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Feb 9

The Death of Neil Begley - DERR

 

Neil Begley, known to many as Jock, who was a Cpl in 1DERR serving from 1979 to 1991 and mainly known as a PT Instructor, sadly passed away om22 January 2021 after a short illness in Hospital.

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Feb 2

The Death of LIEUTENANT COLONEL R A F JARMAN -Glosters

LIEUTENANT COLONEL R A F JARMAN Many will wish to be aware that Lieutenant Colonel Robert Jarman has died recently, aged 88. On deployment to Korea with 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment, Bob Jarman was a JNCO within the mortar platoon. His return to the UK for officer selection coincided with Spring 1951. After returning to Korea on board the SS Empire Fowey, he served the remainder of the tour with the mortar platoon.

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Jan 23

Reported Deaths 2021

In Memoriam 2021

The Gloucestershire Regiment

Belated we have learnt of the death of 22371696 Pte Elvin Foster on 27 October 2020.

Elvin served with 1 Glosters from 1950 to 1953. His funeral took place in Essex on 27 November 2020.

His nephew recounts the Elvin was on of the fe Glosters that evaded captivity after the Battle of the River Imjin in April 1951.

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We have just learnt of the passing of Major Robert Bewell, who died on 13 January 2021.

There will be a cremation service 8 February.

Details as yet have not be released but can be obtained from the undertakers, Shires of Letchworth (tel: 01462 486 618 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Percy Franklin a WW 2 veteran who served with The Gloucestershire Regiment and was a recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre Nationale de la Legion d'Honneur, passed away on 14 January 2021.

Our sympathies and condolences to the family.

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23896443 Coline (Nobby) Leonard, who served with B Company, 1 Glosters died on 15 January 2021. No further details are known as yet.

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LtCol RAF Jarman

Lt. Col. RAF (Bob) Jarman died 25th January 2021, Bob served in Korea as a Corporal and was commissioned in 1953. He left the Army as a Lt Col in 1982. Bob was a great supporter of the Regiment which carried on after his retirement with both the London and Stroud branches of the Regimental Association.

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Michael Slade, known by the nickname of Moffy and who served in the Corps of Drums of 1st Battalion The Glosters, passed away in January 2021. Regrettably no further details are available.

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19042656 Pte SA (SAM) MERCER MBE passed away on 31 January 2021 2021. Sebastian Andrew Mercer aka Sam was one of the last Gloster Korean veterans. He was a man of deep humility who made light of his own experiences but felt very strongly that the actions of all those who fought in that war must not be forgotten. The funeral will take place in late March and the family hope to have a zoom link. Apparently it was also Sam’s wish that his ashes are scattered in Gloucestershire so SOGM will organise that once the country is out of lockdown.

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24291430 JOHN (Mac) McCORMACK, served 1 Glosters B Coy and Mortars. It is with sadness that we read on social media the news that John has recently passed away. We tender our condolences to his family and friends. John served in NI and was badly wounded in an ambush in the Lower Falls.

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Mrs Irene Musto, has informed Keith Kinsey of the sad passing of her husband Les who died as a result of cancer on the 12th of February 2021. Les served some fifteen years with 1 Glosters during which time the ever popular Les made many friends and will be much missed. Our thoughts are with Irene and the family at this sad time

 

The Royal Berkshire Regiment

Charles Anthony Skidmore (Tony) passed away on the 8 December 2020 from Covid.

His Cremation Service was held on 8 January 2021.

Tony was commissioned into the Royal Berkshire Regiment on 11 November 1955 on a Short Service Regular Commission.

He was on parade at the Presentation of New Colours to The Royal Berkshire Regiment by Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor on 21 July 1956.

He subsequently served with the 1st Battalion in Cyprus on an operational tour during the EOKA campaign. He left the Army in December 1960.

 

The Wiltshire Regiment

On 8 February 2021Reginald Charles Collins passed away peacefully at Salisbury General Hospital. Reginald was a long standing service veteran and resident of Longbridge Deverill. During the Second World War he served in the 4th Wiltshire Regiment part of 129 Brigade in the 43rd Division. He was in constant action post D Day and as such played a significant part in the relief of France from the yoke of Nazi Germany. In recognition of his military engagement and steadfast involvement in the liberation of France , the President of France President Macron, by decree of 27th July 2020 , appointed Reginald in the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Legion d'Honeur.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire & Wiltshire)

Alan Thackeray on 19 January, less than 24hours after being discharge from hospital.

No details are known with regards to services but in the meantime our condolences to his wife Lynn and their young daughter Poppy,

 

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Jan 23

The Death of Alan Thackeray - DERR

 

We learnt today of the passing of Alan Thackeray on 19 January, less than 24hours after being discharge from hospital. No details are known with regards to services but in the meantime our condolences to his wife Lynn and their young daughter Poppy,

 

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Jan 23

The Death of Charles Skidmore - RBerks

 

Charles Anthony Skidmore (Tony) passed away on the 8 December 2020 from Covid. His Cremation Service was held on 8 January 2021. Tony was commissioned into the Royal Berkshire Regiment on 11 November 1955 on a Short Service Regular Commission. He was on parade at the Presentation of New Colours to The Royal Berkshire Regiment by Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor on 21 July 1956. He subsequently served with the 1st Battalion in Cyprus on an operational tour during the EOKA campaign. He left the Army in December 1960.

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