Raye Giles: Raye , ex Buffs, Queen’s Own Buffs, 2nd Queens and MCTpassed away on Monday 1st July 2019. Recently Raye had been an In Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and, as he had done throughout his service life, made many friends. Raye’s funeral will take place as under:-
2nd August 2019 at Colchester Crematorium, Mersea Rd, Colchester CO2 8RU at 2.45pm. Following the service a wake will be held at The Peldon Plough, Lower Rd, Colchester CO5 7QR.
The family have asked that Association members wear Blazer and flannels or lounge suit with regimental ties and medals. Bright colours are the request of the day not black. Famiky flowers only.
A friend to all, a gentleman through and through he will be missed so very much by all who knew him.
Mr William (Bill) Smith, ex Buffs passed away on Tuesday 26th March- one of natures gentlemen
Mr. R. (Dick) Jolly, ex QORWK, has passed away in Australia.
Mr. David Roy Simpson: David, who served for 14vyears in The Queen’s Own Buffs and 2nd Queen’s has recently passed away.
Ex WO2 CSM John ‘Chuck’ Cullinane passed away n 18th December after a very courageous battle against cancer
Mr. Ronald Pang died on 19th May aged 95
C/Sgt. Johnny Knowles passed away on the evening of Sunday 21st October. Johnny had served in both The Queen’s Own Buffs and 2nd Bn. The Queen’s Regt.
Mr. David (Dave) Hands, ex Signal Platoon, transferred to the Queen’s Own Buffs in Hong Kong from 1 Queen’s to join his brother, Dave later served in 2 Queen’s.
Major Rex Shearburn: We have been advised of the death of Major Rex Shearburn Ex Gurkhas, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment and Queen’s Own Buffs.
Captain Peter (Pete) Anthony QGM. The death has been announced of Captain Pete Anthony who served in 1 Queen’s Own Buffs, Mortar Platoon ad Recce Platoon and became CSM Coy 2 Queen’s before being posted to the UDR as RSM.
Mr. Leslie Sedge. We have been advised by Leslie’s daughter Sue Booth that Leslie has passed away. Leslie was in 11 platoon C Coy QORWK. and was the last survivor of the Ulu Caledonia ambush in Malaya where several members of the platoon were killed in action and Leslie himself suffered abdominal wounds that he survived.
We have been advised of the death of the following members: Ex Buffs TA and a long-standing member of Ramsgate Branch of the Association.
Mr. Micky Ralph: Ex Buffs TA and a longstanding member of Ramsgate Branch
Mr. Frank Harvey: Ex 1 Buffs and a long-standing member of Ramsgate Branch of the Association.
Corporal Trevor (Satch) Phillips died October 2017 Tony Baker MBE writes: Trevor joined up in the mid 1950s as a Junior Leader, then served with 1st Bn The Buffs in West Germany and in Aden.
In 1961 he was an instructor at the Home Counties Brigade Depot, Canterbury then in the Queen’s Own Buffs and after that transferred to 1st Bn Middlesex Regiment where he served in Gibraltar 1963. After his demob’ he worked on the submarines in Chatham Docks, then Trevor took a Degree in Physics and moved to Cumbria to help in the development of Chobham armour and also carry out research on depleted uranium artillery shells.
He remained in the Cumbria region for the remainder of his life and died in October 2017 from a brain tumour. He will be remembered as an intelligent and highly effective instructor NCO.
His ashes are in the Phillips’ family grave at Murston, Sittingbourne, Kent.
Arthur Penney. Arthur who served with 1 Buffs in Wuppertal has passed away.
Peter Johns, ex CSM who served in 1 Buffs from 1945 until amalgamation and thereafter in the Queen’s Own Buffs and later 2nd Bn the Queen’s Regt.
One of the great characters of the regiment and very popular with those who served with him. A very talented magician, member of the magic circle who performed under the name The Great Merlno. Funeral details will be published when to hand.
Lenny Elks, ex Buffs, Queen’s Own Buffs and 2nd Queen’s passed way whilst on holiday in Turkey as a result of an accident.
Mr John Philips ex 1 Platoon, A Company 1 Buffs who served in Aden . and later in Germany has passed away. John was a dedicated worker for the Regimental Association, and was Standard Bearer, Vice Chair and later Chair of Ramsgate Branch.
Bobby Gorse, ex Corporal who served in the Queen’s Own Buffs and later in 2nd Queen’s passed away on 5th June.