2024  
 

Major Richard Madeley RM

The sad death on 19 May of Major Richard Madeley RM is announced. Richard served on attachment with the 1st Battalion and became a staunch supporter of the Association never losing touch with what the Regiment and Association were doing.
Details of his funeral service will be posted in due course. He will be greatly missed by his many friends. May he rest in peace.

 

 
 

On this Albuhera Day for which I send you greetings, the sad deaths of the following are announced:

Cpl Tom (Keril) Vicarey, ex 2nd Battalion on 5 May.  Keril's funeral will be at Hawkinge Crematorium, Aerodrome Rd, Hawkinge, Folkestone CT18 7AG at 11.30 on 1 June.

Pte Ted West, ex Home Counties Brigade and 1st Battalion on 29 April.  Ted served in Bahrain, Munster, Lingfield and on the first Londonderry tour in 1969.

Pte Andrew (Butch) Gardiner, ex 1st Battalion on 9 May.  Butch served in Omagh and Gibraltar.  His funeral will take place at 11.45am on 28 May at Vinters Park Crematorium, Bearstead Road, Maidstone, ME14 5LG.  All who wish to pay their respects will be very welcome. 

To the Immortal Memory and may these three comrades rest in peace.

 
 

WOII Denis 'Jock' Patterson

 
  The very sad death on 6 May is announced of WOII Denis 'Jock' Paterson.  Jock served in the 1st and 6/7th Battalions and Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment.  His funeral will take place at midday on 28 May at Holy Trinity Church Lewes Road, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5AF, followed by the wake at Tylands Farm Nutley TN22 3HB.  The family have asked that regimental ties be worn.  If you would like to attend you are requested to let Jock's son Byroon know on 07914 914888.  May Jock rest in peace.  
 

LCpl Les Parsons

 
  The sad death on 26 April of LCpl Les Parsons, ex 2nd Battalion and Queen's Own Buffs is announced. He died of a sudden heart attack and although the ambulance service did all they could sadly they were not successful. His funeral will take place at 11.00am on 29 May at Kemnal Park Cemetary, A20 Sidcup by Pass, Chislehurst, BR 7 6RR and be followed by a wake at The Woodcraft Club, 254 Eltham High Street, Eltham London SE9 1AA.  If you are going to attend could you please email Les' daughter Shirley at shirleybargirl@hotmail.com. .  May he rest in peace.  
 

Major Tony McManus

 
  The sad death on 17 April of Major Tony McManus, ex 4th Battalion and 1st Middlesex is announced.  Tony died aged 90 in the Star and Garter home in Surbiton after a long and brave fight against Alzheimers disease. His Wife, Pauline , predeceased him. He is survived by two sons and one daughter.  Tony was commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment in 1954. He served with 1 Mx in Austria, Cyprus and Germany and with 3 and 4 QUEENS in Northern Ireland and at Warminster. He served as AMA in Washington and Warsaw and in intelligence at the MOD during the cold war. His home in retirement was in the village of Swineshead in Bedfordshire where his wife, Pauline, is already interred.  Hisfuneral will take place at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 30th April at St Nicolas Church, High Street, Swineshead, Bedfordshire, MK44 2AE followed by refreshments at the Swineshead Village Hall on the village High Street. Those wishing to write to Tony's next of kin should write to his Daughter, Louise McManus, at 52 Mount Pleasant Road, London, NW10 3EL.  
 

Pte Graham Goodhall

 
  The sad death on 17 April after a seven year battle with cancer of Pte. Graham Goodhall is announced. Graham served in 6 Platoon, B (Albuhera) Company, 6/7 QUEEN’S at Hornsey, North London during the 1980s.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  May he rest in peace.  
 

Brig Gavin Bulloch

 
  The sad death on 28 March is announced of Brigadier Gavin Bulloch, ex 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions and 1MX.  He died peacefully at home after a short illness.  His funeral will be a quiet one for family only.  May he rest in peace.  
 

Pte Alec Higgins

 
  The sad death on 28 March of Pte Alec Higgins ex 1st Battalion is announced.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  May he rest in peace.  
 

WOII Peter 'Russ' Russell

 
  The sad death on 29 March of WOII Peter 'Russ' Russell, ex 3rd Battalion and PWRR is announced.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  
 

LCpl Charlie Wheeldon

 
  The sad death on 25 March is announced of LCpl Charlie Wheeldon, ex 1st Battalion.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  May he rest in peace.  
 

Sgt MC 'Fritz' Dean

 
  The sad death on 21 March is announced of Sgt MC 'Fritz' Dean, ex 1st Battalion.  Fritz was a member of the very successful COP Platoon in Omagh in 1982-5.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  May he rest in peace.  
 

LCpl Alexander Mitchell

 
  The sad on 16 December 2023 of LCpl Alexander Mitchell ex 6/7th Battalion is announced.  The Association has just been informed of his death and that he had very generously made provision for the Benevolent Fund in his will.  May he rest in peace.  
 

Cpl Clive Gerrelli

 
 

The sad death on 15 March  is announced of Cpl Clive Gerrilli, ex 3rd Battalion and R SUSSEX .  Clive served between 1964 and 1977.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  May he rest in peace.

 
 

CSgt Chris Davis

 
  The sad death on 14 March of C/Sgt. Chris Davis is announced.  Chris joined the 3rd Bn The Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment in 1964 at Guildford and continued when the Bn changed to the 5th (V) Bn The Queen’s Regt serving until the 1990. Chris served in the Mortar Pln, plus 1 & 2 Plns during his service at Guildford & Kingston, and later he became Treasurer of the 5th Queen’s OMA.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  May he rest in peace.  
 

Pte Dion Williams

 
  The sad death on 29 February is announced of Pte Dion Mark Williams, ex 6 Platoon, B Company 3 QUEENS.  He was aged 62.  Dion  was involved in a serious accident whilst on exercise in Germany where a recovery tank pulling another tank ran over his trench position. Dion was pinned by the neck.  He was eventually recovered  back to UK but suffered life changing injuries. His older brother Mick Williams also served within the same platoon and company at the same time.  His funeral will take place on Tuesday 19th March 2024, at 1pm at Ramsgate Cemetery, Cecilia Rd, Ramsgate CT11 7DZ
Flowers If desired or donations to Thanet Hospice c/o Twyman and Holmes Funeral Directors tel 01843 852761.  Dion is survived by his two children and two grandchildren.  May he rest in peace.
 
 

WOI Norman Cocking

 
  The sad death on 21 February of WOI Norman Cocking , ex 2nd Battalion and QOB is announced. Details of his funeral will be announced in due course. May he rest in peace.  
 

Cpl Harry Coulter

 
  The sad death on 17 February is announced of Cpl Harry Coulter.  Harry served in the 1st Battalion the Middlesex Regiment, and 1st Battalion the Queen’s Regiment. He was always Anti Tank  Platoon, and a great Battalion football player. He was a founder member of the MRF in Northern Ireland in the early days of the ‘Troubles’ and on leaving the Army, was employed as a Government driver at the Houses of Parliament. A keen golfer, he insisted on playing until his illness took over completely, refusing chemotherapy.  Harry was a gentleman, quiet and polite, but mischievous. He was a superb Anti Tank gunner in his time and will be sorely missed by his many friends. Harry's funeral will take place on 18 March at15.00hrs at Hither Green Crematorium, Verdent Lane, Lewisham, SE6 1TP.  All those who wish to pay their respects will be very welcome.  
 

Capt Mike Clinch

 
  The sad death on 2 January is announced of Capt Mike Clinch, ex 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kents and Queens Own Buffs.  His funeral will take place at the St George's Church, Church Street, Dunster, Minehead, TA24 6SH on 12 February at Noon.  Mike left the Army in 1968 and part of his service was with The Sultan's Armed Forces (Muscat Regiment).  May he rest in peace.  
 

Capt William 'Jim' Gibbs

 
 

The sad death on 11 December of Captain William 'Jim' Gibbs, ex 8th Battalion and Queens Own Royal West Kent.  Jim died suddenly at Kolan British Hospital, Lefkosa, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus.  A Memorial Service will be held at St Bart's Church, Horley, Surrey RH8 6AB on 22 January at 1.30pm, followed by refreshments at The Farmouse, RH6 9LT.  For further details please contact his wife Carol at carol@cansigorta.com.

May he rest in peace.

 
 

Pte Lee Brightmore

 
 

The sad death on 8 January of Pte Lee Brightmore, ex 1st Battalion is announced.  His funeral will take place on 1 February at 11.00hrs at Arun Crematorium, Grevatts Lane, Yapton, West Sussex, BN18 0LW

 
 

Cpl William 'Bill Holderness

 
  The sad death on 8 December of Cpl William 'Bill Holderness is announced.  No further details are known.  
 

Pte Peter 'Tank' Clemence QGM

 
  The very sad death this morning, 9 January, of Pte Peter 'Tank' Clemence QGM, ex 1st Battalion and Queens Own Buffs is announced.  Tank had a heart attack this morning and sadly didn't survive.  Tank was featured in this year's Journal as 'The Quiet Hero' where his exploits as a security guard, during which he was shot on two separate occasions and subsequently awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal, featured.  He was an enthusiastic member of the Association and in particular the Queen's Regimental Riders Association where his good humour and hard work on the build of the Veterans Horticultural Rehabilitaion, Social and Community Centre was much appreciated.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  May he rest in peace.  
     
  Cpl Dave Harris  
 

The sad death on 6h January is announcedof Cpl Dave Harris, ex 1st and 5th Ballions and also civilian storeman at Leros working for 3 PWRR.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.  May he rest in peace.

 
     
  Capt Rupert Elliott
 
  The sad death of Captain Rupert Elliott on 4 January is announced..  After a period in 21 SAS he attended Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Queen’s Regiment in 1987 serving in 2 QUEENS (his brother Shane served in the 1st Battalion).  Rupert had been diagnosed with cancer 9 years ago and had been given a 7% chance of living beyond 5 years; as recently as last month he was in reasonable health attending a SAS reunion and spending a lively Christmas with his family.  
     
  Sgt Charlie Miller  
  The sad death is announced of Sgt Charlie Miller, ex 1st Battalion and Queen's Royal Surreys on 28 December. His funeral will take place at Hawkinge Crematorium, Aerodrome Rd, Hawkinge, Folkestone CT18 7AG on 15 January at 14.30.  All who wish to pay their respects will be very welcome.  May he rest in peace.  
     
  Maj Michael 'Mick' Ayling  
  The sad death on 21 December is announced of Major Michael 'Mick' Ayling, ex 1st, 2nd, 7th Battalions and R SUSSEX.  Mick was RSM of the 1st Battalion in Bulford, in Belfast during the 1975 tour and in Werl where he was on parade for the Battalion Trooping the Colour.  His funeral will take place at the East Devon Crematorium, London Rd, Strete Ralegh, Whimple, Exeter EX5 2PT on 12 January at 15.15hrs.  May he rest in peace.  
     
  WO2 Kenneth 'Ken' Furie  
  The sad death on 22 December of WO2 Kenneth 'Ken' Furie is announced.  Ken served in 3 QUEENS and then 1 PWRR until leavin g the service. Hi sfuneral will take place at Porchester Crematorium,, Upper Cornaway Lane, Porchester, Hampshire PO16 8NE on 25 January at 13.00 and afterwards at at the Royal British legion, 1-3 Lucknow Street, Fratton, Portsmouth, PO1 1PT.  May he rest in peace.  
     
  Cpl Eddie Willcocks  
 

The sad death on 6 December of Cpl Eddie Willcocks, ex 1st Battalion and Queen's Royal Surreys is announced.  Eddie served between 1964-74.  He is best remembered as the long suffering Sp Coy clerk to CSM 'Mad Mick' Pearson, who occasionally instructed Eddie to drive him home if his own car was unavailable,  and on being dropped off, would tell Eddie that his car was filthy, and that he'd  inspect it in the morning...! 

Eddie's funeral will take place at Chichester Crematorium, Westhampnett Rd, Chichester PO19 7UH on 5 January at 14.00hrs and all who would like to pay their respects would be most welcome.  May he rest in peace.

 
     
  Cpl Allan Langstone  
 

The sad death is announced of Cpl Allan Langstone, ex 5th Battalion. and 5 PWRR. on 3 December. Allan joined  5 QUEENS when he demobbed from regular service with 1 D&D in the early 1980s. He joined the defence platoon as a gunner and subsequently served as a Regimental Policeman, HQ Company arms kote storeman and during collective training, he was responsible for all the battalions weapons. You would always see him in the armoury late at night or early morning as he was so fastidious about his duties. He moved from there, when 5PWRR was formed, to work in the Officers and Sergeants’ messes whilst doing driving duties where needed. Allan was a larger than life individual, with his large stature and grin to match.  In his broad Devon accent, he would give support to the younger soldiers earning him the nicknames of ‘Big Al’ or ‘Daddy Langstone’.  He was respected by all who served with him and the obvious choice to take the role of Santa Claus for the HQ Coy children’s party.  Details of his funeral will be posted in due course.

 
     
  Maj Tim Oyler  
  The sad death is announced of Major Tim Oyler, ex 2nd and 5th Battalions on 2 December aged 75.  Tim had not been well for some time and was in a care home at the end.  His funeral will take place at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Yalding, ME18 8HU at Midday on 4 January next year.  Tim's claim to fame was gatecrashing the first Gulf War (Op GRANBY) arriving in Al Jubayl , Saudi Arabia,  walking through the front doors of HQ Force Maintenance Area bumping onto an old friend, Maj Wayne Harber who was DCOS.  Wayne managed to find him a job in G2 (Int) avoiding the niceties of a posting order from Rheindahlen!  At the time, Tim was  a Civil Servant in HQ BAOR, more used to strategic thinking than the operational and tactical level that was required at the time in Kuwait and Iraq, leading to interesting and occasionally confusing map-marking for his superiors!  
     
  CSgt Les Blyth  
  The sad death on 1 December of Colour Sgt  Les Blyth is announced.. Les was ex1 and 5 QUEENS and Queens Royal Surreys , and served in the Mortar Platoon through until after Berlin in 1972. He was a gregarious, likeable Londoner, who was a superb soldier, very popular throughout the whole battalion. On leaving the Army he  became the Firearms instructor with Essex Police until his retirement. His son Alex followed Les into 1 Queen’s in later years.  Details of his funeral will be posted when known.  May he rest in peace.  
     
  CSgt Peter Catchpole  
  The sad death on 1 November of CSgt Peter Catchpole ex 3rd Battalion, R SUSSEX and R ANGLIAN is announced .  His funeral will take place at Norse Road Cemetery, Norse Road, Bedford, MK41 0RL on Friday 8 December at 12.15.  May he rest in peace.