Rest in Peace
2014 - 2019
Ernie Lethbridge - died on Friday 27th July 2018 aged 71.
Following a short illness Ernie Lethbridge died on Friday 27th July 2018. He was 71 years old. Ernie joined the Army in 1962 initially serving with Infantry Junior Leaders, Oswestry. There he became a junior Company Sergeant Major.
A posting to 1st Battalion, The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry followed. He was soon promoted, when in Berlin, to Lance Corporal. While still serving within a Rifle Company at Gravesend promotion to Corporal occurred. Highlights from this period included exercises in Norway and Canada. Then, during the battalion’s subsequent tour of Aden, he moved to the Recce Platoon. Subsequently on formation of 1st Battalion, The Light Infantry, Corporal Lethbridge remained in the Recce Platoon and mainly served in Northern Ireland, Kenya and Lemgo. He was promoted to Sergeant and, before his discharge in August 1970, became an AFV 432 driving instructor.
Ivybridge was his home. As a civilian, Ernie Lethbridge led an exciting and sometimes dangerous life with oil at its focus. He travelled extensively holding a variety of appointments in: United States of America; Mexico; Bahrain; United Arab Emirates; Iran; Japan; Egypt; Brazil; Trinidad and Tobago; Gabon; Ecuador; Senegal; Tunisia; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; and, Peru. Logistics Manager could describe his work with earlier employment characterised by lengthy periods as a roughneck and then, derrick-man.
The funeral of Mr Ernie James Lethbridge will take place on Tuesday 14th August 2018 at Weston Mill Crematorium, Ferndale Road, Plymouth, PL2 2EP beginning at 12.15 pm; family flowers only. Donations, if desired, may be sent via the Funeral Directors (Walter C. Parson, Riverside, 9 Costly Street, Ivybridge, PL21 0DB). Suggested beneficiaries are: St Luke’s Hospice, Turnchapel, Plymouth and The Salvation Army, Liskeard Corps, Cornwall. Following the Funeral there will be refreshments at Weston Mill Oak Villa Social Club, Ferndale Road, Plymouth, PL2 2EL.
Pte 23774151 Robert Smith - died on Wednesday 21st March 2018 aged 75
Bob started his military service by joining the
Territorial Army in 1958, serving as a Military Policeman
in a unit based in Highbridge, Somerset. In 1960 he
decided to join the Regular Army and enlisted into
the SCLI. Following training at Bodmin he was posted
to 1SCLI, serving with the Bn in Osnabruck, The UK,
Gibraltar and all other postings as a Rifleman until
leaving Regular Army in 1968. He then immediately
continued his colour service with the Somerset Yeomanry
and Light Infantry (TA) for a further 3 years, leaving
in 1972. In 1978 he re-joined the Territorial Army
serving with the Royal Signals. His unit was the 37
Signal Regiment / 43 Squadron based at Bridgwater,
Somerset. He became a Recruit Instructor and attained
the rank of Cpl. He finally left the Army in 1991
and resided in Chard with his wife Ann who pre-deceased
him. His funeral service at St Mary's Church, Chard
on Monday 16th April, was attended by his family and
friends, including members of the Rifles & Light Infantry
Association, Taunton, together with the Branch Standard
Bearer, and members of the Royal Signals Association.
Our condolences go to his daughter Rosalynd.
Bugle Major, Reginald
Arthur Mitchell - died Saturday 10th March 2018 aged
Reginald enlisted into the DCLI in the early 50's
and served with the 1st Battalion. He very quickly
joined the Bugle Platoon and was still serving as
a Bugler at the time of the amalgamation in 1959.
He continued as a Bugler with 1SCLI and gained promotion
to Cpl. In 1965 he was posted as a Bugle Major to
the LI Brigade Depot at Shrewsbury, where he trained
young Buglers before going to their respective Bn's.
It was from this post that he eventually retired from
the Army. His funeral service which took place at
Emstrey Crematorium, Shrewsbury, on Friday 6 April
was very well attended by his family and friends,
including some with whom he had served. Our condolences
go to his wife Margaret and family.
Cpl 23950314 Norman Richard
William (Dick) Draper - died on Tuesday 13th February
2018 aged 73
He enlisted into the SCLI in 1963 and trained at
the KOYLI Depot, Pontefract. He joined 1SCLI serving
in Berlin, Gravesend, Norway, Canada, Aden and again
Gravesend. On formation of the Light Infantry in 1968
he remained at Gravesend until the following year
when he was posted to Kenya. He later moved with 1LI
to Lemgo, West Germany. He had many more postings
during his time in the Army, including 6 tours in
Northern Ireland on operation Banner, Belize, Hong
Kong, Brunei, Cyprus and a further tour in West Germany
at Munster. He left the Army in 1985 on completion
of 22 years service, having attained the rank of Cpl.
He set up home in Batley West Yorkshire and took employment
in several local companies, the last before retirement
being with a biscuit manufacturing company. His funeral
service at Dewsbury Crematorium on the 6th March was
attended by his family, friends and a large representation
of former Light Infantrymen. Also present were 3 Standard
Bearers from Branches in Durham, Somerset and Yorkshire.
A Bugler from the LD & Rifles Buglers Association
sounded Last Post and Reveille. Our condolences go
to his wife Adrienne, his daughters and son who resides
in Canada to whom the funeral service was piped.
Captain Philip Gavin Le Marchant
Peck - died on Monday 5th February 2018, aged 72.
He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt into the
SCLI in July 1965 and served as a Platoon Commander
with A Company with the 1st Battalion in Berlin. He
was later to serve in Gravesend, Aden, and following
the formation of the Light Infantry in 1968, with
the 1st Bn Light Infantry in Lemgo, Germany, and Northern
Ireland. He retired from the Army in 1975 by which
time he had attained the rank of Captain. In civilian
life he was to set up a Communications Company in
Newbury, Berkshire, in which he was both a Director
and Company Secretary. He resigned from the Company
in March 2011. A Memorial Service was held for him
at St Catherine's Church, Wolverton, Hampshire, on
Thursday 22nd March. This was well attended by his
family and friends including a number of former Officers
from both the former SCLI and Light Infantry Regiments.
CSM 23889152 Peter
P G Farley - died on Thursday 18th January 2018 aged
He joined the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion
at Oswestry on 8th August 1961. In 1963 having reached
the appropriate age for mans service, he was posted
to 1SCLI in Berlin. He gained promotion quite rapidly,
and by the time the Bn was posted to Aden in 1966,
he had achieved the rank of Cpl. Most of his service
was with the Anti-Tank Pltn in the SCLI and later
in 1LI. He left the Army in 1986, having attained
the rank of WO2 (CSM) and set up home in Yeovil, Somerset.
His funeral service at Yeovil Crematorium on the 12th
February was attended by his family and friends, including
quite a number of former Light Infantrymen who had
travelled from far and wide. Also present was 3 Standard
Bearers and a Bugler from the LD & Rifles Buglers
Association. Our condolences go to his wife Marlyin
Pte 24029934 Rodney
Roland Nottingham - died on Tuesday 2nd January 2018
He enlisted into the SCLI in 1964 and trained
at the LI Brigade Depot, Shrewsbury. Following training
he was posted to 1SCLI, serving in Berlin, Gravesend,
Norway, Canada, Aden and again Gravesend. Following
the formation of the Light Infantry in 1968 1SCLI
became 1LI. The Bn was then moved to Ballykinler,
Northern Ireland, from August 1968 until April 1970
when it then moved to Lemgo, West Germany. He left
the Army in 1970 returning to his home in Plymouth,
where he worked until retirement in the building trade.
His funeral at Efford Crematorium on the 18th January
was well attended by his family and friends. Also
in attendance were 3 Standard Bearers and 2 Buglers
from the Light Division & Rifles Buglers Association.
Our condolences go to his wife Sharron, his four daughters
and their respective families.
Pte 23901219 David John Symes
- died on Thursday 19th October 2017 aged 72.
He enlisted into the SCLI in 1962 and did his training
at the Light Infantry Depot in Pontefract. He joined
1SCLI in Gibraltar and served with the Battalion in
their postings to Berlin, Gravesend, Aden, Canada,
Norway and again Gravesend from where he left the
Army in 1968. Throughout his entire service he was
employed as an Assault Pioneer. Returning to his home
in Frome he commenced working as a long distance lorry
driver, an employment he maintained for 40 years until
his retirement. He was married our condolences go
to his wife.
He passed away peacefully at Bath RUH after a long
illness, his funeral service was at Semington Crematorium,
Wiltshire on Thursday 2nd November 2017.
CSM Ian Storm - died
on Wednesday 21st June 2017 aged 82
He enlisted into the SOM LI in January 1954
and following training at the Regimental Depot, was
posted to 1SOM LI in Malaya. On completion of its
tour the Bn returned to the UK and was stationed at
Plymouth. Some time later it was moved to Warminster
and the School of Infantry as the Demonstration Battalion.
Ian by this time had been promoted to Sjt,. and with
the formation of the SCLI in 1959 he was posted to
the depot at Bodmin as a Training Sjt. In 1961 he
was posted to 1SCLI in Osnabruck taking on the duties
of a Pltn Sjt.
In June of that year, the Bn returned to the UK for
a short period before moving to Gibralter. It was
from here in 1962 the he received a posting to the
Junior Tradesmens Regt at Rhyl as a Trng Sjt. He served
at Rhyl for 3 years before being posted to Mons, Aldershot
where he trained Officer Cadets. Promotion to C/Sjt
followed along with a posting to 1DLI at Colchester
and then Cyprus where in 1968 he was promoted to WO11
(CSM). In 1970 he was posted to 1LI in Lemgo and from
there saw service in Northern Ireland. In 1971 he
was again posted in a training role to The Infantry
Junior Leaders, Oswestry. Three years later he received
his final posting before leaving the Army in 1976
with the Infantry Display Team at Warminster.
In civilian life he worked until his retirement
in 1996 as a stock for a research laboratory. His
funeral service at Denbighshire Crematorium on Thursday
6th July was well attended by his family and many
friends including several from the Regt Association.
Also attending was a bugler of the LD & Rifles
Buglers Assoc. Our condolences go to his wife Christine
Major Anthony (Tony) Mitford-Slade
- died 26th May 2017
The death is reported of Major Anthony (Tony) Mitford-Slade,
85 yrs. Late SOM LI / SCLI / LI. who died suddenly
on Friday 26th May, whilst on holiday on holiday abroad
with his wife.
Funeral arrangements are in hand and will be released
MAJOR A C W MITFORD-SLADE
You will wish to be aware of the recent announcement
of the death of Anthony Cecil Wyndham Mitford-Slade.
The notice within today’s Daily Telegraph states:
Anthony (Tony) died suddenly on 26th May 2017. Beloved
husband of Dawn, and much loved father, grandfather
and brother. Family funeral will be followed by Memorial
Tony Mitford-Slade, personally known to many, was
the son of a former Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset. In
1952 he was commissioned in to The Somerset Light
Infantry initially serving with 1 SOM LI in Malaya
where, as a platoon commander, he was Mentioned in
Dispatches. A subsequent move to the Training Depot
at Taunton was followed by a period at Mons Aldershot
as Demonstration Platoon Commander. On formation of
1 SCLI he served as a Company Second in Command and
Officer Commanding of A Company at Osnabruck, before
returning to England and Bodmin as Adjutant at the
Depot. A tour as a Staff Captain at HQ 53 (Welsh)
A return to 1 SCLI, as OC Support Company from 1964
to 1966 preceded a tour with the Guyana Defence Force.
Thereafter from 1968 to 1977 he held a succession
of staff appointments at HQ BAOR, HQ East Midlands
District, MOD and HQ West Midlands District. Tony
Mitford-Slade left the Army in late 1983 having fulfilled
further appointments with 7 LI (V) and the MOD including
PS2 and ASD. Thereafter employment followed in the
south while he and Dawn, together with their family
(Rosemary, Christopher, Richard and Timothy) lived
near Shaftesbury. Subsequently they moved to their
home, Montys Court at Norton Fitzwarren. There the
family generously hosted several events including
those in support of the Army Benevolent Fund.
When available the detail of the Memorial Service
for Anthony Cecil Wyndham Mitford-Slade will be passed
on by this office. In the meantime those wishing to
write to Dawn, Tony’s widow, may do so at: Harnham
Farm House, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset,
Christopher "Slim "
Mathews SCLI , 1LI & ACF R.I.P Aged 72
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you
of the passing of Chris "Slim" Matthews
at 0930 hours on the 29th April 2017 aged 72
His Funeral Service took place on Wednesday 10th
of May at Houghton le Spring St Michaels All Saints
Chris started his career in the Army Cadets and
then the Territorial Army in Penzance. Christopher
enlisted into the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
on 11th December 1965 and retired from the Armed Forces
on 21st December 1988 achieving the rank of WO1. 24
years and 11 days of service to Queen and Country.
He then went on to work the with Durham Cadets and
finally retiring in 2009
MR BRIAN ANTHONY COOKE - died
5th April 2017
Mr Brian Anthony Cooke died on Wednesday 5th April
2017, aged 76. Brian served in the Army from 1960
to 1965 joining the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
for recruit training at Bodmin. Thereafter he served
with 1 SCLI in Germany, Plymouth, Gibraltar and Libya.
For his final two years in the Army he was attached
to the Support Weapons Wing of the School of Infantry,
at Netheravon, as a driver.
After leaving the Army he became a lorry and coach
driver before working as a charge hand in the meat
trade. He was a postal member of the Taunton Branch
of the Association and his home was at Chard, Somerset.
The funeral of Mr Brian Cooke will take place on
Thursday 13th April at Taunton Crematorium, New Wellington
Road, Taunton, and Somerset, TA1 5NE beginning at
12.30 pm. Afterwards all are invited to the Windwhistle
Inn, Cricket St Thomas, Chard, TA20 4DQ for refreshments.
Colourful clothing has been requested to be worn.
Family flowers only and donations may be sent to
Bishops Funeral Services, Cillerhayes, Chard, Somerset.
On the day these will be split between ‘Cancer
Research’ and ‘The Beacon Centre, Taunton’.
Should you wish to write to Carole Board, the partner
of Brian Cooke, please contact this office for the
23867455 J L (Les) Summers
died Thursday 30 March 2017.
He served in the SCLI in the 1960's and was one
of Bobby Bogan's boys in Aden were he
received the C in C's Commendation.
His funeral service will be held next Friday 7th April
at 12.00 noon at Treswithian Downs Crematorium, Camborne.
There will be family flowers only and Dad has asked
for donations in lieu of flowers for Hayle Royal British
24088213 David John Lewington
died 8 March 2017
John died suddenly at home in Bath - he served in
SCLI B Co mpany in Aden.
23435100 Pte John Ernest "Jonny"
Welsh (DCLI - SCLI - LI) - died on Friday 25th November
2016 aged 80.
He had been ill for sometime suffering from cancer.
He joined the DCLI in November 1957 and served for
6yrs in the 1Bn and later 1SCLI in Germany, UK, Gibraltar
and Libya. He was renowned as being the hard man of
His funeral details will be posted when known.
What an awful month this has been.
I knew that he had health issues but because Johnie
was not the best communicator sadly correspondence
ended Xmas 2013 when in actual fact I spoke to him
via the phone. The man never changed at all but should
be remembered for his presence and assistance in times
of trouble.”What are you doing these days John?”
I asked him.
“Not a frigging lot Blackie” as he affectionately
called me.”Just off to feed the animals,chickens,geese
“You have a smallholding then John" I said.
“Bigger than your bugger” and a further
flow of colourful language ensued in between the laughter.
When I was promoted to Lance -Corporal and did my
first duty which included the bar closure in the NAAFI
at 10pm I believe, John was seated at the bar with
a couple of large pints of freshly pulled beers’
and he looked at me and I quote,
“Knew you would be here early Blackie so thought
I had better get you a pint to celebrate your promotion”
“Pull the other one Johnie”, I remarked
and then informed all and sundry they had a couple
of minutes left before closure.With that he ordered
another pint which now made it three to down in roughly
two minutes. My face must have been a picture because
he began to grin initially, then burst out laughing.
I was feeling a tad uncomfortable at this stage as
I couldn’t see him downing two and a half pints
in the time left. By this time those who had remained
to see if a confrontation was about to take place
refused to budge.
“Stop flapping Corps !“ and with that
sank both glasses in seconds and he winked at me and
bellowed to the remaining comrades “ Show some
respect and get your “effing” arses out
There were so many occasions that I could write about
with Johnie whether it was about football or life
in general we always managed to get on like a house
on fire. Bless you mate, rest in peace. Reserve a
place for me eh.
Victor Stanley Vaughan (SCLI LI) - died 21st November
Many may wish to be aware of the recent
death, on 21st November 2016, of Mr Victor Vaughan.
Vic, as he was known, was aged 73. He enlisted in
to the Regular Army in 1961 joining The Somerset and
Cornwall Light Infantry. Beforehand he had briefly
served in the Territorial Army at Midsomer Norton.
Subsequently he served with the 1st Battalion, The
Light Infantry. During his service he served in: Pontefract;
Gibraltar; Berlin; Gravesend; Aden; Bodmin; Northern
Ireland; Bodmin; Kenya; Lemgo; and, Shrewsbury. Victor
Vaughan left the Army in April 1973 and served briefly
with the Territorial Army prior to becoming a Special
As a civilian he mainly worked for the AA as a Patrol
Man and Inspector. He complemented his working life
with twenty years as a Special Constable gaining the
Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and Bar.
He also did voluntary work as a Scout Leader.
23593083 Pte Bernard Roy Marshall
- DCLI - SCLI : died 13 November 2016 aged 78 as a
result of cancer.
Roy as he was known was called up for National Service
into the DCLI on 16TH October 1958. Trained at Bodmin,
he served with the 1st Bn and following amalgamation,1
SCLI in Osnabruck. Most of his service was with Support
Coy and the 3'' Mortar Pltn. He left the Army in October
1960 on completion of his service, returning to his
home in Truro where he worked as a mason until his
retirement. His funeral service on 22nd November at
Devoran Parish Church was well attended by his family
and friends. Our condolences go to his wife Jennifer
"Gordy" Rosser (C/Sgt in 6LI) -
died on 13th November 2016 aged
75. SCLI - LI
His funeral service takes place on
Friday 2nd December at 1500hrs at Haycombe Chapel,
Bath, BA2 2RQ.
Flowers or Donations. If Donations they will be for
The Dorothy House Hospice Care.
Following the service a wake will take place at The
Bear Flat, Bath BA2 3AQ.
Many will wish to be aware of the recent
death on 13th November 2016, of Mr Gordon Rosser.
Gordie, as he was known to all, was aged 75.
Gordie Rosser served with: The Somerset and Cornwall
Light Infantry; 1st Battalion, The Light Infantry;
and, 6th Battalion The Light Infantry where he ended
his service as a Colour Sergeant.
The funeral service of Mr Gordon Rosser takes place
on Friday 2nd December 2016 at Haycombe Crematorium,
Whiteway Road, Bath, BA2 2RQ beginning at 3pm. This
will be followed by a celebration of his life at The
Bear, Bear Flat, 6-10 Wellsway, Bath, BA2 3AQ. All
are welcome to attend.
Should you wish to contact his son Craig, he can
be contacted at the following E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pass this information on to those that may
wish to know.
Bassett (WO1 RSM) - Died 13th November 2016
Service Number: 23736266 -
1959/1982 SCLI & LIGHT INFANTRY
Many may already be aware of the recent death, on
13th November 2016, of Mr Nelson Bassett. Nelly, as
he was known, was aged 75. He enlisted in to the Army
in 1959, on his eighteenth birthday, subsequently
joining The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry at
Bodmin. He left the Army in October 1981 having achieved
the distinction of becoming RSM 1 LI. His last post
was with 18 Cadet Training Team (18 CTT) Plymouth.
Proud to be born a Cornishman, from Helston, he went
further afield as a junior to play football with Bristol
He remained with 1 SCLI and 1 LI throughout his
service apart from three separate postings at the
Depot Shrewsbury and, lastly 18 CTT. His early time
at the Depot was spent as a Weapon Training Instructor
and Platoon Sergeant. He was a notable sportsman at
Football, Cross Country Running and Shooting (Full
and Small bore) both at the Depot and within his two
On return from Shrewsbury as a Sergeant, in July
1970, he was posted to the Mortars. Service in Northern
Ireland characterised much of the next five years
both as a Sergeant and Colour Sergeant. He became
CSM C Coy 1 LI, in July 1975, serving in Canada, Colchester,
Hong Kong and Brunei before returning to the Depot
for a short tour as Training Company CSM. On conclusion
of that posting, in 1977, he became RSM 1 LI. He held
that appointment for two and half years serving in
Tidworth, Northern Ireland, Canada and Cyprus. After
leaving the Army he became a Cabinet Maker before
working for both NAAFI and the Post Office.
The funeral service of Mr Nelson Bassett will take
place on Friday 9th December 2016, beginning at 1pm.
The Service will held at the South Chapel, Portchester
Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Portchester, Fareham,
PO16 8NE. All are welcome; should you wish to attend
the subsequent reception please inform Mr Alan Tamblyn
(07967 823064 || email@example.com) who
is liaising with the family on such arrangements.
Family flowers only donations, if desired, to Rowans
Hospice, Hampshire and/or Care for Casualties. Donations
may be sent to Churcher & Tribbeck, Funeral Directors,
3 Stoke Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1LT. Finally,
should you wish to write to Nelson Bassett’s
widow, Sue, please contact Alan Tamblyn or this office
for the address.
Nelson Bassett will be remembered by a wide spectrum
of the Regiment with esteem and great respect. There
cannot be many who have made such a lasting impact
within the Regiment as he has done. His memory will,
I am sure, live on. (Alastair
My Wife and I were always in touch with Nelly &
Sue, we phoned each other quite often, and chatted
about the good old days in Cornwall one thing that
comes to mind. We went on leave together, he was going
over the Tamer Bridge Nelly with full uniform and
started asking people for their passports, telling
them that they needed them to get into Cornwall Rest
in peace NELSON (Syd Cooper)
met Nellie at Europa Barracks when he was 19, he always
searching for his great friend Fred Weston. He was
a complete athlete. (Keith Petvin-Scudamore)
My initial meeting with Nellie was when he joined
A Coy during 1959/1960 period in Osnabrûck and
although we were in different platoons he came across
as having a very strong character and was able to
make friends or enemies very easily. He loved sports,
and really any outdoor activity and was willing to
participate in almost everything. Never a dull moment
with him that’s for sure. Our paths crossed
quite a few times during Gibralter and Berlin day’s
and until I left the Bn he was making headlines, but
not always the right ones as I remember him returning
from UK leave and driving through the East - West
corridor and unfortunately taking a wrong turn that
eventually had him confined to East German/Russian
prison until East-West military sorted it all out
.He informed me in recent years that he was more than
well looked after though. I know in the past couple
of years he hadn’t been too well and the mailing,
Skyping, wained a bit. Will always remember you Nellie
so rest in peace.
( Gerry Blackwell).
I was sorry to hear about of the passing of NELLIE
.When I joined up in 1966 he was the one who trained
me a good man but would lay down the law if he had
too. Iwas thinking of leaving the army but I had a
word with him and he help me to see the things right.
When all said and done he put me on to a right course
for the rest of my life. Thank you NELLIE you will
not be forgotten. (John Lewington)
24080648 Pte (Sergeant) Paul
Nichols, 2 July 1948 - 11 September 2016.
A true professional soldier who excelled in Northern
Ireland tours throughout the 1970's.
Mike Ellis - Died on 28th
Funeral 20th Sept 11am Taunton Crematorium.
This is sad news received from Brian Aldridge, Mike
was a good mate of his and another from 62 Intake
22204742 Charles Kenneth Young
(WO2) - August 2016
(WO2) aged 86 has recently passed on. He served
in the Light infantry DLI/KOYLI/SCLI in theatres from
Korea/Malaya/Aden/Kenya/Berlin/Gibraltar. The funeral
will take place at the Weymouth Cremmatorium 1100hrs
25th August 201
23771750 - Roger Chillcott
- Died on Monday 15th August 2016 - SCLI
Roger Chillcott served his National Service with
SCLI in Osnabruck, Plymouth and Gibraltar, he was
draft 62 1960/62.
He trained at Bodmin, and then in Osnabruck he
was in the Signals , on discharge he lived at Totterdown
in Bristol and later at Nailsea.
Always known to me as "Totterdown", first
met him in Aug 1960 - a quiet man in all surrounding
chaos ! Sleep in Peace. (Keith
Cyril S (Buff) Paddick - died
in July 2016 - SomLI - SCLI
Cyril was born 1934 in London, he died at Taunton
aged 82. He left the regiment 1964 in Berlin as a
Sgt. , having served in Malaya, Suez, Cyprus, Warminster,
Germany, Gibraltar, Tobruk, Berlin.
23950316 Pte Ken Lyons - March
2016 - SCLI - LI
It is with great sadness I wish to confirm the passing
of Ken Lyons aged 70 years to the final RV
Ken served from 1963 to 1972 and saw service in
Aden and NI. He was also captain of the football team
for a while.
His funeral is this coming Friday, 11th March at
11.00, at St Joseph & St Francis RC Church, Newbiggin,
Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4AS.
Cpl Terry Alfred Vickery aged
77, died on Wednesday 9th March 2016
At the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford as a result
of a coronary embolism with other complications.
Terry Vickery was 77 years old. He joined the Army
in 1954 as a ‘Boy Soldier’. Initially
he trained at Strensall as a Bandsman. A posting to
Taunton followed before going to Knellor Hall in 1956
for further training as a musician.
Over the next twenty years he served within the
Band of 1 SOM LI, 1 SCLI and 1 LI reaching the rank
of Corporal. Following time as an instructor at Shrewsbury
(1977-78) he became employed as a Medic with 1 LI.
His final posting was with 5 LI (V) at Shrewsbury
where he was employed as a Company Clerk. He left
regular service in January 1980. In the early 1980s
he carried out certain administrative posts after
which he became a commercial driver. He retired in
BOB BOGAN BEM. Died - 8th
C/Sgt. Bob Bogan BEM. MSM.
Bobby Bogan was born in 1934 in Co. Durham, he enlisted
at Middlesborough on 12th September 1952 with the
Durham Light Infantry.
There followed service in the Duke of Cornwall's
Light Infantry, Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry,
Kings Shropshire Light Infantry and The 1st Light
Infantry. He was detached to Aden Protectorate Levies
and Libya Army, Aden Police Special Units and Small
Arms School Corps.
He saw service in many countries of the world including,
BAOR, Norway, Canada, Gibraltar, Malta, Libya, Egypt,
Kenya, Northern Ireland, Belize and The West Indies.
He recruited at Newcastle, Hartlepool, Middlesborough
and Bishop Auckland and represented his battalion
at Football, Cross Country, Boxing and Tug of War.
He spoke Arabic, German and English, two of his
sons were in the army, one in REME and the other in
Royal Signals. He was awarded the British Empire Medal
in February 1967 for Gallantry and for his work in
Aden and South Arabian States.
" Bobby was the only soldier in the S.C.L.I.
short history to be awarded a gallantry medal"
He also was awarded The General Service Medal with
Two Bars for Northern Ireland and South Arabian States,
and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1974.
He was awarded The Meritorious Service Medal in 1985
and served a total of 32 years.
"Bobby my friend, we
shared good times and bad but you always proved to
be a loyal comrade and friend throughout the years.
Many people have walked in and out of my life over
the years, but only a true friend like you will leave
a footprint to be remembered."
Thanks for forwarding that very sad news. I knew
he wasn't in the greatest of health but I thought
he'd outlive me. A great boss, a great character and
a great example to everyone.
I knew Bob throughout all my Army service. A dear
friend, a very brave and bright man and an excellent
soldier. I shall always remember him as a comedian
too - calling me on the telephone until quite recently,
usually at the most ungodly hour here in New Zealand,
asking me when I was going to pay back that pack of
Embassy and box of Swan Vestas I borrowed in Aden
- "why'aye bonny lad?" I'll never forget
him. Sleep well my friend.
I did not meet Cpl. Bob Bogan until 1962 but Bob
was to become a dear friend, loyal and brave. I will
miss his knowledge of all things military, his wit
and loyalty, I will never forget him. Sleep in peace
dear friend RIP
I was very sorry to hear this sad news. He was certainly
somebody who earned huge respect and admiration within
our Regiment. He was a great character – and
a very brave man. We will all miss him.
So saddened and shocked on learning of Bobby’s
death. One of the most respected characters that one
would wish to be associated with.
Fearsome, respectful, and a wit that only a few ever
reach in there lives. I will miss you so much dear
friend. Heaven will be a better place in your company.
CSM 23002626 William Howrihane
- died 8th October 2015 aged 80
He enlisted into the DCLI in 1957 and following training
at the Regimental Depot, Bodmin he joined 1DCLI in
the West Indies. He left the Regular Army in 1957
and from then until 1961 served with the Army Reserve.
He then re-joined the Regular Army serving with 1SCLI
in Osnabruck and all subsequent postings with the
Battalion, (apart from Aden) and later with 1LI with
whom he achieved the rank of WO2. In 1980 he was posted
to IJLB at Shorncliffe, where he served until his
discharge in 1982 on completion of his full time service.
(funeral details unavailable at this time)
Lieutenant Colonel David McMurtrie
- Died on 29th September 2015
David Henry McMurtrie first served with 1st Battalion,
The Somerset Light Infantry as a young officer, in
BAOR and Malaya, from January 1952 to July 1954. Thereafter
followed nearly two years at Jellalabad Barracks Taunton,
as a training subaltern before a move to Training
Officer for Protectorate Forces at Muxalla, East Aden
in the rank of Captain. Twenty months later he returned
to 1 SOM LI to become Adjutant at Knook Camp before
assuming an SO3 appointment with Military Intelligence
at the War Office, London.
Regimental appointments with SCLI (Regimental Recruiting
Officer at Taunton and briefly as OC HQ Coy in Gibraltar)
were carried out before attending Shrivenham and the
Army Staff College Camberley from late 1963 to the
end of 1964. A brief posting to HQ Malaysia Ranger
Group at Ipow, Malaya followed before his appointment
as Brigade Major, HQ 4 Malaysian Infantry Brigade,
at Singapore. He then returned to 1 SCLI and subsequently
1 LI at Gravesend and Ballykinler, as OC C Coy. A
two year posting to the School of Infantry followed
before moving to the Canadian National Defence HQ
as a SO2 (Int) from summer 1972 to January 1974.
In February 1974, Lt Col McMurtie assumed command
of 10th Battalion the Ulster Defence Regiment (10
UDR). Her was awarded a MiD in 1976. A return to Warminster
followed where he assumed responsibility for coordination
across all wings of the School. Then he was posted
to Exeter for over four years as the Deputy Officer
in charge of the Combined Manning and Records Office.
Further appointments at Exeter were carried out before
retiring from the Army in 1988. He subsequently held
Retired Officer appointments until 1997.
23979821 James Colin "Pedro"
Redington - aged 69 - Died on 29th September 2015
He was known to all he served with in 1SCLI/1LI
from 1963-70 as Pedro.
His funeral service takes place on Tuesday 20th October
2015 at 1500hrs at the Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood
Lane, Blue Bell Hill, Chatham, Kent ME5 9QU.
Family flowers only, donations if desired to Lupus
UK can be left at the Crematorium, or forwarded to
the Co-Operative Funeral Directors, 127A Milton Road,
Gravesend, Kent DA12 2PG.
Following the service a wake will be held at the
Bat & Ball PH, 113 Wrotham Road, Gravesend DA11
Pre-deceased by his wife, anyone who wishes to do
so can write to his daughter, Anne-Marie Redington,
54 Codrington Crescent, Gravesend DA12 5DD.
22899338 C/Sgt George "Timber"
Wood aged 80yrs. - Died on Friday 11th September 2015
George joined The Somerset Light Infantry in 1953
and served in Malaya, Malta, Egypt, Cyprus, Plymouth
and Warminster. For a short while before the formation
of the SCLI he left the Army before returning to serve
in Gibraltar, Libya, Aden, Plymouth and Berlin. His
subsequent service was within 1 LI as well as Bodmin
and Shrewsbury where he was involved with recruiting.
For much of his service within his three battalions
he was employed within the anti-tank platoon.
In 1974 he continued serving with 1 LI on the Long
Service List. He was a Colour Sergeant serving at
Paderborn in housing, welfare and as an Estate Warden.
During his last year of military service, in 1987,
he was attached to 6 LI at Bath. He retired from the
Army in 1987 after 34yrs service. Subsequently he
was employed as a MOD civil servant.
I know there must still be a lot of “oldies”
like myself who are hurting right now as Timber was
such a warm, bright light in my life, be it only for
a fairly short period but it was enough to know that
I and whoever his friends were could rely on him for
doing anything for them. Our friendship was more of
respect for one another as our service careers took
different paths like so many others but he was always
happy to share his ideals, faith and that uncanny
wit he had. He had that way with most people and yes,
ok, he did have one or two flaws, but then who hasn’t.
My last moments with George was whilst we were both
in N.Ireland during 1968 and he, along with a few
other senior NCO’s were engaged in teaching
the art of Infantry skills and during the evenings
he and the remainder of instructors would be sitting
in front of a log fire and unwinding when I realised
another of his attributes. He was an avid reader and
could converse on many subjects. I could go on for
hours Timber but here’s hoping we meet up once
more from that better place where you will be looking
down on us. Adieu - Gerry Blackwell
MAJOR David R GODDARD MBE
- Died on Tuesday 30th June 2015, aged 88.
When serving in Malaya with 1st Battalion, The
Somerset Light Infantry (1 SOM LI), he was awarded
a MiD. Later, as a civilian, he was awarded the MBE.
Born in March 1927 his initial military service,
beginning in 1945, was spent with The Royal Marines.
After training he joined 44 Cdo RM in Hong Kong as
a Troop Commander. Later, in 1952, he joined 1 SOM
LI. 1 SCLI. 1 LI. He left the Army in 1968
23945360 David Byers - Died
on 23th June 2015
The death occurred on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at the
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro,
of David Byers, aged 70yrs of Camborne, Cornwall.
He served in SCLI from 1962-69.
23847270 Pte David Colwill
- Died on 2nd April 2015 aged 71 -
at Wadebridge Cornwall and served in SCLI/LI 1961/1970.
Remembered by Tony Hussey.
23853629 Alan Wheeler - Died
on 28th Febuary 2015 aged
72yrs at Southmead Hospital
Alan had been ill and suffering from a number of
ailments for a number of years. He was admitted to
hospital that same day but the cause of death is currently
He served in SCLI, 1LI, 6LI for 24yrs retiring
from the Army as a Clr/Sjt. He leaves a wife Carol
and two daughters.
Memory from Tony Hussey
It was with a heavy heart that I heard the news
of my mate Alan passing away. We were both born and
bred in Bath where I have known Alan for over sixty
years as we went to the same junior and senior school
Having both joined the regiment we toured together
in Gibraltar, Tobruk, Berlin and Gravesend, enjoying
many a time. He left the regiment and became a class
1 lorry driver where we also worked together on and
off over the years.
Thanks for the memories acker (mate). As Alan would
have always said "see you around kid"
23678785 Private Robert Woolner
RIP. - Died on 14th January 2015 aged 70 years
The death occurred on Wednesday 14/01/2015 of former
private Rob Woollen, age 70 years, of a heart attack,
in Berlin, Germany where he has lived for almost fifty
years, he beat cancer twice but sadly he couldn't
beat this. He joined the S.C.L.I. in 1962 and served
in Gibraltar and Berlin as a regimental butcher. He
will be sadly missed by his wife Eva, and four children,
also his many friends both in Germany and the U.K.
R.I.P. old friend. Peter Watson (S.C.L.I.)
Mr David Hedges - Died on
Monday 12th January 2015 aged 83.
David joined as a Boy Soldier, in May 1947. Thereafter
he served with the Somerset Light Infantry in Germany
and Malaya and reached the rank of Serjeant. He also
briefly served with The Somerset and Cornwall Light
Infantry before leaving the Army in 1960.
23945928 Cpl Ashley Hamilton
Rogers - Died on 6th December 2014 aged 71.
Ashley enlisted into the SCLI as a Regular Soldier
in January 1963 and following training at the LI Depot
he later joined 1SCLI in Berlin. He served in all
postings with the Bn including Aden, and later with
1LI until retiring from the army in 1979 having attained
the rank of Cpl. Much of his military service was
as a PTI. Returning to his home in Somerset he took
employment with BT, working as a technician in the
Taunton and Wellington areas until his retirement.
23783141 C/Sjt Terence Malcolm
Sweet - Died on 26th November 2014 aged 73.
Terry enlisted into the SCLI as a Regular Soldier
in March 1960 and following training at the Regimental
Depot Bodmin joined 1SCLI in Osnabruck. He served
in all postings with the Bn including Aden and later
with 1LI in postings that are to numerous to mention
but included Northern Ireland, BAOR, Hong Kong and
Cyprus. Much of his service was with the Signals Pltn.
He was also a Signals and Medical instructor. His
final posting was running a Army Careers Office for
2 years until his retirement in March 1982.
In civilain life, Terry who resided in Taunton,
worked initially for Group 4 at their depot in Norton
Fitzwaren. His position was that of a night time supervisor
on the parcel delivery side of that company. This
was a position he held for 20 years before moving
to Marks & Spencer, where until his retirement
eight years later, he was employed in operations involving
Duncan Drake - This is very sad news . Terry was
my corporal in signals platoon for about 5 years.
Knew him very well. RIP.
Gerry Blackwell - Saddened to learn of Terry Sweets
death. He is well remembered by me throughout his
signalling days. Always part of the “three musketeers”
Bush Hedges,Titch Massey or/and Jack Gomo.
Major (Ret’d) Angus
Leacroft Drew - Died on 19th October 2014 - (The Royal
Military Police) seconded to the SCLI at Mercer Barracks
Passed away on the 19th October 2014 after a short
illness bravely fought with dignity and serenity.
He faced cancer like the soldier he was and I’m
immensely proud of him. We were married for 46 years.
Mary Drew (His widow)
Service Record - Major (ret’d)
Angus Leacroft Drew.
In August 1955 he joined the Royal Norfolk Regiment
at Britannia Barracks, Norwich. He stayed there
January 1956-December 1957 he was at the Royal Military
Academy, Sandhurst from where he was commissioned
into the Royal Military Police.
After various training courses, he was posted to
Cyprus in July 1958 during the EOKA Emergency on active
service. He felt his most dangerous moment was
teaching the British civilians to fire pistols for
their own protection!
October 1959 – April 1961 he had various short
postings in Germany.
1960 Mercer Barracks Osnabruck on Infantry
attachment which he fondly remembered.
1961 – June 1964 was spent in Malaya and Hong
Kong with the Ghurkha Military Police.
On returning to the UK, he had various postings
in the UK culminating with a spell at 5 Brigade which
was at Tidworth at the time. It was during this
posting that he met his future wife and they married
in June 1968.
January 1970 to Berlin until April 1970 from whence
he was promoted and posted to Helmstedt, West Germany
to become Allied Commandant Checkpoint Alpha.
Liaising with the American, French and German forces.
Not to mention the Russians on the East German side.
1973-1975 to Colchester where he was Deputy Assistant
Provost Marshall Eastern District.
1975-1977 in Northern Ireland officer commanding
175 Provost Company, RMP in Belfast and Aldergrove.
1977-79 Commanding the Military Police in Aldershot
where he learnt to ride with their Mounted Troop on
the principal that he never asked his soldiers to
do anything that he couldn’t do himself!
Became a civilian and moved to the East Midlands.
Retired when he was 58 and enjoyed travelling to places
of his own choice and not Her Majesty’s along
with Clipper sailing.
Keith Petvin-Scudamore - I remember as a young soldier
asking "Who is that officer with the red hat"
Some 50 years later he told me that the time spent
with SCLI was remembered with genuine fondness.
Rest in Peace
23525516 WO1 Terence (Terry)
Joll - Died on 13th October 2014 aged 79 - DCLI -
SCLI - RSM RAOC (WO1 (LSL)
Terry, who had learnt his trade as a Blacksmith,
enlisted into the DCLI in July 1957 and following
training at the Regimental Depot, Bodmin joined 1DCLI
in Osnabruck. On joining the Bn he trained as and
was a member of the Bugle Pltn. He very quickly rose
through the ranks both with the DCLI and following
amalgamation with 1SCLI to become a training Sjt with
D Coy in Gibraltar. He was later posted to the LI
Depot Shrewsbury as a Trg Sjt, before transferring
to 1KSLI as a Pltn Sjt and serving with the Bn in
the Far East.
In 1967 he was posted to the Junior Leaders at Rhyl
as a Weapons Instructor where he served for 2yrs before
he changed cap badges and transferred to the RAOC.
He served in numerous postings with the RAOC in England,
BAOR and Northern Ireland rising to the rank of WO1
before Re-Badging to the LI in 1981 and serving as
the WO1 Estate Warden in Minden. In 1984 he was posted
to 6LI at Falmouth as RSM, before retiring from the
Army in July of that same year after 27yrs service.
However this was not the end of Terry's military
service. In 1985 he joined the recently formed HSF
(Home Service Force) with whom he served for another
5 years until 1990, first in the rank of Pltn Sjt,
and later CSM. In civilian life he was employed by
the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary as front office
enquiry officer until his retirement in 1990.
Yes very sad a FANTASTIC man.Will BE MISSED. Trevor
Very sad news. He was a much respected and highly
regarded Warrant Officer. Alastair
Major Arthur Victor (Vic)
Worster MBE BSc - Died on 11th Oct. 2014 aged 88
Vic who was born on 27 October 1925 was called up
for military service on 22 November 1944. He completed
his military training at the Wiltshire Regiment Depot
and joined the SOM LI in early 1945. He served with
the Somerset's until 1951 when he transferred to the
KSLI with whom he served with for 6 years before returning
to the SOM LI in early 1957 as a CSM with the 1st
In the summer of that year he was promoted to RSM
at the Regimental Depot where he remained until March
1960 when he moved as RSM to the 4/5th Bn SOM LI (TA).
In the summer of 1961 he became RSM 1SCLI. He was
commissioned in 1964 as a Lt QM to SOM LI (TA). Promoted
to Capt QM in 1967, he was posted to the Jungle Warfare
training depot in Malaya, where he remained until
1969 when he returned to the LI serving with 3LI.
In 1974 he was promoted to Maj QM and posted to
HQ 44 Para Bde. until January 1977 when he had his
final posting to HQ 1 Armoured Div in BAOR. He retired
from the Army on 27th October 1980 having completed
36yrs service. He shortly afterwards moved to Lincolnshire
where he took up sheep farming.
Quoted from John Pover's article: A tribute to "The
"One such larger than life character was in
my humble opinion R.S.M. Vic Worster who, too many
who served under him, personified every characteristic
of the archetypical R.S.M. "
This was very much the effect that RSM Vic Worster
had on us all at that period in Gibraltar 1961, my
own memories of him were of seeing him pass my office
every morning, on his way to the Orderly Room and
always making sure that I was safe inside for those
few minutes, just simply not wanting to be picked
on for some minor indescretion. But at the same time
seeing a man who reflected everything that is best
about the British Army, huge presence and a natural
born leader who inspired all who met him or served
And now, having spoken to him on the telephone after
all these years and be in touch with him by letter
is still a great privilege. - Keith
Petvin Scudamore. (Written in 2009)
Rest in Peace
Charles L. Griggs - Died 26th
Aged 67 - SCLI/LI - served in Gibraltar - Aden -
Berlin - Gravesend - Norway - N. Ireland.
Tui Lepai - Died 18th August
2014 - RIP - 23887424
His daughter Mari-Clare sent this message:
I'm not sure if you're already aware. I just wanted
to let you know, our Dad sadly passed away on 18th
August after battling cancer. He passed away peacefully
at home with family. We travelled to Fiji to lay him
to rest. It's a sad time for us but we have a lifetime
of wonderful memories we will always treasure. A few
of the Army boys attended. It was a beautiful ceremony.
It saddens me to hear of the passing of Tui, he
was a great Comrade & friend
Rest my friend
Chad (Charlie) Lobb
I have so many happy memories also dozens,and dozen's
of funny stories which should be written down.
Tui Lepai! Comrade! Friend! Brother! Gentle Giant!
Bob Bogan B.E.M.
Frederick Hammett - Died on
3rd August 2014 - RIP
The death occurred on Sunday 3rd August 2014, at
of 22478767 WO2 Frederick Hammett, 81 years, as a
result of major organ failure.
He was called up for National Service with the RA
in 1951 and following release in
1953 he was later to enlist into the SomLI in 1959,
then SCLI and 1LI until retirement
His funeral takes place on Friday 15th August at 0930hrs,
at The Heart of England
Crematorium. Eastboro Way, Nuneaton, CV11 6JU.
James "Jock" Cummings
- died on Tuesday 8th July 2014
- James "Jock" Cummings of Portlaoise, Ireland.
He was involved in a very serious Road Traffic Accident
on Good Friday, 18th April.
It is believed that the cause of death was a heart
attack with the RTA three months previous being a
contributory factor. However the actual cause will
not be known until the completion of the inquest which
extends over a period of six months.
Jim, or Jock as he was known, served in the SCLI and
1LI from 1964 for approximately 10yrs in all postings
during that period.
He leaves a wife, Mary, three daughters and grandchildren
in Ireland and son, one daughter and grandchildren
Raymond Short - died 23rd
The death occurred at Bath on Monday 23rd June 2014
of Raymond Short aged 75 yrs following a short illness.
He was called up for National Service into SCLI on
15th September 1960 and served with the Battalion
in all postings until leaving the Army in September
22998084 Brian 'Chuck' Carlyon
- Died on 4th June 2014
The death occurred at 2100 hrs on Wednesday 4th
June at Trelisk Hospital, Truro, Cornwall
of Brian 'Chuck' Carlyon aged 77yrs, from Ponsanooth,
Chuck as he was known to all who served with him passed
away as a result of cancer.
Having originally joined as a Junior Leader, from
1954 until 1983 he served in 1 DCLI. 1SCLI and 1LI.
Details of his funeral service are yet to be finalised
but as soon they are known this message will be updated
23901468 Charles H Turner -
Died on Saturday 11th May 2014.
Charles served in SCLI 1LI from 1963-71
Funeral takes place at Pontefract Crematorium on Wednesday
21 May at 12noon. The Crematorium is located in Wakefield
Road Pontefract. WF8 4HA. This is on the A 645.