Rest in Peace
2001 - 2008
Frank Thomas - RIP 2008
- Info has reached me that Pte FRANK THOMAS. known as
THOMAS 49 whilst serving with the DCLI and SCLI in Osnabruck
has answered his last call.. Frank was not the smartest
of soldiers but made up for it by being a very good
soldier in the field and an excellent rifle shot and
a member of the Battalion shooting team for a number
of years and fired for the Battalion at Bisley
He latterly lived in the St Ives area of Cornwall and
that is where his funeral service is being held on Monday
8th December at 1100hrs at the Bedford Chapel.
A group of the West Cornwall Branch of the Association
along with Standard will be attending. - Rest in Peace
Frank. (Info supplied by Terry Joll)
Owen Wiscombe - died
at age 64, on August 31st 2008 in Jersey where he had
lived for some years. He was born in Taunton and after
his army career had worked for the prison service in
UK and Jersey, but in recent years he was the HM Forces
Support and Welfare Officer managing Forces Disablement
and Widows Pensions in the Channel Islands. Our thoughts
are with his wife Liz and the family.
John Spiller - died 5th
Aug. 2008 aged 66 - at Musgrove Park Hospital. John
served with S.C.L.I from 61 to 67/68? in Gibraltar and
His funeral service is to take place at St Marys Church
Chard Somerset at 12.00hr, on Wednesday 13th August
2008 followed by the Internment at Chard Cemetery.
John Acock - died 4th
July 2008 - aged 81 yrs. John was born in Oxford on
15th October 1926, at a young age he moved with his
family to Painswick, Gloucestershire. He was called
up in 1944 for active sevice in the Royal Engineers
later becoming a regular soldier. He remained in the
RE's until November 1955 when he transferred to the
Parachute Regiment. He left the army in April 1956,
but being unable to settle into civilian life he re-enlisted
in November of that year into the Som LI. serving with
the Bn both at home and overseas postings.
Following amalgamation he continued service in the
SCLI and as a Cpl served in MT. John was a prolific
writer and wrote many articles which were included in
the Light Bob Journal. He also had a love for potholing
and photography. He retired from the army in October
1965. On leaving he became a driver with the MOD at
RAF Quedgeley in Glos, later moving to National Carriers
as a lorry driver. He moved to Taunton with the company
in the early 70's, where he met his future wife Shirley,
a widow with 4 young children. They married in 1973
and he later adopted the 4 children. He retired from
his final job as a 'Ganger' on the railway in the late
80's. Following his retirement, he wrote articles for
magazines and also short stories. He also undertook
a college course to improve his writing skills. John
was an inspiration to all who knew him and will be sorely
missed by his family and friends.
Kenneth (Kenny) Bicknell
- bn. 25 July 1935, died 14th April 2008 aged 72yrs.
A Cornishman by birth, Kenny was called up for National
Service with the DCLI in the late 1950's, following
employment in farming, which at that time was a reserved
occupation. After completing his training at Victoria
barracks, Bodmin, he was posted to the 1st Bn DCLI in
Osnabruck. He was still with the Bn at the time of amalgamation
with the Som LI thus forming the SCLI. He left the army
in the early 60's. His main occupation after leaving
the army was that of a roofing contractor. He met Jean
his wife to be also in the early 60's. They married
in 1966 and raised two sons. RIP.
Lieut Col. Colin Derek Cokayne
Frith OBE - died 30th April 2008 (The full obituary
will be on the CO's of SCLI webpage)
William Ernest Longney
- died on 20th January 2008 -of the Bristol Branch of
the Light Infantry
Regimental Association (Somerset Division) .
Born on 26th December 1919, he joined 2 SOM LI as
a Band Boy at Aldershot in 1934 prior to becoming a
Rifleman and Section Commander. War years were spent
with the 7th and 2nd Battalions, notably during the
Italian Campaign. Post war saw time spent in Greece
and Plymouth with SOM LI before leaving the Army for
a short period then re-joining to deploy to Malaya with
1 SOM LI in the rank of Sergeant. Service in Osnabruck
and Gibraltar with 1 SCLI followed thereafter Berlin,
Gravesend and Aden. He left the Army from 1 LI in 1968
having served 4 years as a boy soldier and 25 years
as and adult. On leaving the Army, Bill became a Stock
Records Clerk until taking early retirement in 1982,
his wife pre-deceased him.
Captain Richard Rodney Jenner
Hogg - died 20th December 2007 - born 17th June
1946, aged 61yrs. He commenced military life as an O
Cdt at the RMA Sandhurst in 1964 and following training
was commissioned into the SCLI on the 29th July 1966
and joined the Bn as a 2 Lt. and Pltn Com in A Coy in
Aden and then Gravesend. He was promoted to Lt. on the
29th January 1968 and moved to the LI Brigade Depot
at Shrewsbury as 2i/c Junior Soldier Coy.
In 1970 he joined 1 LI in Lemgo, West Germany serving
both there and with the Bn. in Northern Ireland as Asst.
Adjt. Whilst serving in Lemgo he was promoted to Capt.
on the 29th July 1972 and took over as OC Mortar Pltn.
In 1974 he returned to Shrewsbury as Capt. and Adjt.
of 5LI ( TA ) Bn. and remained in post until 1976 when
he returned to 1 LI as OC Support Coy. both in Hong
Kong and later Tidworth. He retired from the army on
the 17th. June 1978. He was awarded GSM's for South
Arabia 1966 and Northern Ireland 1972.
In later life he was a church warden at St Mary Redcliffe,
Bristol, where his funeral service took place on the
4th January 2008.
Message from Hugh Fox - It was agreat shock to hear
the news regarding Richard. I remember him in Aden,
and served with him in Gravesend as a Short Service
Officer, until October 1968. On the few occasions I
attended the Light Infantry Club Dinners and SCLI Reunions,
Richard was always his usual charming, courteous and
He was always a joy to meet as on each occasion he helped
to roll back the years, an absolute gentleman who will
be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Message from Bob Bogan - Such sad news, Richard Hogg
was a fantastic young Platoon Commander,and again out
of the old school. Truly a wonderful Officer and gentleman.
If you send condolences to the family,please include
Message from Brigadier Gage Williams - Richard and
I joined the SCLI in Aden straight from sharing two
years together in the same College at Sandhurst. I arrived
slightly later than him, in August, having gone straight
from commissioning with John Blashford Snell's expedition
to southern Ethiopia.
By the time I caught up with Richard at Radfan Camp
he was Orderly Officer for the first time. When mounting
the Guard at sunset, the duty bugler played a couple
of bum notes when playing last post. You can imagine
how startled the Guard were when 2 Lt Hogg suddenly
leapt forward, marched up to the bugler, snatched the
bugle from him and then played the Last post himself,
perfectly. On completion, he handed the bugle back to
the bugler and said 'Next time, play it like that!'.
Military music remained one of his passions. This was
a hard act for me to follow which thankfully I did not
try when it was my turn to be Orderly Officer.
Having worked with him at Compact Power, a renewable
energy company, for the past ten years and just returned
from a wonderful trip organised by him to cover the
150th anniversary of the Indian Mutiny, Liz and I will
miss him immensely. He was a wonderful chap, always
so cheerful no matter how grim things were. RICHARD
David Stephens - died
28th November 2007 - of Tywardreath. He was aged 69.
Was a Cpl in Osnabruck in A Company, enlisted Jan 58.
Major Paul Beresford Weller
- Major Paul Beresford Weller died at his home on 22nd.November
2007, aged 75yrs. He was married to Caroline and was
the father of 5 children. Born on 10th December 1931
he was commissioned into the Somerset Light Infantry
on the 1st.August 1952. In 1953 he joined the 1st.Bn.Som
LI in Malaya as a 2nd.Lt. and was a Pltn.Com.in A Coy.
On 1st.August 1954 he was promoted to Lt. and served
as a Pltn. Com. in Training Coy. at the Regt.Depot,
Taunton. In 1955 he was posted to Kenya and served with
the 23rd and 11th Kings African Rifles in appoinments
that included MTO and Asst.Adjt. He was promoted to
Capt.on 1st August 1958. That same year he had further
Colonial Service in Tanganyika as ADC to the Govenor.
In 1960 he was posted to 1st. Bn.KSLI Serving as a Coy
2i/c and Coy Com. in Colchester and Munster, West Germany,
in the rank of Capt. In 1962 he was posted to HQ Berlin
Bde as GSO 3 Int. In 1965 he joined 1 SCLI in Berlin
as a Coy Com. being promoted to Maj. on 1st. August
of that year. He served with SCLI not only in Berlin
but also Gravesend Norway and Aden. His final appointment
within SCLI was that of Training Maj. He retired from
the Army on 31st March 1968. The family moved to Cirencester,
Glos. where he set up a business dealing in new and
antiquarian books. From 1977 - 1980 he was a Local Councillor,and
from 1992 he was a Church Warden at Sapperton Parish
Church. The family's
final home was in Cheltenham.
Message from Trevor Nottingham - Very sad so soon
after loosing Winker Watson and Terry Kent . Major Paul
Weller was my Coy commander in A Coy in Berlin a fine
officer and gentleman ,I also became his batman for
half a year .working at his home in Berlin. Where I
also met his wife a very hospitable lady, who always
cared about the welfare of his soldiers.
Message from Bob Bogan - Sad news on a wonderful Officer
and gentleman, Major Paul Weller. He took command of
A Coy. 1SCLI in Berlin, I was Platoon Commander of No2
Platoon. Major Weller thought it was fantastic! "a
Sgt. commanding a Platoon" I left A Coy in Gravesend
to Command Recce Platoon although still a Sgt. it was
Major Weller who recommended me to Lt/Col.Mathews for
this post.Major Weller was A Coy Commander,Berlin, Gravesend,
Aden and the Winter Warfare Training in Norway,as part
of ACE Mobile Force for NATO's Northern Flank.
Major Weller's medals I'm certain General Service Medal
(1918/1962) (possible Malaya) African General Service
Medal (Kenya) General Service Medal (1962 onwards).(South
Arabia) This was up to the time I was posted out in
1968. With regards to Major Paul's African General Service
(Kenya) he must have served some time with either KSLI
or KOYLI as both of these Regiments saw service 1954-1956
Mau Mau campaign.
I personally had a great respect for Major Weller,and
he returned that respect ten fold,to myself.
I'm very distressed to hear he has passed away.This
is very hard for me to take at the moment,I wish to
God I lived closer,so I could have attended his funeral.
I also knew Major Paul's good lady wife,a very charming
lady ,who alway's asked me to sing Blaydon Races at
the yearly parties, her and Major Paul gave,for Senior
NCO's and Officers of A Coy.
Terry (Jock) Kent -
died 14th Nov 2007 - Funeral 23rd November 0930hrs.
Roche Church. Roche. followed by 1030hrs Glynn Valley
Crematorium, Bodmin followed by Refreshments at theThe
Message from Mike Scott - I served with Terry Kent
in the army cadets, he was running the Kelly college
detachment at Tavistock on a full time basis. He was
also R.S.M. OF C.A.C.F. Terry was very professional
in all that he did. He always made sure the battalion
parade went off without a hitch by practicing befor
the actual parade. He was also very good at passing
on his vast knowledge in the Junior N.C.O courses he
used to run for the cadets.
The last time I saw Terry was at the freedom of Bodmin
parade, we had a drink together and a chat about our
time in the cadets. Even with his illness he was the
same Terry laughing and joking.
R.I.P. mate. Mike Scott.
Message from Terry Vickery - I was very sorry to hear
the news about Terry Kent, and "Winker" Watson.
I served with them both and have many fond memories.
They will be sorely missed.
Message from Terry Nottingham - I knew Terry as Bandsman
(Cornet Player) in the SCLI band .Always cheerful and
ready to help. And a great support to all those around
him. He left the band and came over to the SCLI Bugle
Plt as corporal.With a wealth of skills as an infantry
soldier. And of course a fantasic Bugler. Terry left
the Bugle Plt after a couple of years for promotion
to Bugle Major .In later years he went on to teach at
Kelly College Tavistock.
Maurice (Winker) Watson
- died 1st November 2007 - Ex SCLI Bugler / Bandsman
24013492 Pte Watson M M - Funeral 1430hrs on Friday
16th November at Ludgvan Church Penzance.
Message from Trevor Nottingham - I have known Maurice
since 1964 .We were both in the Bugle Platoon. His smartness
and bearing were 2nd to none .His sense of humour was
fantastic ,it always gave you a lift in both bad and
good times .
He had a very narrow escape in the back of a landrover
in Aden when a grenade landed ,in between his boots
,and managed to kick it away .And as normal laughed
it off, he carried on as if nothing happened. Maurice
later on became a Bugle Major and had the same respect
and friendship as always. Maurice will be sadly missed
and fondly remembered by all that knew him. - RIP Old
Friend - Trevor Nottingham
Message from John Pover: - I, like all who knew him,
heard of the passing of “Winker” with extreme
sadness. As someone else has already said, “He
was always the life and sole of the group” Having
served with “Winker” in a number of theatres
I would wish to extend to his family my sincere condolences.
Associated with my feelings above I would like to add
those of three other former colleagues of “Winkers”
Fred Weston, Chuck Carlyon and Burt Statton all of whom
have asked me to pass on their condolences. They have
yet to join the age of technology so do not have computers,
however I do keep them informed of developments.
Message from John and Sheila Turner - Just heard of
the passing of "Winker" Watson. Our deepest
sympathy to his family. We both knew "Winker"
and had many a laugh with him, he will be sadly missed.
Message from Neil Swanson: I attended the funeral
of Maurice at Ludgvan on Friday last Rep.The DCLI Ass.also
in attendance was the Chairman of the Pz.Branch RBL
and Pz.RBL Standard Bearer who formed a guard of honour
for Maurice.The vicar gave a excellent citation of him
and his service to the SCLI and LI, I would like to
comment on the letter Trevor Nottingham sent for the
vicar to read about Maurices outstanding Army career
to the congregation. And finally the Singing of Wind
beneath my Wings by his Cousin, it was very emotional
and very apt to a wonderful man.Maurice RIP, Swanny
James Russell Clark -
died 19th October 2007 - Ex SCLI & 1LI - 24033751
- James sadly died of a brain tumour but always hung
on to his proud memories of service with SCLI and 1
LI. He served in Berlin, Norway, Aden and Northern Ireland.
Keith Pym - died 22nd
Sept 2007 - National Service 1960/62 - Served in Germany
and Gibraltar - 24.07.39 - 22.09.07 sadly passed away
after suffering for 8 months with Pancriatic Cancer
- Leaving behind devoted wife Vi and Son Steve, Daughters
Jackie and Sue and four grand children, Sarah, Stuart,
Amy & Zoe
He had a good life and led it to the full and enjoyed
gardening and socialising, made plenty of home brew
during the 1980's and 90's and loved Tommy Cooper (and
he could talk for England!)
Greatly missed by all who knew him
Leonard Sullivan - died
July 7th 2007 ex Bugler, close friend of Les and Fred
Summers, remembered by all SCLI Buglers.
Message from DNSwanson (SWANNY) West Cwll branch
LI Assn, Ex, DCLI 1953-55 - Len and I were close friends,
not only were we ex LI but spent lots of time together
in PZ, and Heamoor RBL, Len had a dry sense of humour
but all who knew him enjoyed his friendship. He will
be sorely missed, and I will always remember times we
spent in Hayle having a drink with his many close friends
and Army mates especially Les and Fred Summers in The
Bucket of Blood Pub. We have lost a very special man
and good friend.We often spoke about Les and Fred,s
Father Joe who I had the privilege to serve with in
the TA Another true Gentleman, RIP Leonard, (Swanny)
Bugle Major "Beege"
Smith - died 20th. May 2007 aged 74yrs. - WO
2 Raymond ( Beege ) Smith, born. 1932. He enlisted into
the Som LI as a boy soldier in 1946 and in 1950 he joined
the Band of the 1st. Bn. Whilst the Bn was serving in
Malaya during the Emergency he transferred to the Bugle
Pltn. Several promotions later saw him as Bugle Major
of 1 Som LI in Plymouth and Cyprus and following amalgamation
of the SCLI in Gibraltar. The Bn. moved to Berlin in
1964 where he became the Officers Mess Sgt. He was then
posted to Som LI ( TA ) at Bath as a Col. Sgt. PSI.
He later rejoined 1 SCLI in Gravesend where he again
took up the post of Bugle Major. From 1969 until 1973
he was the CSM, first of Support Coy in Ballykinler,
Northern Ireland and then of B Coy in Lemgo, West Germany.
He then became the Officers' Mess Manager and in 1973
transferred to the Long Service List. He continued to
be employed as Officers' Mess Manager in Cyprus, Berlin
and Mulheim. In 1985 he was awarded the BEM. He retired
from the army in May 1987 having completed 41yrs service.
He is especially remembered by John Pover and Nigel
I was in the Band when he was the Bugle Major,
both in the Somerset LI and after the amalgamation with
the DCLI. I can't help with too much information, except
to say that he was a good Bugle Major and a good friend
to me when I got into the Sgts Mess.
Trevor Nottingham writes: I
was very saddened to read on the SCLI website of the
death of Bugle Major Smith. His bearing, discipline
and ability too get the best result out of people and
ceremonial application were 2nd to none. Indeed besides
another B/Major Jerry Hill, the SCLI had the finest
Bugle Platoons in the British Army. I am sure I speak
for the other buglers who served under him at Gravesend
- Maurice (Winker Watson) Terry (Happy) Price, Ronnie
Ginger Burke, Tressider, Sullivan, Hocking, Vigus, Clarke
to name but a few.
CSM Freddie Thomas -
died 14th April 2007 - Frederick Leonard Thomas was
born on 19th June 1924 in Dagshai, India where his father
was serving with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
One of eight children Fred enlisted into the KOYLI
aged 14 years and soon became a CO's Bugler. He went
on to complete 26 years service and retired with the
rank of WO2 (CSM). Fred and his family returned to England
in 1944, the first time Fred had been to England and
was posted to RHQ Yorkshire where his father was now
keeper of Skipton Castle. While in Yorkshire he married
Dorothy and raised four children who have produced eight
grandchildren. One son Richard joined the Royal Marines
and became the RSM.
Fred fought with the KOYLI in Burma fighting a rearguard
action against the Japanese, he returned to civilian
life for a while before re-enlisting this time into
the DCLI. and went to the West Indies as a Sergeant.
He was CSM of Support Company in Osnabruck and played
rugby, he was well liked and respected Sergeant Major.
After the almalgamation it is believed Fred returned
to Bodmin to become PSI of the TA and finally retired
from the regiment aged 40yrs. in 1964. He looked on
himself as an adopted Cornishman and thoroughly deserved
that title, he took up work with the Royal Mail and
finally retired some 25 years later. He enjoyed good
health until aged 81 and died on 14th April 2007 aged
The cremation service took place at Penmount Crematorium
Truro on Monday 23rd April at 1630hrs. A Guard of Honour
was provided by members of The West Cornwall Branch
of The Light Infantry Association, the Standard of the
West Cornwall Branch of the DCLI & LI Associations
was on parade and carried by Bobby Fox.
Regimental members who attended were: Colonel Toots
Williams, Major Hugo White, Mr Terry Joll, Billy Mitchell,
Alan Collins, Dennis Wilton, Michael (Nobby) Clarke.
This obituary was compiled by
Mr Terry Joll
Brice Smith - died 4th
April 2007 - National Serviceman trained at Bodmin 62nd
draft 1960, on reaching Osnabruck transferred from C
Coy. to Signals. Remembered by Tony Hood (who he was
at school with) and Reg Horn.
Frank Danby - died 14th
February 2007 - L/Cpl Frank Danby was with SCLI &
1LI from 1968 until 1976 when he had to leave due to
ill health, he was with A Coy then later with MT Plt
- remembered by Fred Allen ex L/Cpl MT Plt.
Frank was born in Plymouth and on leaving school he
worked at HM Naval Dockyard in Plymouth until he joined
the SCLI , he served in Gravesend, Ballykinler, Lemgo,
Colchester, Belize and Portdown, where he was taken
ill, On return to Colchester LI were getting ready to
go to Hong Kong which Frank was looking forward to but
this never materialised as he had to go to the Royal
Hospital Woolwich for operation on a brain tumour which
was the 1st of many over the next 10 years or so. In
July 2006 Frank was taken ill again and in January 2007
the family was told that he had cancer which was linked
to asbestos.Frank died at 0350hrs on 14th February 2007
and the funeral was held on 21st February 2007. Frank
leaves wife Mary, 4 children 9 grandchilren @ 1 greatgrand
child. (I know that I and my wife have lost a very dear
friend. Fred Allen)
Brian Cole - died 23rd
October 2006, he joined Som LI at Taunton then went
to Knook Camp and The School of Infantry Warminster,
then back to Knook for Farewell Parade. Next with Som
LI to Mercer Barracks Osnabruck 1 SCLI.
I have lost a dear friend who served in the Somersets
& the SCLI in West Germany , we were close friends,
we went every where together. Brian Cole passed away
Monday 23rd October 2006 after a long fight with illness
bravely fought at St Margarets Hospistal Yeovil. We
joined the Som LI at Taunton together and our last posting
was a Civil Defence course at Epsom then demob. He was
a really true friend God Bless Him - Yours
Truly Victor George Higgins 23603090
John Craig - died
Sept 2006. agd 62. He was commissioned in the SCLI in
1964 and served as a Platoon Commander in Berlin, Gravesend
and Ballykinlar before completing his service at The
Light Infantry Depot, Shrewsbury as Training Officer.
He retired from the Army in 1969 and trained as a Solicitor.
Loved always by his widow Clare, son Oliver and daughter
Colonel Peter Johnson -
died 26th Sept 2006 aged 80. In May 1964 he joined SCLI
in Berlin as OC HQ Coy and was later Battalion 2IC.
Long career with Kings African Rifles, Ox & Bucks
LI, Som LI and was later CO of The Light Infantry Depot
LCpl Terry Cooke - died
29th August 2006 He past away peacefully in Rotherham
General Hospital. He served with 1SCLI and 1LI in C
Company and as the Battalion Butcher. He was resident
in Wath –on– Dearn in South Yorkshire at
the time of his untimely death and will be truly missed
by all that knew him.
Eric Gutteridge - died
aged 61 - August 22 2006. Eric served with 1SCLI / 1LI
early 60's onwards then with 2 LI...Originally a Sunderland
lad as I've been informed. He leaves a wife & family.
Kenneth George Tune -
died 29 May 2006 at the age of 78. He died as he would
have wished, playing golf on his beloved St Enodoc course
overlooking the Camel Estuary. He enlisted as a boy
soldier at age sixteen in DCLI and served in WW2 being
demobbed in 1946. He ran a Fish/Chip shop with his wife
Rita in Truro but soon the joys of civilian life faded
and he rejoined the regiment in 1954. He served in Jamaica,
Osnabruck and the Depot at Bodmin where as a Serjeant
he trained recruits for the new regiment the SCLI.
He final tour of duty was PSI
with the DCLI (TA) and he retired in 1972.
Ronald Broomfield - died
14th May 2006 - 1SCLI 1960 to 1962 - 62nd draft, Bodmin,
March / April 1960. National Service. Best all Round
Recruit ... Pte. Broomfield. Remembered by:
Lawrie Hodges, Keith Scudamore and Tony Hood.
Brock (Mick) Michael Henry 23386143
- died suddenly 20th April 2006 - 1DCLI - 1SCLI.
We extend our sympathy to Mick's family in true Light
Infantry comradeship. From Doc
Halliday , Chairman The Light Infantry Association
Telford Branch, also from Nelson
Bassett. Pete Dallard, Terry & Wendy Joll
Maj John Lewarne Harvey -
Born 1936. Died 9th April 2006. aged 69yrs. John was
born in St Columb, Cornwall. He was the son of Geoffrey
Harvey a well known and respected veterinary surgeon.
He was educated at Blundells where he soon showed his
sporting prowess, becoming a first class cricketer.
At the age of 18, he was conscripted into the DCLI.
He rose quickly to the rank of Cpl before being selected
for officer training at Eaton Hall OCTU. From there
he was posted in 1958 to the 1st Bn who were based in
Osnabruck, as a short service subaltern. He was later
posted to the Regt. Depot at Bodmin as a Training Platoon
He was later appointed to a regular commission and eventually
returned to 1 SCLI in Gibraltar, serving there and with
his company in Tobruk. He moved with the Bn to Berlin
and later departed on a staff appointment followed by
a tour with the Federation of Malaysia army. In May
1964 he married Phillipa Doughty-Wylie who inherited
her familys magnificent 17th century house, Halston,
near Oswestry. In 1965 he retired from the army to manage
the estate, later attending Shropshire agricultural
college. He is buried in the ground of Halston Chapel,
his headstone carved with the Cross of St Columb.
Ex LCpl Lance Worden,
he was a Trg Nco at Bodmin in 1957 / 58, a very nice
chap. He died of cancer. Funeral was 10/3/06
Major Peter Clifford Firth
- died 10 March 2006 aged 79yrs. Enlisted into KOYLI
in the last few months of WW2. In 1948 served with 1
KOYLI in Malaya in the jungles of Perak and Kedah. His
Bn. was one of the first to be deployed. He was Mentioned
in Despatches. On return to UK in 1951 at the rank of
Sgt. he was transferred to 1 DCLI in Minden. He was
an excellent shot and represented the Bn. at Bisley
in 1952. In 1954 when 1 DCLI was in the Caribbean he
was CSM of B Coy. His next posting was to the DCLI (
TA ) as RSM. He was commissioned as a Lt. (QM) on 1st.April
1963 and 3yrs later promoted to Captain 1 SCLI. After
a period of service with the DLI, he was posted to 1
SCLI. at Gravesend in 1966, initially as MTO at Gravesend,
and with the Bn. in Aden then later as QM. On retiring
from the regular army in 1970, he joined the TA for
the last years of his service and commanded the Coy.
It is sad to learn of his death, he was a lovely
man and a superb officer. My condolences to all his
family - Pete Dallard
Captain John Fouracre
- died February 2005, aged 85yrs. Enlisted into Som
LI. in January 1939, after training posted to 2nd. Bn
.in Gibraltar. In March 1940 he was posted to 7th. Bn.
as a LCpl, earning quick promotion to Sgt. in May 1942
and was part of a Som.LI. draft sent to India. From
Dec.42 - May.46 he worked with 225 Grp. HQ. RAF instructing
in small arms, demolition & jungle penetration.
After the war he held a number of training. and admin
appointments and in 1949 was posted to Ox & Bucks
LI as a CSgt. this was followed by a 3yr. tour as RQMS
of the Somaliland Scouts. In 1955 he was appointed RSM
of 4/5th. (TA) Bn. a position he held for 5yrs. Commissioned
in 1960 and posted to Aden Protectorate Levees as QM.
for two years. In 1962 he was posted to 1SCLI. as QM.
in Gibraltar and Berlin, then in 1965 to DCLI (TA) as
QM. He retired from the army in 1968.
George Albert Ernest ( Bill
) Lloyd - died 19th. December 2005 aged 68yrs.
Enlisted into Som LI. in 1956 and was serving with Ist.Bn.
at the time of the amalgamation in Osnabruck. After
an exemplary career serving with Som LI. 1SCLI. and
later 2 LI. he was promoted through the ranks and attained
the rank of RSM whilst serving with 2 LI. He later became
RSM of the LI Depot at Shrewsbury and finally retired
from the army after a long career in 1985.He then spent
two years working with the Army Careers Information
Office in Bristol.
Dannie McShane - died
15th Dec 2005 - 1SCLI and 1LI through Berlin, Gravesend,
Ballykinler and then Lemgo, mostly in Signals Platoon.
Bruce Reginald John Perring
- died on September 23rd 2005 after a 3 month
battle with cancer. Remembered by daughter Diane Holley
(Perring) and family.
Lt.Col. Keith Shapland
- died 7 July 2005 aged 76yrs. Educated at King's College,
Taunton he was selected for officer training at the
RMA Sandhurst. He was commissioned into Som LI in 1949
and forthe next 7yrs served with LIBTC and the 1st.Bn.
in Borden, Munster and Malaya. He was a fine exponent
of jungle warfare and was mentioned in despatches in
1951. For the final 18 month's of the tour he instructed
at the Jungle Warfare School. When the Bn. was in Malta
and Cyprus he was Mortar Platoon Commander. In 1956
he went to Ghana as commander of the Regular Officers'
Special Training School and in 1960 he was made Commandant
of the newly formed Ghana Military Academy. After Ghana
he returned to regimental soldiering to what was now
the SCLI. first in Osnabruck, then Gibraltar and Berlin.
He was B Company Commander in Aden. He also completed
two staff tours in Benghazi and Shrewsbury before being
selected to attend the Joint Services Staff College
In 1969 he was appointed Chief Instructor at Mons Officer
Cadet School. In 1972 he was posted to the United Arab
Emirates as principal staff officer (G1) to Brig.De
Butts and when the Brig. departed aproximately a year
later he took over as Director of Administration in
his place. He held this post for a further three years
and retired from the army in about 1975. ( There is
no date given in the Silver Bugle where his obituary
is printed )
Arthur James Clark -
died 15th June 2005 - Junior Leaders Shrewsbury, SCLI
Berlin, Gravesend, Norway, Canada and Aden.
2005 aged 65.- He was the Regimental Barber in Osnabruck,
on the Battalions move to Plymouth he was posted to
Hereford. - ( Memories - In those days long ago Tony
Hood had a rich head of hair so knew Brian well)
Lt.Col. Andrew Neville Langslow
Thom - died 22nd.May 2005, at Bridgeport, Connecticut,
USA. He was born in Mhow, India and after attending
the Imperial Service College, he was, in 1942, commissioned
into Probyn's Horse and later transferred to the 14/13th
Frontier Force Rifles with whom he saw action in Burma
as the Bn. Signals Officer, and later on the North West
Frontier as a Company Commander. In 1947 he transferred
to the DCLI and spent a year at the Depot in Bodmin
before being posted to the 1st Bn. as Signals Officer
then followed numerous postings with the Bn. and away
from the Bn at Colchester. He returned to the 1st Bn.
at Minden, again as Signals Officer. In 1954 he was
posted to 4/5 DCLI (TA) as Adjutant before being appointed
DAA & QMG of 2 Infantry Brigade at Plymouth. He
later returned to the 1st Bn SCLI as HQ. Company Commander
first in Osnabruck and later in Gibraltar. He again
had another spell on the staff as G2 (Cadets) in London.
Folowing this he was selected to command the 4/5 DCLI
(TA) Bn. There later followed two further tours on the
staff before he retired from the army in December 1973.
Brian Isaac - died Feb
2005 - SLI - DCLI - SCLI - Royal Navy.(Brian enlisted
in SomLI, then was posted to DCLI to be with his brother
Michael. They both then found themselves in SCLI at
Osnabruck, Brian stayed with SCLI until 1962 when he
left to join the Royal Navy. He served 12 years with
the senior service.
23892875 W. Kaljusko (Klaggy)
26th December 2004 S.C.L.I. L.I. Fond memories of our
exploits together in Berlin, saddened we didn't manage
to meet again. Ernie Lethbridge.
Frank Morse - died July
2004 aged 58yrs. Enlisted into 1 SCLI. in 1963 and posted
following training to Berlin.He then served continuously
with 1 SCLI. and 1LI in all their postings until four
months prior to his retirement from the army in 1976.
Those final four months he seved at the LI. Depot at
Shrewsbury. He retired in the rank of Cpl.
Philip Alan Repper -
died June 2004 aged 71yrs. at Treliske Hospital, Cornwall.
He was first called up for National Service in the DCLI.
On demob he returned to the Building Trade and several
years later re-enlisted. He was a member of the Bugle
Platoon in SCLI. He left the Army in 1964 in the rank
Maj.Charles William George
( Nobby ) Clark - died 19th. April 2004,aged
75yrs. Enlisted into the army in September 1946 and
completed his initial training at Holywood Barracks,
Northern Ireland. He was posted to 1 Som.LI. in 1948
and was employed as a Orderly Room Clerk He was promoted
whilst serving within the Orderly Room and in 1957 became
the Chief Clerk of the 1st. Bn.Following amalgamation
he was further promoted and at the time that 1 SCLI
received new Colours in Gibraltar in 1962 he was the
RQMS. Later he served for two years in Aden as RQMS
with the Aden Protectorate Levies. He was commissioned
in February 1966 and posted to 6 DLI. as Quartermaster.
In 1967 he rejoined 1 SCLI for a few months as the MTO,
before being posted to 1 KOYLI as Quartermaster shortly
before they became 2 LI.
He served with the Bn. in Berlin, Colchester, Malaya
and Northen Ireland. His next posting was to the LI.
Depot at Shrewsbury from 1973-1976 again as Quartermaster.
This was followed by a 5 year tour as Quartermaster
to 5 LI. in Shrewsbury. He retired from regular service
in July 1981 and then had a very successful second career
as the Army Careers Officer for Shropshire, Herefordshire
)- I always got on well with him, he was good friend
of Angus McKay. (KPS)
Ted Gillard - 25th March
2004 aged 65, SomLI, SCLI, served in UK, North Africa,
Gibraltar and Berlin. After leaving army he worked for
BT for 30 years.
Don Marshall - died on
15th. February 2004 aged 72yrs.( Place of death not
given) Enlisted as N.S.man on 8th March 1950 into Som
LI. On completion of service joined Devonshire Regt.TA.Rejoined
Som LI. as a regular on 7th December 1953. During service
in Malaya, was awarded C in C Cetificate for Good Service.
Retired from the Army in October 1986 in the rank of
CSM. Awarded Meritous Service Medal in 1980 and LSGC
Medal in 1985.
Charlie Eagle - died
in Bath on 27th. January 2004 aged 68yrs. He enlisted
in the DCLI. IN 1953 and served until 1967 when he left
the Army in the rank of Cpl. He was an excellent Basketball
and Rugby player and also excelled at Waterpolo. He
was a well known figure in the Battalion because of
Charles William Bruce
- Died 9th Jan 2004 at Kettering - Born 11th July 1941
Jeffrey Mulcock. - died
4th. November 2003 aged 72yrs.Enlisted into Som.LI.
in October 1946, transferring to 1 KSLI in 1948. He
served with the Bn. in Bulford, Hong Kong and Korea
before returning to Bridgnorth as PSI in 1952. Following
tours at the Regimental Depot and with the Infantry
Junior Leaders he was posted to SCLI in 1962. He was
finally discharged from the army in 1971 with the rank
Peter Smyth CSM.died 14th. March
2003 - aged 76yrs. Enlisted into KOYLI. in 1945,
this was followed by service with Som.LI. SCLI and LI.
He completed his Military service with the Bn whilst
in Lemgo having served for 29yrs. On leaving the regular
army he worked for a short time as the SSI for Shrewsbury
Barry Smith BEM. - died
2003 in Cyprus aged 68yrs. Enlisted into DCLI in 1953
for National Service.( Decided to sign on as a regular
soldier because he liked the cap badge ) Served in Jamaica
in the West Indies with 1 DCLI. He then volunteered
for three years service with 22 SAS.and served in Malaya.
In 1958 he returned to 1 DCLI who were now based in
Osnabruck as a Cpl. In 1959 the amalgamation with Som
LI. took place and he continued serving with SCLI. He
quickly gained promotion through the ranks having served
in the West Indies, West Germany, Gibraltar, Berlin
and finally the LI Regimental Depot at Shrewsbury where
he was CSM of the Junior Soldiers Company. He spent
several years in this post and was awarded the BEM.
He retired from the army in 1970 having completed 17yrs.service.
He spent a few years as CSM of the Boys Coy at Shrewsbury.
He went to Cyprus to live, he died three years ago.
Lt.Col Bryan M. Elliott MBE.
- died 9th October 2003, aged 61yrs. Educated at Clifton
College, he was commissioned in 1962 from RMA Sandhurst
into the SCLI, serving in Gibraltar and then Berlin.
He then moved to the Regt. Depot at Shrewsbury as a
Training Pltn. Commander. From Shrewsbury he then served
in Malaya with 1 KSLI before a full tour as an Instructor
at the School of Infantry Small Arms Wing. In 1971 he
returned to 1 LI. in Lemgo and remained until 1974.
The time in Lemgo was spent with
annual tours in Northern Ireland interspersed with training
in BAOR. During this period he was Operations Officer
in 1971, OC. Command Coy.in 1972 where he commanded
the reserve 'Wurzel Force', made up of senior NCOs and
older soldiers, and OC Support Coy in 1973-74. In 1973
as an acting Maj. he was given the role of Company Operations
against the determined and experienced IRA terrorists
operating on the Border and in South Armagh. His considerable
success was recognised by the award of MBE. The Bn.
having moved to Colchester in 1974, his last role was
to establish a most professional Jungle Training Course
in Belize for the Bn tour later that year. He attended
Staff College in 1975, then spent almost two years as
Brigade Major with 12 Mceh Bde. in BAOR before returning
to 1LI. at Tidworth. Following a further operational
tour in West Belfast in 1978 he was Mentioned in Despatches.
He then went to RMA Sandhurst as a Coy. Commander and
Regt. Representative. In 1982 he took Command of 1 LI.
in Munster with the inevitable operational tour in West
this was at the time of further turmoil in the province
with many shootings and explosions. For his determined
leadership in command he was again Mentioned in Despatches.
Having moved the Bn. to Weeton Camp near Blackpool,
he relinquished his command of 1 LI. in January 1985.
Shortly after leaving 1 LI. his wife died in May of
that year. Following such a personal loss and coming
to the end of a long and distinguished Regimental career,
he retired from the army in 1987
Ray Beeks - died 16th
Sept 2003 aged 65 years - sadly Ray died suddenly of
a massive heart attack. Lovingly remembered by his wife
Anne and family, also remembered as a pal by Bob Evered
and Tyrrel Francis
John Brister C/Sgt. -
died 14th.January 2003.aged 65yrs.in Canada. Enlisted
into Som.LI in March 1956 when called up for National
Service, served with 1 Som.LI in Malta and Cyprus. On
return to UK he joined the SAS and after completing
his training he was posted to 22 SAS in Malaya / Singapore
where his Troop Commander was Peter de la Billiere,
later Gen.Sir Peter de la Billiere. In 1958 he went
with his Squadron to Oman, taking part in an attack
on Jebal Akdar, before in 1959 being posted to the SAS
Regimental Depot. He returned to the Regiment, now the
SCLI in 1960 and served in Gibraltar, Tobruk and Berlin
before retiring from the army in 1964. However in 1966
he decided to rejoin the Colours and was posted to 1
KSLI in Plymouth. He served with the KSLI in Singapore,
Malaya, Australia and Mauritius. On returning to UK.
he was posted to the Army Youth Team in Shrewsbury and
from there to 3 LI.in Plymouth followed by Cyprus and
Northern Ireland. In January 1971 he was posted to the
newly formed 6LI. as the first PSI at Yeovil. In 1974
he was posted to 1LI.in Colchester. He served with the
Bn. in Belize, Canada, Northern Ireland and finally
Hong Kong. He retired from the army in 1979. John was
the son of George Brister a former RSM of Som.LI.
He was large chap with marvellous moustache. He was
one of my Trg NCO.s in Gib and when I was with KSLI
1966/67 he was one of my Cpls before he made Sgt, our
Pl Comd was Brian Elliott who passed away couple of
years ago. John Brister ended up as C/Sgt and went to
Canada where he died of cancer three years ago (Terry
Capt Alan Lynas-Gray
- Died 13 September 2002 (Capt MTO in Gravesend 1967)
Enlisted KSLI in 1946, then as a result of a mistake
made by a clerk in the Bombay Holding Unit who crossed
out the letter K in KSLI he was posted to Som LI in
India in 1947. He transferred to the 1st Bn. Parachute
Regt. in 1948. He returned to Som LI.towards the end
of their Malayan tour. He had risen to CSM by the time
of the formation of SCLI. Shortly after the presentation
of the Colours in 1962 he was posted to Junior Leaders
Battalion at Oswestery as RQMS. He then returned to
SCLI as RSM. He was commissioned in the rank of Lt.
in 1967 as 2i/c HQ Coy.Shortly after this he took over
as MTO. and held this post till 1973. He was promoted
to Capt on 12th. May 1969. In 1973 he was posted to
command 18 Cadet Training Team in Plymouth, he retired
from this post and the army in 1977.
Walter (Nobby) Farley
- died on 7th.September 2002 aged 82yrs. He first joined
the army as a TA Soldier with 5th.BN.Som LI in 1940,
then from 1942-45 with 1st.BN Som LI. in India &
Burma. Returned to civvy street after the war and rejoined
with 1 Som LI.in 1953. Served then with 1 Som LI. 1
SCLI &. 1 LI until 1972, then posted to LI.
Depot at Shrewsbury until he retired from the army in
1975. For the last 9yrs of his service he was a Provost
.Nobby Farley - died 2002 - I remember Nobby very
well ,he was Provost Sgt at Milton Bks Gravesend . I
did serve in one of his cells for a period of time and
I remember what pay we did get seemed to go on the horses
at the local bookies. A truly good man with lots of
character. (Trevor Nottingham)
WO2 Joe Rowe - died 29
Aug 2002 aged 63 - DCLI - SCLI - LI - The Regiment was
represented at Joe's funeral by Lt Colonel Ron Bevan,
Major Colin Harding and Major Jeremy York. Bugle Major
Steve Jones sounded Last Post and Reveille. His Army
service included tours of duty in Gibraltar, North Africa,
Berlin, Norway, Canada. Aden, Northern Ireland, Hong
Kong and Germany. (He was everything that epitomised
a Cornishman, big raw boned, slow to anger, lovely accent
and a pleasure to be with. (Doc Halliday)
Lt.Col. Tom Meredith (QM) MBE.-
Died 23rd June 2002 aged 85. He enlisted in the Somerset
Light Infantry in 1935, 1941-45 1st Parachute Battalion,
commissioned in 1945. Awarded MBE in 1951, returned
to Somerset Light Infantry in 1954 with rank of Major.
1962-1964 Quartermaster of Light Infantry Depot and
from 1964-1971 he held the most senior Quartermaster's
appointment in the Army as Staff Quartermaster. Promoted
to Lieut. Col in 1968. Tom Meredith was hugely popular
and much respected in the regiment, he was commonly
known as "Mr Fixit".
(A joy to work for, humour in abundance greatly respected
and you never knew what the day would bring, no chance
to be bored - (Keith Petvin-Scudamore
- his clerk in Osnabruck and Gibraltar)
Denis John Kellow CSM.
- died aged 69yrs. died 2002 ( No date given in the
Silver Bugle ) Born in Perranporth and later moved to
Truro where he worked with his father in the family
fish and chip shop. He was later called up for National
Service in the army, however nine months into his service
he was released on compassionate grounds as his father
had been taken ill and he had to run the business. His
brief time in the army had given him the taste for service
life and several years later he rejoined the DCLI. Following
the amalgamation, he was in 1960, a Cpl. in the Training
Coy. at the SCLI Depot at Bodmin. In September of that
year he was involved in the training of the 66th.Intake
which was the last National Service Intake to join 1
SCLI. On completion of training he accompanied the Intake
to Osnabruck and then saw service with the Bn. in Germany
and other postings. He retired after completing 22yrs
with the Regt. in the rank of CSM.
Rob Smudger Smith - died 5th
April 2001 - aged 53 - Smudge
is sadly missed by wife Theresa, kids Rob and Cheryl
and Grandchildren Thomas, Jack, Abbie,Clare, Francis
It is with much sadness another comrade has died.
Rob "Smudger" Smith,passed away on 5th April
2001. Rob was one of the very young soldiers who volunteered
to serve with me in "Special Branch Squad",(Recce
Pln) 1SCLI,during the Battalion's Aden tour 1966.
Despite the tension,heat,danger and stench of spending
several hour's,night after night in those cockroach
and rat infested open sewers,on a two or three man ambush,surrounded
by thousands of Arabs. Rob was alway's cheerful,and
ready to go that extra mile without complaint.I was
priviledged to command such young men as Rob,that during
the many dangerous operation's that SBS was tasked to
preform.Dressed in smelly clothes and often with just
a few minutes notice,to get across the border into Lahej,to
RV with civillian Special Branch Officer's.(It now seems
I have made contact with Rob's daughter Cheyrl Young
and passed on the details of Rob's service with SBS,Recce
Pln.which she was unaware of.
R.I.P. Smudger. Bobby Bogan. BEM.
Paul Clements.died 25th.December
2000, - aged 71yrs. Enlisted into KOYLI in August
1946 and was posted to 1 KOYLI in Malaya in 1947. In
December 1950 he transferred to 1 DCLI. and in May 1951
was posted to Korea on an extra Regimental appointment.
In September 1952 he was posted to Som LI. at Taunton
to work as an Orderly Room Cpl. at the Depot.In November
1953 ( for an unspecified period )he had a further tour
in Malaya with the 1st.Bn. Som. LI. This was followed
by a further tour at the Depot before returning to the
1st. Bn. and the amalgation with 1 DCLI in Osnabruck.He
remained then with 1 SCLI. until June 1961 when he was
posted to GHQ. FARELF. Singapore as an Orderly Rm.Sgt.
His final posting was to the QM's Staff at Mons Officer
Cadet School in July 1962. He retired from the army
in the rank of Sgt. in October 1965.
Major Bernard Ridings.
- died 21st. December 2000 aged 81yrs. He was for a
long time the paymaster of 1 SCLI. Enlisted into the
Manchester Rifles at the start of WW2 and was commissioned
into thr Parachute Regiment in September 1943. As a
platoon commander he dropped on Normandy on D Day Minus
One. In mid 1944 he was captured by the Germans, escaped
from a train, was recaptured and spent the rest of the
war as a POW in a camp at Moosburg near Munich. After
the war he served with the Parachute Regiment in Palestine
and Suez. He transferred to the RAPC in 1960 and joined
1 SCLI in Osnabruck the following year. He remained
with the Bn. and after vesting day with 1 LI. for the
next nine years. He finally retired from the army in
Major Albert R. Croucher MBE
- .died 4th. December 2000 aged 91yrs. Gained an emergency
commission into the DCLI in October 1942 having previously
served in the Grenadier Guards. His first appoinment
was as Camp Commandant to 10th. Infantry Brigade. Six
months later he was appointed QM. of 2 DCLI in North
Africa and stayed with them while they fought their
way through Italy and then to Greece. When the war ended
he was posted back to the UK, awarded an MBE and granted
a regular QM. commission. He then did a tour as Camp
Commandant at Colchester, followed by QM. of 4th/5th
Bn. (TA) and then to 1DCLI in Jamaica. His final tour,
which lasted for a number of years, was as the QM. at
the Regimental Depot in Bodmin. He saw through the amalgamation
and the final closure of Victoria Barracks in 1962 when
it was then the Regimental Depot of the SCLI.
Alex Paterson. - died
31st. October 2000 aged 80yrs. He was at this time an
In-Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Enlisted
in the Northamptonshire Regiment in May 1939 and then
with the Ox & Bucks from December 1939 until he
transferred to the Som.LI. in 1953. He served with Som.LI.
in Malaya. He continued with the Bn. and following amalgamation
in 1959 with 1 SCLI. he retired from the army on completion
of 22yrs service in 1962. He became a Chelsea Pensioner
in 1985. NB. there is no indication in the Silver Bugle
of any rank attained.