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Aug 27

Update Cenotaph 2020

Update Cenotaph 2020

For those of you who have registered an interest in participating in the 2020 Cenotaph Parade I have received the following information to a question I put before the RBL team regarding the security screening process.

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Aug 25

The Death of WO1 (RSM) David Porter DERR

David Porter died suddenly on Saturday 22nd August aged 63. He joined DERR, aged 15, in Sept 72 at Wyvern Bks in Exeter and retired in Spring 1996, having been RSM at ITC Brecon.

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Aug 13

The Death of WO1 (RSM) Michael Chappell BEM, R Hamps, 1 Glosters, 1 Wessex


We have the following sad news:


I am very sad to inform you of the death of my beloved father Michael John William Chappell BEM (22812814), who passed away peacefully in hospital in France on 10 Aug 20, of natural causes at the age of 85. Born to an Army family in Aldershot on 14 Sep 1934 he enlisted initially into the Royal Hampshires on 1 July 1952 and saw service with them in the BAOR and then Malaya between 1953 and 1955. He left the Army for a few weeks in 1955, but rejoined and remustered into the Glosters on 15 August 1955 seeing service in the UK, Cyprus, BAOR, Swaziland, Berlin and Northern Ireland. His last tour was as RSM of 1 Wessex. Mike held the GSM with Clasps Malaya and Cyprus and the CSM62 with Clasps Cyprus 63-64 and Northern Ireland. He was awarded the BEM (civil) in 2014 for Service to British Military History as an Illustrator and Author having illustrated and written over 100 books. This was his second career when he left the Army and he loved being able to combine his two great passions in life, the Army and illustrating.

He was immensely proud of his service in the Infantry and in the Glosters, particularly his last active service tours in NI in 69 and 70 and like all old soldiers loved to talk about his time as a soldier. I remember the regimental family fondly and the good times we had with tours like Berlin as young children. Bucking the Army trend I opted for a career in the RAF and am still serving on FTRS. My brother initially joined the TA (10 Para) then emigrated to the US where he became an SNCO in the US National Guard full time, retiring last year. We both caught the military bug from time spent hanging around Dad and the Army.

We will miss him greatly. Luckily he was in relatively good health until the last few months of his life and had enjoyed living in the sun in southern France for the past 16 years. He will be cremated in Carcassone on 14 Aug and we intend to scatter his ashes in France at a later date when my Brother and his family can get over from the US when CV19 has ended.

Kind regards


Wing Commander J Chappell MBE AE VR

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Jul 27

The Death of Jim Penny DERR


Sadly we have to report that Jim Penny, who for several months has been bravely battling against Stage 4 Prostate cancer passed away in July 2020.Jim, who was living in Westbury, served with 1 DERR in the 1980's to 1990's serving in Aldergrove, Hong Kong to name just few postings. He was a well respected individual who will sadly be missed by his contemporaries. His funeral was held on Thursday 23 July at Semington Crematorium. Our condolences and sympathies to his family

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May 7



Beverley Hilton, the younger daughter of Ron and Eileen Coleman, has recently confirmed that the funeral of Ronald Ernest Coleman will take place at 2.30 pm on Thursday 21st May.

Those wishing to participate through a ‘video stream’ are most welcome to contact Beverley Hilton direct (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - note there is an underscore between Beverley and Hilton).

Nearer the time Beverley will send out details to those who have expressed an interest on how to log in to the service. In the meantime both Beverley and her mother Eileen are extremely grateful for the ‘lovely messages of support’ that have been received.

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