Eric was called up for National Service in 1948 joining the 1 SOM LI located at the newly formed LI Training Centre, Bordon, In January 1951 the battalion moved first to Munster, BAOR and sometime later to Wuppertal. The Bn were then posted to Malaya where he was awarded a MID, he was also promoted to MT Sjt. On the Bn’s return to the UK he became an instructor at the Regt Depot, Taunton. This led to promotion as a CQMS and a move to 1SCLI in Osnabruck. Moving from there via Plymouth to Gibraltar saw a promotion to WO2 as CSM B Coy. In 1964 the Bn moved to Berlin from where he was posted as RQMS to the LI Depot, Shrewsbury. Later promoted to WO1 he remained at Shrewsbury as RSM. He was subsequently commissioned and posted to 1 LI, serving in Northern Ireland, Lemgo and Colchester. In the mid 1970’s he was posted as QM to 2 RGJ, serving in Gibraltar and Tidworth. His final posting was to HQ 1st Division at Verden, whilst in BAOR he was promoted to Lt Col (QM) and appointed MBE. Having retired from Regular service in June 1985 he became a PSAO with 6 LI (V) at Bath as QM, a post he held for several years. He later became Chairman of the Bristol Branch of the Association taking on at the same time the duties of Secretary and Treasurer. He also became a Trustee of the Association, from which he stood down at the end of 2018. His service to the Regt spanned 71 years. He pre-deceased his wife Thelma who sadly died 8 weeks later.
He was called up for National Service in September 1960. Following training at the Regimental Depot at Bodmin he was posted to 1SCLI in Osnabruck where he served in a Rifle Company. During his service he had subsequent postings with the Battalion to the UK, Gibraltar and Tobruk. On demobilisation in September 1962 he returned to his home in Watchet where he continued with his trade as a bricklayer until his retirement. His funeral service which took place at St Decumans Church, Watchet on Friday 29th November was extremely well attended by his family, friends and many from the scouting community, in which he had been a member from the age of 8 up until his death, at which time he was the Group Scout Leader for the Watchet area. Our condolences go to his wife Glenda and family.
He was called up for National Service in September 1960. Following training at the Regimental Depot at Bodmin he was posted to 1SCLI in Osnabruck where he served in a Rifle Company. During his service he had subsequent postings with the Battalion to the UK, Gibraltar and Tobruk. On demobilisation in September 1962 he returned to his home in Ilminster where he continued with his trade as a bricklayer until his retirement. His funeral service, which took place at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Monday 18th November, was well attended by his family friends and colleagues from the building trade. Our condolences go to his wife Marion and family.
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.
Vic, as he was known, was called up for National Service in 1959. Following training at the Regimental depot in Taunton he joined the 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry at Warminster and subsequently the SCLI in Osnabruck. His entire service was with the anti tank platoon. On leaving the Army he returned to his home in Yeovil where he worked for many years as a market gardener. His final employment was as a driver for a building supply company. Vic was a former Secretary of the South Somerset Branch of the Regimental Association before its closure. His funeral at the Yeovil Crematorium on Thursday 11th April was well attended by his family and friends, and members of the Regimental Association. Our condolences go to his wife Jennifer and family.
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.
Maj Petrie was commissioned into the DCLI in the 1950’s and later served with the SCLI and LI in various posts including that of MTO in Gibraltar. He also saw service in Aden and Northern Ireland. He left the Army in 1983 setting up home in Epsom where he remained until his death. He held a senior management post at Epsom College for many years. He also served as a Town Councillor at Epsom for 24 years, as a Surrey County Councillor for 8 years and as Mayor of Epsom and Ewell in 2000 – 2001. Our condolences go to his wife Jutta and family.
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.
Col. enlisted into the SCLI as a Private soldier in 1966 training at the LI Brigade Depot, Shrewsbury. He later attended Mons Officer Cadet School and in the Spring of 1967 was commissioned into the SCLI on a short service commission. His first appointment however was with 1 KOYLI in Berlin as a Pltn Commander. He subsequently moved to 1 LI in Ballykinler Northern Ireland. He left the Army in 1969 when his ‘S’ Type commission was complete, returning to the family fruit wholesaler business. In 1984 he joined the Somerset ACF. 20 years later he was appointed Deputy Commandant, a post he held until 2011 when he was appointed Commandant, he retired from this post in 2015. Our condolences go to his wife Mary and family.
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.
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.
Reginald enlisted into the DCLI in the early ’50s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gibraltar. It was from here in 1962 that 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.
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 when finalised.
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 Service later.
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 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, TA4 1BX.
Yours sincerely, Mike Motum
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 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.
He served in the SCLI in the 1960s and was one of Bobby Bogan’s boys in Aden where 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 Legion.
John died suddenly at home in Bath – he served in SCLI B Company in Aden.
He had been ill for some time suffering from cancer. He joined the DCLI in November 1957 and served for 6 yrs in the 1Bn and later 1SCLI in Germany, UK, Gibraltar and Libya. He was renowned as being the hard man of the Bn.
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 etc”.
“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.)
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.
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 Rovers.
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 || 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 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 Cooper)
I first 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. I was 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)
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. He death was due to cancer. 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.
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 PH.
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.
Yours sincerely, Michael Motum
A true professional soldier who excelled in Northern Ireland tours throughout the 1970s. (Stephen Taylor)
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
(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 Crematorium 1100hrs 25th August 2016.
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.
Memories: Always known to me as “Totterdown”, first met him in Aug 1960 – a quiet man in all surrounding chaos! Sleep in Peace. (Keith Petvin-Scudamore)
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, and Berlin.
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.
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.
He was called up for National Service in 1960 and following training was posted to 1SCLI in Osnabruck. On leaving the Army in 1962, he returned to his home in Tatworth, Somerset from where a few years later he emigrated to Western Australia.
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.
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.” (Ernie Lethbridge)
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. (Duncan Drake)
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. (Keith Petvin-Scudamore)
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. (Alastair Fyfe)
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 (Gerald Blackwell)
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 Reddington, 54 Codrington Crescent, Gravesend DA12 5DD.
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.
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
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
The death occurred on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, of David Byers, aged 70 years of Camborne, Cornwall. He served in SCLI from 1962-1969.
He lived at Wadebridge Cornwall and served in SCLI/LI 1961/1970. Remembered by Tony Hussey.
Alan had been ill and suffering from a number of ailments for a number of years. He was admitted to Southmead Hospital, Bristol 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 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 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.” (Tony Hussey)
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.)
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.
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.
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 too 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 civilian life, Terry who resided in Taunton, worked initially for Group 4 at their depot in Norton Fitzwarren. 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 Sweet’s 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.
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.
Service Record – Major (ret’d) Angus Leacroft Drew:
In August 1955 he joined the Royal Norfolk Regiment at Britannia Barracks, Norwich. He stayed there six months.
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
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 Nottingham)
Very sad news. He was a much respected and highly regarded Warrant Officer. (Alastair Fyfe)
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 RSM”:
“One such larger than life character was in my humble opinion R.S.M. Vic Worster who, to 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
Aged 67 – SCLI/LI – served in Gibraltar – Aden – Berlin – Gravesend – Norway – N. Ireland.
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.)
The death occurred on Sunday 3rd August 2014, at Nuneaton, Warwickshire, 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 in 1987.
His funeral takes place on Friday 15th August at 0930hrs, at The Heart of England Crematorium. Eastboro Way, Nuneaton, CV11 6JU.
24020149 – 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 Scotland.
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.
The death occurred at 2100 hrs on Wednesday 4th June at Trelisk Hospital, Truro, Cornwall of Brian ‘Chuck’ Carlyon aged 77yrs, from Ponsanooth, Truro, Cornwall. 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.
Charles served in SCLI 1LI from 1963-71.
Funeral takes place at Pontefract Crematorium on Wednesday 21 May at 12 noon. The Crematorium is located in Wakefield Road Pontefract. WF8 4HA. This is on the A 645.