Passing away of George Craven. George died on Monday 16th October 2017, after a long illness. He was interred on the 27 October. A field surveyor of some repute George served in the mid sixties with Mick, along with the likes of Bernie Pollard & Tommy Thompson and other names long gone. He was an old school surveyor who was unimpressed with the discipline of the Regiment but was brilliant out in the field doing his trade and was a really great guy to work with.  George is survived by his wife, Linda who lives in Silsden, Yorkshire.

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Passing away of Mrs BE Alcock of Stoke –on-Trent is also assumed to have died as her newsletter was returned”Not at the Address”. She was the widow of the late John Alcock. Sadly, no other details are held.

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Passing away of WM Broomfield of Burbage, near Marlborough is assumed to have died as his newsletter has been returned “Not Known”. Maurice was a retired Captain who had attended a basic field survey course in 1931. He served until 1945.

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Passing away of Ronald Alfred Dawson. Ron was born in 1927  in Chester and became a boy soldier training at Bryn Howell on Llangollen.  He served in the Royal Engineers in Egypt and Cyprus before leaving the army for civilian life in the 1950's.  His early training meant that throughout his life he had a love of maps and never really got to grips with sat navs as he liked an old fashioned map book!    He looked forward to receiving your newsletters.  He passed away in August 2016 aged 89 and is still greatly missed by all his family.

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It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you that Keith Fenton, who served within the Geographic units of the Royal Engineers in both the Regular and Territorial Army and worked as a Civil Servant at the Royal School of Military Survey, passed away peacefully on Thursday the 30th of November 2017.

Keith died surrounded by the family he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Many of you will know that Keith was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease in 2008 and has been battling his illness for the past 9 years. Keith’s wife, Sara, and his children Edward and Charlotte will be arranging a service to celebrate Keith’s life and it will be held in January 2018. Details will follow.

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Passing away of Lt Col Jay Coulson died at home on 2 Feb 2017.  His funeral will be at St Mary’s Church, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk  CO6 4QU at 12.00hrs on Thursday 16 Feb 17.

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Passing away of Dave Winsip who died from a massive heart attack on Sunday, 5 February 2017. His funeral will be at Torbay Cemetery and Crematorium, Hele Road, Torquay TQ2 7QG on Monday 27th February at 15:30 hrs.

These details and any further news and or information can be accessed on the 42 Engr Regt (Geo) Closed Group on Facebook.

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Passing away of Robin (Fluff) Barrett, died on 20 Jan 17. He had only recently been diagnosed as suffering from gallstones but actually died of sepsis.

There will be a service at Weymouth Crematorium for immediate family family only at 12.15hrs followed by a service of remembrance at 13.30hrs at St Peters Church, Dorchester.DT1 1XA (Public Car Park close by) on 14 Feb 2017.

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Passing away of Derek Turnbull who died on Thursday night the 17th of November, he had been suffering with lung cancer for some time and got an infection and died in hospital, he was 64. His funeral will be held on 9th December at 11:00. Place - Basingstoke Crematorium, Stockbridge Road, North Waltham. RG25 2BA. No news on donations / flowers etc.

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Passing away of Ken Browning (60B Photo Tech) was up a ladder on Sunday cutting branches from a fir tree and when his wife, Val, went to take him a coffee , she found him lying on the ground. Died during the early hours of Monday morning. Good friend who will be sadly missed.

Ken’s funeral will be held at 1300 hrs on the 18th November at Eastbourne Crematorium. Please see further details on the attached pdf.

Barry Browning, Ken’s son, has informed as that he will give the Eulogy so would appreciate any details of Ken’s service that friends, members, and colleagues can provide. Ken completed a full career as a Photo Tech, having started it as an apprentice at Chepstow in 60B. Get in touch with Barry via email at:  bb@wa-adsl.com; or telephone him at: 07802 523 800.

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Charlie Lewin sadly passed away peacefully at his Care Home on Thursday 6th Oct. His Funeral was held on Friday 28th October 2016 at Randall’s Park Crematorium, at Leatherhead, Surrey. A   Wake/Reception was held afterwards  to celebrate Charlie’s life at the Chessington Cricket & Sports Club, also at Chessington, Surrey.  

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Sadly we have yet another death to announce.  Paddy Ryan (Litho Cam Op) died recently at Portsmouth Hospital from breathing difficulties through a tumour on the lung that was apparently inoperable.

His son Matt has informed us that the funeral will take place at the Portchester Crematorium on Wednesday 24th August at 10.30 am.

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Vic Cook passed away. “Vic spent the last 7 months housebound and slipped peacefully away on 14 July at home. His funeral will be at the Church we were married in, tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd August at the Church of St Mary, Lakenheath, Suffolf. IP27 9DS”

Vic,  had been a member of the Branch for many years,  and will have been know by many of our members, he was also a staunch supporter of Military Survey. If you would like to contact Angela, to pass on your individual condolences you may still use the joint email address or telephone her on 01842 860471.

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Registry of Defeated Sappers of Ordnance Survey 1829-1892 13 Company