Passing away of William (Bill) Chandler, died on 13 December 2017, aged 89 years. Bill had joined as a boy at Bryn Howell in 1945 and served as a photographer, reaching the rank of Sergeant until he left the army in 1954. He had lived at Beckenham, Kent for many years and been a Branch Member since our formation.

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Passing away of June Garnett, widow of (WO1 ret’d) Ken Garnett. June worked in the Repro Department at RSMS as a typist for a number of years and had elected to become a Widow Member of the Branch since Ken died. Unfortunately no further details at this time.

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Passing away of W.D. (Dennis) Rushworth MBE, born in 1927 and attended an ASC course in 1944 serving in various posts in Military Survey including one that is remembered by Alan Gordon as OC 19 Sqn between 1963 to 65. He retired as a Lt Colonel in 1970 but that was not the end of his military survey connections as he joined the Civil Service and from 1970 to 1976 became Assistant Director Overseas Surveys, responsible for the field element of mapping aid. Then from 1976 until retirement in 1986 he was Director of the Mapping and Charting Establishment, Feltham. 
There are other interesting secondments that Dennis was involved in both during his service and after his retirement, which I will leave to Noel to include in the next newsletter.
His funeral will take place on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 3.30pm,  at Chichester Crematorium, Westhampnett Road, Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 7UH

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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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