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FAA - Obituaries 2015/17 | The Fleet Air Arm Association

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1985 - 2019
" Lest We Forget "

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NOTE: These pages are not only for FAAA Members who have "Crossed the Bar", Obituaries for ALL former FAA Personnel will be accepted.

for Notifications of any FAAA Member's Obituaries:

Mandatory and Essential.
Inform Arnold Thompson the Membership Secretary on – ajt915704@ntlworld.com or 02392 786443

Optional. To have an entry in the Navy News. Go to Navy News eMail Address edit@navynews.co.uk and send an email giving details of the deceased. Details should be kept brief but include - Name, Rank, Squadrons/Ships, Length of Service, Date of Death and if so, state member of the Fleet Air Arm Association.

Optional. Notify Here for Publication on our Obituaries Page.

Peter Murray
National Secretary - FAAA

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Mike Dwyer, Yeovil, Somerset. Crossed the Bar on the 22nd of September 2015 - Margaret, Paul and Martin would like to thank everyone who attended Michael's funeral at Holy Trinity Church on Monday 5th October. Special thanks to all his work colleagues from Yeovilton who attended the service and to all the staff at the I.C.U and Macmillan Departments of Yeovil Hospital for all their care and support. Thanks also to Rev Gaenor Hockey at Holy Trinity for the lovely Funeral Service. Donations in Michael's memory are still being invited in aid of Yeovil District Hospital I.C.U and may be sent c/o G H Cook & Son, 8-11 Bond Street, Yeovil BA20 1PE Tel: 01935 423463. Informant Daughter-in-Law and Local Newspaper.
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Rev. J.C. Holland 7 Polmont Park Falkirk FK2 0XT Crossed the Bar on the 26 September 2015 at the age of 93. FAA Service 1940 - 1947. Official Number SFX 1367. Entered Direct as Air Fitter(E) 1940, Rated Leading Air Fitter(E) 6 Jan 1944, Rated PO Air Fitter(E) (TY) 6 Jan 1945. Informant Les Holland(Son).
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Pat Mole, a Full Member of the Telford and Wrekin Branch since 1996, sadly crossed the bar on 20th October 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Pat had served as a WREN Air Mechanic (Engines) between 1948-1953. R I P. Informant Liz Fairley (Local Branch Secretary).
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Paddy Carr, late of Pilton, formerly Drayton passed away Thursday 12th November 2015 at Torrwood Home from cancer. Paddy had served in the RN "Man & Boy" between 1952 & the late 1980's and amongst other things flew the fairy swordfish at RNAS Yeovilton Air Days in the seventies. Anyone requiring details of the funeral may contact Paddy's Son Michael Carr the Informant at tulari@gmail.com.
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I regret to report the death of Lieutenant Commander. Stan Turton, an Observer who spent most of his flying career in the Anti-Submarine Helicopter world, passed away on December 6th 2015 at the Queen Alexandria Hospital, Portsmouth. I regret that I cannot provide you with his Offical Number. Informant: Lieutenant Commander Norman. J. Nuttall (SD) (AV) noma@ntlworld.com
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John Blaney served in Fleet Air Arm 1949-62, on HM Ships Illustrious, Theseus, Ocean, Eagle and Albion. FAA Field Gun Crew 1954 (No 10).

John sadly crossed the bar in Nuneaton over the Christmas Period (2015).

Informant: Mal Gordon
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Barry “Buddy” Holley, Passed away yesterday (15th December 2015) as his brother Dave informed me on Facebook. I have fond memories of Buddy at RNAS Yeovilton and HMS Ark Royal in the sixties. RIP Buddy. Informant: Clive Menary

Buddy’s funeral will take place at Yeovil Crematorium at 12:00hrs on the 30th December 2015, after at the Royal British Legion Yeovil.
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Anthony Defelice “Tony” served in the Fleet Air Arm from 1953 - 1973 and reached the rank of Petty Officer. After leaving the FAA he went onto work for HM Prison Service before retiring.

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
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Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, Hon FRAeS, RN a British Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 different types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history, passed away today the 21st February 2016. The Telegraph ObituaryThe Guardian Obituary.
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Jack Bryant former TAGS magazine editor crossed the bar on the 22nd March 2016, at the age of 90. This was after a short illness and died at Wexham Park Hospital. He leaves his loving wife Jean.

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.

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.

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My father, Mr Alan Somers L/F941012 died peacefully at The Beeches Residential Home in Worksop on 22nd March 2016.

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
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It is with deep sadness that the family of Michael J. Doust, Commander RN (Rtd.) announce that he “Crossed the Bar” on 24th April 2016. Michael “Punchy” Doust joined the Royal Navy in 1951 as JREM Electrical branch, then on to pilot, senior pilot, AWI, squadron commander and ultimately 'Wings' of HMS Hermes in 1979. He flew the Sea Balliol, Sea Vampire, Wyvern, Sea Venom, Sea Hawk, Gannet, Buccaneer and Phantom aircraft all with great skill and professionalism, before retiring from the Service in 1983.

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:
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Robert (Bob) Brown who as an Aircraft Electrician in the Fleet Air Arm, serving on various ships including HMS Eagle and shore bases RNAS Lossiemouth (HMS Fulmar), Morayshire and RNAS Donibristle (HMS Merlin) Fife, both in Scotland, passed away on 9th April 2016, Funeral to be held at Stafford Crematorium at 0900 on Friday the 29th April 2016.
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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

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.

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It is with deep sadness that I inform you that my Uncle and former Aircraft Handler Gerry (Jan) Pring crossed the bar on the 18th May 2016 in the presence of his loved ones after a short illness.

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)
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PO (AH1) Gordon "Geordie Nick" Nicholson

Good Morning,

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
Age 81
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
RNAS Culdrose
Helston, Cornwall
Rest in Peace Shipmate
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I am not sure if your organisation is the correct one to contact. My father-in-law, Thomas Henry BECK passed away recently. He served in the Fleet Air Arm, as far as we are aware, for a full career.

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.

Mark Gorman
01822 834424
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Dear Mike,
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 30
th 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.
Kind Regards
Peter J. May

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Bill Shipman ex-POEL(A), died on 28th September 2016, aged 77.

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
Church Street
Dorset. DT9 6LG.

Billy Borland (Son-in-Law).
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It is with a heavy heart and not just a few tears. I have to report the passing of the man that made me the man I am today. Ron Mackay sadly passed this morning (29th October 2016) after being diagnosed with Cancer a week ago. We will miss you.

Ron's Funeral will take place on Thursday the 10th November 2016 at 1430 in The Moray Crematorium

Andrew McKay (Son)
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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
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The funeral of a former FAA Swordfish Pilot, Mr Samuel Kenneth Harness ''Ken" 25/09/23 - 18/11/16, will take place on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, Southampton, SO30 2HL.

Further details to follow………

Cappers Independent Funeral Services
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I refer to our conversation on January 7th, in which I advised you of the death on January 5th of my father Ernest "Jumper" Collins. He had been a member of the Fleet Air Arm Association for many years, together with the HMS Ganges Association and Aircraft Handlers Association.

He joined as a boy seaman in March 1946 aged 16, and after nearly 39 years, he became a doorkeeper at the House of Lords. He also undertook tours of the House and looking after functions and undertaking toastmaster duties. He stopped working in mid 2012.

Dad's funeral will be on January 30th at 14.00 at:

North East Surrey Crematorium
Lower Morden Lane,

This will be followed by a wake at:

The Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society,
Belvedere House,
Weston Acres,
Woodmansterne Lane,
Surrey SM7 3HB

Can you please circulate this to the association members. Also, in order that we can cater for food and refreshments at the nursing home, can you please ask them to contact me if they will be attending (link below).

Ian Collins (Son)
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Fredrick William Thurgood
Aged 72
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.

John Erskine on Facebook
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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.

John Barrass

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The Fleet Air Arm Officers Association has learned of the death of S/Lt(A) Richard ‘Sammy’ Samuelson RNVR in early February aged 92.

Funeral Details

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.
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Mike Tunley 'Crossed the Bar' on February 11 2017, his funeral will be on Friday (February 24) at 2.45pm.

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.
Details from:
Roger Kemp
eMail Address:
Telephone: 01702 612255
RNA Southend on Sea Branch RNA Club Ltd 73-79 East Prittlewell Southend on Sea Essex. SS2 6LQ
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My Father Michael George Braithwaite CPO(AE) F983803C Past away Saturday 11th February 2017 at QA Hospital Cosham.

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.

Yours Sincerely.
Paul Braithwaite ANCLP.
Mobile Number: 07795975772
Email: sosh0668@gmail.com
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CPOAF(AE) Gordon (Jan) Wyatt "Crossed the Bar" on the 19th February 2017, aged 84.

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)
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Lt. Cdr. Charles "Charlie" Stirling crossed the Bar in February 2017

My husband Charles P. Stirling, often known as Charlie, died in February this year 2017, after several years of deteriorating health.

He served as a rating (LFX 917458) from 1952 until 1965 when he was commissioned and he left the Fleet Air Arm in 1984.

During that time he served in several carriers including HMS Eagle and was twice a member of the Field Gun Crew and also based at Culdrose, Lee-on-Solent, Gosport etc.

As an Air Traffic Control Officer he served at Culdrose and Predannack and later in HMS Albion before joining 847 Squadron in Singapore in 1969 as the MAOT Officer.

After a year back at Culdrose with 848 he then joined the first Harrier Squadron at Yeovilton serving as Operations Officer. He subsequently had a training role with the SD course at Greenwich and finally worked as schools liaison based in Bristol.

After leaving the Navy he joined the Project Wallace expedition to Sulawesi having developed a great interest in tropical insects while working with MAOT.

He then worked for his old Harrier boss Nigel "Sharkey" Ward as a Defence Analyst for a while and his final job was to run the Royal Naval Philatelic Society which was based in Portsmouth Dockyard.

We were married for almost 57 years and had three children Andrew and Jonathan who were at his bedside when he died in February, and Fiona who died aged 5 while we were in Singapore.

Informant: Diana Stirling (Wife)

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Frank Stuart FAA 1952 crossed the bar on 1st March 2017.
I've been looking after Frank for the past 3 months.
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.
Tony Dunn ( Nephew )

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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

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Harold 'Chick' Chandler RNVR

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.

Kind Regards,
Colin Chandler (Eldest Son)
Contact via
The Fleet Air Arm Webmaster

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John Stannett RIP - 26th August 1947 - 17th April 2017

John's Funeral, Tuesday the 9th of May 2017 at 3pm, Isle of Wight Crematorium.

Our great friend John Stannett recently lost his long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was supported through his final days by the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and I cannot think of a better way to thank them, than by "Walking the Wight"..

John and Jacqui (his beloved wife) were our dearest friends and we have shared many great times on the sea. Johns love of the sea was infectious and he helped us develop into (quite) competent skippers. There are many stories to tell not least the time he led my husband Julian through the Alderney race in a Force 7 wind against tide. They survived to tell the tale and actually laughed about it. I was quite pleased that they had kept this from me until they managed to return home safely. Every time those three went away together they got into some scrape or other and I could not wait to hear about their latest escapades.

We will miss you, John xx

Sue & Julian Grieff
Just Giving Page

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28th April 2017 - It's with genuine sadness I learned today of the passing of ex CPOAEA(R) Paul Kennedy at the weekend after a relatively short battle with cancer. I had the great pleasure of working with Paul over the years, he was a true gentleman and family man. Condolences to his family who live in Gosport. I have no details of the funeral yet but will post when I have. Dave Berry

28th April 2017 - Funeral 10th May, 1300hrs at Portchester Crematorium and then back to HMS Collingwood's Senior Rates Mess. Anthony Challinor
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9th June 2017 - from the Navy News

Say farewell to a former Royal Navy Airman

CURRENT and Veteran Naval Personnel are being asked to attend the funeral of a former member of the Fleet Air Arm.

George Sunderland's funeral is being held at Nab Wood Cemetery and Crematorium at Shipley, West Yorkshire, on June 16th at 10.50am.

The funeral is being organised by Social Services and HH Birch and Son Funeral Directors have been informed there is only one person attending.

George served some of his time at RNAS Lossiemouth, and was a "grubber", a Naval Air Mechanic (AE) on 809 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) in the late 60's.

The Funeral Parlour reports: I have spoken to the Minister and
George's Nursing Home, George was a loner who was partial to a drink. He used to go and watch Bradford and Bingley Rugby Club play, Other than that, that is all we have on him.

Anyone wishing to attend is urged to contact
HH Birch & Son Funeral Funeral Directors on 01274 583467

UPDATE 16th June 2017

Joe Wilkinson reports:

I've just got back from the funeral of George Sunderland. It went much better than I anticipated.
The RNA attended in numbers, including a standard bearer and ensign.
George's Nursing Home Staff attended, in total about 30 people.
I was thinking it would be me and one other. Proud to be RN. Good Family to Have!
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Recently, Ex CPO (AH) David Webb "crossed the bar" in Mandurah, Australia.

David ran the Australian Navy Cadets unit TS Canning in Perth WA. for some time.

David started to have some very serious health problems, which led to extended stays in a hospital.
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29th June 2017 - from the Navy News

CPO(AEA(R)) Paul 'Pedro' Pedrick
, Crossed the Bar on March 27th March 2017, Aged 69.

He Served 1964-85 - Raleigh, Seahawk, 848 NAS, Albion, Daedalus, Heron, 845 NAS, Hermes and 815 NAS/HMS Ambuscade in Falklands in 1982.

Former Branch Chairman FAA Association, Lee-on-the-Solent Branch.

Active with Blesma, the Limbless Veterans charity and the RNA.
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This is to anyone who knew my brother Keith Fray or better known to many as Fraz Fray that he passed away suddenly on June the 29th.

We are all devastated by this as you can imagine.

Fraz's Funeral is being held on Friday the 21st of July at 15.30, at Porchester Crematorium between Fareham and Portsmouth.

from Keith's Sister, Lyndsey.

Please feel free to message me via Facebook… My Name is
Lyndsey Fray

There is a Memorial Page to Keith "Fraz" Fray

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Norman Seager RIP

Chief Petty Officer Norman William Seager – Electrical Air Mechanic – Fleet Air Arm
Passed away on the 16th October 2017

A Brief Service History:

Norman joined the Royal Navy on October the 16th 1956 – for basic training

Norman then trained and served on the following Shore Establishments and Ships

HMS Ariel for further training - Electrical Air Mechanic
RNAS Brawdy Pembrokeshire working on aircraft.
HMS Victorious for a short deployment
RNAS Brawdy until 1961
Leading Hand's Course
HMS Falcon, Malta for two years
RNAS Brawdy until late 1966
HMS Osprey/RNAS Portland/HMS Devonshire until 1967
Worked on several ships for short periods until 1968
HMS Osprey/RNAS Portland working on Air Sea Rescue Helicopters
Petty Officer's Course
HMS Osprey/Portland working on Air Sea Rescue Helicopters until 1973
RAF Leuchars working on the Phantom until 1975
Chief Petty Officer's Course
HMS Ark Royal
1976 went to USA with Ark Royal 100yr Independence Celebrations
On board the Ark Royal When BBC Filmed "Sailor"
and then at RNAS Lee-on-Solent until retiring from the Navy in June 1979 - Having served his Country for over 22 Years.

Norman's Funeral Arrangements:

Haycombe Cemetery & Crematorium Bath BA2 2RQ 10th November 2017 @ 13.00hrs

There is a Facebook Page to leave messages on Norman's Passing

Informant: Sue Adams (Daughter).

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I have been advised by Kerry & Craig Nolan, the children of Tom Nolan (AH), that Tom has Crossed the Bar, further information in due course - RIP Tom.

Just to let you know Dad's Celebration of Life will be on Tuesday 12th December at 11:30am at
Dunfermline Crematorium.

After the service we will go to Dad's Local the Hillend Tavern for a few drinks and eats. Hope to see you there to share stories.


Informants (Tom's Daughter & Son) : Kerry Nolan & Craig Nolan

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My Dad, CPO Roy Kirk served on HMS Eagle in the mid 70's and he also served on Victorious, Hermes and Juno, ending his career on the Hovercraft Unit at HMS Daedalus in Lee on the Solent, he served from 1958 - 1980.

Sadly he passed away on the 22nd November aged 77 and over the years lost touch with most of his oppos.

I'm posting this in the hope anyone who knew my Dad and lives in the Portsmouth area may want to come to the funeral on Thursday 14th December 12pm at
Porchester Crematorium.

Informant: Steve Kirk
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CPO (LMech1) Lyn Aubrey Crossed the Bar - in December 2017

The funeral arrangements for Lyn have been completed and will take place on Friday 22 December at 10:30 in the South Chapel, Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Portchester, Fareham PO16 8NE.

A wake will follow in the Carisbrooke Arms, 75 Carisbrooke Road, Gosport PO13 0QY to which all are welcome.

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu can be made to Dementia Care or Admiral Nurses and forwarded to the Funeral Director, Solent Funeral Services, 82-84 High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hants PO13 9DA or handed to them on the day.

Lyn was 83 years old, joined the RN in 1951 retiring in 1973 as an LMech1. On leaving the service he worked as a Civilian Instructor at Daedalus and on the closure worked as a Apprentice Trainer at Fleetlands.

Informants: Tom Temple & James Moulson MBE

Saturday the 23rd December 2017:

On behalf of our family, I would like to thank all of dad's (Lyn Aubrey) friends and ex colleagues who attended his funeral at Portchester yesterday, 22 December. Thank you also to the Standard Bearer who gave his time and efforts. Dad would have loved the RN/FAA element, he'd have been tickled pink and that's saying something for a greenie!!!

Thank you,
Lynne Tiltman x

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Steven "Blood" Reed L/F 959278 of the Ordnance Branch served from April 1956 until 1968, Crossed the Bar on the 15th December 2017.

Steven's funeral took place at 1100 hrs on January 4th 2018 at
Worthing Crematorium.

The Standards from the Royal Navy Association and the HMS Ganges Association were in attendance and the Wake was held at the
Black Horse, Findon.

Robert Henry Robson

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