Rest in Peace
2014 - 2019
Captain Christopher Church - died on Friday 21st June 2019 aged 78
Capt. Church was commissioned into the SCLI in 1963. He served in all postings with the Battalion and later the Light Infantry before becoming an instructor at Sandhurst Military Academy. His prior postings included amongst others, Gibraltar, Aden, Ballykinler and Lemgo. Unfortunately cancer cut short his military career and he retired from the Army in 1974. His funeral service took place at The Sacred Heart Church, Hook, Hampshire, on Friday 12th July. It was attended by his family, friends and former Officers of the Regiment. Our condolences go to his wife Tita and his daughters.
L/Cpl 23695628 Richard David (Dick) Davies - died on Monday 11th March 2019 aged 77
He enlisted into the SCLI in 1960 and following his training at the Regimental Depot at Bodmin he was posted to 1 SCLI in Osnabruck where he was initially served in a Rifle Company. His service took him to many postings with the Battalion including the UK, Gibraltar, Tobruk, Berlin, Aden, and various others. He retired from the Army in 1969 on completion of his 9-year engagement, by which time the SCLI had become 1LI. He then completed 3 years Territorial Service with the unit based in his home city of Bath. He had several occupations before retirement, with Bath City Council, the Gas Board and finally as a Porter/Caretaker with the University of Bath. His final residence was in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. His funeral service took place at Semington Crematorium, Trowbridge on the 25th March. Approximately 40 relatives, friends, and former colleagues and were in attendance. Our condolences go to his wife Pamela and family.
Pte 2380999689 Edward Arthur (Ted) Clark - died on Monday 7th January 2019 aged 79
He was called up for National Service into the SCLI in September 1960 and following training at the Regimental Depot at Bodmin, was posted to 1 SCLI in Osnabruck where he served in a Rifle Company. During his two years service he had subsequent postings with the Battalion to the UK, Gibraltar and Tobruk remaining as a rifleman throughout. Following his demobilisation in August 1962, he returned to his home town of Midsomer Norton where he worked in the building trade until 1974. He then had a career change to employment with British Gas as a gas fitter and remained as such until taking early retirement in 1995. His funeral service took place at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath on Tuesday 29th January. It was well attended by his family and friends and also by members of the Norton Radstock Branch of the Association of which Ted was a member. Our condolences go to his wife Iris and family.
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 86
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
CSM 23889152 Peter P
G Farley - died on Thursday 18th January 2018 aged 71.
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 and family.
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
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 and family.
Major Anthony (Tony) Mitford-Slade
- died 26th May 2017
The death is reported of Major Anthony (Tony) Mitford-Slade,
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) Division followed.
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
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, TA4
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
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 address.
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 of here”.
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.
(Gerald "Gerry" Blackwell.)
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 Constable.
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 and family.
"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
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: email@example.com
Please pass this information on to those that may
wish to know.
Nelson "Nellie" 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 Battalions.
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 || firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 Fyfe)
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
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.
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 August
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
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
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 2009.
Mr Peter Young - died on Thursday 17th December 2015 aged 77
He was called up for National Service into the DCLI in 1958 and following his training at the Regimental Depot at Bodmin he was posted to 1 DCLI in Osnabruck where he served as an Assault Pioneer. On completion of his service he returned to his home in Burnham - on - Sea. His funeral service took place at Sedgemoor Crematorium, Bridgwater on the 8th January 2016, and was attended by his extended family, many friends and former colleagues.
BOB BOGAN BEM. Died - 8th November
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
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
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
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
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. RIP
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 0QP.
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
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 unknown.
He served in SCLI, 1LI, 6LI for 24yrs retiring from
the Army as a Clr/Sjt. He leaves a wife Carol and two
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 together.
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 deliveries.
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 Osnabruck.
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
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 Bn.
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 under him.
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! R.I.P.
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 in
Raymond Short - died 23rd June
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 1962.
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.