Last Post .. we will remember them


Click here if you know of any ex-corps members who have passed away.

Unless you specify otherwise your email address will be included in the entry (in an encrypted format to deter spammers) so that comrades or colleagues can get in touch with you.

BRENNAN, Sean Michael

My dearly, beloved most precious husband, Sean Michael Brennan, was tragically taken from me today. He is my world and I can't imagine life without him. He fought for his country and I am the proudest wife on earth. Love you O'Toole. I'm with you always, xxxxxxxxx

Sean was with 28 Signal Regiment. He joined when he was 16 and left 12 yrs later. I have had a lot of old army friends of Sean contact me which has been wonderful. I'm so so lost without Sean. Life's so cruel but then God only takes the best first.

From Loraine Brennan 14/12/15                   Email: Loraine Brennan


Ex Sgt R Signals 1950-1975. Ex 2 ASSU, 7 Med Wrls Tp Singapore, 11 Bde Sigs Minden, 3 Div HQ and Sig Regt Bulford and others.

I knew Clive since Singapore 1954. On the air his morse was second to none - music to anyone's ears. Out of a crowded airwave his morse had his name written all over it, it was unmistakeable.

Passed away at Catterick, December 2013

From Dave Hicks 14/11/15                   Email: Dave Hicks

DODSWORTH, Anthony Trevor

My father passed away suddenly. He was a operator keyboards wireless in the War Office in London in the early 1950's. 17/08/31 - 29/09/2015.

From Annette Caden 10/11/15                   Email: Annette Caden


Dave passed away on 24th October 2015 after a long fight with cancer.

Dave and I joined up on the same day in 1962 at ACIO Bournemouth. He was my best man in 1977 and I valued his advice and friendship.

All his colleagues and friends from Harrogate intake 63A will miss his dry sense of humour and presence at our reunions.

RIP old mate

From Andy Hunt 09/11/15                   Email: Andy Hunt

SNUGGS, Mervyn

Mervyn served in 1 Sqn, 21 Signal Regiment, RAF Wildenrath from 1962 to 1964

He passed away peacefully at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Friday 23rd October 2015 aged 72 years. Dearly loved husband to Sandra, loving dad to Wayne and Dean. Adored Grampy to Jayce, Paige, Dexter and Ella.

The funeral service will take place at Cheltenham Crematorium South Chapel on Thursday 12th November 2015 at 12.00. All flowers welcome, these may be sent c/o B Sweet & Sons Funeral Directors 12a Oldbury Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5LZ 01684 293180

From Alec Woodward 30/10/15                   Email: Alec Woodward

STRANGE, Maj. Bernard

I served with Bernie in Singapore, 19 Signal Regt, when he was a Captain and I was a very new Foreman. He had been commissioned from the rank of Sgt so he knew the ropes. He was a great OC.

He was a great organiser but he will chiefly be remembered, I am sure, because of the work he did when introducing television to BFBS. He attended our reunions every year and we had our own little clique of Seletar Troop personnel. I know I speak for all our 19 Signal Regt friends when I say he will be truly missed. RIP Bernie. We all loved you.

From John Hill 23/10/15                   Email: John Hill

GOVEY, Frederick

My dad died recently aged 90. He was rather guarded when it came to his war years but we did know that he was part of Phantom, went beyond enemy lines, took part in the liberation of Belsen and had the "best adventures of his life" - his words! I want to know more, please. He lived life to the full, he always looked forward, the past was the past. But I want to know what I can so I can tell my children and my grandchildren. Lest we forget

From Catherine Govey 15/10/15                   Email: Catherine Govey

KING, Anthony Stephen

My brother passed away suddenly on 27th September 2015 aged 50. He was in 21 Signal Regiment (passing out parade 1985). Anyone who knew him or would like to know about his funeral please get in touch.

From Vanessa Barrow 05/10/15                   Email: Vanessa Barrow

WILSON, R.B. (Rob)

Rob passed away on the 18th of September 2015 in Sydney Australia. The big C claimed another ex-Denbury boy (G Tp).

R.I.P. Rob: you will be sorely missed.

From Cliff Cunliffe 01/10/15                   Email: Cliff Cunliffe

ROBINSON, Joseph William (Joe)

Joseph was a much loved husband, father and grandfather who died suddenly on 03/09/15. His funeral service will be held on 10th September 2015 11.00am at Wear Valley Crematorium DL14 8NR.

Better known as Joe he will be deeply missed and his family welcome all friends to attend and say their final goodbyes.

Joe spoke very fondly of his service years in The Royal Corps of Signals and his family were very proud of him. He will be missed but never forgotten.

From Sharon Hudson 07/09/15                   Email: Sharon Hudson

WOOD, Arthur Gerald Isles (Gerry)

Gerry Wood passed away aged 84 on Sunday 30 August 2015 in Hull Royal Infirmary following a brief illness.

Born in Leeds on 14 September 1930, he attended Pocklington School between 1939-1949.

He served in the Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant during the early 1950s

Gerry was a former Captain of Headingley and Harrogate Rugby Club, representing Yorkshire, the Corps, the Army, Combined Services and North of England, playing against the All Blacks in 1954 as well as France. Gerry played for and was a passionate supporter of Pocklington rugby club.Gerry also played cricket for Pocklington CC, Pocklington Pixies and Woodhouse Grange.

He was a much loved husband to Margaret, who predeceased him in 2009, brother to David and Liz, father to Julie, David, Rachael and Ruth, Grandpa to Marcus, Victoria, Joshua, Ben, Charlie, Lewis, Lizzie, Nick and Rebecca and Great Grandpa to Eva-Mae.

The funeral service and cremation is to be held on Friday 11 September 2015 at East Riding Crematorium, Octon Cross Road, Driffield, East Yorkshire YO25 3BL, starting at 11:00 am. All welcome.

Rather than flowers, please make donations to Alzheimer's Research on the day or via the JustGiving page:.

For further enquiries please contact:
Maurice Sharp, Funeral Directors
27A New Street Pocklington
North Yorkshire
YO42 2QA
01759 302205

2nd Lt Gerry Woods

From Kate Wood 05/09/15                   Email: Kate Wood

TROUVE, Paul Antoine

Paul died suddenly but peacefully on 17th June after a long illness, bravely fought, against cancer. Several years ago he had a lung removed, but the cancer returned.

Paul and I joined the Boys Army on the same day in April 1960 and our first posting was 9 Sig Regt, Cyprus. I didn't meet him again until last year and I was amazed at his 'one day at a time' attitude towards his illness.

RIP mate

From Bill Burnham 20/08/15                   Email: Bill Burnham

HAMILTON, Richard (Dick)

Sad to report the sudden death on 1st August of Dick Hamilton who suffered a fatal heart attack whilst walking with his wife June on Shetland.

Dick served in the Corps from 1963 to 1994, having risen through the ranks from Signalman to Major. He will be sorely missed by all his friends and colleagues throughout the Corps.

Our thoughts and prayers are with June, Sarah and family at this difficult time.

Major (Retired) Richard Adam Hamilton, R Signals

Dick was born in Edinburgh in 1946. As a boy he was an active member of the 61st (Musselburgh) Company of The Boys' Brigade, where he achieved Sgt's rank and was awarded The Queen's Badge.

On leaving school Dick worked briefly in a bank prior to enlistment in the Royal Corps of Signals in 1963. He trained initially as a Radio Operator at Catterick Camp, North Yorkshire. Over the next 22 years Dick soldiered throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Without doubt the happiest and most fulfilling years of his military service were those spent with 216 Para Sig Sqn, based in Aldershot.

It was there in 1970 that Dick met June Morgan, then a Cpl in the WRAC. June and Dick were married in 1972 and further blessed with a daughter, Sarah, in 1976. As a family they served in Aldershot, Verden (Germany), Cupar (Fife), Soest (Germany), St Tonis (Germany), Virkie (Shetland), Aldershot, Chester and Harrogate.

The pinnacle of Dick's career as a soldier came in 1982 when he was appointed RSM of 28 Signal Regiment in Germany. In 1984 there followed a second tour as RSM with NATO FSS in Shetland. He was subsequently commissioned in 1986 to serve as Families Officer for 5 AB Bde HQ & Sig Sqn in Aldershot.

Further posts in the UK saw him promoted Major in 1992. Dick finally retired from the Army in 1994 having completed 30 years of Exemplary Regular Service. He was a recipient of the GSM with clasp N. Ireland and the LS&GC Medal.

In 1993 Dick and June returned to Shetland where they settled in Sandwick. In the years that followed, Dick worked at a number of jobs including Shetland ACF and the British Red Cross in Lerwick until he retired in 2011. His voluntary work included Chairman/Caseworker for SSAFA-FH in Shetland and Team Leader of a Red Cross ER First Aid Team. He was a member of The Royal British Legion (Weston-on-the-Green Branch), The Royal British Legion Scotland (Lerwick Branch) and the Airborne Signals Old Comrades Association. He was also Secretary for the Shetland Branch of the Royal Signals Association.

In retirement Dick & June maintained their large garden, took pleasure in walking and visiting family and friends throughout the UK, Spain, and Canada.

A real gentleman and lovely guy who will be painfully missed by all who knew him. RIP Dick

From Jimmy Campbell 02/08/15                   Email: Jimmy Campbell


Very sad to report the sudden death of Maj (QM) (Retd) John Kirkman, who was killed in a road traffic accident yesterday, 30/07/15, in Yorkshire. John was riding his Triumph m/c, when a vehicle turned into his path without warning. The driver of the vehicle has allegedly admitted fault, which witnesses have also agreed. John was pronounced dead at the scene.

John Kirkman served in the Corps from c.1962 at AAC Harrogate, where he was Boy RSM for his term. He served with 3 Div in Bulford, and 264 Sig Sqn, before moving to BAOR, where he was a Sgt in Detmold, a SSM in 1 Div, Verden, and the RSM 3 Div, Soest, 1979-82. He was commissioned in 1982, eventually becoming Maj (QM) for 5 AB Bde in Aldershot, 1988. John retired from the army in 1989, when he joined an international insurance company with whom he worked for many years. He fully retired in 2012. He was a Volunteer Instructor with the Advanced Institute of Motoring, motor-vehicles and motor-cycles.

John married Diane in the late 1960s. They have a daughter, Joanne, who has given them three Grandchildren, Luke, Charlie, and Olivia.

Old comrades will doubtless send their thoughts and prayers to Diane and the family at this terrible time.

Funeral at 1pm on 13th August 2015, at Stonefall Crematorium, Harrogate, N Yorks.

R.I.P. John Kirkman, a dear friend and comrade of many years.

From Richard Hamilton (deceased) 31/07/15

From Jim McPhee 01/08/15

No flowers please but donations in [John's] memory can be made to

Diane, John's wife, has also intimated that the funeral will be a "non-uniform" event.

I first met Staff Sergeant John Kirkman at 1 Div Signal Regiment Verden in 1971. He was our QS at the time. His sister came over in 1973 to visit and I dated her during her visit. We carried on seeing each other and eventually we married in March 1976.

I got to know John better and found him to be a very warm, funny, and a gentleman. He was always the smartest soldier on any parade and many people looked up at him. He was a good soldier and very genuine. I know the family will be very shocked at his death. I also feel a sad loss for a truly good soldier and a warm and friendly brother-in-law. God Bless you John Kirkman

From Stephen Jones 05/08/15                   Email: Stephen Jones


Passed away last week. RIP mate.

From Alan Fewkes 26/07/15                   Email: Alan Fewkes


Ian passed away very suddenly on October 5th 2009. A loving father and grandfather and life friend of Helane. Served in Singapore and in 28 Sig Regt, Krefeld 1969-71. Missed everyday.

From Helane Calderwood 24/07/15                   Email: Helane Calderwood


24651682 SSgt Gary Welsh passed away on 9 April 2013 in Nuneaton after a short battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Sadly missed by his daughters, family and friends.

From Vicki Kyle 23/07/15                   Email: Vicki Kyle

ROSE, Eric

Eric Rose passed away on 1st July 2015. Eric and I were among the graduates of 2 Troop, 11 Sig Regt, in Sep 1963. He was one of the very few whom I subsequently served with in 216 Para Sig Sqn. My knowledge of his service away from the Airborne is incomplete.

Eric served with distinction in the Corps from 1963 to 1985 in the UK, BAOR, and the Middle East. Originally trained as a Radio Op he became a most reliable and efficient Radio Det Comdr. He ended his career as WO2 (SSM).

He was relentlessly humorous and sarcastic in equal measure, but never in a vindictive way. When Eric took the pi$$, everyone had a laugh! He was also a warm, friendly, and considerate comrade who was a good companion to have whatever the circumstance. Eric was highly thought of by all ranks of the Airborne Brotherhood.

Eric had been ill for a long time, and even when faced with terminal decline he refused to let it get him down. He was funny and indefatigable to the end.

He will be sorely missed by his Airborne comrades, who send their thoughts and prayers to his widow, Jenny, and their family.

R.I.P. Eric Rose, much loved Brother-in-Arms.

From Richard Hamilton 02/07/15                   Email: Richard Hamilton

BUCKMAN, D.W.J. (Danny)

Danny Buckman died on February 23rd 2007. He was born on December 20th 1945. He joined JLR Denbury in May 1961. After 24 Sigs at Catterick he was posted to 22 Sigs, Lippstadt, and then moved with Recce Tp to 7 Sigs, Herford, from where he purchased his discharge.

From Bob Waight 30/06/15                   Email: Bob Waight


My father passed away on 16 December 1994 aged 52. He was a corporal in 234 Signal Squadron stationed in Mtarfa, Malta. I have very nice memories of him in the army. RIP dad.

From Adrian Cipriott 11/06/15                   Email: Adrian Cipriott


Rest in peace my old mate, and thanks for your friendship. I'll always treasure the good times we shared together at 7 Sigs in Herford in the '60s. They didn't grind us down, did they mate? Forever in my thoughts till we meet again Minch. Taff.

From Taff Allen 02/06/15                   Email: Taff Allen

BEVAN, Warren

Warren Bevan died 13 May 2015 aged 94 years in Bourne, Lincolnshire. He served in North Africa and Italy during the Second World War. His amateur radio call sign after the war was G2 ADC.

He is survived by his wife, children, grand children and great grandchildren.

From Philip Bevan 27/05/15                   Email: Philip Bevan


National Serviceman 1959-1961. Basic training in Catterick then 224 Sig Sqn for Spec Op Training. Returned to Catterick and Clerk in 24 Sig Regt to demob

My big brother, and probably one of the reasons I joined the Corps.

Died 16th May 2015. Rest in Peace. I'll miss you.

From Mike Graham 21/05/15                   Email: Mike Graham


I served with Lee in the early 90s at 1 Div in Verden. Unfortunately he was taken from us far too early. I will always remember him for his witty banter.

R.I.P Lee. Stand easy, mate

From Paul Tyrrell 19/05/15                   Email: Paul Tyrrell


My late husband, Peter Cooper, was born on 24 March 1950 in Eastood, Notts.

He began his Royal Signals life in the Jnr Leaders Regt, Denbury Camp in October 1965. I know he served in Germany from 1967 and afterwards in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. He went on to remain a "Reservist" until, in 1980, he joined 28 Sig Regt TA. He remained with them until March 2013.

I know he served with distinction but sadly I know little of his earlier life in the Signals. Peter passed away suddenly on 12 Oct 2013.

RIP Coops: greatly missed, always remembered.

From: Christine Cooper 10/04/15                   Email: Christine Cooper

KELLY, John David

Sadly passed away on the 19th March 2015.

From: Sandra Bamber 01/04/15                   Email: Sandra Bamber

OMAN, Tommy

Funeral arrangements are:
Tuesday 7th April 2015 at 12.45hrs
Whitley Bay Crematorium

R.I.P. Tommy. Remembered by 211 Signal Squadron, Minden, 1963-70

From John Learoyd (Flea) 25/03/15                   Email: John Learoyd (Flea)


Beloved father to Christopher, Michael, Ian and Marie who died in December 2013.

Our father joined the Royal Signals as a Beverley boy. He served in the Corps for all if his 22 years service, which ended in 11 Signal Regiment as a drill instructor.

When he was discharged from the Signals he continued to serve with the Corps with 8 Signal Regiment as a civilian instructor. This included a whole range of subjects, but most of all he instructed on morse code which he loved so much. When 8 Signal Regiment moved to Harrogate he moved with them and continued to instruct there. He left the Corps after many years due to the instructors having to move to Blandford.

One of the best times for him was the annual Signal reunion which he attended most years as he was always looking forward to meeting former Beverley boy soldiers and other friends he had served with.

From Christopher Pritchard 19/03/15                   Email: Christopher Pritchard

RICKARD, William John

Will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 55 years, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John served from 1957 until 1979 and loved his 22 years with the Royal Signals.

From Eileen Rickard 10/03/15                   Email: Eileen Rickard

CAIN, Walter Maxwell (Max)

Max sadly passed away in November 2014 shortly before his 85th birthday. 22013379 Signalman WM Cain was conscripted into the Corps in 1947, served with 7 Armoured Division Signal Regiment and transferred to the Army Reserve 27th May 1950 in the rank of Corporal. Greatly missed by his dear wife, family and friends.

Click here for some photos from Max's time in the Corps.

From Charles Ruston Hebden 04/03/15                   Email: Charles Ruston Hebden

RYAN, M.U. Col

Colonel Ultan Ryan, former OC 216 Para Signal Squadron, died on 28 Feb 2015 in a Warminster Nursing Home. He had been ill for some time. He is being cremated at 16:45hrs on Friday 6th March at the Semington Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. BA14 6HL. The family do NOT plan on holding a Memorial Service.

Col (Matthew) Ultan Ryan was born in 1919, commissioned into the Royal Sigs in 1939, GSO2 (AAD) Sch of Inf 1967-9, OC 216 PARA Sqn 16 PARA Bde and then Comdt Sig Wg Sch of Inf 1972-73, GSO1 (Ops 3 Air) HQ NORTHAG, Comdt Dhekelia Gar 1976-78, and then Comdt AA Coll Harrogate 1978-80.

He was promoted to Col in 1976 and retired in 1981.

From Richard Hamilton 03/03/15                   Email: Richard Hamilton

McCLEAN, Campbell (Jock)

Ex 225 Signal Squadron. Sadly passed on 1st February 2015. Many fond memories of Cam and I as young men together.... RIP old mate.

From Marshall Davey 06/02/15                   Email: Marshall Davey


Roy "Duggie" Dugdale sadly passed away on the 26th January 2015 aged 82. Roy served in the Royal Signals from 1950 to 1955 approx. His first posting was to Catterick Camp and he then served in Germany. His final posting was in Egypt.

Roy died from complications arising from throat cancer and his funeral is scheduled for 16:45 hours at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium on the 13th February 2015. No flowers by request - donations to Cancer Research preferred.

From Kevin Dugdale 05/02/15                   Email: Kevin Dugdale


The death has been announced on 3rd February 2015 of Craig Ballantyne, who served in 28 Sig Regt, 233 Sig Sqn, and several other units in BAOR and the UK from 1974 - 1993. He passed after a long illness, bravely borne.

I knew him as one of my Cpls in 28 Sigs from where I remember him as a funny wee character with a big heart and a cheeky smile. He was also a fine soldier and tradesman.

In his final year he married Rachel. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her, along with our gratitude for loving and caring for him to the end.

R.I.P. Craig Ballantyne, sadly missed and ever remembered. Certa Cito.

From Richard Hamilton 05/02/15                   Email: Richard Hamilton

OWEN, John Vaughan

John sadly passed away on Sunday January 25th 2015.

John was from Port Talbot, South Wales.

From Gillian Rees 30/01/15                   Email: Gillian Rees

FORD, Kevin

A long overdue acknowledgement that Kevin passed away on the 16th October 1996. Kevin was originally an infantryman, claimed into R Sigs by me in 1966(ish). He served as a lineman in Cyprus, Germany and Northern Ireland (2 tours). I'd be glad to hear from any of his old oppos.

From Baz Ford 17/01/15                   Email: Baz Ford

MURPHY, David J.

Sadly Dave passed away in Doha on 5 January 2015.

From Ian Henderson 15/01/15                   Email: Ian Henderson


My Dad sadly passed away on Monday 5th January 2015. He was 79. He lived in Warrington, Cheshire all of his life except during his Army days and when we went to Australia to live many years ago. He is now back with mum whom we lost 17 months ago.

He loved his Army days and we loved his stories. My son has now taken on his role in the Army.

Rest now, Dad. We missed you the minute you left us. xx

From Julie Francis 14/01/15                   Email: Julie Francis

STUBBS, David W.

David died totally unexpectedly on Saturday 10th January 2015.

The funeral is to be at Randall's Road Crematorium, Leatherhead, on Monday 2nd February 2015. No flowers by request - donations to The British Heart Foundation preferred.

From John Stubbs 13/01/15                   Email: John Stubbs

MALONEY, James Barry

Barry, or Moggs as he was known in his early days, joined JLR Denbury in September 1964 and after Boys' Service went to 24 Sig Regt for his TG Op course.

His first posting was to 222 Signal Sqn (Sharjah) where he spent 9 months. He was then posted to 602 Signal Troop (SC) in Gloucester in January 1969 where he did a few detachments overseas. In 1972 he was posted to 264 Sig Sqn in Hereford where he remained for a few years before being posted back to 602 Sig Tp as Troop Sgt.

Barry was a brilliant operator -one of the best 602 had produced - and with his dry sense of humour and wit and his love of Manchester United he was a well-respected member of the Troop.

He completed his 22 years Army service with a TA regiment. He then joined GCHQ where he remained until his retirement in 2013.

Barry had been suffering from throat cancer for a few years but his condition got worse during the last 6 months. Barry was always a private person and carried his illness with dignity, humour and the wit we have all been accustomed to. Barry passed away in St Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough on 9 January 2015.

RIP Barry

From Jim Browne 13/01/15                   Email: Jim Browne