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The Death of Cpl Jim Fenner

This is to advise you that former Cpl Jim Fenner sadly passed away on Sunday 1st December 2013. He was 82 years old. He served in the Glosters from 1950 until 1954 and was a Korean Veteran.

Jim then went on to join 4th Wilts (TA) until its disbandment reaching the rank of WO2. His wife Mary, Daughters Paula and Peta were with him as were his Grandsons.

Jim’s funeral will take place on Friday 6th December, 12noon at Yeovil Crematorium - Bunford Lane, Yeovil BA20 2EJ Followed by a reception at the nearby Airfield Tavern Alvington La, Yeovil BA22 8UX

The family will be pleased to welcome friends from the Regiment..

Should you wish to write to Mary her address is: 18 Pegasus Court, South Street, Yeovil, BA20 1ND

Births, Deaths and Marriages - 2013

The death of Sgt Fred Ferris

Fred Ferris, ex Sergeant in the 1st Battalion of the Wiltshire passed away on the 22nd November 2013 aged 82 years old.

As well as serving with the Wiltshire Regiment in Hong Kong during the same time as myself, 1952-53 I believe he was the only National Sergeant in the regiment at that time. I am not absolutely too sure on that point though! Perhaps that point could be checked?

Fred was the Town Crier to Swindon for many many years and was always immaculately turned out and won many competitions in the world of Town Criers.

His funeral is to be held on Thursday 5th December at 12 noon at the Kingsdown Crematorium at 12 noon.

The Death of Cpl CJ White

It is with great sadness that I pass onto you very sad news received this morning from Ian Stanley White reference the death of his half-brother 22291459 Cpl CJ White on Saturday 10th November 2013, Brisbane Australia.

Cpl White served with the Royal Berkshire Regiment from 59-70 and on leaving the army emigrated to Australia, his funeral will take place on 21st November at 1000hrs

The Death of 22150982 Drummer Brian Barton

22150982 Drummer Brian Barton known as Dick Barton of Twyford Berkshire age 83 served in Eritrea with the Royal Berkshire Regt 23/6/49 to 15/5/51 he joined up the same day as me the Funeral is Friday 15th at 12noon in Easthamptonstead Berkshire I think he is a member of the association It would be nice if some of the Reading or Newbury branch could attend. Stan Knipe (Severn Branch)

Death of Pte Harry Baker-Walker

Pte Harry Baker-Walker Glosters 1945 – 1948 sadly passed away 26th October 2013 aged 86 years.

He served in India and Burma and was a staunch supporter of the Regimental Association and regularly marched in the contingent on Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph.

His funeral will take place at 1300 hrs on Monday 11th November at the Three Counties Crematorium, Halstead Rd, Braintree, Essex

Lt AF (Arthur) Grove

Then death of Lt AF (Arthur) Grover 251874 death. I was informed by his widow Mrs Maureen Grover on Monday, Arthur died on Sunday 20th Oct at the grand age of 90.

Arthur served with the Royal Berkshire Regiment from June 1942 – June 1946 and will be sadly missed by his by all of his old comrades. Arthur will be cremated on Wednesday Oct 30th at Amersham Buckinghamshire at 2.30, all will be welcome to attend. There will be donations for The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as Arthur was a life member of the Western Orchestral Society.

Death of Ron Keeping

It is my sad duty to inform the staff at Salisbury of the sad passing of a former member of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, Mr Ronald (Ron) Keeping of Brixham, Devon.

Although Ron was to be transferred to the Royal West Kent Regiment during the course of the Second World War and with whom he fought at Monte Casino, where he was to be badly wounded, his service with the Royal Berkshire Regiment was a source of great pride to him down the years. For many years he was the Standard Bearer for the Paignton and Brixham Royal British Legion Branches. As such he gave outstanding service and in addition to all of the normal parades associated with this office, he attended and paraded the Standards at countless funeral services for ex-members of HM Forces. I had the privilege of being asked by Ron to officiate at his late Wife's funeral in 2004 and he asked if I would conduct his funeral when the time came (indeed he actually included this request in his Will) and it is a great privilege for me to be able to do so. In seeking to fulfil Ron's wishes I am very aware that he wants a 'Military' Service which I am now putting together. There will be two RBL Standards (and possibly more) on parade and Ron's medals, beret and Union Flag will be on the coffin. In addition I am arranging for a poppy wreath which will have the badge of the Royal Berkshire Regiment in its centre to be placed at the head of the coffin during the crematorium service. Last Post and Reveille will be sounded during the course of the Service and the final piece of music that will be played (which he himself asked me for) will be the Regimental Quick March of The Royal Berkshire Regiment, 'The Dashing White Sergeant'. The Service Sheet will have a photo of Ron on the front cover and the one thing that I would like to place on the back are the words of the Regimental Collect of The Royal Berkshire Regiment. At the moment the date of the Service has not been finalised but it will probably be towards the end of next week (possibly Friday) and it is being held at Torbay Crematorium here in Devon. Kindest regards Peter Haywood

The death of WO2 Ben Turner

The death of 22108107 WO2 BJ (Ben) Turner on the 24th of September 2013. Ben served with the DERR Regiment after reenlisting in 1959 He completed his service as WO2 (RQMS) in Osnabruck.

Death of Mr Dave Dixey

Mr Dave Dixey , died Wed 23 Sept at 0500 hours aged 76, Royal Berkshire Regt, July 1956 to 1958 funeral 8th October 12:45 at Thatcham Crematorium, Newbury , Berkshire.

Death of Pte William.James Tinkler

death of Pte William.James Tinkler has been notified.

Regt No 5348641 of the 2nd Batt The Royal Berkshire Regt 27/8/1940 , William passed away at 18:10 hours on Wednesday 25th Sept 2013 William's Funeral will take place on Friday 4th October in Stafford. David Smith John North and David Smith are planning to travel to Stafford for the funeral with Standards


Death of Mr Bernard Ramm

Mr Bernard Ramm died Sat 21st Sept aged 82 having served in the Royal Berkshire Regt and 13 years T/A service. The funeral will be held at St Johns Church, McCauley Road, Broadstone, Dorset.




1. Sadly following a 2 year battle Pen passed away on 18th September aged 44.

He joined the Army in 1986 and served with the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment from 1987-2007 then becoming a Rifleman 2007-2013. During his service he served in the Falklands, Belize, Denmark, Germany Kenya, 5 tours to NI, Bosnia and Iraq. He completed his tour as RSM with Exeter UOTC and was about to deploy to Afghanistan when he was struck by his illness.


Death of Jane Thorne wife of former RQMS David (Fred) Thorne

Jane Thorne wife of former RQMS David (Fred) Thorne sadly passed away after a short illness yesterday 2nd Sept 2013.


Lt Col JRE (Robin) Laird’s death

It is with great sadness that I pass to you the very sad news of Lt Col JRE (Robin) Laird’s death.

I apologise to those of you that may have already been notified. Our deepest condolences are sent to Shirley and her family at this very difficult time. Please contact me if you wish to send your own personal letter or card of condolence and I will pass on Shirley’s address. As in Shirley’s message I will pass to you the details of the Church service when I have been notified.


Death of LCpl Stephen (Steve) Alan Teakel

former LCpl Stephen (Steve) Alan Teakel sadly passed away this morning aged 53

. He served in the Gloucestershire Regiment from 05 Jan 1978 – 02 June 1988.

Death of Cpl Carl Winston Yearwood 1 Glosters 1978 – 1994

The former Cpl Carl Winston Yearwood 1 Glosters 1978 – 1994 sadly passed away on the evening of Saturday 3rd August 2013. He was 51.

His funeral will be held on Monday 19th August 2013 at 11.15am at Cheltenham Crematorium, Bouncers Lane, Cheltenham, Glos GL52 5JT.

His father has requested if Standard Bearers could be made available he would be most grateful.


Death of Chris Knott (Notty)

Chris Knott (Notty) passed away on in the early hours of Monday 29 July 2013. This was after a long fight with cancer.His funeral will be at Devizes Crematorium on Monday 5 August at 14:00. Our thoughts are with Liz and the family. Rest easy Farmer's Boy

Death of John Hall

5193426 Pte John Hall a stalwart member of the Greater Bristol Branch and one of the oldest passed away on the 10th June 2013. John served with the 2nd Glosters from 15 Jan 1942 until June 1946. He leaves a widow Clarice. Tuesday 25th June 2013 at Westerleigh crem at 1330hrs.


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