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  • Farewell to John Cornwell

Nov 25

The Death of Lt Phillip Mayhew The Wiltshire Regiment

I write to advise you of the death of Lt. Philip Mayhew formerly of Westering House, Milton Lilbourne, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5LQ on 14 November 2021.

Philip was born on 27th May 1934 and was called up for National Service with The Wiltshire Regiment in 1952, initially as a Private Soldier; however having successfully passed WOSB he went to Eaton Hall and was commissioned into the Regiment . He missed the tour in Hong Kong and served with the 1st Battalion in UK when they we re Demonstration Battalion working out of Knook Camp.

He completed NS in 1954 and then joined the 4th Battalion as a TA officer which he continued to di until 1960.;

when the ever increasing size of the farm he and his brother ran required more of his time and energy In the 1990's a pang of nostalgia for the regimental connection brought him back into the Wiltshire Regimental Association

A Service of Thanksgiving for his life will be held at 1.00 p.m on Monday 29th November at St. Peter's Church, Milton Lilbourne. He is survived by his widow, Mrs Azalea Mayhew. Our Condolences to the Mayhew family

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Jun 13

Farewell to John Cornwell

John Cornwell was the youngest survivor of the D-Day landings.

Extract from 'The Sun' WAR HERO FAREWELL John Cornwell who was youngest survivor of D-Day landings aged 15 laid to rest aged 94 in moving funeral.

Gloster Veteran John Cornwell who was the youngest survivor of D-Day Normandy landings at the age of 15 has been laid to rest. Soldiers paid a touching tribute to the Second World War hero in a moving funeral that took place in St Mary's Church in Prestbury near Cheltenham. John died on May 19th aged 94. Webmaster published a copy of a tribute paid to John by his family on the 2nd of June.

Roy Roberts, a retired RAF wing commander and chairman of the Royal British Legion in Cheltenham, who organised the funeral said "John was a long-time member of the Royal British Legion and a poppy seller.

Six soldiers from 1 Rifles carried his coffin Credit: SWNS

Representing the Gloucestershire Regimental Association was Standard Bearer Scott McBryde of the Stroud Branch.

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May 27

14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER

14784824 WO 1 D. K. CARPENTER Sadly we have just received the news from Mrs Diane Halsey, that her father David K Carpenter has passed away at the Age of 96.

As 14784824 Private D K Carpenter joined the Wiltshire Regiment in 1944 rising to the rank of WO1. In 1959 on the amalgamation with the Royal Berkshire Regiment

WO1 D K Carpenter continued to serve with DERR and finally retired from the Army in 1979.

Apart from serving with the 1st battalions of the Wiltshire Regiment and DERR his service included a tour of duty with the Kings Africa Rifles.

After having served for 34 years in the Regular Army he went on to become a Yeoman of the Guard at the Tower of London.

Those of DERR who served in the UN tour of Cyprus in 1985 – 1986 may recall him visiting the Battalion. The image below shows him in his uniform as a Yeoman of the Guard alongside WO 1 Rod Hicks on his last day as RSM prior to his being commissioned.

A portrait of D K Carpenter in his ceremonial uniform as a Yeoman of the Guard hangs in the Regimental Museum in Salisbury. The Association send it commiseration to Mrs Diane Halsey and her family.

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May 18

The Death of Colonel Christopher Newbould CBE

It is with Sadness that we learn of the death of Christopher Newbould who passed away on the 14th May. Christopher's military career with the Glosters spanned nearly 40 years. In civilian life he was recognised as an experienced and much respected tour guide specialising in military war site tours and lectures.

His interest in battlefields began at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was awarded the Military History prize in 1961. Since then, during a career with The Gloucestershire Regiment, he has toured battlefields worldwide — interspersed with operational service in Borneo and Northern Ireland. During his service he lectured at several Army schools and was a member of the directing staff at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, experience that has proved invaluable in developing his story telling ability.

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Feb 9

The Death of Neil Begley - DERR

 

Neil Begley, known to many as Jock, who was a Cpl in 1DERR serving from 1979 to 1991 and mainly known as a PT Instructor, sadly passed away om22 January 2021 after a short illness in Hospital.

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