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HARPER Christopher (Chris)

Born Christopher Harper February 22, 1946.

CHRISTOPHER HARPER Age 61, passed away Friday, December 14, 2007 at his home in Houston surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna; his son, Mark Harper; his daughters Jeanette Harper and Carrie Bourgeois; his much loved grandson Ian Christopher Harper; his brothers Peter and Gordon Harper; and his sisters Pat Barker, Susan Harper, and Fay Smith.
Chris was born February 22, 1946 in Filey, North Yorkshire, England. He lived in Filey until the age of 17, at which age he enlisted in Royal Signals. After 15 years, having attained the rank of Sergeant, Chris was discharged with Exemplary Military Conduct, and moved to the United Sates. After a very brief time working for Royal Business Machines, Chris spent the rest of his working life with National Cash Register Co. (NCR) as a Field Engineer. Cancer forced his retirement,

LAING Douglas "Dougie".

Born Douglas Gray Laing on the 30th March 1956.

Dougie joined the Royal Signals in 1972 as an apprentice tradesman.
He served for 18 years as a Radio Relay Technician (now known as a Systems Technician) leaving in 1990 as a S/Sgt with his final posting as a member of the Tempest Team.
He passed away whilst working on a GSM rollout project in Jakarta Indonesia on the 16th March 2007 from a heart attack whilst sleeping.
Dougie was a typical Scotsman with a dry sense of humour a deep love for his football team, Glasgow Rangers.
He is sadly missed by all who knew him especially his Third wife Elie who was with him when he passed away. He is much loved and missed by his family in Kirkcaldly and his two daughters Kirsty the older daughter and Sarah the younger daughter.

BENSON L/Cpl. Alan

23746804 Alan Benson served in the Corps from 22/2/1960 to 22/2/1969, as an Electrician Driver.

Alan passed away on 20th October 2007

TAYLOR Stephen Colin

Steve was born on 10th May 1955, and died on the morning of Sunday 23rd September 2007.
He had had heart surgery but suffered a stroke after the operation, and he passed away without regaining consciousness in Northampton General Hospital.

Steves service number was 23877918


23877918 Dick Emmings I have just been informed that Dick passed away around 4 Years ago.

HOWIE Mick S/Sgt.

Sadly on Monday 30/04/07 His last posting was EL Troop AAC Harrogate 1986/1987. He left the service in 1987
Taken by a heart attack from which he sadly never recovered
He was working as an LGV driver for a local skip firm which he had done for the past 10 years at least. He was divorced and had a grown up daughter living in Cornwall

MCGARRY Vincent George S/Sgt.

Vince was born on the 24-12-1943 in Glassgow, And died in Homerton Hospital London on The 24-01-2007. His funeral took place on the 26th of April 2007. Vince was a very well liked man, who had no known family. Tributes to Vince and a brief history of his military service can be read here
It has since come to light that Vince did have family.
He had 4 half sisters, Margaret, Nesta and Ann, these 3 then found that there was another sister Christine.
Imagine the shock of finding out that you had a half brother and sisters.
It is guessed that Vince would have been as pleased as punch to have met up with his family.

BARHAM Reginald

He was the only Englishman in the Welsh Division of the Royal Signals. He was a Lineman/Driver and towards the end of the war was in Germany when an American shell dropped. He was the only survivor and crawled 2 miles on his stomach behind enemy lines ending up in a pigsty where he rested until he was rescued. He spent 2 years in hospital and had 6 operations on his legs. He was never expected to walk again but by sheer determination and perseverance he not only walked again but got to play tennis and dance both of which he did very well. He passed away mid January 2007 aged 83.


He did his National Service with the Royal Corps of Signals. He was stationed in Dusseldorf and served as an OWL (Operator Wireless and Line). He passed away mid January 2007 aged 72.

L/Cpl. Kinnon Arrigo (Ragi)

L/Cpl. Kinnon Arrigo Ragni of 14th Signal Regiment. He was "MURDERED" outside Minnies Nightclub in Haverford West on the West coast of Wales on Thursday 23rd November 2006.

He served as a Driver Electrician Class 1 and was extremely proud to be one! His 1st working unit was 1st (UK) ADSR and he worked in 212 Gene Bay. He also served at 280th (UK) Signal Squadron

He was 14th Signal Regiment at the time of his death. He had served tours of Iraq and had recently volunteered to go again. He was on his leaving drinks DO!! On the night of his death and was due to start a new post at RAF DIGBY. A very easy going true friend that will be sorely missed. He was a great mix of half Scottish and half Italian with a strong Scottish Accent.

Macmillan Bob (MAC)

Bob Macmillan (MAC)24248x70, from Glenrothes, Fife, served 1971 -1977 and died on 31 August 2006 after a very long illness, culminating in liver disease, oral cancer, osteoporosis and type 1 diabetes.

He suffered dreadfully, was in constant and relentless pain, so his death was a welcome release to him and to me, who hated to see someone who had been so strong, positive and active being reduced to what he became. Much of his suffering could have been attributable to PTSD which he wouldn't talk about, or did he receive any treatment for it; he suffered alone and was almost friendless in the last years of his life.

As his second wife, I didn't know Bob when he was in the army, so I know very little about his army service. I'd love to hear from any one who could let me know about anything he did or achieved while serving. I know he was shot when in Ireland and that he was a para?

The only story I know was an incident with an Arctic Fox in Germany!


To let you know that David passed away very suddenly Friday 13th May 2006 We came home after having a fantastic holiday in Cyprus on the 7th of May.

David was at work on the 9th, went into hospital on the 11th and suffered a brain hemorrhage in the early hours of Friday morning

Quote from his wife's e-mail to Ted Hebden

DAVIES Staff Sergeant Anthony Glenn

Staff Sergeant Anthony Glenn Davies Born 7th may 1949 Sadly passed away unexpected on May 9th 2006 of a heart attack.

Boys Service Harrogate. 1965-1967

Served The Royal Signals 1967-1989 (various postings, Dortmund, Belize, NI.)

Survived by his proud and loving wife, Pam, Son Chris, Daughters Nicola and Phillipa and daughter-in-law, Anne.

BAKER Brummie

Corporal Brummie' Baker, who died on 6th February 2004. He was serving with 256th Signal Squadron, 30th Signal Regiment.

He had completed approximately 14 years service and had a long term partner called Michelle. He was involved in a military road traffic accident in the Catterick area.

He was a Driver Lineman, but re-traded to Driver Electrician about 4 years ago. He had just returned from the Gulf, and had previously completed tours of Northern Ireland and the Gulf back in 1990.


This will come as a terrible shock to you but Mike Middlecoate passed away suddenly during the night of February 10th/11th. 2004. I was Mike’s Boss & dear friend for the last 20 years & I am still shaken by this tragic loss


It is my sad duty to inform you all that Geordie Middlemas has passed away. Ed Weekley


It is with deep regret That we have to inform you of the death of Alex Sharman A member of the East London Branch of the RSA Alex passed on in August 2004

WILLIAMS George J (1930-2004)

George Williams became ill with cancer and has recently died. He served in the Royal Signals for 22 years. (1950-1972)


Dave Hogben ex RSM of The School of Signals died on 22 November 2004 aged 52 after a long battle with cancer.

Dave also served with 16 Sig. Regt. 260 Sig. Sqn. 4 Div. Sig. Regt, and also in N. Ireland , Falklands, Colchester and Ouston.

Dave leaves a widow Marion and son Lee


Len Owen Died on Tuesday the 2nd of November 2004 from a g heart attack. Len was a member of the East London Branch Of the RSA.

Len Leaves behind his wife 2 children and 7 grandchildren


John Fusco Served in the Corps from 01-10-1942 to 26-04-1946. He served in the 8th Army in Africa & Italy.

He was born 15 March 1923 and died 15 February 1985


WAR HERO DIES IN FALL Jan 25 2005 A WAR hero who rescued wounded comrades under fire has died after a fall.

Tom Mackenzie was also a former Deputy Provost of Inverness and had been awarded the OBE in 1985.

The 91-year-old was awarded the Military Cross while serving with the Royal Corps of Signals in North Africa during the World War II.

Known as 'Mr. Inverness', Mr. Mackenzie died in the city's Raigmore Hospital after falling down stairs at his home in Druid Road. He had been suffering from cancer for eight months. He leaves a widow, Margaret, a daughter and a grandson.

JONES Lance Corporal Steven

Acting L/Cpl Steven Jones was on a plane (Hercules) when it crashed 25 miles (40km) northwest of Baghdad on Sunday 30th January 2005

MOORE George

George Moore and during his army days he was known as "Titch" by his mates. His DOB was 27th October 1925 and he died on 10th December 2004. He first served with the Inniskillin Fusiliers while he did his training and was then transferred to the Cameroonians (Scottish Rifles). I believe he was transferred to the Royal Signals after being wounded a second time and was then demobbed possibly


It is with regret that we have to report the untimley death of Bob Frew who passed away on the 4th December 2004. Bob served the Corps for 22 years and was living in Bruggen. Bob was born on the 26th Sept 1949.. And had just received his Pension..


The death of Phil Searle. Unfortunately we don't know a great deal about this sad occasion as the details became a little mixed up..

If you have any information please pass it to Brian S site owner. Thank you.


It is with regret we announce the death of Bert Eaton on Tuesday the 15th March 2005

PARK Gordon

It is with regret we announce the death of Gordon Park on Monday the 11th April 2005.


Charlie Morton Passed away in 2002. His son decide he wanted to have a tribute to his father see it here.


Andy had taken his life on Tuesday 10th May 2005 at approx. 15:00hrs. He apparently left his parents house, possibly to go for a walk. His family reported him missing later that day to the police. It wasn't until Wednesday noon, that the police informed the family that Jacko's body had been found by the side of a train track. It appears he threw himself in front of an on coming train near a path next to the canal in his home town Thorne.

Jacko as you may know served at 16 Sigs from 1984 -1990, and was a well loved guy in the Regt. He did keep in touch with many guys, but I fear in recent months, due to his depression he gave up hope and didn't speak to those friends who would of steered him in the right direction.

He leaves two sons, aged 18 & 15. And his Wife Tina

Death of Michael Waldron

It is with regret that I announce the death of an ex Royal Signals member Lcpl Michael Waldron, He died suddenly in Germany on the 15th April where he moved to 20 years ago.

Richard David Lyon Guestbook entry on 18-05-2005 11:54:04

DYER Geoff (1920-2003) Major Rtd

Died on 8th May, 2003

He Served 1941-1967 .. (RA 1941-1961 & Royal Signals 1961-1967) A Member of the East London Branch RSA 1967-2003 (Posts include, Treasurer, Chairman and President)

See Obituary

MORRIS Lance Corporal Paul

- DOB 16.12.1966 Born BMH Iserlohn. Boy soldier 1982. serving at 1 Squadron 14 Signal Regiment (EW) returning from exercise on 10 Nov 1988 at km stone 5 Soest the landrover he was in skidded off the road in very wet conditions. Driver took a bend too fast and the vehicle left the road and landed in a ditch on its side. The driver got out but the landrover then blew up with my son in it.

BRIERLEY Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley (1975 - 2003)

It was with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence recently confirmed the death of Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, from 1(UK) Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment, Herford, who died in a road traffic accident on 30 March 2003 in Kuwait as part of the Preparations for Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley from Batley, West Yorkshire died from head injuries after his Land Rover was involved in a road accident in Kuwait on Sunday. He had been in the army for 10 years and served with the 212 Signals Squadron based at BFPO 15, Herford in Germany.

His body was Flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire onboard a C-17 cargo aircraft on Tuesday afternoon, 8th of April, landing at 1200 BST. His body was on a flight carrying the bodies of a further 10 servicemen all killed recently in the Middle-east. All 11 UK servicemen were honoured in a ceremony as they were flown home. Family and friends of the servicemen gathered at the base for the repatriation ceremony attended by Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram, The Duke of Gloucester and senior officers.


Capt JAMES ACTON (1975 - 2003) of 7 Signal Regiment age 27 Died in kayak accident in New Zealand. Saturday 22nd of February 2003

SAILOSI SOQO, also known to all as SID SOQO

Sid Soqo Passed away on Thursday, 26th of March 2003

BACKHOUSE Harold Albert Fredrick aka Fred ( 1914- 2000)>

Fred passed away on the 1st January 2000. He served the Corps in many guises for 36 Years and was a member of the East London Branch RSA

See Obituary


He was knocked down by a careless driver whilst training on a Wednesday afternoon, sports afternoon, he cycled for a few clubs and was a part of the Army veteran cycling team.
George died from head injuries sustained that afternoon, he died on the 5th of June 2001.
George was commissioned into the corps in 1977. He was a dedicated officer and a much loved husband and father. George was a committed Christian and is much missed by his 8 children and Linda his wife.

Came on this site for the first time in a while. Was shocked to discover that George Whyman had been killed in an accident. The posting did not say when, so apologies if this is very late in coming.

George Whyman was my OC squadron in York and was without doubt one of the nicest guys I ever met in his post. I am shocked and saddened by the death of decent guy with a great common sense, practical and professional approach to command


I am very sad today after reading about what happen to George. Very sad. I feel the need to put these words because so many guys knew George who maybe will not know what happened. Everyone thought highly of George. I knew George when he came to Verden, 1 Div, in late 1977 and we met up again at Newcastle. I worked with him many times he was so helpful, my heart goes out to Linda his wife and children, so sorry to her. I remember meeting Linda always together with George. Happy. So sad. God Bless all.

From: David Higson 18/03/2011

JAKINS Staff Sergent Roy

Aged 55 Died of a heart attack Xmas 2000. Ex 30 Signal Regiment and 254 Signal Squadron in (NICOSIA UNFICYP).


Aged 46, died of a heart attack whilst working for BT. Ex Radio Relay Tech, at 254 Signal Squadron.


At the time he was serving with 19 Mech Bde Sig Sqn when it moved to Catterick. He died from carbon monoxide poisoning on Salisbury Plain when he was the Radio Relay DC.

FOSTER John (Ex Instructor Blandford)

I just thought I would let you know about a good friend of mine who died last week of throat cancer in New Zealand. His name was John Foster and he was a siggies instructor at Blandford Forum during the seventies. If anyone wants more info they can contact me. Regards from Bob Smit (ex matelot)

EDWARDS Lionel "Taff"

I have just been informed of the death of Lionel "Taff" Edwards, who served 22 years in the Corps, in Cyprus, 261 SIGs Sqn, Germany, 7 SIGs& 21 SIGs among other postings. Always a signalman, sorry once promoted and demoted on same standing orders, liked a drink or 6 , Taff was a character of the old school, he will be surely missed at reunions, rest in peace.


I just thought I would let you know about a good friend of mine who died of throat cancer in New Zealand. I am an ex REME man from way back,

One of the many good friends I made during my service was L/CPL Mick Amos, [ R SIGs ] Sadly I have to report that he passed away early this year of cancer,(2000) he took his illness well and remained the "same old Mick" till the end, he left a loving wife and two young children.

Mick had built himself a very good life here in Alberta, we miss him. . . .Ian McLaren.