It is with deep regret and sadness that we have been informed of the passing of the following members.
Died 26 December 2021
born on 12 March 1943 at Kilwinning, Ayrshire. His early days were spent fishing
the seas around the west coast of Scotland in his father’s fishing boat. After
leaving Marr College in Troon, his first job was a riveter at a boatyard, before
joining RAF Halton as an airframe fitter in the 92nd Entry.
his 3 years at Halton he became a member of the Pipe Band and played in front
of royalty and many prestigious events including the Lord Mayor’s Show and The
Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall.
Bill was posted to C. F. S. Little Rissington and during his 14 years’ service
served in Cyprus, Singapore and Borneo. After leaving the RAF he worked as an
engineer with commercial airlines, BA, Air France, Saudi Air and many others.
employed latterly at Aberdeen Airport maintaining and servicing helicopters used
for transporting personnel to and from the oil rigs in the North Sea. He also
worked in the helicopter industry in Germany and the Shetlands before having to
retire after contracting lung cancer in 2008.
last few years his condition became more difficult, his mobility decreased and
his reliance on oxygen and drug therapy became greater. Having enjoyed Christmas,
on Boxing Day he was taken to hospital where he sadly passed away.
Morrison (Bill’s partner for 16 years) 2022
| Dave || |
| Died 14
| Dave || |
graduation Dave served at Coningsby, Cottesmore, Sharjah, Lyneham, Brize
Norton, St. Athan, and Laarbruch before returning to complete his
22 years service at Lyneham. In civilian life Dave entered the financial world
as an advisor with Allied Dunbar.
At Halton Dave was one of the first in the
Entry to buy a motorbike, and many of us will remember the clandestine lock
up garage in Amersham, where we stored our bikes ready for a week-end getaway.
Dave’s retained his passion for motorcycling and was an active member of
the BMW Owners Club U.K.
His other interests included Public Speaking in competitions as part of
Toastmasters U.K. He was a speaker at the Spiritualist Church in Swindon and
visited many other venues in the South West.
| Dave||Airframes ||Died 24 August 2017|
||Armament ||Died 14 June 2000
||Airframes ||Died 16 December 2016 |
Hugh, known as “Henry” by his fellow 92nd Entry Apprentices, began
his military career long before his arrival at RAF Halton when, at
the age of 6, he became the Royal Marine’s Mediterranean Fleet’s Mascot and
held the rank of Sergeant! A military initiation that probably
explains his razor sharp creases and glass like toe caps, as well as his
sartorial elegance both in and out of uniform; his hand made Chelsea Boots were
commented upon by many! Although destined to pass out “Airframes”
his sociable disposition resulted in him also becoming
an “Honorary Armourer” a title of which he was very proud.
Hugh enjoyed his RAF career spending time in the UK and overseas,
including postings to Bahrain and Kuala Lumpa where he developed his passion
for offshore sailing and a cool beer; normally trailed in his wake within
a makeshift net. With the opportunity for promotion beyond Sergeant
limited Hugh left the RAF after some 14 years and, following a very
short period as a salesman, joined Fairey Hydraulics on the Tornado
project. His work took him north to Warton where he settled. He
joined the local sailing club from where he participated in the round
Britain races, took up golf; particularly enjoying his time at the 19th hole.
When work required him to return south he chose to remain in the area he
considered home and moved to British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. from where he retired.
He continued to lead an active life and became a NHS courier, a
role that led him to meet Eileen whom he married in 2008. Unfortunately he was
taken ill in 2012 and after a long period in nursing homes died on 16 December
2016. Our “Henry” was buried in Lytham St Annes on 6 January 2017;
befittingly beside a golf course.
Burchett January 2017
||Airframes || Died 18 April 2014|
| Nik ||Armament ||Death registered 1993|
||Airframe||Died 4 May 2016|
Bill was born in March 1942 in
Cowdenbeath in Fife and joined the local Air Cadets as a teenager but followed
his father, also Bill, into the nearby coal mine engineering department. I
suspect he found it less than satisfactory as an apprentice...more cheap labour
than anything else and swiftly applied for a proper apprenticeship in the RAF.
as an air cadet, like so many of us, stood him in good stead and he graduated
with the entry and was posted to Waddington along with several other 92nd guys
before going off to Aden in early 1965 for an unaccompanied tour. On his
return, he had his dream posting to Leuchars on 74 Sqn who promptly went off to
Singapore with Bill hardly given time to be settled.
postings to Wyton and St Athans but managed to get back onto fast jets in
Germany as well as helicopters at Gutersloh. The bulk of his career was
spent between Germany and the UK on Jaguars and Tornadoes ending up as Warrant
Officer on his last squadrons and serving in the Gulf in the war. Upon
retirement, he became a civilian driver at Cottesmore where he lived with his
second wife Carol. Sadly, his last few years were marked with Alzheimer’s
but he succumbed to Lung cancer.
funeral was marked with eulogies from his brother Jim, stepson Kye and Tom
Chamberlain for the 92nd. His first wife Grace passed away two days after
Bill. Rest in peace.
Tom Chamberlain 2016
|Keith ( Doss) || Airframe
||Died 23 May 2013|
|| Engines||Unconfirmed Death Thailand|
| Roy (Gaffer) Francis|
Died 3 October 2020
|Michael (Mik)||Engines||Died 15 May 2016|
Michael (Mik) was born on the 29th
August 1942 in Plymouth Devon and attended Plympton Grammar school before
joining RAF Halton as an engine fitter in the 92nd Entry.
During his 3 years at Halton he enjoyed most sports and also became a member of
the “Strangers”, the entry rock group. On graduation he was posted to RAF
Lyneham and his air force career took him to many places at home in the
UK, including the Joint Services Hovercraft Trials Unit at Lee-on-Solent
and overseas including, Singapore, Bahrain, El Adam before leaving the
RAF in 1983 with the rank of Chief Technician. Mik was an accomplished artist
and designed the 92nd Entry badge, a talent that later enabled
him to study to become a Technical Illustrator and Author, which was his
calling until he retired in 2010.
Mik was a
dedicated supporter of the entry and always enjoyed reunions and meeting up
with what he always fondly called his RAF family. He was always willing to
contribute to the entry, more recently writing reunion reports for the 92nd
Entry website. When diagnosed with a terminal illness some months ago he faced
what lay ahead with courage and humility never once losing his sense of humour.
Many years ago his wife Hazel asked Mik what would he like to be remembered
for; he replied “To have been a good person”. Indeed he was. Once a
friend, always a friend, “A man for all men”.
be greatly missed by his wife Hazel, daughter Natalie, three grandchildren and
fellow brothers of the 92nd Entry.
Frost September 2016
Clive Trevor Medway
|Armament||Died 20 September 2013|
born in Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight and after passing the RAF Halton entrance
examination joined the entry as an armament fitter. Here he quickly earned the
nickname “TANK” owing to his sheer physical stature. He was however, a gentle
giant, principled and always willing to stand up to challenges from senior
entries. After graduation his first posting was to Colerne where his armament
knowledge made an impact on the Squadron commander who offered him the
opportunity to move onto first line servicing. This he took which led to
detachments to far-flung places such as El Adem, Cyprus, Greece and Bahrain.
leaving the RAF in 1964, Clive joined an engineering company in Poole where he
was able to utilise his keen artistic eye with drawing and calligraphy to
become a draughtsman. Then after a stint as an engineer aboard the Townsend
Thoresen Ferries he started his career with the Electricity Generating Board.
During this time he worked in small and large power stations on the main land
until he returned to the Isle of Wight to become a foreman and site supervisor
at Cowes power station.
main interest was sailing and he spent many days pottering around on the Medina
and Solent in his Fox Cub yacht until he suffered a heart attack. As he
encountered more severe medical trials, his positive outlook and strength often
masked their serious nature. In the final few days he was admitted to the Earl
Mountbatten Hospice where he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.
||Engines||Died 21 October 2016|
Terry joined the 92nd Entry as an Engine Fitter and on graduation was posted to
RAF Abingdon, he also served at RAF Bruggen during his 12 years service.
Terry had to leave the RAF in 1973 due to the No Quota policy introduced by the
Defence Estimate in 1972–73. He then went into the Police Force for a couple of
years and then became a newsagent for a short time. The following 24 years he
was employed in security and finally he worked at a sheltered housing complex
for 8 years. Terry passed away in a nursing home near
Oundle after a long battle with
Ann Greetham October 2016
|Charlie||Airframes||Death registered 1988|
|Mac ||Airframes||Died 31 December 1995 |
|Anthony ||Instruments||Died 10 August 2017 |
|Larry ||Armament ||Died 26 October 2004
Laurie spent 8 years as an
armourer serving on 56 Sqn at Waterbeach, Binbrook, Sharjah, Wattisham and 56
Sqn at Akrotiri. His last ground tour was on bomb disposal at Llanberis
before becoming aircrew flying in Shackletons and Nimrod aircraft. His
final posting was at Northwood on computer programming. After leaving the
service in 1976 Laurie worked for Mars Electronics, Douwe Egberts Coffee and a
couple of water treatment companies. Prior to his early retirement in
2003, he designed and sold reverse osmosis systems for catering applications
and large hotels. On return from months touring the USA, he took ill and
was admitted to hospital where he contracted MRSA and died from the infection.
|George ||Armament ||Died 19 July 2017|
|Robin ( Ginge) ||Instruments ||Died 28
August 2011 |
he was known during his time at Halton joined the 92nd Entry from
RAF Locking where he was a member of the 91st Entry. He was a
talented member of the entry becoming the School Pipe Major and achieving
first place in the final order of merit on Graduation. He was later
commissioned and became a captain on the Argosy and Hercules fleet. On
leaving the Royal Air Force, he became a civilian airline pilot
latterly flying with the Royal Brunei Airlines. On retirement, he
moved with his wife to live in Portugal.
Barney Barnsley 2011
30 June 2018
born in Preston, Lancashire on 27th. December 1941. On graduation
from Halton he joined the Airframes fraternity serving at Coningsby twice, Luqa
and Bruggen. He turned his focus to NDT in 1975, taking him to Waddington and
he entered civilian life continuing in NDT throughout the world. Doug, his wife
Margaret and their two sons emigrated to Alberta, Canada to live as a family
and enjoy a different lifestyle in 1988.
his life he displayed a passion for sports, especially football and 10 pin
bowling. He bowled with the Phantom 5 and the RAF team.
A decision was made, to
finally retire at the age of 73, but shortly afterwards he began to fight
it was a battle he could not win. Doug passed away on June 30th.
|Bert ||Electrical ||Died
Died August 2019
(Andy) ||Armament ||Died 21 May 2013|
Airframes ||Date of death
Died 30 July 2021
first posting after Halton along with other engine fitters Pete Randerson and
“Nig” Rogers was to 36 Sqn Colerne operating Hastings. Further postings took
him to Singapore on Bloodhound missiles, Germany, Thorney Island, Coningsby,
back to Colerne and finally Lyneham. When instructing at the Hercules School he
was known at “Gentleman John” and was always a first choice to be presented at
royal visits. He was part of the crew when Prince Charles was undergoing his
parachute training and was at Finningly for the Royal Review in 1977. On
leaving the service he instructed on the Bae 146 at Hatfield and also at
British Caledonian at Gatwick and Heathrow. He was passionate about early
aviation with an amazing collection of memorabilia and books on Royal Flying
Corps aircraft and was very knowledgeable. To the very end he took a keen
interest in aviation related issues and delighted in chatting about the RAF.
Vic Rice August 2021
| Felix || Airframes ||Died
1997/98 date not known|
Ray||Airframes ||Died 28 September 2013|
Ray was born in Calne,
Wiltshire April 25th 1943. At the end of the war the family moved
back to Gosport, Hants. Whilst at Halton Ray joined the Pipe Band as a
side drummer and had many fond memories of his time there. He was also part of
the team that won 1A Wing Swimming Championship in1961.On leaving Halton his first
posting was to RAF Wittering where he worked in the hydraulic bay. From there
he had a years posting to Aden and back to RAF Abingdon. Ray was privileged to
be selected for The Queens Flight where he served from 1967 – 1977 and was
awarded the RVM (Royal Victorian Medal).
He finished his time back at Abingdon as a Chief Technician involved with
major servicing of Beverleys. Civilian life took a bit of getting used to
and after a variety of jobs Ray eventually settled into working in Quality
Control for various engineering firms in the Gosport area.
Joining the RAF Halton Apprentices Ass and The Queens Flight Ass Ray met up
again with old friends and had many a happy hour with these
Associations. One of the most memorable
being the Dedication of the 92nd Entry window on 2nd
April 2005. Like so many ex Brats the training and
comradeship at RAF Halton stood him in good stead for the rest of his
Ray will always be remembered whenever the Black Bear is played !!!
Christine Corner Nov 2013
|Len|| Airframes ||Died 26 May 2015 |
Len sadly passed away after a
long illness aged 72. He finally retired from the Airforce after a long and
distinguished career in June 1997. During his service his talent and dedication
was recognized with 3 AOC’s Commendations and promotion to the rank of Warrant
airframe fitter by trade, Len was one of these great characters who on
retirement from the service just enjoyed tinkering about his extended
garage/den making or repairing just about anything that came his way. He was
also a great fisherman, so whenever he was not in his den or the greenhouse
tending his tomato plants he could be found somewhere on the Norfolk coast with
his rods. For many years he was a staunch member of his church in Swaffham, he
was also involved in his local community as a member of the local RBL branch
and Poppy Appeal organization. Always an avid ‘Brat’ supporter he attended many
of our reunions until health issues prevented him from actively taking part.
be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his wife Christine, his two
daughters, five grandchildren, wider family and friends.
Snook June 2015
|John (Toby)||Armament||Died 22 December 2016 |
||Armament||Died 5 June 2013|
was one of the 3 Sergeant Aircraft Apprentices in the entry and was a Squadron
Commander on the graduation parade. He was posted to Finningley on graduation
and served at Marham, Muharraq, Linton-on Ouse, St Athan, Leuchars, Valley and
Church Fenton during his 22 years service. After leaving the RAF in 1983, Roger
became a financial adviser until ill health forced him to take early retirement
in 1998. However, he continued to enjoy life and followed his passion for
walking an interest that was nurtured at Halton during the annual Ten Tors
Competition. Scouting was also a large part of his life and he was involved in
the movement during and after leaving the RAF. Roger was very supportive of
entry activities and was largely responsible for the installation of the entry
window in St Georges Church RAF Halton
Barney Barnsley 2013
Died 15 October 2019
|Fred||Airframes|| Died 23 July 2013|
born in Wigan, Lancashire in October 1941.
His family moved to Corby, Northamptonshire
where his father worked in the local steel mill. During his time at Halton, he
was a member of the Corps of Trumpeters and in 1961 or thereabouts was promoted
to LAA. Fred finished high enough up the order of merit to qualify for
accelerated promotion to Corporal. On graduation he was posted to 12 Sqn RAF
Coningsby staying with the squadron when they moved to RAF Cottesmore. During
this time he met and married his wife Vivian who came from Skegness. They has
three children 2 boys and one girl. He was then posted to RAF Salalah, Arabian
Gulf where it is believed he spent most of his time in the armoury
servicing .303 rifles. Very industrious our Fred, with not too many aircraft to
see to. On return to the UK
he was posted to RAF Cranwell, where he was involved in creating and
maintaining training aids for the cadets. Fred left the RAF in 1971 and almost
immediately emigrated to Australia.
He settled in Sydney, NSW and worked for QANTAS servicing cabin equipment and
brake units. After a few years he relocated to Adelaide
where his parents and sister lived. He worked for a time for a company making
buses, "tin bashing" at its best. After a few more years he took a
job working for Santos Oil on pipeline maintenance in the remote part of
outback Australia at a site
near the conjunction of South Australia, Northern
Territories and Queensland
borders. He was one of the original fly-in, fly-out workers. He remained there
until his retirement. Fred always had a strong interest in railway technology
and spent many holdays travelling the length and breadth of the USA, Europe and
Brian Williams Perth Western Australia 2013
|Ron||Armament ||Died 13 July 2003
|Reg ||Airframes ||Death
| Mac ||Engines||Died 14 February 2009|
Died 12 August 1999
Michael Williams known as “Willy”
was initially posted to RAF Lyneham. He applied and succeeded in becoming a
Flight Engineer based at RAF Benson on Argosys. As they were phased out he was
posted to RAF Brize Norton on Belfasts. These were also phased out and he left
the Air Force and joined Heavy Lift Airlines operating those aircraft.
The Air Force became short of Flight Engineers and Willy was asked to
rejoin the Air Force operating VC 10s. This he did completing his service to
the age of 55years.
He returned to operating Belfast’s for Heavylift Airlines. On the 12
August 1999 Willy suffered a massive heart attack at home and was found dead by
his wife. The funeral service was held on the 20August 1999 locally and
attended by many old friends and colleagues with the culmination of a fly-past
by a VC10.
Bob Swann 2013