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Field Marshal Lord Harding of Petherton

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2014 - 2019


23435100 Pte John Ernest "Jonny" Welsh (DCLI - SCLI - LI) - died on Friday 25th November 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 the Bn.
His funeral details will be posted when known.

Memories:

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.)



Victor Stanley Vaughan (SCLI LI) - died 21st November 2016

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.


23478355 Harold "Gordy" Rosser (C/Sgt in 6LI) - died on 13th November 2016 aged 75. SCLI - LI

His funeral service takes place on Friday 2nd December at 1500hrs at Haycombe Chapel, Bath, BA2 2RQ.
Flowers or Donations. If Donations they will be for
The Dorothy House Hospice Care.
Following the service a wake will take place at The Bear 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: libayork@btinternet.com

Please pass this information on to those that may wish to know.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Motum


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 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 || alan.tamblyn@buglers.org.uk) 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.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Motum

Memories:

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. Iwas thinking of leaving the army but I had a word with him and he help me to see the things right. When all said and done he put me on to a right course for the rest of my life. Thank you NELLIE you will not be forgotten. (John Lewington)


24080648 Pte (Sergeant) Paul Nichols, 2 July 1948 - 11 September 2016.

A true professional soldier who excelled in Northern Ireland tours throughout the 1970's.
(Stephen Taylor)


Mike Ellis - Died on 28th August 2016

Funeral 20th Sept 11am Taunton Crematorium.

This is sad news received from Brian Aldridge, Mike was a good mate of his and another from 62 Intake


22204742 Charles Kenneth Young (WO2) - August 2016

(WO2) aged 86 has recently passed on. He served in the Light infantry DLI/KOYLI/SCLI in theatres from Korea/Malaya/Aden/Kenya/Berlin/Gibraltar. The funeral will take place at the Weymouth Cremmatorium 1100hrs 25th August 201


23771750 - Roger Chillcott - Died on Monday 15th August 2016 - SCLI

Roger Chillcott served his National Service with SCLI in Osnabruck, Plymouth and Gibraltar, he was draft 62 1960/62.

He trained at Bodmin, and then in Osnabruck he was in the Signals , on discharge he lived at Totterdown in Bristol and later at Nailsea.

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)


23950316 Pte Ken Lyons - March 2016 - SCLI/LI


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.


BOB BOGAN BEM. Died - 8th November 2015

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.

Memories

"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.)


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 civil servant.

Memories

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 -

he lived 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 Bristol.

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 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)


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.

Memories

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 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.

Memories

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.

Memories
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.


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 RSM"

"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 September 2014

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.

Memories

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 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.


James "Jock" Cummings - died on Tuesday 8th July 2014

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.


Raymond Short - died 23rd June 2014

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, 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



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.

 


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