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ASKHAM Former 19024475 Corporal Cyril Wallace (“Wally”), died on 14th August, aged 86.  Wally served with 285 Provost Company in 1946/47 in Paris, Toulon and Calais and with 101 Provost Company in 1947/48 in Bad Oeynhausen, after which he joined the ‘Z Reserve’.  A colleague of Wally's during his time in Toulon fondly remembered how Wally did not get off to the best of starts when, on his first day out on traffic duty he reported a driver for speeding.  Upon his return to camp he was advised if he wanted to eat well it would be wise in future not to charge the driver of the Ration Truck!  On demobilisation, he was a Civil Policeman with the Leicestershire Constabulary, serving at several stations around the County and finally as Security Sergeant at the Loughborough Divisional Headquarters.  On retirement from the Force, he was employed as Head of Security at Loughborough University.  A keen and energetic supporter of the RMP Association (Membership No.17911) and of Leicester Branch in particular, indeed, it was through his good offices that the Branch was able to meet at Loughborough Police Station for so many years.  His funeral took place on 28th August, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Loughborough, and later at Loughborough Crematorium.  He leaves a widow Betty, two daughters, three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

BAGGALEY Former 14884438 Lance-Corporal Frank Baggaley who served with CMP from 1946 to 1948, passed away quietly on February 14.  His funeral took place on March 7, at St Peter's Church, Caverswall, Stoke-on-Trent.   At 18 he joined the North Staffordshire Regiment and was posted to India.  He later transferred to CMP and spent a year in Calcutta with 121 Lines of Communication Provost Company at Chowringee.  Frank  volunteered for service with the Mounted Branch of CMP and served with 1 Troop 605 Squadron at El-Ballah and at Abu-Sultan in Egypt and he also saw active service in Palestine.  He was a staunch member of the Birmingham (Central) Branch RMPA and his memoirs are recorded in the second volume of, ‘The History of the Mounted.’

BALDWIN It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Ex Cpl Gez “Balders” Baldwin, who died suddenly, aged 49, on Wed 26 Mar 14, at Harrogate. Balders served in Berlin and with the Close Protection Team (6Pl), Germany. There will be a Humanist ceremony held at 1420hrs on Fri 4 Apr 14, at Stonefall Crematorium, Harrogate, HG3 1DE. A wake is being held at Starbeck Working Mens Club, 4 Forest Ave, Harrogate HG2 7JJ from 4PM onwards, all are welcome. Family Flowers Only, Donations to Help the Heroes.

BEDFORD    Former-23480965 Lance-Corporal Peter Bedford died on December 31st 2013, after a long illness.  Peter had been an active supporter of the RMP Cyprus Veterans’ Group, attending their annual Reunions for many years until ill-health prevented him travelling.  Peter completed training at Inkerman Barracks, Woking, in 1956 (581 Squad) and was posted to Cyprus in December of that year, serving with 51 Brigade Provost Company in Famagusta, where he remained until the end of his National Service in 1959.  He then went on to a career with West Yorkshire Police.  Peter’s funeral was attended by former Redcaps Gordon Haywood and Eric Boddy and a Poppy Posy was placed on his coffin on behalf of the RMP Cyprus Veterans’ Group.  Condolences go to his Son and Daughter and their families.

BELGUM Former 23242496 Donald Belgum, died peacefully at home on February 7 having suffered with cancer.   He fought but sadly lost the battle.  He left the Royal Military Police in 1969, and took a commission with the then Pioneer Corps.   He retired from the Army in 1976.   He is greatly missed by all the family and many friends.

Major R Calder BEM View Here

Captain William John Campbell View Here

CARLING  Major Michael Garnet Carling died peacefully at home on March 1, having served with the RMP until his retirement in 1979, when he became the Political Agent for the local Member of Parliament for Abingdon. His funeral will be held at All Saints’ Church, Marcham, Oxford, at 13:00 pm, March 17.

COATES Former Warrant-Officer Class 2 Clive Coates, who served with both the Coldstream Guards and RMP passed away at his home in Austria on February 11, after a long illness.  It is said that he was "a big, strong, immaculate Yorkshire lad was Clive!".  His funeral was held in Bad Goisern, Gschwandt, Austria, on February 11.

COGLEY Former 23337787 Corporal Brian Cogley died on 25th July at Derby.  He served with 101 Pro Coy RMP at Krefeld between 1957 and 1958.  His funeral was on the 13th August and representatives of Derby Branch were in attendance.

Major Angus Leacroft Drew RMP View Here

FIELDING  Gordon Fielding who was a serving Royal Military Policeman for 22 years finally succumbed from cancer after time in a Hospice.  Gordon had lost contact with the Corps, but in his dying days, his son asked the RHQ to put out a ‘Call to his Comrades in Arms’ and I know that the response from those that knew him was most welcome and gave him great comfort in his last days.  His funeral will take place at Shrewsbury Crematorium, London Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6PS, commencing at 1430 hrs, April 17th (Maundy Thursday).

FOWLER Former 23304204 Lance-Corporal Robert (“Bob”) Fowler died at his home in Pudsey on 11th August.  A National Serviceman, Bob served from April 1956 until April 1958.  After initial military training with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps(RAOC), Bob transferred to RMP where he served with 4 Infantry Division Pro Coy in Germany.  A widower, Bob has left three sons and a granddaughter.  Bob was a dedicated member of the Association and was instrumental in securing West Yorkshire Branch a new home at Pudsey Royal British Legion when its previous meeting place closed.  Every year, Bob laid an Association Poppy Wreath at the Pudsey Remembrance Day Ceremony and was an example to others on parade by his smartness.  His quiet presence in his favourite seat in the corner of the Branch Meeting Room, conveniently next to the serving hatch, will be sorely missed.  His funeral was held at Rawdon Crematorium on the 22nd August, and was attended by his family and friends from the Royal British Legion Club, Pudsey, West Yorkshire Branch RMPA President Derek Dyson and 10 members of the Branch together with the Branch Standard.

GAUKROGER Former 22491247 Lance-Corporal Frederick (“Fred”) Gaukroker died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on the 18th August.  Fred’s National Service was from October 1951 - May 1953, and after initial training with the Royal Artillery, the course at Inkerman Barracks followed and he passed-out with Squad 235.  Posted to Middle East Land Forces (MELF) he served first with 203 Pro Coy RMP at Moascar in the Suez Canal Zone on General Police Duties and at Port Said before posting to 3 Infantry Division Pro Coy at North Camp, where he served until his demobilisation.  He was awarded the GSM for his service in the Canal Zone.  Fred’s funeral took place before a packed congregation at St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden, near Halifax.  Members of West Yorkshire Branch and the Branch Standard attended as well as two Junior NCOs from 150 Pro Coy 3RMP.  He is survived by his widow Pauline, daughter Beverley and sons Michael, Lee and Andrew and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Fred was a 'character' in every sense of the word: one of his particular memories of Army life was of a Bombardier responsible for his initial training who was very unpopular with all members of his squad due to his bullying and bombastic manner.  Sometime later in Moascar, Fred found an unlocked Artillery Truck parked unattended in the street.  Furthermore there was in the clips above the windscreen a loaded Sten-Gun also unattended.  Fred took charge of the weapon and waited for the driver of the vehicle to return and to his surprise and joy the driver proved to be the bullying Bombardier of unloved memory.  As Fred put it "What goes around comes around!  That was the best ‘252’ that I ever filled out!"  Until prevented by ill-health, Fred was an enthusiastic member of the Branch; he loved a parade and ceremony and was to be seen at almost every event where a RMPA presence was required.  His cheerful disposition and strident laugh will be missed by all who knew him.

GIBBS Former 22364291 Corporal Christopher Thomas Gibbs died on the 12th August.  Christopher served from May 1950 until June 1952 at the Depot & Training Establishment, Woking as a Clerk.  It is sad that he only joined the Old Comrades Link-Up in December of last year.  He was a member of  Coventry and Warwickshire Branch RMPA.

Sergeant and In-Pensioner Leonard Charles Gillard View Here

GILLESPIE   Former-23723267 Staff -Sergeant George Gillespie died on January 25th. Passing-out from Squad R26A, he served: from 1963 to 1984 variously with 101 and 173 Provost Companies and 19 Brigade Provost Unit; twice with 247 (Berlin) Provost Company ; with 111, 180, 179, 175 Provost Companies; and lastly with 243 Provost Company (Volunteers) based in Northern Ireland as a Permanent Staff Instructor (PSI) where he was also a very active and loyal member of the Northern Ireland Branch of the RMP Association. His funeral will be at 2 pm at Roselawn Crematorium near Belfast, with full RMPA Honours: a Union Flag draped coffin with his beret and medals carried from his home; RMPA escorts: a piper in attendance; and with the Branch Standard, on January 31st.

GREETHAM  Major Richard James (‘Dick’) Greet ham passed away on Saturday, 29th March 2014, aged 60. He retired from the Army in 2012, he leaves a widow Petra and two sons, Simon and Marc and a great legacy of fond memories and good will amongst all of his comrades.

Sergeant James (Jim) Grant View Here

GRISS  Major Dennis Edmond Griss MBE, who died on 15th December 2013, aged 90, will be remembered as a square-jawed and solid rugby-playing former ‘PARA’ with two rows of medals at a time when a single medal or perhaps two was the norm.  Importantly, he had the stories to back up those indications of his gallantry and service and he could easily set pulses racing with his tales, causing the young men who listened to wonder whether they could ever be like him.  Danny Griss began his long military career In June 1942, joining the Royal Regiment of Artillery and training as a gunner and dispatch rider.  He saw active service in North Africa arriving just in time to see the success of Operation TORCH and Monty’s push into Tunisia before volunteering for parachute training and of the 300 who applied; only Danny and 16 others passed selection.  A posting to ‘A’ Company 12th (Yorkshire) Parachute Battalion and some tough training, in preparation for 6th British Airborne Division’s key role in Operation OVERLORD, followed.  Tasked to secure the left flank of the invasion beaches by capturing the high ground beyond the village of Ranville in Normandy on D-Day, 6th June 1944, the PARAS were dropped erratically and in high winds and Lance-Corporal Griss’s ‘stick’ landed in an orchard 4-5 miles away from the Drop Zone.  As he was to recall later “There were Germans everywhere and some of those who were dropped before and after me were captured almost straight away.  There was a hell of a battle going on all day. Some of us grouped together and we laid low throughout the day, trying to keep out of the Germans' way.  Only once darkness fell, were we able to move forward.  We reached the British positions at about dawn on D-Day+1 and were then able to catch up with the battalion.  So it was true to say that for the whole of D-Day itself, I was missing!"  Promoted to Sergeant in the field on the 24th June, just weeks after his promotion to Lance-Corporal, he was involved in the hard fighting throughout the remainder of the campaign and in one particularly bloody engagement with the enemy on 22nd August, he won the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star.  The citation reads:
‘During an attack to cross the River Touques at Pont L'Eveque on 22nd August 1944, Sergeant Griss was with the forward elements of his Company.  The river was swift and under heavy fire. Regardless of the danger to himself, he went to the rescue of a comrade who was in danger of being swept away by the current and drowned [sic]. He was one of the small party of one officer and eight men, who succeeded in ' crossing the river and reaching the objective. Throughout a trying period when they were under constant fire for six hours, he was an inspiration to all around him.  Later under fire from machine guns and snipers in the dark, he bandaged a badly wounded officer and assisted him back over 800 yards of open ground.  When the Officer was exhausted and could go no further, he made his way to the Regimental Aid Post and asked for a stretcher and someone to come and help him.  He then once more made his way back to the Officer and helped to carry him in, although he was soaking wet and very nearly exhausted.  His courage was beyond praise and undoubtedly saved the Officer's life’.
Commissioned in the Parachute Regiment in 1944, Danny then saw active service with 1 PARA in the Ardennes, at the Crossing of the Rhine and in Palestine, a tour of duty that held special memories for him; meeting future Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan and Premiers Golda Meir and Menachem Begin (the latter being a wanted terrorist at the time).  After moving with 16 Parachute Brigade to Germany, he then opted for Provost Duties with the RMP in 1950 and postings as a Staff Captain with the Special investigation Branch (SIB) in Malaya and Eastern Command ensued.  On transfer to the RMP in 1954, he qualified as a detective.  In 1956, in recognition of his skill as an investigator, combined with his drive and dogged determination in pursuit of the truth in the most serious of crime, he was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.  He then served for the majority of his remaining career with the SIB in Cyprus, broken by a tour with the RMP TA in London, and then again with the SIB in Hong Kong and Germany, before ending his active career at the RMP Depot and Training Establishment in Chichester.  Throughout his life Dennis enjoyed various sports both participating and in later years supporting.  He excelled at many sports, but his rugby career was particularly impressive; including Combined Services where he played against the Fiji National XV.  At the conclusion of his rugby playing he took up refereeing.  He retired from the Army in 1972, but continued to wear his uniform and scarlet beret as a Re-employed Officer with the Army Careers and Information Office in Essex.  In retirement, he was President of the South East Branch of the Parachute Regiment Association and an active honorary member of the Polish Parachute Association.  To sum up a military career such as Danny’s is difficult, so I will use Danny’s own words as reported in Soldier Magazine when he finally retired in 1983, after over 40 years in the Army: “I don’t consider myself a Para anymore than I do a Military Policeman.  I am just a soldier and that’s what it’s all about!”

HALL John Hall who served with the RMP from 1979 to 1994 died on 21 Nov 13, aged 70.  John saw service in Catterick, Osnabruck, Lisburn, Tidworth, Hong Kong, Dortmund and Bulford.  In civilian life he become a Scenes-of-Crime-Officer (SOCO)/Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) working on secondment in Bermuda, where he died.

HILL Bill Hill passed away at his home in Meir, Stoke on Trent, on the 3 Dec 13, after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Bill, after training in 279 Squad, served in 17 Gurkha Division Provost Company in Malaya in 1952-53.  He will be greatly missed by his family and Malaya Veterans' colleagues.

HANAFIN Former 23611890 Lance-Corporal Michael (“Mike”) Charles Hanafin died on 12th June at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, after a long illness.  Mike joined as a National Serviceman in March 1959 and was de-mobbed in March 1961, serving with 173 Pro Coy RMP.  Mike was an active member of the Northern Ireland Branch RMPA, members of which attended his funeral.

HENNESSY Former 23017773 Lance-Corporal Michael Hennessy passed away on the 31st of August, at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex near to his home in Waltham Abbey.  A National Serviceman, Michael served with 6th Armoured Division Provost Company in Germany from January 1955 to late 1957, in both Osnabruck and Munster.  Following his return to civilian life he worked initially as a heavy goods vehicle driver and later as a surveyor with a double-glazing company until his final retirement.  He then took up his active membership of the RMPA belonging to both Colchester and East Anglia and Hertfordshire and Essex Branches.  He was both Chairman and President of the Hertfordshire and Essex Branch.  He was also a member of the ‘Mailed Fist Club’ with fellow ex-members of the 6th Armoured Division Provost Company, until its disbandment in 2012.  A proud and active member of the Freemasons for many years, he was also actively involved in various sports both as a player and as an official of football, cricket, cycling and swimming.   He was also expert in DIY projects about the home.  Michael leaves behind his wife of almost 60 years Pamela and his son Steven and his family.  His funeral was held at Waltham Abbey Church which was attended by an Honour Guard from both the Colchester and East Anglia and Hertfordshire and Essex Branches together with representatives of the Waltham Abbey Royal British Legion, on 23rd September, followed by his cremation at the Pardon Wood Crematorium in Harlow.

James Thomson Jardine OBEJARDINE      James (‘Jim’) Jardine OBE, a past member of RMP and formerly the Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales in the 1970’s, died on January 4th aged 86.  Enlisting in 1946, he served with the Royal Scots and King’s Own Scottish Borderers before transferring to the RMP and seeing active service in Korea in 1950, as the driver/radio operator to Lieutenant (Later Colonel; Chief Constable MoD Police; and Queen’s Police Medal recipient) Jack Aspinall who was a Provost Officer (badged Royal Artillery) with the 29th British Brigade.  Jim spent the best part of a year in very close proximity with Jack, mostly in a battered jeep in winter temperatures often below minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit with the ever present risk of frostbite and on cart tracks criss-crossing Korea’s almost impassable terrain.  Jack recalls that like most soldiers Jim ”could moan for England” finding something in everything to complain about, but that he was both an excellent driver and a very responsible and reliable soldier.  During the Chinese advance in the winter of 1950/51, 249 (General Headquarters) Provost Company endeavoured to keep retreating allied traffic moving on the only usable road, which was flooded with refugees and disintegrating military units of several nations.  There were frequent confrontations, often with armed groups and when trying to bring some order to the situation it was a great comfort to his Provost Officer to have beside him this tall and lanky Scot with a cocked submachine gun in his hands, who would walk just behind him, but then move forward when required to ensure that the ‘discussion;’ ended with the outcome the ‘Provost’ wished.  That said, on a number of occasions Jack and Jim had to fire their weapons in anger in order to extricate themselves safely.  Throughout the highest of operational tempos, Jim was always good company with a mordant sense of humour and a strong sense of duty and his coolness while directing traffic under enemy artillery fire was noted; an early indication perhaps of one of the traits that would serve him so well in the ‘battle’ with the Government over civil police pay that was to come and in which he was to play such a pivotal role.  On demobilisation, he joined the Metropolitan Police, becoming involved with the Police Federation at an early stage of his career.  As Chairman of the Police Federation, Jim is remembered today for his “pugnacious” stand on Police Pay and his fighting a very effective campaign which, after some acrimonious negotiations forced the Callaghan Government to concede an inquiry into Police pay.  In the end, Jim achieved a pay rise of 45% for the police over two years, with an agreement that future pay awards would be tied to average earnings.  In 1977, Jack Aspinall sent a copy of the newly published ‘Major Vaughan Lovell-Knight’ Royal Military Police history, in which Jim was mentioned (page192) to his office at Police Federation HQ.  At a time of high Republican Irish terrorist activity, it is understood that the parcel ended up in a bucket of water!  Jim was appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to Policing on his retirement in 1982.  His full-page obituary appeared in the Times (of London) on Thursday, January 23rd, with additional notes by Colonel Aspinall on Saturday, January 25th.

JOHNSON     Former Lance-Corporal George (Johnny) Johnson passed away on the 4th April 2014 after a short illness. He enlisted in the Army in the early 1950s and joined the RM.  On completion of his training he was posted to the 6th Armoured Division Provost Company in Germany serving in Lubbecke and Bunde.  After leaving the Army he joined the Bristol City Constabulary where he served for 30 years after which he became a Court Officer. He was the founder of the Mailed Fist Club whose members had served in either the 6th Armoured Division or 2 Division  Provost Companies working tirelessly to track down former RMP and organising annual reunions. In later years he became a member of a local choir. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and by those privileged to be numbered amongst his friends.

JONES  Former 23230621 Sergeant Bernard (Buck) Jones passed away on Sunday, February 23,, after a long illness. His funeral was held on March 4, at the Ardsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road, Barnsley. S71 5EH. Buck served with the RMP in several overseas locations including a spell of several years in Cyprus during the EOKA conflict and was a member of the RMP Cyprus Veterans Group. Buck will be greatly missed by his very close family.

KEMPTON Staff-Sergeant Joe Kempton died on the 26 Oct 13, after a long illness. He joined the Metropolitan Police on leaving the RMP and lived in Hertfordshire. He leaves his wife, Val, and three adult children.

LAMBERT Former 22958313WO2 (CSM) Ronald (“Ron”) Lambert slipped away peaceful at home in Swanmore, Hampshire, on 21st July, following a short illness.  Ron was born in Dundee in 1935, and when called up for National Service decided to sign up for 3-years instead.  He was inducted into the RMP and was a member of Squad 376 at Inkerman Barracks.  After training, he was posted to Malaya and served with the Gurkha Military Police (GMP) in its formative years during the Malayan Emergency.  Further postings followed to: Chatham, where he met his wife Brenda; Newcastle with the TA as a Permanent Staff Instructor (PSI); in Germany; at Chichester as the Squad Instructor for Squads R89 & R98; again with the TA in Manchester as a PSI; and in Hong Kong where he was resplendent in ‘Dress Whites’ for the visit of HRH The Princess Anne; and another tour in Germany.  He finished his 22 years of Colour Service in Bulford as the Company Sergeant-Major.  After a short stint as a Planning Enforcement Officer with Eastleigh Borough Council, he joined Winchester City Council as its Car Parks’ Manager in charge of all council parking where Ron was in charge when the council - the first in the UK - took over responsibility for the enforcement of 'on-street' parking from the civil police.  After finally retiring in 2000, he spent his time reading, playing with his computer and making home-made wine.  His funeral was held at West Vale Crematorium, Hedge End, on 1st August.  Donations were requested instead of flowers with proceeds split equally between the Royal Military Police Central Benevolent Fund and ‘Walking with the Wounded’.  Ron leaves behind his wife of 52 years Brenda, his daughter Heather, his son Andrew and six grandchildren.  A sympathy card from a colleague said that the sender had never met a more honest nor fair professional, and that Ron had always showed such passion for all the things that he cared about.  Ron exemplified the Royal Military Police ethos and always “led by example” and will be missed greatly.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Charles W Landon BEM View Here

LANGMEAD Major Alexander Douglas Graham Langmead TD, died age 89, having lived a life full of great adventure and danger, lots of merriment and notable success in both military and civilian spheres, the like of which any of us could be proud, but are unlikely to ever see.  Graham was born on 23rd June 1924, in London and was educated at Bloxham School and Sandhurst.  He was commissioned in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1942.  Having volunteered for Special Duties, he was assigned to operate behind enemy lines in German-occupied Yugoslavia, under the direction of the British Directorate of Military Intelligence Section 9.  Known as M.I.9., this was the department of the War Office tasked with aiding resistance fighters in enemy occupied territory and recovering Allied troops, particularly aircrew, who found themselves behind enemy lines.  M.I.9., also communicated with British and Commonwealth Prisoners-of-War and sent them equipment and advice on how to escape.  Parachuting into hostile territory with just a Radio Operator, Graham assisted many a downed aircrew and did much else besides before being withdrawn.  He then served in the Italy Campaign, where he was wounded in the knee.  Appointed as a Provost Officer, Graham had occasion to act as escorting officer to Colonel-General von Vietinghoff the surrendering Commander of German Forces in the Central Mediterranean, in April 1945.  Graham then commanded 105 Provost Company Corps of Military Police and ultimately saw that Provost Company established in Vienna, which like Berlin, as a former Nazi Capital, was divided for occupation between the victorious Allied Powers, but uniquely conducting joint patrols with American, Soviet and French Military Police colleagues.  After the war, he was approached separately by both disputing parties (the Zionists and the Palestinians) in Palestine to act as a paid military advisor to their respective armed forces; offers, which he prudently declined.  However, at the bidding of former Colditz escapee and M.I.9., notable Airey Neave, he joined the Artist’s Rifles, the Territorial Army unit, disbanded in 1945, but re-established in 1947 to resurrect the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment for service in an uncertain post-War World.  It was here that he, with his particular specialty for parachuting, became a founding member of 21 SAS Regiment (Artists) (Reserve) and in time gained the Territorial Decoration.  In civilian life, he embarked on a very successful business career and was a director of C.T. Browring (Insurance).  Travelling widely, he met his wife Gene in Chicago in 1970.  He was prominent in the City of London as both a Common Councillor and later as the Deputy Ward of Tower.  He was also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers.  Retiring to Chichester, where he often attended services at the Corps Chapel at Roussillon Barracks, he suffered a stroke in 2008, spending his remaining years in the care of Westhampnett House Private Nursing Home until his death on October 26th, 2013.

LOUGHRIDGE George ("Paddy") Lough ridge passed away on Friday, 21st January 2014, in Redding, Northern California.  He was 90 years old and had been ill for just a short time. Paddy volunteered to join the Royal Ulster Rifles in 1942 and after basic and Infantry training was posted to its 2nd Battalion (The London Irish Regiment) as a replacement when the battalion was fighting in Tunisia. He was with the London Irish during the invasion of Sicily, fought with them until that campaign finished and then went with them during the Italian Campaign. During the battle for Moreno in June 1944, Paddy was wounded and captured by the Germans and spent the remainder of the war in various POW camps in Germany.  After repatriation, Paddy, once pronounced fit for service, but unable to rejoin The London Irish, which, as a Territorial Regiment, had been taken off a war footing, volunteered to join The Manchester Regiment, serving with them until he transferred to RMP in 1951, joining 249 Squad under the tutelage of Sgt Eric Rawlinson. Paddy served in RMP until 1955, when after discharge he moved with his family to Redding in Northern California. In 1961, Paddy re-enlisted back into RMP aged 37 and joined R10b Squad. He finally retired from the British army in 1970 and returned to Redding, in the USA.  Paddy had a super sense of humour, sometimes wicked, and he was well until last year when sadly dementia set in. Even with Dementia, he was still often able to make people laugh with his jokes and witty Northern Irish asides and stories. At the end, he died of congestive heart failure. He will be missed very much by those who knew him.

MacDonald Former Lance-Corporal 22768926 George MacDonald who passed away in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday, January 23rd from pneumonia. George enlisted in 1953, trained at Woking and served in Aldershot and Chatham. A life member of the RMPA (Number 8929) and a staunch member of Scotland (Central) Branch for many years, he stood down only last year after a 6-year stint as the Branch President. His funeral is tomorrow January 31st at 1100 hrs in the Lorimer Chapel at the Warriston Crematorium, Warriston Road, Edinburgh, EH47 4HW.

MAYBEE Former 22448099 LCpl Leslie George Williamson died on 19 Nov 13.  He undertook National service with 203 Provost Company in the Canal Zone in 1951-52.

MASON Lieutenant-Colonel L W Mason RMP passed away yesterday February 17th, at a Nursing Home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, after a short hospital admission and a period of post-operative care.  Les, as he was known, was a stalwart of the Special Investigation Branch and served twice as the Assistant-Provost Marshal and Commanding Officer of Headquarters Special Investigation Branch Royal Military Police (United Kingdom) in the 1970’s.  He was 89, and is survived by his second wife, Beryl and a Step-son, Christopher. I will inform you of the date and time of the funeral in due course.

McGauley Second World War veteran former 882292 Private Eric McCauley died on 3rd June 2014, just short of his 94th birthday.  Enlisting on 26th July 1940, aged 20 and apparently joining the Royal Artillery before transferring to the CMP, Eric saw his initial service with the Traffic Control Branch of CMP before various postings in the UK.  In 1944, he embarked on 5th June for France as part of the Normandy Invasion with 102 Pro Coy CMP that  landed on SWORD Beach in support of 3 Infantry Division on D-Day.  Eric’s ‘Tracer Card’ at RHQ records that he disembarked on the 10th.  He ended his Military Police career with 185 (Ports) Pro Coy CMP and was finally transferred to the Reserve in July 1946, although it seems he may have re-enlisted into the Field Artillery in 1947.  A highly successful career then followed with HM Prison Service.  He leaves a wife Edna and a large family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Sergeant Maud Musselwhite BEM (Gallantry) View Here

NAPPIN Second World War veteran former 14407183 Corporal Roland (“Ron”) Henry Nappin died suddenly at his home in Poole, Dorset on the 10th August, aged 90.  Ron enlisted in September 1942 into the Welch Regiment and served as a Muleteer in Burma with 14th Army.  Transferring to CMP in Singapore after Japan’s surrender in 1945, Ron trained at the Depot and Training Establishment at Mytchett and served with 163 Pro Coy in Bristol and Taunton and 160 Pro Coy in Bulford.  He was discharged in 1947.  He was, at one time the National Standard Bearer of the Burma Star Association.  His funeral was held at Bournemouth Crematorium on the 21st August, attended by Burma Veterans, the local Royal British Legion Standard Bearer and a bugler, together with members of Dorset Branch RMPA.  The final music brought a wry smile to the faces of the congregation as the tune ‘Colonel Bogey’ was played.  Ron will be greatly missed by his widow wife Joy and his family and friends.

PATTERSON Former Lance-Corporal Bernard Patrick Patterson passed away peacefully on February 17.  He was 80 years of age and had been suffering from a rare form of blood cancer for some time.  Bernie trained at Inkerman Barracks with 273 Squad and later served in Trieste.  Following his National Service he joined the Surrey Police, but subsequently transferred to Thames Valley Police retiring with the rank of Superintendent based in Reading.  His funeral will take place at 10:30 am, March 19, at All Saints’ Church, Burbage, Wiltshire, SN8 3AG, followed by a wake at the White Hart Public House, High Street, Burbage.

PEACOCK Former Army Catering Corps (ACC) member Leonard (“Len”) Peacock attached to the RMP in Cyprus in 1955-57 during the emergency, died on 10th August, age 78.  He was reportedly a great cook and was treated by the RMP who served at ‘Warburgh House’ in Famagusta as “one of the gang” and in later life became an Honorary Member of the RMP Cyprus Veterans’ Group, attending their annual Reunion Dinners until ill-health prevented him.  He also served at ‘Inkerman House’ feeding members of RMP supporting the 3rd Division deployed on Counter-Insurgency tasks.  His funeral was on 20th August, at St. Anthony’s Church, York Road, Broadstone, and then at Poole Crematorium.  Six members of the RMP Cyprus Veterans’ Group attended forming a Guard of Honour for Len’s final journey.

PELHAM Former 25063899 Lance-Corporal Andrew Pelham died on 6th October.   Andrew enlisted in 1996 and passed-out with Squad 9703 before serving for a short, but intense time with RMP.  His last posting was with 156 Pro Coy RMP before leaving the Army in 2001 in order to join the Metropolitan Police where he saw service at Forest Gate in the London Borough of Newham.  His funeral was held at Woodside Cemetery, in Benfleet, Essex, on 22nd October.

PRINCE  Former Lance-Corporal David Prince, died suddenly on February 18th.  David was with the Corps from 1952-54 in 318 Squad and served at Woking before posting to 193 (Port) Provost Company at Bidston and Portsmouth. While at Woking he represented the Corps at rugby during the 1952/53 season. On leaving the RMP he joined the Birmingham City Police, which later became part of the West Midlands Police Force and retired as an Inspector with the Traffic division.  Within the Birmingham (Central) Branch RMPA he designed and administered the Branch’s web site.  David leaves a daughter and three grand-daughters.

SAUNDERS Richard Saunders passed away in January 2014.  A former Royal Marine who transferred to the Corps in 1987, he served with the RMP until 1991.

SAWYER Colin Sawyer, a member of Buckinghamshire Branch RMP Association, passed away on 2 Dec 13.

WO1 SaxbySAXBY WO1 (RSM) V W Saxby RMP had a very long and distinguished career with the Corps and while serving as Depot RSM at Inkerman Barracks, his favourite 'catch-phrase' was apparently: "There'll be no poking in Woking tonight! It'll be pining and shining in the barrack room!"  ‘Vic’ joined the Royal Engineers and served briefly in a searchlight unit.  Looking for more adventure, he transferred to the Essex Regiment in 1934 and saw service in Palestine.  In 1938, he decided that being an infantryman was not for him and transferred to the Corps of Military Police later that year.  He remained with the Corps until his retirement from the service ending his career at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), which was then at Fontainebleau in France, in 1955.  During this time he saw service in Egypt, Germany, North Africa, with the 1st Commonwealth Division Provost Company Korea, Woking and France.  Whilst at SHAPE, he led the RMP Special Duties Detachment at the Royal unveiling of the iconic and most moving Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Memorial in 1955.  After leaving military service, Vic served with the Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary in the rank of Sergeant.  He spent all this service at Harwell from 1956 till his retirement in 1982.  He was awarded the Police LS&GC medal for his dedicated service.  Vic will be remembered with respect and even affection as something of a martinet, but with a sense of humour, whose primary concern was always the training and morale of his men.

SLINGER       Former Lance-Corporal Peter (‘Pete’) Slinger died at home in Retford, Nottinghamshire, on March 9th,  aged 66.  Pete enlisted in late 1965, and completed his training in 77 Squad at Chichester.  Posted to Osnabruck in the early months of 1966, with 12 Infantry Brigade Provost Unit where he stayed until leaving the Army in late 1968. Within a few years he had built up a very successful business, but he missed the army life and joined the TA eventually finding his niche in The Royal Anglian Regiment. His hard work, enthusiasm and no little skill was rewarded with a commission and in 1987 he attained the rank of Captain. Always a popular figure at the "Ex-Osnabruckers" reunions that he never failed to attend and this loyalty was reflected in the number of ‘Old Comrades’ who attended his funeral, which included Ted & Rhoda Hurst, John & Cath Hodgson, John Lawrence, Bill Hepburn, Paul Torr, Brian Lee, Geoff Dodds, Allan Lord, Alan Barton and Roger Cole.

STREET 14920477 WO1 Roderick Street died in his sleep on Sat 28 Dec 13, after a 2 month illness. He trained at Mytchett and served variously in India, Ceylon, Singapore, Malaya, Burma, Java, Sumatra and Borneo.  Roderick was a founding member of the RMP Malaya Veterans' Group and his twin brother John served in the Merchant Navy and Captained HM Troopship 'Asturias'.  Roderick's funeral will be at 1300 hrs, 8 Jan 14, at the Inverness Crematorium.

TROWER Former Corporal Mark Trower (Squad 8411) tragically collapsed and died whilst playing football last week.  He was believed to be just 49 years old.  Mark's first posting was to 150 Pro Coy RMP Catterick in 1985. He also served in Northern Ireland as a CONCO. He then worked for H M Prison Service for many year.  His funeral is taking place on at 11:45 am, March 17, at St James’s Church, Church Street, Wetherby.

VOSPER Jamie (Jimmy) Vosper passed away on 24 Nov 13. One the Corps’ larger than life forever the smiling happy ‘artful dodger’ in a kind and positive way. If you didn't know how to do it, Jimmy did or knew someone who did and he leaves behind a positive legacy in the form of a very loving and caring family.

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WELSH Former 25225662 Corporal Brian Hugh Samuel Welsh died just short of his 27th Birthday after a brief illness caused by a rare disease of the arteries.  Brian served with RMP from January 2007 until his discharge whilst serving in Lisburn, in 2013.  He then worked in the Security Industry and at the time of his premature death he was the Operations Manager for a Security Company based in County Antrim.  His coffin was preceded from his house by the Standard and members of Northern Ireland Branch RMPA and a piper, before his interment at Carnmoney Cemetery, Belfast.

WEST https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/10542428_10203804125560271_1609533058634379959_o.jpgFormer 22360529 Staff-Sergeant Brian West passed away at St. Helena’s Hospice, Colchester, Essex, on 17th July.  Brian completed his Colour Service RMP in 1980, after 22 years.  His funeral was held at St Theresa's Church, Colchester and burial at Colchester Cemetery.  A Guard of Honour was formed by members of the Colchester and East Anglia Branch RMPA and two members of 156 Pro Coy RMP, Brian’s last Unit, together with other former-comrades.  He will be hugely missed by his wife Theresa and his daughter Francis (a retired Lt Col RMP), his son Richard and all his many friends.

WILLIAMS Stan Williams passed away on February 22 . Although not a member of the local RMPA Branch he was a very active member of the Colchester Branch of Korean Veterans’ Association. His funeral was held at Colchester Crematorium on March 10 at 12:30 pm.

WO1 WoodmanWoodman Former 24219570 Warrant Officer Class One (Regimental Sergaent-Major) Barry Eric Woodman died suddenly from complications whilst in hospital on January 28th having suffered an apparent heart attack at home on the 18th.  He would have been 59 years old on February 2nd.  After his Colour-Service, Barry worked in the security industry, latterly with the National Air Traffic Control Service, whilst continuing to support his beloved Southampton FC.  Both he and his wife Jan had qualified recently as Athletic Events Officials so as to be better able to accompany the four of their six grandchildren who compete regularly in Amateur Athletic events across the country.  He leaves his widow, two daughters, his grandchildren and a great many friends.  His funeral is to be held on February 7th, at Southampton Crematorium.

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