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FRECKLETON, John

I was his son. Throughout my life he always spoke with genuine affection about his time with the Signals. He was there in the 1950s and was very proud of being a Signalman. His morse code training never left him. In our house, we would laugh at his party piece of translating morse code during war movies. Sometimes it was a bit quick, in which case he'd claim that it didn't make sense and was made up! Most of the time he got it though.

God bless you Dad; gone but never forgotten. xx


From Philip Freckleton 20/08/19                   Email: Philip Freckleton

WHITE, Peter John Frederick (Maj. Retd.)

Major Peter John Frederick White (retired) passed away on Sunday 4th August 2019.

He was a member of Royal Signals from 1953 - 1983 including postings to Singapore, Germany, London and Catterick. After leaving the Corps he became headmaster of Bury's Court School from 1983 - 2013.

Sadly missed by his wife Kathleen White and family. Funeral to be St. Bartholomew's Church, Leigh, Surrey on 22nd August 2.30pm.


From Jacqueline Liebling 09/08/19                   Email: Jacqueline Liebling

WATHEN, Bob 'Taff'

Bob 'Taff' Wathen joined the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Signals, Denbury Camp, Newton Abbot, South Devon on the 12th Jun 1961. After basic training he was awarded Best Recruit, joined Kukri Troop and graduated on 30th July 1963 as a Junior Sergeant. He was then posted to 8 Signal Regiment, Catterick to train as Lineman and was so successful that he remained there to complete his BII straight after his BIII.

Taff was posted to 7 Sig Regt in Herford, Germany and quickly promoted to full corporal. Following this he was posted to 19 Sig Regt, Singapore and detached to RAF Gan. At some point he trained as a Tele Mech (not sure when), then later he was posted to the UN in Cyprus as a sergeant.

He was then posted to Gibraltar where he met is late wife Jenny, a WRAC sergeant. They were married in Gibraltar and he was later posted to 21 Sig Regt, RAF Laarbruch Germany, and later to 28 Sig Regt, St Tonis near Krefeld Germany. On passing his Staff Sergeants course at Catterick he was sent to the Army Apprentice College, Harrogate to assist with weapon training instruction for the junior soldiers.

Bob would clearly have been a full career soldier, however the MOD in their wisdom started redundancies for senior ranks and officers. Bob received 'the brown envelope' and took up a civilian career with British Telecom.

If you knew Bob and wish to leave a message for Bob's nearest and dearest please get in touch on the link below.


From Steve Wright 22/07/19                   Email: Steve Wright

McGIBBON, Alan 'Mac'

Sadly Mac passed away on the 12th June 2019 whilst away on a EOD civilian contract leaving behind his loving wife Denise and two girls Courtney and Iona. His funeral was held in Leslie, Scotland and was well represented by the Corp (rtd).

He was the best mate, solider and colleague that you could ever want to have.

He will be forever missed but he will never be forgotten.


From John Crowe MBE 10/07/19                   Email: John Crowe

MERRICK, Barry

My dad served in the Royal Signals for 22 years from 1963 to 1985. He was a sergeant for the last ten years of his service.

He enlisted at Liverpool and did his training at Catterick Camp, North Yorkshire. His postings were BAOR, Cyprus, Malta, Berlin, The Netherlands and Blandford.

Dad spent his career in office management and progressed to Chief Clerk.

My dad passed away on 20th June 2019 and I am heart broken. I looked up to this man all my life. He was my dad and my friend and I will truly miss him.

Love you always. Paula xx


From Paula Marsh 25/06/19                   Email: Paula Marsh

LUMB, Peter

Peter Raymond Lumb, 70, of Pownal, USA died on November 5th 2018 from complications due to blood cancer.

Peter was born in Bury, England, and after schooling joined the British Army in the Royal Corps of Signals. He met his American military wife Bonnie while stationed at S.H.A.P.E. in Europe.

Peter's military career spanned 22 years and brought him and his family to Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and England.


From Sid Parkin 29/05/19                   Email: Sid Parkin

DIBDEN, Gordon

Loving husband of Ilsemarie, beloved father of Ralph (dec) and Martin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 8th May 2019 at Clayton Church Homes, Magill, South Australia.


From Martin Dibden 11/05/19                   Email: Martin Dibden

LEWIS, Geoff (Taff)

Geoff (Taff) Lewis sadly passed away this month.

A friend and fellow footballer from 21 Signal Regiment, RAF Wildenrath 1975-78.


From Geoff Clay 22/04/19                   Email: Geoff Clay

CHAPMAN, Les

Les served in the Royal Signals as a Tele Mech before entering civilian life as a Project Manager (sorry I do not have exact dates). He passed away on the 6th April 2019 with complications due to Motor Neurone Disease. He leaves behind Pam, his wife, and 5 children: Natasha, Daniel, Jake, Ross and Zak.

Les served in Blandford, Catterick and Cyprus (amongst others places) and also worked in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi, Belgium (as a civilian).

His funeral will take place on 26th April 2019 at Surfleet Crematorium, Lincolnshire at 10am. If you knew Les and would like to pay your respects, despite the years, then please do come along and help us celebrate a life that was taken from us at such a young age of 54.

I hope that this get through to some ex-colleagues

Jacque (his sister)


From Jacque 15/04/19                   Email: Jacque

PHILLIPS, Brenda

In memory of my mother Brenda Phillips who passed away on 20/08/2018

Miss Phillips was stationed in Western Command, Chester and also in The Cabinet Rooms in Whitehall.


From John 21/03/19                   Email: John

THOMAS, W.G (Bill)

Bill sadly passed away on 21st December 2018. He was an old soldier of the old school.

He retired as a SSgt (SQMS). He was an ex-Wireless Op and a D-Day veteran who took part in Operation Market Garden. We served together in 33 Sig Regt (V) from 1970 to 1972 and remained true friends until the end.

Sadly missed by his family and friends.


From Len Jeffrey 13/03/19                   Email: Len Jeffrey

CLANCY, Kevin Michael

18/09/1948 - 16/10/2012

RIP


From Mark Clancy 07/03/19                   Email: Mark Clancy

MAGNER, Herbert

Bert slipped away peacefully on 15th February 2019.


From Cliff Magner 05/03/19                   Email: Cliff Magner

BANKS, Gordon

National Serviceman in the Corps in the 1950s - and sometime English goalkeeper!

Rest in peace, Gordon. Certa Cito!


From Mike Graham 13/02/19                   Email: Mike Graham

McINTYRE, Bill (Paddy)

Died at home in Kyrenia, 3rd February 2019. With deepest sympathy to Jacqueline.


From Mike Graham 13/02/19                   Email: Mike Graham

MIFSUD, Tony

A greatfriend, ex S/Sgt Tony Mifsud of 234 Signal Squadron, Malta, passed away on 26/01/2019. A true gentleman and always an honour to meet up with him over the years.


From Ray Cripps 27/01/19                   Email: Ray Cripps