Andrews AFM, Lance

Posted on: July 5th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

It is with sadness that Hawkeye has learned on the death of WO1 (Retd) Lance Robert Moore Andrews AFM (4 Feb 44 – 4 Jul 21) aged 77. Lance enlisted for service with the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars on 5 Sep 60. At Regimental Duty he served with QRIH in UK, Aden, Malaya, Singapore, Borneo and BAOR between 1960 and Oct 1965. He then attended Army Pilot Course 187 at Middle Wallop, graduating in Dec 69 and converting to Scout in Feb 70. There followed tours of duty with 658 Squadron in Minden. 651 Squadron in Verden and 663 Squadron in Netheravon, with two detached tours to Northern Ireland. He attended the Central Flying School in Mar 77 and graduated as a QHI in July that year. A two year tour as an instructor at Middle Wallop was followed two years with 655 Squadron taking in Long Kesh, Topcliffe and Omagh. In 1982 he joined D&T Squadron at Middle Wallop before moving to his last posting in 1986 with 666 Sqn AAC(V) at Netheravon. He retired from Regular Service in 1986 and from the TA in Feb 99. Our thoughts are with his wife Yvonne, his family and his many friends and comrades.

Jackson, David

Posted on: July 5th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

It is with great sadness that we have learned that In Pensioner Sergeant David Arthur Vincent Jackson (9 Oct 37 – 3 Jul 21) has passed away aged 84 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea following a period of illness. David will be known to many of us in the Corps as the jovial, scarlet coated Chelsea Pensioner who attended many of our events. He was also a genial host and guide for AAC visitors to the Royal Hospital Chelsea over many years.

David enlisted as a Boy Soldier with the Royal Armoured Corps at Bovington in Dec 52. He served at Regimental Duty in Malaya, Bovington and Northern Ireland between Feb 56 and Nov 58 before a tour at the Army Apprentice School in Harrogate. On completion of his time in Harrogate in Oct 61 David attended the Army Pilot Course, graduating in Dec 62. That was followed by an immediate deployment to Aden in Dec 62 to join 653 Sqn/15 Flt AAC. That tour was completed in Dec 65, with a CinC Commendation for his service in theatre. David returned to Middle Wallop in Feb 65 and joined 130 Flt AAC in preparation for a short tour 14/20H Air Troop in Libya and then a tour with 21 Flt AAC in Cyprus. He re-joined 130 Flt AAC at Middle Wallop in May 66 before retiring form service in Oct that year.

Our thoughts are with his daughter, Naomi, his family and the many friends that he made during his service with the Corps and during his time at the Royal Hospital.

Hart, Mark

Posted on: June 19th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

McDonald, James Thornton

Posted on: April 7th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

It is with sadness that we report the passing of James Thornton (Jim) McDonald (26 Jul 47 – 2 Apr 21). Jim enlisted for service with the Royal Signals in Nov 71 and after a period of training at Catterick was posted to 7 Armed Bde HQ & Signal Sqn based at Soltau in Germany. In 1974 he transferred to the AAC and was posted to 655 Sqn AAC of 9 Regt AAC, with its HQ in Detmold. There followed a period at the Depot Regiment AAC in Middle Wallop and a final posting to 7 Regt AAC at Netheravon. Jim retired from Service in Dec 84. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. His funeral was held in his Northern Ireland homeland on 7 Apr 21.

Maloney, Richard

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Michael Finlay

Hi Chris, sadly there is another name to be added to the AAC Roll of Honour.

Richard Maloney 9 Regt AAC 1995-2000

Died earlier today. Torn aorta. More to follow.

Murray, Colin

Posted on: March 31st, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Paul Crouch

Sorry to report that Colin “Ruby” Murray ex 17th/21st Lancers has passed away. He served with my Dad Jim Crouch in the 70’s. He was a Lancer from 1968 to 1973. Then AAC 1973 to 1979. I believe he became an air gunner in 657 Sqn? After my Dad left the Army he visited us when he was based at Wallop. He leaves behind his wife Evelyn. Hopefully someone can fill in the gaps about his time with the AAC.

Dougan, Ivan

Posted on: March 31st, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Andy Harney

Hi Chris, hope your well, would it be possible to add a name to the AAC wall please – Ivan NL Dougan, he was intake 80/06 with me and sadly passed in Oct 2019. Thx

Wood, Grant

Posted on: January 23rd, 2021 by Chris No Comments

It is with sadness that we belatedly report the passing of Staff Sergeant (Retd) Grant Wood (08 Nov 65 – 13 Oct 20) aged 54. He died in James Cook Hospital after a short illness. Grant served in the AAC from Aug 1982 until Nov 2005. In his 23 years with the Corps, he had many postings including Germany, Wattisham, Cyprus, Topcliffe, and Dishforth. Our thoughts are with his wife Emma, his family, and many friends.

Blythe, Matthew

Posted on: January 23rd, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Rick Bate

Unfortunately, last weekend we lost another veteran, former Airtpr Matt Blythe. I believe that Matt was at 4 Regt HQ MT around 1999/2000 and was posted to 1 Regt a bit later. RIP

If anyone would like to donate towards Matt’s funeral expenses, please see the following link: https://gofund.me/ec8d0be4

Harrison, Neil

Posted on: January 23rd, 2021 by Chris No Comments

Dear All
I have taken this from Nick Burton’s post on the AACVA Page 🙁
Hi Guys,
Regarding Neil (George) Harrison with a request for admin and funeral info.
Update here.
I have been contacted by George’s family (brother Dave), he informed me as to what happened.
Without going into too much detail on here, I will gently say that on Tuesday night, George drove to Woodbridge, parked in a layby and left a note on his car, he then entered the woods and went to sleep.
A passerby saw the note on the car, read it and then started to look for George, the passerby found George sleeping in the woods
😥