Franklin, Stan

Posted on: February 22nd, 2023 by Chris No Comments

Passed away in 2021.
CoH Stan Franklin
Served LG 1954- 1967
Pilots course 1961 then served with QDG air troop as a Souix pilot and 1 RTR air troop then The Life guards air troop from 63-67 when he left to Fly mostly in the gulf region.

Rogers, Alexander

Posted on: January 17th, 2023 by Chris No Comments

Dear All
I have just received the following:
It is with great sadness that Hawkeye has been informed of the passing of Commander
Alexander Tremain Rogers BSC(Hons) AAC/RN (6 Feb 73 – Jan 23 following a
period of illness. Alex, as known as “Buck” served as an Army Commando with the
Royal Engineers from 1992 until 1997, with appointments in 131 Independent
Commando Squadron RE, 29 Commando Regiment RA and 40 Commando RM,
which took him to Cyprus for a UN tour in 1995 and into the Far East in 1997. He
commissioned into the Army Air Corps from RMAS in 1998 on course 973. On
completion of his Army Pilot Course and conversion to Gazelle in 2000 he went on to
join 9 Regt AAC at Dishforth with deployments to Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia
and Canada. Following a tour as ADC to CDS in 2004/05 he was promoted to Major
and then appointed as an SO2 Executive Officer for the Apache IPT in 2006/07. Buck
went on to serve with 847 Naval Air Squadron as a Lynx pilot in 2008 and subsequently
transferred to the RN. There then followed a number of interesting roles and
deployments in the UK, Norway, and Afghanistan. During that period he also served
as OC 663 Squadron AAC He was promoted to Commander in 2017 and attended
ACSC before joining the MOD Ops Directorate with a focus on Force Protection and
Countering. Commander AT Rogers was appointed as Chief of Staff/Commanding
Officer of the Commando Helicopter Force in 2019 and remain in appointment until 2021

Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends and comrades who he served
with over a varied and interesting career, during which he received deserving respect
and admiration for what he achieved.
The funeral service for Commander Alexander Tremain Rogers RN (6 Feb 73 – Jan
23 is to be held at 1400 hours on Fri 20 Jan 23 in the FAA Church at RNAS Yeovilton.
The Church does not have a large capacity. Attendance will be limited and by invitation
only. 1 Regt AAC are liaising with and assisting the Commando Helicopter Force with arrangements

I have added then to the Honour Roll. RIP
Kind regards

Ballard, Malcolm

Posted on: November 17th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

Added by Brian Bushby-Jefferson

Lt Col (Rtd) Malcolm Ballard, Royal Engineers. Passed 26 September 2010. AOP Flight, (Pilot) Far East, 1965. OC Air Troop 2 Division RE Osnabruck (Capt/Maj), 1969. 659 Sqn on disbanding of Air Troops.

Ponsonby, John

Posted on: November 14th, 2022 by Chris No Comments

From Don Hazeldine

Chris, I don’t know if the AAC have caught up with this news – i posted it on the 664 Sqn site. For members of 664 in Minden in the early 80s – I’ve just seen this post by CeCe Ponsonby – ‘It is with deep sadness to share my sorrow with John’s Facebook contacts, that my darling lost his very short fight battle with cancer. He died peacefully in his sleep last night, surrounded by us and deep love. We are heartbroken 💔’

John Ponsonby was a Royal Green Jacket and served with 664 Sqn 1980-1983 and then transfered to the RAF, achieved the rank of Air Vice Marshal. He eventually retired as Managing Director of AgustaWestland Ltd/Leonardo Helicopters (UK)

, Anthony Conrad

Posted on: October 11th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Colonel (Retd) Anthony Conrad Uloth (30 May 29 – 23 Sep 21). Tony was a veteran of the Royal Armoured Corps and Army Aviation who commissioned through RMAS in 1949, serving as a Troop Leader in Germany, Korea and the Canal Zone during a busy operational period. He completed his Army Pilot training in 1961 and served with 6 Flight before returning to Regimental Duty with 10th Royal Hussars in the appointment of Adjutant between 1963 and 1965, which included a tour in Aden. He filled a Staff post in DAAvn between 1965 and 1967 and returned to command a Squadron in the 10th Royal Hussars. A rotary wing conversion course and a tour as SO2 Tactics HQ AAC Between 1968 and 1970 was followed by a period as the Defence Attache in Khartoum before rerunning to Middle Wallop in 1972 to fill the appointment of SO1 Coord in HQ AAC and as the Editor of the AAC Journal. A posting to a NATO appointment in Brussells between 1975 and 1978 led to a post in the MOD as Director of Overseas Defence Relations before his retirement in 1983. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.

Foster, Stephen John

Posted on: September 14th, 2020 by Chris No Comments

For those of you who knew him but were unaware of his illness, I’m sorry to be the bearer of these sad tidings.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Maj (Ret’d) Stephen John Foster (RLC), who finally succumbed to prostate cancer on the 20th July after a long and bravely fought battle. He was just 63 yrs, 364 days.
Steve spent a lot of time working within the Army Aviation community as a Avn Supply Specialist, both as an OR and an LE Officer. Many of you will remember him as a giant of a man whose intimidating stature belied his gentle, gregarious nature and great passion for life.
Amongst others, he is sadly missed by his loving wife, Karen, and his children, Barry John and Kim.
Please feel free to send messages of condolences on this post. For those of you who wish to message Karen directly, I have tagged her (Kurrent Bun) so you can do so privately.
Steve’s service will be held on the 10th Aug at the South Oxfordshire Crematorium, Garford, Abingdon, OX13 5PA.
Due to the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, only 30 people are permitted in the chapel, so regretfully it will be a private service.
Steve’s career crossed many boundaries and his presence was felt everywhere he served, so his passing has been published across various Corps sites. Many have expressed a desire to attend the crematorium to pay their respects, even if only to stand outside and line the route. The crematorium has offered the following guidance to support this need safely.
‘People are welcome to line the drive from the entrance to the grounds up to the chapel and for those who would like to stay for the service, speakers have been placed on the outside of the chapel. The crematorium asks that anybody who does attend, keeps to the social distancing rules that apply and wear a mask.’
RIP, big man.

Goodwin, Reg

Posted on: September 2nd, 2019 by Chris No Comments

Dear Members

It is with sadness that I have to tell you that one of our long term members, Reg Goodwin, passed away peacefully at home on the 24th August 2019 of mesothelioma (asbestosis) after a year long illness.

Reg served with 656 Squadron as a member of the Royal Artillery in Taiping, KL and Kluang from 1960-63. He joined the Association is 2007 and was a very lively and supportive member. He served on the committee for a number of years and helped build the Association to the success it is today.

We understand that his funeral will be held on 12th September 2019 at 13:40 at Grimsby Crematorium. Ron Ward (, at the request of Reg’s wife Chris, will be coordinating any attendance from Association members so if you would like to attend please contact Ron. Unfortunately I am unable to attend as I am out of the country on that date but Ron will be attending.

Chris has specifically asked that at least one member from the Association attend wearing a Blazer, Squadron Badge and Beret. Obviously not everyone has a blazer with badge but we would ask that any Association members attending at least wear the Association tie.

Our thoughts are with Chris and family at this very sad time.

Bob Thorpe, Chair and Membership Secretary


Southern, Eric

Posted on: August 14th, 2019 by Chris No Comments

Capt (Retd) Eric Southern RA who served with B Flight, 656 Squadron, in the Second World War Burma campaign. Eric died in July, just short of his 99th birthday.

He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in Aug 1942, and completed 21 AOP course on 8 Jul 1943. Mike Gregg was on the same course, and they both went immediately to 656 Squadron in Stapleford Tawney as the Squadron’s first reinforcements. Only one month after completing their AOP course they both sailed for India and Burma.

After the war Eric returned to his studies at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, where he had started to study Classics in 1939. After graduation, and teaching qualifications, he embarked on a remarkable academic career that was to last right up to his death, being described by a colleague at his memorial service as “an inspirational teacher in whatever subject he chose to address”.

Our thoughts go out to his daughter, Jane Southern and her family.

Mott, Gerry

Posted on: August 14th, 2019 by Chris No Comments

Maj (Retd) Gerry Mott RA died on Fri 2 Aug 19 at the Royal Star and garter Home in Surbiton. Gerry served with the Air Observation Post and qualified on Auster before serving as a Gunner AOP Pilot. Gerry retired from military service on 26 Apr 1969. His funeral will be held at St Peter and St Paul, Steeple Morden on Tue 27 Aug 10 at 1330hrs.

Szaruta , Andrzej

Posted on: July 18th, 2019 by Chris No Comments

Sirs, Ma’ams, Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have been informed of the untimely passing of Andrzej (Andy) Szaruta at the age of 63. Andy served with the Royal Marines as Aircrew. Whilst travelling to a family celebration, he was killed in a tragic incident on the A303 when he was hit by a car in late June 2019.
Andy’s tours of duty included the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland and Bosnia. He is reported to have served on an attachment with Northern Ireland Regiment AAC in 1988. During an incident on that attachment, the Lynx he was in was hit by groundfire and forced to land. At the end of his military service he settled in Somerset and worked as a facilities and operations director. Andy will be known to some of our veterans through his Aviation service and that attachment to the Northern Ireland Regiment. Our thoughts are with his family.
Andrzej’s funeral will be held at East Hampstead Crematorium, South Road, Bracknell, RG40 3DW on Thur 01 Aug 19 at 1400hrs. His wake will be at a local venue to be confirmed.
If you wish to attend, please inform RHQ so we may advise the family.