Mallock, Geoffrey Ross

Posted on: May 4th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with great sadness that Hawkeye has learned of the untimely death of Colonel (Retd) Geoffrey Ross Mallock AFC (12 Dec 40 -27 May 22). Many will know him as Ross Mallock, a larger than life character who was a talented musician, an amusing writer and a likeable entrepreneur who could organise and enthuse others to assist him in delivering ideas and events. He was born in in India, the son of a Cavalryman who was charged with the unenviable task of converting his fellows onto armoured cars. Small wonder that Ross chose the Royal Tank Regiment when he graduated from Sandhurst in 1961 and joined 5 RTR. He took advantage of the Integrated Flight Scheme to qualify as an Army Pilot on Light Aircraft Course 168. From there he joined 3 RTR Air Troop at Detmold in 1965. He remained with the Flight until late 1966 when he was selected for training as an Instructor and qualified in 1967, with a promotion to Captain.
Following a brief period as an Instructor at Middle Wallop Ross was posted as Second in Command and QHI of the UN Flight operating out of Nicosia in Cyprus. His Flight Commander at that time was the Late Major David Craig GM, who went on to be the first AAC Secretary, who almost immediately put Ross in harm’s way by sending him to observe a clash between EOKA and UN Troops on the ground. His appearance overhead in a UN Sioux immediately drew gunfire from the malcontents, probably to the relief of the Green Jackets who were facing them. Ross later recalled his time with the UNFICYP Flight in verse form, which was published in the AAC Journals of 1967 and 1968. He returned to Middle Wallop in 1968 for a brief period before being posted to his own 5 RTR Air Squadron but that drew to a close quickly when he was approved for transfer to the permanent cadre of the AAC in late 1969 and became a volunteer display pilot with the Blue Eagles team. It was during this period that his work in Aviation was recognised and rewarded with the award of the Air Force Cross.

1971 was an important year for Ross for it was then that he married Vivien. Shortly after that important event he graduated from Staff College and was promoted to Major, taking post as a Staff Officer in the HQ Director Army Aviation at Middle Wallop for a two year tour until taking command of 663 Squadron, which was a sub unit of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. His promotion to Lieutenant Colonel followed in 1979 and command of 9 Regiment AAC, which was based in Detmold at that time. From Regimental Command he went on to be an SO1 at what was known at that time as Personnel Branch 14, responsible for the career management of AAC Officers and then onto a post at HQ UK Land Forces. He was Commandant of the Army Air Corps Centre at Middle Wallop in 1988 and retired in 1994. He did not go quietly into retirement. His connection to and with the Army Air Corps continued through a number of ventures. As a member of the Tactical Doctrine Branch of HQ DAAvn he was also the amusing and skilled editor of the annual AAC Journal, persuading such renowned cartoonists of the time to illustrate the publications. He was also heartily involved in the AAC Air Days and the Museum’s Music in the Air events, acting as compare and getting involved in their organisation. He was also a skilled writer, with a wry humour, who published a number of amusing books including, Telling Tales, Botanic Verses, Many a Slip, Tales for Beginners and The Likes of Leicester.
Colonel Ross Mallock AFC embraced the Army Air Corps when he chose to cross the floor as a young RTR pilot and it was the AAC who drew benefit from that. He is survived by his wife, Vivien (Vivi), his son Toby and daughter Sarah and their children. It is worth mentioning that Vivi is a talented artist in her own right who sculpted busts of the HRH Prince of Wales and HM The Queen Mother, and, more recently created the magnificent bronze eagle that tops the Army Air Corps Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Fraser, Peter

Posted on: April 7th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

From RHQ

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with sadness that Hawkeye has learned of the passing of Major (Retd) Peter Fraser RA/Int Corps/AAC (2 Sep 30 – 22 Mar 22). Peter commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1951, serving with 75 and 54 Anti Aircraft Regiments in his early years. Following a brief period with 68 Trg Regt RA he attended the Long Russian Language Course. Graduating from that course in 1957 he was posted as the Intelligence Officer (IO) to 4 Communications Company and then served in that role with the Royal Signals, including 10, 12 and 1 Signals Regiments. Following a Company Commanders course at the School of Infantry, he joined HQ 1 Guards Bde as their GSO 3 Int in 1960 and then moved to HQ 51 Infantry Bde in the same role. He was selected for Pilot training and graduated from Light Aircraft Course 153 as an Auster pilot in 1963. There followed a posting to 654 Sqn AAC, at that time-based in Hildesheim. He converted to rotary in 1963 and on promotion to Major joined HQ 1 Wing AAC in Detmold as the IO. He retired from Regular service in 1967 but remained as a TA pilot until 1974. His retirement from the Regular Army was followed by a long career with the Civil Service until full retirement in the late 1990s.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The funeral for Peter Fraser will be held at 1400 on Tue 12 Apr 22 at St Stephen’s Church, Baghurst, Tadley RG26 5JY.

Edwards, John

Posted on: March 8th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

Reported from John Jasper

An other Veteran that passed on recently for you to place on the HR.
John F Edwards Ssgt
Passed 16 February 2022
Thank you, Chris, take care Regards

Osland, John

Posted on: March 7th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

Cholerton, Steve

Posted on: March 7th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

Mulhall, Aidan

Posted on: March 7th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with sadness has been informed of the death of SSgt (Retd) Aidan (Mo) Mulhall AAC (1962 – 4 Mar 22) following a period of illness.

Alan, Harrison

Posted on: January 5th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

Sorry to let you know that Alan Harrison sadly passed away on 20th of December, he will be greatly missed by his wife and two children. He loved his continued contact with this site and various other forces sites.

Sellwood, John

Posted on: January 5th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

From his Son, John Sellwood:

Sorry to let you know my dad John Sellwood passed away suddenly on the 29th of December. I know he loved his time in the AAC

Ainscough, Alan

Posted on: January 5th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

From Jock Howe

Hi guys, just got word from Ellen Ainscough, that her husband Alan has died this morning from Covid Pneumonia. My thoughts are with the family… Stand down mate, your duty is done

Miller, Gary

Posted on: January 5th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

From Dunky Lang

Folks it is with the heaviest of hearts that I inform you. Gary Miller passed away peacefully around 11.30. I have just been to see him and he is at rest and heading to the drill square in the sky.
I do not have any further details at present but will advise you all accordingly.
Thank you for all the support with sending cards and well wishes etc.