now stationed at Lemgo. West Germany as a Co.2/ic.
After 2yrs. with the Bn. he became an instructor to the
Northern Ireland Training Team (BAOR) at Sennelarger.
He was posted back to Ireland in August 1975, and apointed
Staff Captain with HQ. 3rd. Infantry Brigade at Lurgan
and Porterdown. Promoted to Major, he was posted in August
1977 to 2Bn.The UDF. as Training, Intelligence and Security
He spent 2yrs in Armagh with this Bn. In
1980 he was posted as an instructor to the School of Recruiting
in Woolwich. By this time, the initial effect of multiple
scelerosis was beginning to manifest itself. The army
did its best to find jobs that were not too physically
demanding for him. After Woolwich he went to the School
of Infantry at Warminster as a researcher and author of
military pamphlets. By September 1988 he was confined
to a wheelchair and had to retire from the army.
Maj. A. Peter Rowe
- died 14th April 1999,aged 66yrs. He served a full career
in the army and then continued to serve as a RO III and
died only shortly after having finally retired. He came
from a DCLI family, his father having served in the Regiment,
and was commissioned into DCLI in1952. He served all over
the world including a tour with 1 Para. Following amalgamation
he was Training Coy. Com. at the SCLI Regimental Depot,
Bodmin. He was a well known army boxer and a fearless
Lt.Col. Philip Salusbury-Trelawny
MC. DL. - died 28th.October 1998 aged 76yrs.Born
in India where his father was posted he was educated at
Winchester and commissioned into the Indian Army ( Frontier
Force Rifles). He served in Baghdad and North Africa including
the battles around Tobruk, before moving to Italy. He
earned his MC. in Italy and took part in the assault on
Florence, the road to Bologne and the appalling fighting
around the Gothic Line. After Indian Independence in 1947
he left the Indian Army and joined the DCLI. following
amalgamation he was to become 2ic. of 1 SCLI in Gibraltar.
In 1964 he commanded the LI. Depot at Shrewsbury before
becoming Deputy President Regular Commissions Board at
Westbury. After a spell as SO1 Public Relations at UKLF
Wilton he retired from the army in 1975. He later became
the LI.Regimental Secretary ( Cornwall ) and retired from
this post in 1984 due
to failing health.
- died 14th. October 1998.(age not given) Enlisted into
SCLI and following training joined the Bn.in Berlin, later
served in Gravesend and Aden. He served in the Bn. as
a machine gunner and a driver. He left the army in March
John Stewart Barry-Tait
- died 19th.June 1998,aged 55yrs. Enlisted April 1962
into SCLI. and did his basic training at Pontefract and
6 months later he was posted to 1 SCLI in Gibraltar where
he was employed as a Bn.Orderly Room clerk. He went with
the Bn to Berlin where he spent some two years before
being promoted to L/Cpl.and posted to the LI.Depot at
Shrewsbury. He continued to work as a clerk both in the
Orderly Room and also with the MT.section. In 1968 he
was posted back to the Bn.which was based in Gravesend.
He was Support Coy.clerk and carried out training in Norway
and Canada. He was with the Bn.when it was re-titled 1
LI. and went with the Bn.to Ballykinler, Northern Ireland
where he was B Coy.clerk. Following an exercise in Kenya,
he was with the Bn. when the troubles broke out in Northern
Ireland in the Autumn of 1969. In February 1970 he was
posted with the Bn. to Lemgo, West Germany where he was
employed as the MT NCO.for B.Coy. He left the army in
1971 after 9yrs. service. He later joined the TA and from
1972 to 1980 he was the Regimental Chief Clerk with the
rank of S/Sgt. with 155 ( Wessex ) Regiment, RCT (V) at
Taunton. In 1985 he joined the Somerset Army Cadet Force
and served loyally with the Bn. up to the moment of his
untimely death through Cancer. At the time of his death
he was a Cadet Administrative Assistant with the rank
of Captain. It was John who together with Lt.Col. John
Howard MC. his former CO.had the idea of starting an Annual
Reunion for past members of the SCLI who had served in
Berlin. The venue was the Apple Tree Inn at West Pennard.
This event now takes place annually at Taunton in the
month of April as The SCLI/LI Reunion. It remains one
of the most popular events in the Regimental calendar.
Nigel William Pender
- died 6 August 1997 aged 51yrs. Enlisted as a Junior
Bugler in the Junior Soldiers Company, Shrewsbury in April
1962. In 1965 he joined 1 SCLI in Berlin. He served as
a Bugler and was soon promoted to L/Cpl. Later moving
to Gravesend and Aden. When the Bn. became 1 LI. he served
in Northern Ireland and at that time was in the Assault
Pioneer Platoon. He went with the Bn. to Lemgo in 1971
and was promoted to Cpl. He was at one stage a Bugle Instructor
at the Depot in Shrewsbury. On return to the Bn. he joined
a rifle platoon as a Section Commander. When the Bn.went
to Hong Kong he was promoted to Sgt in the Mortar Platoon.
In 1978 when the Bn. was at Tidworth he was appointed
as B Co. Intelligence Officer. In 1980 he was posted to
5 LI (V) at Hereford as PSI, later to SPSI, 2 yrs. later
he rejoined 1 LI. in Munster as a Platoon Commander, from
there he joined the Recruiting Staff and to ACIO at Hereford.
He received the LSGC Medal in 1983 and in 1984 was appointed
Training Wing Manager at Winchester. He retired from the
army in 1986.
Charles Richard Rowe
- died 25th December 1996 aged 58yrs. Enlisted into DCLI
in 1956 and served with DCLI & SCLI at postings in
Osnabruck, Gibraltar, Libya, Berlin, Aden and later with
1 LI. in Northern Ireland. Retired from the army ( date
not given ) having attained the rank of Sgt.
Beattie - died 27th.May 1996 aged 63yrs. Enlisted
into SCLI.in February 1964. Previously served as a Royal
Marine from 1951 till 1963. Had been awarded RN.GSM with
clasps for Suez and the Middle East. Was posted after
training at the LI Depot Shrewsbury to 1 SCLI in Berlin,
by the end of 1964 he had been promoted to Cpl, saw service
in Norway and Aden, he was awarded the GSM with clasp
for Aden and in 1969 the LSGC Medal. He was at one stage
a Recruiting NCO at the Redruth Office. He retired from
the Army in 1974 as a C/Sgt.
Edwards (Gough) - died 15 May 1996 aged 66yrs.
Enlisted into DCLI.in 1954 at the Depot in Bodmin following
training posted to 1st. Bn. in the West Indies. Later
returning to the Depot as a Recruit Instuctor. Following
amalgamation served in Osnabruck,Gibraltar,Gravesend and
Aden later with the LI. in Lubbecke and the LI. Depot
at Shrewsbury. He retired from the army in 1976. ( Note
rank on discharge not given, but photograph shows him
wearing a lanyard, so obviously he was a SNCO ) Among
those who attended his funeral in Leicester was his great
colleague Fred Beattie who was to die just 12 days later.
Colonel Robin Bruce
Robertson - died 2nd January 1996, aged 68yrs.
Born in Poona India, he was commissioned into the Som
LI. on 30th. June 1948 served in 1st. Bn. in Malaya. From
1953-54 he was appointed as Intelligence Officer of 41st.
Ghurka Infantry Brigade. He was later Adjutant of 1st.
Som. LI. Prior to the amalgamation he was posted to the
DCLI in Osnabruck as a Company Commander. He attended
the Army Staff College in 1960 and was then employed at
the War Office, after this he commanded a Company at the
RMA Sandhurst. He attended the Joint Services Staff College
at Latimer in 1965 and from there rejoined SCLI. at Gravesend
as 2lC. He later went on to be CO of 3 LI. Following this
he had several other post's before he retired from the
army in 1982. in the rank of Colonel.
Raymond Arthur Morrish
( Skippy ) - died 14th.December 1995 aged 49yrs.
Started his army career by joining DCLI. TA in February
1963. Approximately 18 months later he enlisted into the
SCLI. based at Gravesend. He later went with the Battalion
to Aden where he was awarded the C in C's recommendation
for Brave Conduct. Following Vesting day he served with
1 LI. for a period of 8yrs.before transferring to 2 LI.
for 2yrs from 1976-78. returning then to 1 LI. He the
attained the rank of C/Sgt and was posted to 5 LI. and
then 6 LI. before again returning to 1 LI. with tours
in Germany & Northern Ireland in the MT Platoon, with
the rank of WO ll. He was awarded LSGC Medal. He spent
the last few month's of his service at the LI. Depot at
Shrewsbury before his discharge on 14th November 1986.
Skippy was unfortunate in that he had to undergo a partial
leg amputation in the early 90's.
Cyril Robinson (
Robby ) - died 10th September 1994 aged 68yrs.
Enlisted into DLI. in 1950 did a tour with the Parachute
Regt. returned to DLI and later posted to 1 DCLI
in Jamaica. Remained with the Bn until amalgamation then
posted to DCLI TA in Bodmin. Rejoined 1 SCLI. in Gibraltar.
His immaculate figure made him the natural choice for
the appointment of ' Port Serjeant ' He had a commanding
presence at the Ceremony of the Keys. His final posting
was to Som LI. TA. in Glastonbury. He was awarded the
LSGC Medal in 1965. He retired from the army in 1967.
Charles Feather -
CSM. - Died 5th. August 1994 aged 68yrs after a
long illness. He enlisted first into the Royal Navy on
9 December 1943 and transferred after 8 months to DLI,
then KOYLI in 1944 and finally Som LI on 25 March 1947
and served in that Regt until discharged on 16 November
He re-enlisted into Som LI on 5 March 1952, where he served
with BAOR, FARELF and MELF, and on amalgamation, with
SCLI on 7 November 1959. He served with the SCLI in Osnabruck,
Gibraltar and Berlin.
In 1965 he was posted to DCLI TA at Bodmin as PSI. In
1967 he was posted to 1 KOYLI/2LI in Berlin as CSM. In
1969 he moved to 1 LI in Northern Ireland, then Lemgo
in 1970 and finally to the LI Depot at Shrewsbury, where
he was discharged from the army on 6 November 1972 after
serving for a total of almost 24 years. Later he joined
the TA serving with 6 LI in Cornwall in the rank of WO2.
Peter Desmond Rabey
- Sgt.23529686, died 6th. June 1994, aged 51yrs.
He joined the Junior Leaders Infantry Bn. at Shorncliffe
as a 15yr.old and enlisted into the DCLI as an adult in
1959. He served with the 1st.Bn.in Osnabruck and after
amalgamation with 1 SCLI. and later with 1 LI. He served
in various postings including Aden, and it was whilst
serving with 1 LI. that he left the army. At the time
of leaving he had attained the rank of Sgt. and his final
post was that of the Assault Pioneer Pltn. Sgt. After
leaving the army, and prior to his death, he had served
with a part time RAF Regt.Squadron at RAF St. Mawgan,
Cornwall. Whilst serving with 1 SCLI in 1963, he had taken
part in the Inter Coy. Boxing Championship. He was, according
to Bob Bogan BEM. Built like a Greek God.
Barry John Gunner
- died 12 December 1993 aged 51yrs. Joined SCLI
at the Regt. Depot, Bodmin in July 1960 served in Osnabruck,
Plymouth & Gibraltar promoted L/Cpl then to Cpl with
Bn. Provost Staff. then to Berlin, Gravesend & Aden.
Whilst in Aden, the vehicle he was driving in the Radfan
was blown up by a terrorist mine, killing two passengers
and injuring many others. Barry received serious injuries
as a result of the explosion and was evacuated back to
England and medically discharged from the army. He made
a marvellous recovery from these injuries and later worked
for Avon Tyres in Wiltshire. He was a regular attender
at the SCLI Reunion which at that time was held at the
Apple Tree Public House.
Colin Franks, CSgt.
- Died 3rd. November 1993 age 63. Enlisted as a 15yr old
into DCLI. In 1946 he was posted to 1 Som LI. in India,
following amalgamation in 1959 he was posted to 4/5 Som
LI. TA in Bath as PSI. He returned to SCLI in Gibraltar
and as a CSgt was one of the escorts to the Colours when
they were presented to the Battalion. He was later posted
to the 2nd. Bn. Malaysia Rangers and retired from the
army following service with this Bn. He was later to be
one of the founders of the 'Somersets In Malaya' Reunion.
which remains a very popular Reunion.
Pte. 23710339 - Died 8th August 1992 aged 50 -
Served in the DCLI & SCLI with postings at Bodmin,
Osnabruck, Gibraltar and Berlin. He was in C Coy in Osnabruck
and MT for most of his other service, he is most remembered
as Major Tom Meredith's driver. He had two elder brothers
Russel and Brian who also served in the DCLI a few years
before. On meeting his future wife Norma he chose to leave
the army and went on to have seven children together and
moved about the UK quite a bit, one time working as a
driver at RAF Colerne. He often spoke of his army days
and particularly enjoyed Gibraltar as he recalled driving
up to the Apes with water supplies.
However sadly after 29 years of marriage
Geoff died in a tragic accident in 1992, Norma has since
remarried but on seeing the SCLI website she has sent
pictures as a tribute to Geoff.
( I still have his army boot brushes and
have cherished them since he died. As a kid I used to
love asking him what his number was and was amazed each
time he got it right(every time!) He used to tell us stories
about being put in 'jankers'! Loving Memories - Mel Edwards
- Sara and Simon.
Capt. Tony Pascoe,
July 1992, - ( date not shown in Silver Bugle )
aged 55yrs. Enlisted into the DCLI in 1957 and served
in the 1st.Bn. and following amalgamation with 1 SCLI
in Osnabruck, Plymouth, Gibraltar and other posting's.
He was promoted through the rank's and in 1975 he became
the RSM of 1 LI. In 1977 he was commissioned and served
in 1 & 3 LI. and 2 RGJ. He retired from the Regular
Army in 1983 but immediately took up the appointment of
Permanent Staff Admin Officer with C Coy. 6LI. in Falmouth.
Maj. John Frederick
Overton - Died 28th.June 1992, aged 61yrs. Educated
at Bristol Grammer School, he carried out his basic training
at the Green Jackets Training Centre at Winchester before
undergoing Officer Training at Eaton Hall Officer Cadet
School. He was commissioned into the Som.LI. as a National
Service Officer on the 17 December 1949. A year later
he decided to make the army his career and was granted
a Short Service commission in the Regt. In 1950 he served
with 1 KSLI. in Hong Kong, and in 1951 returned to become
the Assistant Adjutant at the LI.Brigade Training Centre
in Hampshire.From there he rejoined 1 Som.LI. in Germany
before being posted to The KOYLI. LI. Brigade Depot at
Strensall, whilst there he was granted a Regular commission
into the Regt. He then returned to 1 Som.LI.and served
with them on active duty in Malaya as a Rifle Pltn.Com.
and later with the Bn. in Malta and Cyprus. In 1958 he
was posted to the Regt.Depot at Taunton and from there
to the DCLI.Depot at Bodmin to supervise the amalgamation
of the two Depots in 1959. He then became the 1st.Adjutant
of the SCLI Depot at Bodmin. He then moved to other posting's,
including an operational tour in Cyprus, from where he
rejoined 1 SCLI in Berlin as the Adjutant. This was followed
by an MOD post where he was with the Equipment Production
Branch. In 1968-69 he was with 1 LI.in Northern Ireland
as a Coy. Com. In 1969 he was posted to the Royal School
of Military Engineering at Chatham with the appointment
of Insructor / Infantry. From Chatham he was again posted
to the MOD in London, and it was from this post that he
retired from the army.
John Overton will always be remembered for his amazing
knowledge of Military History, Dress, Customs and Traditions
of the Regt.There can be few who possessed his skill in
illustrating, in the most minute detail, pictures and
sketches of Regt.Colours, Uniforms and other Military
Equipment. He was responsible for the design of the LI.
Cap and Crossbelt Badges, and also for the design of the
1st. Gulf War Medal.
Sprackling - died 19th.April 1992, aged 58yrs.
Enlisted into the DCLI on the 4th. December 1952 as a
National Serviceman, just over a year later he decided
to make the army his career and changed to a regular engagement
with the DCLI. He served with the Regt. and after amalgamation
with the SCLI and later with the LI. until he retired
in 1975 with the rank of Sgt. having served for 22yrs.
William John ( Bill
) Moore, - died 7th. March 1992, aged 53yrs. After
completing his National Service, he rejoined the army
in 1961 serving with 1 SCLI in Gibraltar, Berlin, Gravesend
and Aden by which time he had reached the rank of Cpl.
During 1 LI. tour of Ballykinler, Northern Ireland in
1968-70 he was a Dog Handler. He also served on the Bn.
Provost Staff and was the Provost Sgt. at the LI.Depot
at Shrewsbury and then with 1 LI.in Lemgo. Towards the
later part of his service he worked in 1 LI families office
in Tidworth, where he showed human understanding and a
sympathetic approach at all time's. He was awarded the
GSM for sevices in Aden and Northern Ireland and the LSGCM.
He retired from the army in 1981. His son Jonathan has
indentified his Father on this website at: Berlin Page
(SCLI Regt Police (Takes one to catch one) back row left)
and SCLI and families arriving Gatow, L/Cpl Moore, Cpl
Dallard, L/Cpl Cundy.
Cpl Brian 'Bonar'
Featherstone died at Stourbride, West Midlands on 14th
January 1992 aged 56yrs.
Bonar joined the DCLI in the mid 1950's
and served with the 1st Bn in Bermuda, the UK and Osnabruck.
On amalgamation in 1959 he was serving as a L/Cpl in
B Coy and was later promoted to Cpl.
Little is known of his military career after he left
1SCLI in the summer of 1960, returning to the UK to attend
a course at SASC Hythe. He was at the time of his death
survived by two sons
and a daughter.
- died 5th March 1993 aged 54yrs. Joined Merchant Navy
as a 16yr old and 4yrs later enlisted into DCLI. shortly
before amalgamation, served in Osnabruck, Plymouth, Gibraltar,
Berlin, Gravesend, Aden & Northern Ireland, then posted
to LI Depot at Shrewsbury and retired from the army in
1970 in the rank of Cpl. Was Orderly Room Cpl.in SCLI
and at the Depot.
Michael John Ody
- died 16th. July 1991, aged 46yrs. Enlisted into the
LI. ( SCLI ) as a Junior soldier in 1960. He joined 1
SCLI in Gibraltar in 1962 and served with the Bn. in Libya,
Berlin, Gravesend, Norway, Aden andCanada. Following vesting
day he was in 1 LI. and served for two tour's in Northern
Ireland and in Kenya. He left the army in February 1970
but rejoined in October 1970 and served in 3 LI. for 9yrs.
He served again in Northern Ireland and in Germany, Canada,
Cyprus, Plymouth and Catterick. He was then posted to
the Junior Leader's Bn. at Shorncliffe where he served
for 6yrs as Post NCO. He retired from the army in 1985
having served for 24yrs.
Sidney Albert Ovenden
- died 13th. March 1991, aged 50yrs. Enlisted into the
Som.LI. in 1958 and folowing training was posted to the
1st.Bn. at Warminster. He went with the Bn. to Osnabruck
on Amalgamation and served in 1 SCLI there and in Plymouth,
Gibraltar, Berlin and Aden where he was a member of the
Recce Pltn. He received the C in C's Commendation for
services in Aden. He left the army after 9yrs service
in 1967. In 1974 joined the TA and served in B Coy. 5LI.
in Wakefield, He left the TA in 1985 having attained the
rank of WO2.