Roll of Honour

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IN MEMORIAM

A Book of Remembrance listing all those members of our association who we know have died, is to be produced. It will be a loose-leaf binder into which new pages can be inserted, or old ones replaced, as required. A firm on the Isle of Wight specialises in this sort of book so we hope to be able to obtain a binder of appropriate quality. It is confidently expected that the book will be on display at our September reunion. In the meantime an up-to-date list has been created by Dennis Isaacs and a copy will be incorporated in the Association website that is being created by John Hill. Again it is stressed that wives and widows of members are ‘fully paid up’ members of the association and their passing is recorded in our Book of Remembrance.

Information about some of those who died during the early days of our Association is very ‘skimpy’ and if any reader can provide more details (Christian names. Company and/or Section, dates of service in 19 Sig Regt and/or death etc) about the following members, we would be very grateful:

  • Douglas Cole. Served 156 DR Sect, 1944-46. Date of death unknown
  • Wilfred Anness. Electrician Signals. Date of death unknown
  • Maj Arthur Fisk. Does anyone know what post he held in his second ‘tour with 19 AFS in 1956-59?
  • E Dickson. Recorded as died ‘Before 2000’.
  • Fred Sampson. Died 1996
  • Gordon Pierce. Died 1 Sep 1996
  • Ronald Suett. Died 1997. Served 1957-60
  • George Hunt. Died August 1998
  • Mr GD Battin. Died September 1998
  • Mr FE Hardman. Died 1998/99
  • Mr KR Body. Died ‘Early.1999’
  • Mr G Fish. Died ‘in 1999’
  • Mr T Cushen. Died ‘in 2000’
  • Anthony Murphy. Died 12 July 2003

Following an initiative by Mr George Brew, who served in 19 AFS as a Dispatch Rider, assisted by Pete Butcher, Gordon Pierce and Jack Courtney no fewer than 58 wartime members of the Regiment, and a further 8 post war members, were located. Of these 37 attended an inaugural lunch at the Victory Services Club on August 24th, 1993.

Members and, later, their wives have attended reunions every year since then. Below we pay tribute to those members of the 19th Signal Regiment Association who have died.

 

We Will Remember Them

  • Douglas Cole d. Unknown. Served 156 DR Sect, 1944-46
  • Wilfred Anness d. Unknown. Electrician Signals.
  • Capt (TOT) Gerold E Shakeshaft d. 21 April 1983. M/Wave Tp, 1967-69
  • Maj Arthur W Fisk d.1984. Served 19 AFS 1947-50 as Adjutant and again in 1956-59
  • Cyril Leslie Collinson d. July 1990. OKL. A/CQMS 3 Coy, India, Burma & S/pore
  • Ben Potts d. ‘Before 2000’. 65 Constr Sect
  • E Dickson d. ‘Before 2000’
  • Ivor Johnson d. 1994. Served 151/155 TE Sects.
  • Alan Rudd d. 1 September 1995. Served 1945 Comilla & Rangoon. OC 2 Coy
  • Fred Sampson d. 1996
  • Gordon Pierce d. 1 September 1996
  • Frederick Bumpstead d. 29 October 1996. 151 LM Sect, 1943-45
  • George Letchford d. 10 November 1996. Served 103 WSS (3 Coy) 1944-47
  • Ronald Suett d. 1997. Served 1957-60
  • David W Clarke d. 12 January 1997, Unit Draughtsman, 1947-48
  • Robert Bonner d. 22 July 1997. Served Changi 1953-57
  • Richard G Morris d. 31 December 1997. 151 LM Sect, 1943-47
  • Stan Gasson Died ‘about 1998’. 163 Line Sect, 1943-46
  • Mr A Brough d. 1998. Served as OKL, 1946-47
  • William Date d.1998. Served Singapore, Rangoon, Car Nicobar 1947-49
  • William Kay d. 20 March 1998. Served 156 DR Sect, 1944-47
  • Dewi Williams. d. 5 May 1998. Served 19AFS 1946-47
  • George Hunt d. August 1998
  • Mr GD Battin d. September 1998
  • Lt Col John J Lamb, OBE d. 10 November 1998.Commanded the Regiment 1953-55
  • John Gillespie d. 1998/9. Line Tp, 1948-51
  • Mr FE Hardman d. 1998/9
  • Alex Larner d. Early 1999. Served ACC, India & Burma, 1940-46
  • Mr KR Body d. Early 1999.
  • Mr G Fish d. in 1999
  • Frank Lipscombe d. 1999. Served 102 WSS, 1943-47
  • Henry Nichols d. February 1999. Served 117 Tele Op Sect, Rangoon, Saigon & Singapore
  • Ken Freakley d. Late 1999. Served 116 Line Section 1944-46
  • William J Copestake d. 12 November 1999. Served1940-47
  • Ernie D Izod d. 22 November 1999. Served 2 Sqn (Selector) 1949-52 & 1 Sqn (Changi) 1958-61
  • Mr T Cushen d. 2000
  • Maj Graham G Campbell d. 12 February 2000. 2 i/c Regt 1968-70
  • Col Archie Pagan, MBE d. 2000. Served 251 TE Tp, 1946-48
  • Maurice JE Geary d. 3 July 2000. Served 151 TE Sect
  • Capt Peter Kennedy d. 22 March 2001. 101 WSS
  • Maj Gerald Cox d. April 2001. OC 1 Sqn, 1968-70
  • Gordon McNulty d. April 2001. Served Changi and Seletar
  • Col John Stuart-Usher d. 29 May 2001. Commanded the Regiment, 1944-45
  • Edward F Nichol (Nick) d. July 2001. 103 WSS 1943-46
  • Leslie Finch d. 19 August 2001. Served 1946-47
  • John J Berry d. Early 2002. Served 103 WST, 1945-48
  • Mr G Ballard d. Early 2002. Served 116 Line Sect, 1944-46
  • Bernard Large d. Early 2002. Served TE Troop, 1950-52
  • Peter McManus d. Early 2002. Served, TM Troop, Changi, 1955-56
  • Mr AE Pugh (Eric) d. 2002. Served 1953-58
  • Frank Addison d. 15 April 2002. Served 101 WSS, 1943-47
  • Mr AE Bevan (Ted) d. 29 Apr 2002. Served 151 TE Tp, 1947-49
  • Edward Ring d. June 2002. Elim Camp, 1947-48
  • Les R Hinman d. 3 November 2002. Served 116 Line Sect, 1944-46
  • George Norton d. April 2003. Served 104 WST 1947-49
  • Brian Ashby d. 22 April 2003. Line Mech, Changi & Ceylon, 1952-54
  • Anthony Murphy d. 12 July 2003
  • Jack Courtney d. 29 October 2003. Served 104 WSS, 1944-47. Association Welfare Officer to April 1997.
  • Alfred Fordyce (Fred) d. December 2003. Sgt, 104 WSS and CQMS 2 Coy.First Membership Secretary of 19 SRA.
  • JS Chapman (Stanley) d. December 2003. Served 73 TM Sect, 1944-47
  • Mrs Christine Akins d. 2004. Wife of Alfred Akins
  • Peter Weston d. March 2004. Served 1946-48
  • Harold Pateman d. 12 April 2004. Served 156 DR Tp
  • Peter Rosse d.13 April 2004. Served 1958-60 as a Lineman
  • Harold Lawrence (Ginger) d. 7 May 2004. Elim Camp 1947-49
  • Mervyn E Hill d. 22 May 2004. Sgt 151 TE Tp, Changi, 1946-48
  • Mrs Elsie Fawthrop d. July 2004. Wife of Stewart Fawthrop
  • Mr LG Rodie d. August 2004
  • Mrs Margaret Castle d. 7 August 2004. Wife of Richard Castle
  • Mrs Jean Hicks d. 3 October 2004. Partner to Lt Col JMN Lyons (Neville)
  • Pete Stott d. 11 October 2004. Served 156 DR Tp.
  • Edward Swinyard d. 19 October 2004. Served 100 WST & RHQ Tp, Elim Camp, 1946-48
  • Lt Col Alan Johnson (Johnny) d. 10 December 2004. OC 1 Sqn, 1953-54
  • Stanley J Middleton d. 26 December 2004. Served 3 Coy, 1940-45
  • Mrs Jane Chapman d. ‘Some time in 2005’. Widow of Stanley Chapman who died December 2003
  • Maj EM Frost, MBE (Max) d. 15 March 2005. Served RAF Seletar 1965-67
  • Mrs Anita Fisk d. 8 April 2005. Widow of Maj AW Fisk who died in 1984
  • Bernard F Welch d. 21 April 2005. Served UG Tp, Changi & Butterworth, 1959-62
  • Derek RH Lucas d. June 2005. Served at RAF Tengah, 1951-53
  • Hilda Owen d. 4 August 2005. Wife of George Owen
  • William Norton d. 23 October 2005. Served 73 TM Tp 1944-46
  • Peter Pridmore d. 28 October 2005. Served 103 WSS, 1944-47
  • Ken Rivers d. November 2005. Served at Changi, 1949
  • Stan Kendrick d. November 2005. In-pensioner, Royal Hospital Chelsea. SSM 2 Squadron, RAF Seletar.
  • Ted Dalby d. 27 November 2005. Served 151 LM Sect, 1944-47
  • Kenneth Watson d. 30 Jan 2006. Served 102 WSS 1940-46
  • Norman Reeve d. 19 February 2006. Served LM Sect, 1947-49
  • Ron Tilson d. 10 March 2006. Served RHQ 1944-46
  • Harold W Green (Wally) d. 25 May 2006. Served 268 Tele Op Sect, 1942-46
  • Mrs Petra Wells d. June 2006. Wife of Michael Wells,
  • Lt John Flower d. 14 June 2006. Served Elim Camp 1947-48
  • Bill Skerry d. 12 July 2006. Served 151/155 TE Sections
  • Raymond Harvey d. 23 August 2006. Served Inakuni (Japan) and Changi, 1947-49
  • Mrs Kathleen Hencher d. 23 August 2006. Wife of Lt Col Gordon Hencher.
  • Kenneth Street d. October 2006. Served 3 Coy, 1944-46
  • Brian C Gibbs d. 21 December 2006. Joined Army in 1943 but medically discharged after being wounded in Burma (Pegu) after being wounded in Burma (Pegu).
  • Maj John Richardson d. 2007. Served RHQ 1943-46 – The Regiment’s first adjutant
  • Harry Hull d. 5 January 2007. Served 103 WSS, 3 Coy, 1944-47
  • Mrs Betty Rudd d. March 2007. Widow of Alan Rudd who died 1 September 1995
  • Eric S Smith d. 3 March 2007. Served Hmawbi & Elim Camps, 65 Const Sect and 104 WSS 1944-47
  • Lt Col Gordon Hencher, MBE d. 3 April 2007. Commanded the Regiment, 1962-65
  • Lt Col John Larner d. 21 May 2007. He commanded Hong Kong Signal Troop
  • Peter Deathridge d. 12 June 2007. Served at RAF Seletar, 1953-54
  • Mrs Rachel Campbell d. 24 June 2007. Widow of Maj Graham G Campbell who died 12 February 2000.
  • John M Nixon d. 2007. Served 5 WST 1951-53
  • Arthur R Whitford d. 2007. Served 156 DR Tp 1944-47
  • John A Hall d. 13 November 2007. Served 151 & 155 TE Sects, 1946-48
  • Albert E Walton d. 29 November 2007. Served Pasa Resa & Changi, 1947-49
  • William A Lloyd d. 10 February 2008. Served Changi, Sembawang,
    Penang & Seletar as a Lineman, 1947-49.
  • Tony E Ayers d. 20 February 2008. Served Elim Camp 1944-48
  • Col Colin J Gilbert d. 5 April 2008. Commanded the Regiment,
    1970-71. First president of 19 SRA.
  • Mrs Betty Rayner d. April 2008. Wife of Capt Tony G Rayner
  • Maj William Oates (Bill) d. 15 May 2008. Served 19 Sig Regt 1963
  • Mrs Margaret Harper d. June 2008. Wife of Ted Harper
  • Maj Alan G Harfield d. 16 June 2008. Served RHQ 1970-71 and as the first General Secretary of 19 SRA.
  • Mrs Joyce Goodwin d. 14 September 2008. Wife of James C Goodwin
  • Mrs Maureen Little d. 30 September 2008. Wife of Charles Little, MBE
  • Mrs Audrey Swinyard d. October 2008. Widow of Edward Swinyard who died 19 October 2004
  • Mrs Sarah Williams d. late 2008. Widow of Dewi Williams who died 5 May 1998.
  • Douglas Fisher d. 2009. Served 100 WSS, 1946-47
  • George Brew d. 23 April 2009. Served 156 DR Sect. Founder member,
    first chairman and treasurer 19 SRA.
  • Peter Glyn Price d. 11 May 2009. Served 73 TM Tp 1946-48
  • Mrs Annie Greaney d. 29 August 2009. Wife of Gerrard Greaney
  • Charles Rainbird d. 16 November 2009. Served RHQ 1944-46 (?)
  • Mrs Pat Lipscombe d. 9 January 2010. Widow of Frank Lipscombe who died in 1999.
  • Ted J Harper. d. February 2010. Served Singapore 1946-47
  • Capt Bernard T Lord (Bunny) d. 10 March 2010. RSM 19 Sig Regt 1964-66
  • Roger G Nixey d. 17 April 2010. Served 101 & 103 WSS, 1943-46
  • Keith Walker d. 18 July 2010. Served 1954-56
  • Roy Dale d. 25 July 2010. Served Changi & Kai Tak, 1953-55
  • Joyce Ross d. 2010 in Canada. Wife of David Ross
  • Jeffrey Harrison d. 1 November 2010. Served MT 1941-46
  • Henry Munslow (Stan) d. 10 December 2010.
  • Sydney AG Hulse d. 28 December 2010. Served DR Tp, 1947-50
  • Mr FD Hinxman d. 2010/2011. Served as Telemech, Changi, Gan & Tengah, 1966-68
  • Mrs Ethel Tilson (Judy) d. 2011. Widow of Ron Tilson who died 10 March 2006
  • Mrs Alan Roberts d. January 2011. Wife of Alan Roberts
  • Alan Taylor (Spud) d. January 2011. Served Kuala Lumpur & Elim Camp 1945-48
  • Mrs Jean Watts d. April 2011. Wife of Andrew Watts
  • Mrs Betty Gilbert d. 17 April 2011. Widow of Col Colin Gilbert
    who died 5 April 2008
  • Tony Cooke d. 10 June 2011. Served at Changi, 1952-54, as a Line Mechanic
  • Marjorie Munslow d. 27 June 2011. Widow of
  • Henry Munslow who died 10 December 2010
  • Bill Butts d. 2 August 2011. Served at Changi, 1952-55
  • William Skelly d. 14 September 2011. Served as a Lineman at Changi, Seletar and Gan, 1958-61
  • Lt Jack Raper d. 29 October 2011. Not a member of 19 SRA but served with 19 AFS in Burma & Changi, 1945-47
  • Thomas Stitt d. 18 November 2011. Served with 104 WSS, Kuala Lumpur, 1943-47
  • Anthony Claffey d. 24 November 2011. Served as S/Sgt, Gan & Tengah, 1963-66
  • Robert Ingham (Bob) d. 19 December 2011. Served Ops Tp, Seletar, 1962-65
  • Capt Tony Rayner d. 26 December 2011. Adjutant, RHQ, 1946-47
  • Andrew Watts d. January 2012. Served as a Cable Jointer, 172 Line Sect, at Rangoon, Akyab and Elim Camp, 1945-48
  • Captain Michael Wright d. February 2012. OC 116 Line Sect. 1944-46
  • Louis Kinsey d. 21 March 2012. Served Tengah & Bukit Gombak, 1962-63
  • Walter Silver d. April 2012. Served as a DR, Comilla & Rangoon, 1945
  • Eric Sinfield d. 5 May 2012. Served with Ops Tp, Seletar 1961-70
  • Maj Frank Philp d. 8 July 2012. Commanded Changi Tp, 1953-56 and 2 Sqn, Seletar, 1967-69 Dedication
  • Arthur Smith d. 25 September 2012. Served 163 Line Sect, 1943-47
  • Stewart Fawthrop d. 3 October 2012. Served HQ & 3 Coys, 1943-47
  • Lt George Parker Owen d. 8 October 2012. OC 104 WSS
    in Burma & Singapore, 1943-46
  • Fraser Oliver d. 14 October 2012. KOSB. Brother of Martin Oliver
  • Mrs Gusbertha Lord (Bep) d. January 2013. Widow of Capt (Bunny) Lord who died 10 March 2010
  • David Springham d. 24 January 2013. Served 104 WST, 1947-49.
    Association Welfare Officer, 1997 to 2005
  • Gerard Greaney (Gerry) d. 28 January 2013. Served RAF Kai Tak, 1952-54
  • Peter Vass d. 16 February 2013. Served Changi, 1955-58
  • David Foster d. 26 May 2013. served 151 TE and 120 Constr Tps, Elim Camp, 1947-49
  • Maj Mike Ford d. 1 December 2013. Served in Gan, Changi & Seletar, 1961-62
  • Norman Liversidge d. 2014. 101 WST
  • Richard Castle d. 14 February 2014. Served 1946-47
  • Mrs Brenda Pateman d. 8 June 2014. Widow of
  • Harold Pateman who died 12 April 2004
  • Maj David Henry, MBA (Paddy) d. 9 November 2014. Served RHQ 1958-61
  • Charles W Little, MBE d. 23 January 2015. Served 1 Sqn Office. Founder member and Association General Secretary until August 2004
  • Alfred Akins d. 24 February 2015. Served Elim Camp, 1947-48Mrs Pat Stewart-Usher d. 1 May 2015. Widow of Col John Stewart-Usher who died 29 May 2001
  • Philip Mosley d. ‘Recently’. Served M/Wave Tp, 1969-71
  • Maj Lesley Smith, WRAC d. 20 March 2015. Wife of Maj Frank Smith
  • Maj Tom Bewsey, CBE d. 13 April 2015. Honorary Member. Chairman of the Indian Signals Association
  • Mrs Una Geary d. 4 May 2015. Widow of Maurice Geary who died 3 July 2000
  • Len Horsnell d. 4 June 2015. Served 3 Coy, 1944-47
  • Mrs Beryl Reeve d. 11 July 2015. Widow of Norman Reeve who died 19 February 2006
  • Maj Bernard F Strange, MBE d. 19 September 2015. OC 2 Sqn, Seletar, 1968-69. Held post of Association Treasurer, February 2006 to September 2015 Dedication
  • Maurice Jeffrey d. 3 October 2015. Served 151 TE Sect, 1944-48
  • Mrs Kathleen Stubbs, Wife of Roy Stubbs, died 20 October 2013 leaving husband and son, Andrew.
  • John R Marsh, Served Tele Op Sect, 1943-47. Died April 2015 leaving a widow, Daisey and daughter.
  • Reginald E Cooper, Served 4 (Ind) AFS and as SQMS, l Sqn, 19 AFS in Hong Kong and Rangoon, 1943-47. Died 28 December 2015 in Australia leaving a daughter, Mrs Sue McMahon. Dedication
  • Albert Findlow, Served 120 Constr Sect, 1941-45. Died 14 March 2016
    leaving a daughter, Mrs Valerie Chestnutt.Dedication
  • Ray Cank Served Operations Troop 19 Signal Regiment 1966 to 1969.Dedication
  • Cliff Wood Served 151TE Troop 1949 to 1950 Sgt. I/C Fault Control. Died 25 November 2016
  • Taff (Islwyn) Tudgay Served on Ops Troop 1966 to 1969  Taff died on 19 November 2016 leaving a widow Susan.
  • Peter Butcher (19 Air Formation Signals  1 DR section),an active member of the Veterans Association1954-56. Pete served with 156 DR Sect 1943 to 1947. He  died at the age of 92
  • Barry Smith, served in the Tech Wksp, Died 30 Apr 2016 leaving a widow, Catherine
  • Catherine Smith, widow of Barry Smith. Died 16 Nov 2016. Both deaths informed by their daughter, Mrs Louise Suffield.
  • Cliff Wood served in 151 TE Tp, 1949-50. Died 25 Nov 2016 leaving a widow, Ann
  • Keith Armitage. Served at RHQ in Changi and 252 Sig Sqn. (Hong Kong). Keith was a member of the committee and a valued member of the association. He died on April 9th 2017. Dedication