Light Infantry - Obituaries
- 1986 to 1992
W E (Eddie) Waters, WO2.
- died 24th. December 1992 aged 64yrs.from cancer. He
joined 1 KSLI in 1962 having already served some 14yrs.in
the SAS when he had been badly wounded and received
a Mention in Despatches during the Malayan Emergency.
By the date of his discharge in 1969 he had become CSM
A Coy.3 LI.
Ray Turner Pte. - died
15th.December 1992. ( age not given in Silver Bugle
) Ray was a former soldier who had served in 1 LI. from
1969-1975. He had been ill for some time prior to his
death but was determined to re-visit Lemgo where he
had served with 1 LI. His wife Margaret arranged the
trip for him in October 1992 and the Irish Rangers who
were stationed in Lemgo at this time, very kindly hosted
Adrian Nicholas WO2.
- died 28th. October 1992 aged 48yrs. He enlisted into
the KSLI in 1961 and following training was posted to
1 KSLI serving amongst other places British Honduras
in 1963 where he was an Anti-Tank Commander within a
Plt. He later served in 3 LI. and at the time the Bn.
was stationed in Hong Kong he had risen to the rank
of RQMS. he later became NRPS TQMS, a post he occupied
until his death.
Michael (Mick) J W Vague, WO2.
- died 14th. September 1992 aged 54yrs. He was called
up for National Service in 1959 into the KSLI, and following
training was posted to 1 KSLI. it was after an NCO's
cadre that he became a Regular soldier and he served
with the Bn. in British Honduras and later with 3 LI.
in Cyprus, Germany and Northern Ireland. He had been
awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct in
Michael Peter Lyons - WO2 -
( known affectionaly as Leo ) died 28th July 1992, aged
40yrs. Enlisted into the LI. at Wakefield on the 24th.
August 1967 and following training was posted to 1 LI.
He served the majority of his career with this Bn. employed
mainly in the MT Pltn. and the Training Wing. He was
later poted to the LI.Depot at Shrewsbury. His Final
posting was that of SPSI with HQ Coy. 5 LI. He retired
from this post on completion of his service.
Stephen Wray.Cpl. - died
22nd. July 1992, as a result of a RTA whilst travelling
between Airport Camp and Holdfast Camp on the Western
Highway in Belize. ( age not given in Silver Bugle )
He enlisted as a Junior Soldier on 20th. August 1979
and following training was posted to 1 LI. on the 24th.
November 1980 and joined C Coy. In 1984 he started work
in the Medical Centre where he established himself as
a hard working and thoroughly professional RMA1 Medic.
As a medic he served in the UK, Northern Ireland. Falkland
Islands, Canada, Berlin and Belize.
Christopher Beadle. Pte.
- died 27th April 1992 as a result of a RTA whilst walking
on the A 338 at Shipton Bellinger. ( age not given in
Silver Bugle ) he enlisted into the LI. in 1989 and
following training was posted in 1990 to 1 LI. in Berlin.
he also served with the Bn. in Canada and the UK. He
was a popular member of the Bn.
Stephen Eyles. Sgt. -
died 1st December 1991, having been in a Coma since
March 91 following a RTA. He died in the Royal National
Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath. He enlisted
into the LI. in 1970 and was posted to 3 LI. He served
in the UK, West Germany, Northern Ireland, Kenya and
Cyprus. In 1982 he joined 3 RGJ and served with this
Bn. in the UK. West Germany, Canada, Falkland Islands
and Gibraltar. In February 1990 he returned to serve
in 3 LI. He was a popular and much respected member
of the Bn.
Kevin Wyatt. Pte. - died
9th. November 1991, ( age not given in Silver Bugle
) whilst serving with 1 LI. in Bulford. His death resulted
from a RTA. Enlisted into the LI. at Taunton and joined
as an adult soldier at Sir John Moore Brks. at Winchester
in 1988. Following training he was posted to 1 LI. in
Berlin in late 1989 and joined 1 Pl. A Coy. Several
months later he was posted to The Milan Pl. Support
Coy. He served with this Pltn in Berlin and then Bulford
from August 1991.
Capt. Robin Williams.
- died April 1991 from injuries sustained in RTA. (
date or age not given in Silver Bugle ) Enlisted into
the KSLI as a Junior Leader in 1962, posted to 1 KSLI.
at Seaton Brks. Plymouth in late 1963 and joined C Coy.
Following the Coy's tour of Honduras he transferred
to the Mortar Pl. By 1968 he had risen to the rank of
Sgt and joined the Signal Pl. of what was now 3 LI.
In 1972 the Bn. was stationed in Minden, West Germany
and following further promotion he returned to C Coy.
as CQMS. from C Coy. he moved again to the Mortar Pl.
with the rank of WO. and then to the Signal Pl. He was
then appointed RQMS and from this appointment to that
of local RSM at Dhekelia Cyprus. On return to the UK
he was posted for the first time outside the Bn. as
WO1 with the University OTC at Nottingham. From 1982-84
he served on secondment to the Sultan of Brunei's Forces
for which he was awarded the
Brunei Clasp. On his return to the UK in 1984 he was
Commissioned to Command 32 CTT at Shrewsbury, after
which he returned to 3 LI. as the MTO. He retired from
the army after 26yrs. service in 1988.
Michael (Mick) Keany Cpl.
- died 11th.September 1990. ( age not given in Silver
Bugle ) His death was as a result of a Coronary whilst
playing Squash. He enlisted into the LI. Brigade on
31st.August 1967. He served at the LI.Brigade Depot
until March 1969 when he moved to the Jnr. Trng. Regt.
at Rhyl. In April 1970 he was posted to the LI. Depot
at Shrewsbury to complete his training and in August
1970 he was posted to 2 LI. He served with the Bn.for
20yrs. except for a 2yr. period spent at the LI.Depot
at Shrewsbury. He served with the Bn. in Northern Ireland,
UK, Germany and Gibraltar.
He spent the early part of his service as a rifleman
until 1975 when he qualified as a All Arms Clerk and
moved to the administrative side of the Bn. During his
clerical career he was employed in all Jnr. clerical
appointments. On many occasions he was employed as the
Rear Party Clerk. He attained the rank of Cpl. prior
to his death.
Michael Stamp Pte. and Christopher
Vincent Pte. - both died as a result of a Motor
Cycle accident which occurred in Blackpool in 1989.
They were both serving in 3 LI. and both were members
of the Officers Mess staff. ( neither their ages or
the date of RTA given in Silver Bugle)
Mark Rushworth Pte. - died
as a result of a Motor Cycle accident which occurred
in Leeds in 1989. He was serving in the Signals Pltn.
3 LI. ( neither age or date of RTA given in Silver Bugle
Tristan Kitson Pte. -
died 2nd. June 1989 in Berlin, at this time he was serving
with 1 LI. (neither age or cause of death given in Silver
Colin Thompson LCpl.
- died 1989 as a result of an accident whilst on exercise
in Canada. He was serving at this time with 2 LI. (
neither age or date of incident given in Silver Bugle
Raymond Ewart Pte. -
who had served in 3 LI. died 10th. January 1989 following
an RTA which had occurred on the 8th. January. (age
not given in Silver Bugle)
Grahame Smith Pte. -
died 3 December 1988.(neither age or cause of death
given in Silver Bugle) He was serving with 1 LI.
Jason Willby Pte. - died
6th.February 1988. ( neither age or cause of death given
in Silver Bugle ) He enlisted into the LI. in June 1986
and after completing his training was posted to 1 LI.
in September 1986. He served with the Bn. in Canada,
The Falklands and Northern Ireland.
Kevin Vester Pte. -
died 20th. January 1988 at the Duchess of Kents Military
Hospital, Catterick. He had served with 3 LI. for 7
years. ( neither age or cause of death given in Silver
Peter Bird Sgt. - died
8th. November 1987 after a long illness. (age not given
in Silver Bugle) Following training he was posted to
1 LI. in July 1975 and served with the Bn. in Canada,
Hong Kong, Cyprus, BAOR and Northern Ireland. He attained
the rank of Sgt.
Nick Blythe Pte. - died
8 November 1987 as the result of a RTA. ( age not given
in Silver Bugle ) He enlisted into the LI. on the 18th.
July 1977 and after completing his training was posted
to 1 LI. in March 1979. He served with the Bn. in Canada,
Cyprus, BAOR, Portugal, The Falklands and Northern Ireland.
Neil Price.Pte. - died
13th.December 1986,aged 19yrs. from Leukemia. A serving
soldier in 2LI. A Bearer Party was provided at St. Cuthberts
Church, Hartlepool for the funeral service and commanded
by Maj. R.V.Brims, MBE.
Tom Webster Sgt. - died
17th.August 1986, after a long illness. (age not given
in Silver Bugle) He enlisted into the LI. at Wakefield
in 1973 and on completion of training was posted to
1 LI. He served in Hong Kong, Brunei, Northern Ireland,
Canada, Cyprus, Portugal and BAOR. He quickly gained
promotion and reached the rank of Sgt. at the age of
25. In October 1983 he was posted to 6 LI. as the Mortar