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FAAA Obituaries 2023 "Lest We Forget " 

Barrie Davies LAM (A/E) 1938 – 2023

Barrie served from 1956 to1968 on the following:


HMS Gamecock 1956

HMS Seahawk 1956/59  750 Sqdn

HMS Falcon 1959/60  750/728 Sqdn

HMS Sanderling 1960/62

HMS Goldcrest  1962/63

HMS Condor 1963

HMS Fulmar 1963/64

HMS Eagle 1964/66

HMS Fulmar 1966/68


“Crossed the Bar” 1st October  2023.
Arnold J Thompson, WO REL (A), LFX915704, 23/08/1935 – 03/04/2023


Arnold served from 1952 to 1980, following his initial training at HMS Collingwood, he went to HMS Aerial to complete his Naval Air training.  He also served at HMS Seahawk Gamecock, Fulmar, Daedalus and Osprey, where he served on 829 Squadron, including a small ships flights on HMS Ajax and Londonderry.  Arnold also spent a commission on HMS Victorious and HMS Albion with 849C Squadron, 


His last 8 years of service were spent at HMS Daedalus where he had various roles and was also promoted to Warrant Officer.  He also had the honour of being President of the Warrant & Chief Petty Officers Mess, which led to his involvement with both the Telegraphist Air Gunners Association (TAGA) and the annual St Dunstans camp which both were hosted by the mess.  His enthusiasm, ably supported by his late wife Dorothy, for both organisations continued right up until his death.    


Arnold was heavily involved in the FAAA, including membership of the Solent Branch and latterly Ford Branch and served on the National Committee for many years holding the following positions in the Association at National level; National Secretary 2002/08, National Vice Chairman 2009, National Chairman 2010/14.  In recognition of his invaluable service to the Association, he was appointed a Vice President in 2021.


Below are the details of Arnold Thompson’s funeral webcast: 
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CPO(AH) Mick Sherry

Mick joined the Royal Navy in 1975 and left in 1998, Mick was a very well-known face at Portland, Yeovilton and on the Carrier circuit having served on Bulwark, Hermes, Illustrious.


CPOAEM(M) Gordon ‘Oscar’ Harris


Oscar joined the Royal Navy in 1967 and left in 1992. A strong member of the FAA Field Gun Team in the 1980s, Oscar served on the Junglie circuit and several Wasp flights.   

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