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The RAF & Defence Fire Service has a book of remembrance where the names of our fallen comrades are recorded.  The poem below was produced by Steve Harrison and is a combination of his own work, some lines from Mick Goupillot and a prayer from a prayer from Satish Kumar, who was a Jain monk.

Death notices from 2017 onwards will be posted below.  To view previous listings please click the link to the right

Archived Obituaries

9 November 2018

From:  Dave Keogh

Chris Williams

I have just been informed Ex Sgt Chris Williams passed away this morning after a short illness. His wife, Penny has let me know that his funeral will take place Wednesday 28th November at 12.45

 BRAMCOTE CREM (Reflections Chapel)
 Coventry Lane ,
NG9 3GJ.

Wake at:  

NG16 3QN

RIP Chris


8 November 2018

From Steve Bowden

Mem No 838 Alan Terry

Hi all,

It is with great sadness to have to inform you that  ex RAF Firefighter Al Terry had passed away yesterday. No further details at this time but I will be seeing his wife Gill later this afternoon.

Funeral Arrangements:

The service will take place at Grantham Crematorium on Friday 30th November at 12.30pm.

Harrowby Road,

NG31 9DT

Family flowers only. Gill has asked if everyone could please wear their medals!!

If anyone has any stories, memories or photos to help with the eulogy, please can you email Steve Bowden at:


Many thanks

Stevie B and Mel.

RIP Alan


6 November 2018

From Les Medus

Mem No 1113 Dave Dunster

It is with great sadness I have to inform you that ex firefighter Dave Dunster passed away on 6th November after a brave fight against cancer.

His cremation is at:

Bodmin crematorium
Tufdown Rd,
PL30 4AP

on 21 November at 1430

If there is anybody reading this who served with Dave could you please get in touch as we would love to know a bit about his time in service. Any stories to share with his wife would be most welcome as we have no photos or anything going back to his time in the RAF .

RIP Dave


Les Medus   l.medus@btinternet.com


5 November 2018

From: Julie Shynn

Mem No 153 Jim Guy

I am so sorry to have to inform you that my father Jim passed away peacefully last night at 21.00 hrs. He was in no pain and his passing was dignified and peaceful. He remained an uncomplaining gentleman to the end.

If you would be so kind as to inform other members as appropriate I would be most grateful. Thank you (Brian Jones) for taking the time to write to Dad and I.

To read about Jim's days in the RAF click here

Funeral Arrangements:

Jim's funeral service will be held at:

St Peters Church.
Gt. Totham.

on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 2 o'clock.

We are asking for donations to the RAF benevolent fund in lieu of flowers

Many thanks




1 October 2018

From: Dave Grant

David Oliver

It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of former RAF Fireman Dave 'Ollie' Oliver.

RIP mate


27 June 2018

From: Kevin Pateman

Paul Morris

It's with a very heavy heart that I have to report that my friend Paul Morris passed away last night.

Paul's funeral service will take place on Friday 13th July at 11am in Westonzoyland Church. There is to be a family only service at the crimetorium, followed by a wake at the Westonzoyland Community Centre. The family have asked that any serving RAF DFS Firefighters wear uniform. Any RAFDFS Association members Blazer, medals and beret.

For a further information please PM me or email  at backdraft3722000@yahoo.com.

RIP Paul


21 June 2018

From: Tam McCrorie

Derek Stewart

I have just learned from his wife, Anne, the sad news that Derek passed away recently  at the age of 75.  Despite being short in stature, Derek was undoubtedly a larger than life character  fondly remembered by all who served with him.  During his time he did two tours at Kinloss as well as Gan , Bruggen  among others.  More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Tam's memories of Derek:

"I knew Derek very well; we were on crew together at RAF Bruggen for two years in the early 1970's, then at RAF Kinloss for 6 year from 1977 to '83. He was a great character , there will only  ever be one Derek Stewart. As a Corporal Fireman he was a brilliant leader, who could be relied  on on all occasions to command the men in his unique Dundonian style.   On a night shift we would see a different Derek materialise to look after the crew, taking over as duty cook and preparing meals for the whole shift. Potato fritters were Derek 's specialty, and the crew would all be licking their lips waiting for the fritters to come out of the chip pan.  

No doubt now Derek will be making the fritters for the boys on the crash line up above.

RIP Derek old friend"


19 June 2018

From: Shaun Redmond

Dave Gale

Sadly I have just learned the news that Dave Gale, ex MOD Firefighter based at Lyneham, has passed away following a long battle with cancer.  

Dave's funeral is at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington, Trowbridge, Wiltshire at 13:30hrs this Friday (22/06/2018)

RIP Dave


15 June 2018

From: Tam McCrorie

Brian 'Mac' McCudden

Sadly I have just learned the news that Brian died in February of this year and was cremated.  He was stationed at Bruggen and Kinloss among other places and lived at Rothes. Moray prior to his passing



27 April 2018

From: Ian 'Ned' Kelly

Mem No 554 Gary O'Connor

Its with deepest regret that I have to inform you all that Gary o Connor passed away last night. He had a fall at home. They think he might have had a stroke while going up stairs.

Funeral details:

West Road Crematorium, Denton, Newcastle on Monday 14th May at 11.15am.

All welcome


24 April 2018

From: Dave Brown

Mem No 543 Dave McGreavy

Sorry to have to inform the Association of the death of Ex WO Dave McGreavy in Doncaster this morning at the age of 76.He had lived in Bawtry since his retirement from the RAF in 97. His tours of duty included Gibraltar, Brize and Gutersloh (Harriers); and ended with Trade Standards.

From Pat McGreavy:

The funeral arrangements have now been made. The funeral will take place on Friday 11th May at 2pm, at Bawtry Methodist Church, followed by burial in Bawtry Cemetary. Everyone is then asked to join us at the Crown Hotel in Bawtry. Family flowers only, but donations to cancer research, will be taken on the day or can be made with W.E.Pinder & Son, Bawtry, 01302710285, who will also help with any information needed. You can also reply on here or contact me directly on 01302 719510. Once again many thanks for all your kind words and thoughts. Daves passing has left a huge hole in our lives, but many many happy memories. Everyone welcome.

RIP Dave


30 March 2018

From: Terry Millership

Mem No 994 Dave Adams

It's with a very heavy heart that I am writing this, I lost a very good friend and brother of the service this morning a 0021 hours, he got his orders to leave the group for a higher command, which he did with his head held high,

So l ask you to think of his family and friends that are going to miss his presence;  Dave Adams God bless you and there will be someone awaiting for you with a brew and toast,


Read Terry's Eulogy here

Arthur Lynch wrote:

Dave Adams was a proper Fireman, a  true Gentleman and a born leader of men. As a Cpl I served on Dave's crew at Wildenrath and when I got my third strip I am not ashamed to say I modelled myself on Dave and benefited greatly from  all he thought me.

Funeral Arrangements:

Dave's Funeral service will be at St Mary's Catholic Church, Whitstable at 10am on Tuesday 24th April, then on to Barham  Crematorium for 12 o'clock.  After-service drinks are being arranged.

RIP Dave



26 March 2018

From: Shaun Boland

Ian 'Tosh' Smedley

For my fellow RAF Crash Line Firemen:

It is with a heavy heart that I bring sad news.

Our fellow crew member, colleague and friend, Ian Smedley (Tosh) has passed away.

Stand down now Ian, your shift is over - God Bless


13 March 2018

From: Rob Moylan

Greame Matthew Brown

It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of our fellow fire fighter Graeme Matthew Brown known as “Matt”. Matt left the Service in November 2016 before going to work for G3 systems in Kabul, Afghanistan.

His family has requested that I release the following details for Matt’s funeral.

Date: 23rd March 2018

Time: 1300hrs

Location: East Chapel, Brakespear Crematorium, Ruislip, HA4 7SJ.

Wake: Coach and Horses pub, Ickenham, UB10 8LJ

It is requested that current serving military personnel wear their No 1 uniform with Medals. This will have to be requested through respective Unit chains of command. Any ex serving personnel who are now serving with other uniformed Services are welcome to wear their respective uniforms as a mark of respect for Matt.

RIP Matt


8 February 2018

From:  Martin ‘Taff’ Harris

Bob Burns

It’s with great sadness that we’ve received news that Bob Burns ex RAF Fire Service Flight Sergeant passed away following a fall on the 13th Feb. Bob was a well respected and much liked member of our trade, sentiments that are borne out with Archie Carter's words that follow:

'It is over 40 years since Bob was my boss at RAF St Athan, although we did meet a few times at association functions several years ago, so what can I have to say?  That however, on reflection is the make of the man! 40 years on and yet to this day I still remember him with deep respect, admiration and gratitude. I know that without his calm guidance and aid I would most certainly not have had the career that I did and I’m sure that could be said by many. The world is most certainly a far poorer place for Bobs passing and I would like to pass my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends who can be sure that there will be many like myself who will always remember him and feel a pride in having known him or served with him albeit far to briefly.

Rest in Peace Boss.'

Bob's Funeral Service will be at Grimsby Crematorium on 26th February 2018  at 11.40



8 February 2018

From:  Nigel Burgess

Gareth (Garry) Roberts

It’s with great sadness that we’ve received news that Gareth (Garry) Roberts ex RAF Fire Service has sadly passed away on the 31st of Jan 2018 at the very young age of 54. He served for 11 years with RAF Fire Service from 1979 – 1990  being stationed at:

RAF West Drayton (79 – 81)

RAF Rudloe Manor (81-85)

RAF Buchan (85 – 86)  

RAF Laarbruch (86 – 89)

and finally RAF St Mawgan 1989 when he was demobbed in May 1990.

Gareth will be lovingly remembered by his wife Annette Roberts and their three cherished daughters Natalie Amie Roberts, Kayleigh Roberts and Ashleigh Jayne Roberts.

Gareth was originally from Bushey but had lived in Risca South Wales since hi demob.

The Funeral Service will be at 14.30 ST Mary's Church RISCA  then CROESYCEILIOG Crematorium for 16.00hrs 26 February.

RIP Garry


19 December 2017

From:  Peter Fleming Junior

Mem No 346 Peter Fleming

I regret to have to inform you of the passing of my father Peter Fleming on 17 November 2017.

RIP Peter


1 November 2017

From:  Brian James Deverill

Frank Deverill

It is with great sadness I must inform you that Sgt Frank Deverill (Retired) passed away peacefully following a short illness on 24th October 2017.

For those that wish to show their respects, his funeral will be held at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road, Barham, CT4 6QU at 1.20pm on Monday 13th November, followed by light refreshments at Age Concern (Sandwich), 19-21 Cattle Market, Sandwich, CT13 9AP.

RIP Frank


12 October 2017

From:  Michael Menzies-Baird

Frank Jimmy Menzies BEM

I regret to have to inform you of the passing of my father Frank Menzies, service number V4004870, who died on the 3rd October 2017 aged 90.  Frank was a career fireman who served from the early 1950's through to the 1970s. Whilst on active service in Cyprus he found himself in charge of RAF fire crews tackling a major incident at a Shell Oil fuel storage facility at Larnaca which had been attacked by saboteurs.  The fire raged for eleven days during which Frank's courage, determination, and high standards of leadership and professionalism led to him being awarded the British Empire Medal for gallantry.   Please read the citation here.  

Frank's funeral will take place on 20th October at 1620 hrs. at Haltemprice Crematorium. Main Street. Hull. HU10 6NS.

RIP Frank


10 October 2017

From:  Dawn Mallett

Ken Mallett

I regret to have to inform you of the passing of my father Kenneth Arthur Mallett, service number 4183840, who died on the 27th September 2017.  Ken was born on 29th December 1937 and joined in the RAF Fire Service in 1957 after which he was stationed at Christmas Island during the nuclear weapons testing program. He later transferred to Defence Fire Services to be based at RAF Wattisham in Suffolk where he served until it stood down as an RAF Fighter Station in 1992.  

No funeral arrangements have been made yet, but Dawn would like to hear from anyone who served with Ken. Her number is 07446360142, email dawnjmallett@gmail.com .



1 September 2017

From:  Ron Brown

Mem No 795 Robert "Dan" Gurney

I have been informed of the very sad news that Dan passed away on Thursday the 31st August 2017,  He was a popular member of the RAF Fire Service and later transferred to Defence Fire Services to be based at RAF Lyneham.  Dan was also a member of the Wootton Basseteers group who attended all repatriations of fallen comrades.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday 26 September at 13:00 at St Phillips Church, Beechcroft Road, Swindon, followed by family only at the crematorium.



1 Aug 2017

From:  Dennis McCann

Mem No 621 Michael Moncrief

I regret to have to inform you that I have just heard the sad news that WO retired Mick Moncrief died on Sunday 30th July 2017 after a long illness bravely borne.

I first met Mick in 1964 at RAF Northolt and we remained the best of friends ever since. We served in Gan together in the early 70's and saw each other regularly including the Association reunions when Mick and Mary were well enough to attend. Mick and I enjoyed doing a bit of Moonlighting together; driving heavy trucks for Mulberry stainless steel. He leaves behind his wife Mary and three children and grandchildren who will miss him greatly.

God Bless You Mick RIP.

Mick's daughter Jenny says that Mick died peacefully at Withybush Hospital aged 76 and will be sadly missed by all his family.

The funeral details are as follows:

The funeral service takes place on Tuesday,22nd August at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth, SA67 8UD, at 11.30am. Afterwards refreshments at Robeston Wathen Village Hall. Robeston Wathen.

There will be family flowers only with donations if desired made payable to either Pembrokeshire Cancer Support or Paul Sartori Foundation c/o Funeral Directors Messrs W and M Rossiter and Sons Ltd, Landsker House, 21 Station Road, Narberth, SA67 7DR

13 July 2017

From:  Tam McCrorie

Brian "China" Maitland

I have been informed of the very sad news that Brian passed away on Friday the 18th June 2017 at home in Elgin after a short illness.  He was a popular member of the RAF Fire Service having served over 22 years before retiring at KInloss where he continued to work on the airfield as a Bird Control Officer. Brian later became a bus driver and rose to the rank of Inspector on Stagecoach Buses based in Elgin.

RIP Brian


3 July 2017

From:  Steve Bowden

Mem No 768  Dave Stevenson

I have been informed of the very sad news that Dave Stevenson passed away on Friday the 30th June 2017, aged 53.  He was a popular member of the RAF Fire Service and he served at RAF St Mawgan, Coningsby, Saxa Vord, AFCENT and Ascension Island to name a few.

Funeral arrangements:

Dave's funeral service will take place at Lincoln Crematorium at 13:10 on Thursday 10 August.  Family flowers only and no medals thank you.

There will be a chance to reflect over a beer at the Bull pub in Bracebridge, Lincoln.

RIP Dave


26 June 2017

From:  Andrew Bell

John Beers

I am sorry to inform you of the passing of John Beers who died peacefully in hospital on Tuesday June 20th, aged 71 years.  John was a well liked and highly respected member of the RAF Fire Service who served at  Malta, Saxa Vord, Kinloss, Wildenrath and Gutersloh among others during his long career.  His last posting was I/C RAF Newton Fire Section, and after leaving the service he worked for Draeger at Blythe, in his native North East England.

Funeral arrangements:

Friends please meet for a service at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Wednesday June 28th at 1.30pm. All welcome to The Hastings, Seaton Delaval afterwards. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu may be sent for Macmillan Cancer Support, C/o Melrose Funeral Services, 157-159 Astley Road, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0DL.

RIP John


16 February 2017

From:  Dorothy Hansford, (wife of James Hansford Mem No 674)

Mem No 141 William John Wright (John)

I am sorry to inform you of the passing of John Wright who died suddenly on Monday 13 February.  

John will be sadly missed but remembered always by his many friends and colleagues from happier times when serving at  RAF Aldergrove in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.   Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Marlene, family and friends.

May he Rest in Peace.

The Group from Aldergrove