“ Lest We Forget “
Note: This page is not only for FAAA Members who have “Crossed the Bar”, Obituaries for ALL former FAA Personnel will be accepted.
Entries on the FAA Obituaries Page are in Chronological Order from September 2015.
John sadly crossed the bar in Nuneaton over the Christmas Period (2015).
Informant: Mal Gordon email@example.com
Buddy’s funeral will take place at Yeovil Crematorium at 12:00hrs on the 30th December 2015, after at the Royal British Legion Yeovil.
Sadly Tony passed away on the 5th January 2016 at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.
His funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th January 2016 at 9:30am at Basingstoke Crematorium. Manor Farm, Stockbridge Rd, North Waltham, Hampshire RG25 2BA.
Family Flowers only by request but donations to the British Heart Foundation.
Further details available from Veterans Funerals UK firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack served as a Telegraphist Air Gunner in the Fleet Air Arm during in the second world war.
His funeral will take place on Monday 4th April 2016 at 12pm at Slough Crematorium, Stoke Road, Slough Berkshire SL2 5AX.
Informant: Daughter in Law, Mandy Bryant. email@example.com
Wartime Heritage Association Remembers Telegraphist Air Gunner Jack Bryant. Jack trained as a TAG in Course 54A at the Fleet Air Arm's No.1 Naval Air Gunnery School at RCAF Station Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, during the Second World War. WHM Members (440 Productions) had the honour of meeting Jack Bryant at the Telegraphist Air Gunner Association's (TAGA) events and Annual Memorial Weekends in Lee-On-Solent, Hampshire UK in 2004 and 2005. We extend our sincere condolences to Jack Bryant's family and friends. Together We Remember.
His funeral will take place at Ollerton Crematorium on 21st April 2016 at 10am.
He served in the Fleet Air Arm for 22 years as an LEM (Air) serving at HMS Gannet on passing out, then briefly at Boscombe Down before joining HMS Eagle.
His first longer draft ashore was at RNAS Culdrose after getting married to his first wife Sylvia.
He was on 825 NAS with HMS Victorious 1960 to 1962 on its far east commission returning to RNAS Lee-on-Solent.
In 1964 His family flew out to join the Far East Forces in Singapore to the Royal Navy Aircraft Holding Unit at RAF Changi.
Returning to the UK in 1967, for a one year spell at RNAS Portland. He was on the sea trials of RFA Engadine before going to RNAS Culdrose again. His Last squadron was 826, then equipped with Wessex 3's which embarked on HMS Eagle during the deck trials for the Navy’s New Phantoms. This was to be his last sea going draft.
He then returned to Culdrose, he moved to working at the air station's maintenance teams mainly in the aircraft battery facility. In civilian life he worked for Airwork Services in the Arab Emirates supporting their Air Force Hunters.
He spent his retirement years caring for his own parents in Langold, Nottinghamshire, for several years. He had a series of health problems which he endured with remarkable tenacity until the beginning of this year. He was a very intelligent and knowledgeable man. God Bless You.
Informant: His Son Ian firstname.lastname@example.org
He "Crossed the Bar" in Virginia, USA, where he lived post retirement but is to make one last flight home to be buried at St.Thomas the Marty, Winchelsea, East Sussex beside his family.
Informant: Naomi Appleby nee Doust: email@example.com
The Demise of Fleet Chief Petty Officer Harry Butler:
I am a member of the FAAA and have the sad duty to report the demise of shipmate Harry Butler of Cardiff RNA who 'crossed the bar' on 20 April after a long battle with cancer.
Harry served with a number of squadrons in ships which included the old 'Ark' but he will probably be best remembered as Fleet Chief I/C of Air Engineering Workshops aboard HMS Hermes during the Falklands war. Harry was awarded the MBE for his work in the development of the Sea Harrier and received a special commendation from Ferranti for the same achievement. A 'Dour Scot' Harry had a wicked and caustic sense of humour which will be sorely missed at Cardiff RNA gatherings. RIP Shipmate.
Harrys' funeral will take place at Thornhill Cemetery Cardiff at 11:45 on Friday the 13th May. A full RNA muster is anticipated.
Informant: Ransford T Rogers on firstname.lastname@example.org
Ransford T Rogers: I attended Harry’s funeral today (13th May 2016), 3 Standards, a White Ensign, a Piper, a Bugler and 10 RNA Shipmates. RIP Harry you will be missed by many.
Gerry served in the Fleet Air Arm from 1953 to 1980 and then spent a number of years as an MT driver with 40 Commando at Norton Manor until his retirement.
Having lived in Taunton most of his life Gerry spent his later years residing at RBL Dunkirk House, Bishops Lydeard.
Gerry’s funeral will take place at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Friday 3rd June 2016 at 1300.
Informant: Andrew Cottey (Gerry's Nephew) email@example.com
We’ve had a lady phone us about an old Aircraft Handler who has sadly passed away recently.
I don’t know if you have a network that can get this sad message out on but here are some pieces of information we picked up out of the telephone conversation.
His details are:
Petty Officer Aircraft Handler Gordon Nicholson – Known as Geordie Nick
DOB : 08 – 02 – 35
Passed away: 21 – 07 – 16
Served at RNAS Culdrose during the early 80s and many ships in his time. Was 81 when he died.
Funeral will be at Treswithian Downs Crematorium on 01 Aug at 1300
Contact Barbara Nicholson 01736 710934
Geordie served for 22 years in the Aircraft Handlers branch.
Media and Communications Officer
Rest in Peace Shipmate
He left the service in September 1970. His service number was L/FX 895607.
On leaving, he continued to work at Yeovilton, for Airworks, Flight Refuelling etc., until he reached retirement age.
We do not know if he was a member of FAAA.
However, should any of his former colleagues wish to attend his funeral, it is taking place at 12.40 on Friday 5th August (2016) at Yeovilton Crematorium.
The Telegraph Obituaries
Captain Keith Leppard, born July 29 1924, died July 28 2016
ERIC RONALD MAY - TAG - 03 JANUARY 1925
Just to confirm our earlier conversation, my father Eric, passed away earlier this month aged 91.
His funeral will be at 11:45 on Friday 30th September 2016 at the Vinters Park Crematorium, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, followed by a funeral gathering at the nearby Hilton Hotel.
All shipmates would be welcome.
With regard to flowers, immediate family only, however we would like any donations to be made to the Heart of Kent Hospice via Pickard and Beale, 11 Brewer Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1RU.
There is some useful information about Eric on the Wartime Heritage Association website.
Peter J. May
Bill joined the RN Fleet Air Arm in 1955, served on HMS Ark Royal, HMS Centaur and HMS Bulwark ("Proper Aircraft Carriers", his words!) and saw service in Malaysia and Aden.
Yeovilton was his main shore base, where he completed his time with Heron Flight, leaving in 1979.
There will be a private cremation service, followed by a Thanksgiving Service for his Life at 1400 on Thursday 20th October 2016 at :
St Andrews Church
Dorset. DT9 6LG.
Informant: Billy Borland (Son-in-Law).
Ron's Funeral will take place on Thursday the 10th November 2016 at 1430 in The Moray Crematorium
Informant: Andrew McKay (Son)
Keith sadly and suddenly passed away at home in Walton-on-Thames on 26th October 2016. Keith was an ex Fleet Air Arm electrician and was well known around the small ships flight circuit at Portland in the 70`s. His funeral will take place at St. Peter`s Church, Hersham at 12.30 on Friday 18th November. No flowers please, but donations to the Royal British Legion, Poppy Appeal, or UCLH Children's Ward, (his daughter's work place) via Frederick Chitty Funeral Directors, Walton.
Published in the Dorset Echo
Further details to follow………
Informant: Cappers Independent Funeral Services
Born Carlisle 13th May 1944
Died Portsmouth 13th January 2017
Funeral 1300 on 2nd February 2017 at Portchester Crematorium
Donations to RNLI
Afterwards at the Masonic Hall Fareham, all welcome.
Standards and Veterans welcome. Medals may be worn
After leaving school he took a short engineering apprenticeship Darlington and then joined the Royal Navy and became an armourer in the Fleet Air Arm. He served on all the main aircraft carries since the 60’s, HMS Eagle, HMS Hermes, HMS Ark Royal and finally HMS Invincible. He saw active service twice, firstly on HMS Eagle in the late 60”s during the Mayla Peninsula conflict and secondly on HMS Invincible during the Falklands war in 1982. In the sunset of his senior service years he shot for the Fleet Air Arm and won many trophies, a sharp shot he became one of the Navy's shooting team instructors. One year, he was 2 points off wining the prestigious Queens medal, only beaten by a Gurkha, of which he was very proud. Unfortunately, he suffered ill health in retirement and became a bilateral amputee at 66. Despite this disability he pressed on and took it as an opportunity to pay more attention to his life long passion, watercolour painting. He was prolific and had his sea scape paintings shown at art galleries around Portsmouth, some he reluctantly sold, some he was commissioned to do. He is survived by his wife and four sons and a small army of grandchildren who all adore him.
Fred was a member of The South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 [SAMA (82)]. The SAMA (82) Standard will be paraded at the funeral.
Informant: John Erskine on Facebook
I write to inform you of the death of my father George Barrass service number SFX 906882 in late July this year (2016).
George joined the FAA on Dec 11th 1951 at 17 years old. And finally took early retirement as a Chief Petty Officer to emigrate to Australia in the 6th of March 1972. He loved his time in the Navy and I believe always regretted the fact that he left early.
He served at many land bases of course and also on Illustrious in 1952, Victorious 1958, Ark Royal 1971 - 1972. His first Squadron was 764 and his last 892 on F4 Phantoms, during which time he went the USA to train with VF121, spent time with 892 on the USS Saratoga and was then also apart of the three times successful Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race team, something of which he was extremely proud.
He maintained an active interest in the FAA throughout his 44 years in Australia, and was in good health right to the end.
Informant: John Barrass
The funeral will take place at 1230 on 28th February 2017 at St Andrew’s Church, Vicarage Lane, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3YL and afterwards at Springwells, 9 High Street, Steyning.
The family are VERY keen to have FAA representation at the funeral so if anyone living in the area is available to attend, please contact Sammy’s neice, Stevie Kendalweir on 07904 951388.
From Our Records
Sammy was an Observer who flew the Firefly with 1772 NAS embarked on HMS Indefatigable in 1945 as part of the British Pacific Fleet.
See this account of his time in the Fleet Air Arm taken from ‘The Friendly Squadron 1772 Naval Air Squadron 1944 – 1945. A story told by members of a Naval Air Squadron & members of the families of those who died.’ Compiled and Edited by Teddy Key.
The Service will be held at St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Eastwood North, Leigh-on-Sea. Only close relatives to attend the burial.
The 'Wake' will be organised by RNA - Southend.
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RNA Southend on Sea Branch RNA Club Ltd 73-79 East Prittlewell Southend on Sea Essex. SS2 6LQ
He retired from the Navy back in 1983 after 25 years service. His last ship he served on was HMS Intrepid. He was deployed with his commando squadron 846 on HMS Hermes from Portsmouth docks April 1982. And when they arrived at the Falkland Islands was transferred with his Helicopter squadron 846 to HMS Intrepid.
My Father was one of a handful who received a Commendation from Vice Admiral Sir John Cox KCB. For his selfless contribution to Operation CORPORATE.
My Fathers funeral is on 9th March at 1pm at Portchester Crematorium, Fareham.
Please can you help, I am immensely proud of my Father and I want to give him the sending off he deserves unreservedly. What I am asking for is for my Dad to have some Naval representation at his funeral i.e. Standard Bearer and Bugler.
Paul Braithwaite ANCLP.
Mobile Number: 07795975772
Jan served at RNAS Culdrose, RNAS Yeovilton, RNAS Brawdy, HMS Ark Royal, HMS Hermes, RNAS Lossiemouth and Boscombe Down, sorry can't remember the Squadrons, but I remember he was fixed wing, Sea Vixens, Buccaneers, Seahawks (Ace of Diamonds).
Informant: Graham Wyatt (Son)
Frank Stuart FAA 1952 crossed the bar on 1st March 2017.
I've been looking after Frank for the past 3 months.
Informant: Sandra Habberley - ( ex Naval Nurse )
Frank started off at HMS Gamecock before serving on HMS Eagle and HMS Ark Royal amongst other ships, and at RNAS Lossiemouth.
Frank's funeral is at St Cuthbert's Church, Church Road, Lytham, Lancashire at 11am on Weds 15th of March then for cremation at Lytham Crematorium at 12pm. Following this, there will be a celebration of his life at the Phantom Winger 398 Garstang Rd, Broughton, Preston. PR3 5JE.
Informant: Tony Dunn ( Nephew )
Richard "Gubby" Marriott - Crossed the Bar in the early morning of the 6th March 2017. he had been fighting a brave fight against cancer for the past year or so, he served in the AH Branch in the 60’s/70’s.
Funeral Arrangements are: Tuesday 21st March at 1200hrs, The Edgar Newman Chapel, Kettering Crematorium, Rothwell Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8XE.
Dad's wishes were to have no flowers, however donations would be most welcomed to either Cynthia Spencer Hospice or the Help for Heroes Charity.
Thank you for all of your help, support and kindness at this difficult time.
with love from
Michelle, Margaret, Mark and Gary
My father, Harold 'Chick' Chandler RNVR - service number FX95837, passed away peacefully on the 20th October 2016 aged 96.
He had been resident in Australia since 1957 - having initially been attracted to the country in 1945 when 849 Squadron were on board HMS Victorious that stopped over in Sydney upon completion of the Pacific Fleet operations.
Dad joined 849 in January 1944 as an Observer in the Avengers, following a brief spell with 771 in the last 3 months of 1943 and prior to that with the 57th Naval Observer Training course between May 1942 and September 1943. The other aircraft in which he flew are listed as: Lysander; Walrus; Swordfish; Albacore; Anson; Martinet; Havoc; Shua and Roc. The Avenger in the picture he kept is believed to be the one in which he flew during the D-Day Landings - that service earning him the French Legion of Honour medal that he received in Canberra last year shortly before his passing.
I have some of the many photos he took/assembled including those taken on missions that included the bombing of the oil refineries at Palembang and during Operation Iceberg that included airfields used by the Kamikaze aircraft. His main pilots during those missions were Lts. Swain; White and Alldread.
In all, his flying log shows he clocked up 457 flying hours and 82 operational missions and as a good friend of his recorded recently "To have flown that many hours in war and survive you had to be lucky or skilful. I suspect Harold was both." Reading the remarks in Dad's log associated with the flying duties he undertook I can only share that conclusion having now understood his role during the war that he chose not to share in any detail while he was alive, understandably given colleagues who were not so fortunate.......
I am in the process of researching further information surrounding Dad's service with the FAA so that I can pass that onto to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Colin Chandler (Eldest Son)
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