Notifications of deaths received by the Association are listed below.
Details received for each notification will be added to the relevant notice, as an update on receipt.
The latest notification is at the top of the list below.
How to Notify the Association of a death.
Please contact the Association Office in the first instance if possible, providing as much detail as possible, in particular, who condolences should be sent to and funeral arrangement, as they become known, so that these can be passed on to those we feel may wish to know.
If you wish to supply a portrait photo to place with the notification page please E-Mail it direct to the editor.
Please note that the Association Office is only manned part time from Tuesday to Thursday, between 10:00hrs and 14:00hrs.
Notified Names below in alphabetical order
The Association has been advised of the death of Ronald Barlow; from a heart attack.
Ronald enlisted into the York and Lancs Regt before transferring to the ‘Dukes’ in 1969. He retired in 1982.
Ronald’s funeral was held at 13:30Hrs, on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at Barnsley Crematorium.
The Association has been advised of the death of Ken (Blossom) Beaumont, ex Corunna Company, in the 70’s.
Ken passed away on Monday 16th of January 2017, in the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, from multiple organ failure.
Ken’s funeral took place at the Park Wood Crematorium, Halifax, at 11:15am on Wednesday 1st February.
Albert William Bowen
Albert William (Bill) Bowen sadly passed away on 23rd November 2016 aged 93.
Bill served with the 1st Battalion of the ‘Dukes’ during WW2 in Italy at the Battle of Anzio and at Monte Cece. He also served in Palestine and Egypt.
Bill’s funeral was held at 10:45 on Tuesday 13th December at Yardley Cemetery and Crematorium, Birmingham.
Corporal Stephen Blagborough, who served in the Regiment from 1964 – 1986, sadly passed away, aged 71, on 18th July, 2017.
Stephen’s funeral was held at 09.30 on Thursday 27th July 2017, at Fixby Crematorium, Huddersfield.
Robert Brook (also known as Jerry) passed away in the Hamden House Nursing Home, Harrogate, on 24th April 2018, aged 89.
Robert joined the army as a National Serviceman in early 1947, initially as a member of The West Yorkshire Regiment but, early in 1948, he was posted as a Corporal to 1 DWR at Strensall where the Battalion were training recruits for The Yorkshire and Northumbrian Brigade.
On leaving the army in 1949 Robert qualified as an accountant and began a career in the field of public transport; progressing through various bus companies, before becoming the Chief Executive Officer and later, in 1985, the Chairman of The National Bus Company. Robert was awarded the CBE for services to public transport.
He remained a staunch supporter of the Dukes and made a generous donation to regimental funds after he and his wife Joan attended a fund raising dinner at Apsley House, London, prior to the tercentenary year.
His son Tim also served in the Dukes and, later, the Yorkshire Volunteers.
It is with great regret that we have been informed of the death of Ken Brown, on the 13th of February, 2019.
Ken was a member of the Mortar Platoon in Korea and later, in retirement, was a member of Halifax Branch of the Association, until ill health made it too difficult for him to attend meetings.
Ken’s funeral took place at Parkwood Crematorium, Park Road, Elland on the 8th of March, 2019.
David Anthony Carter
The DWR Association HQ has been advised on the death of former LCpl David Anthony (Tiny) Carter, who died on 1st December 2016, at the age of 55.
‘Tiny’ served in the 1st Battalion of the ‘Dukes’ between 1977 – 85, before being medically discharged as a result of a training injury.
David leaves his wife Tracy and children Dan, Megan and Connor.
David’s funeral was held at 14.00hrs, 14th December 2016, at Nab Wood Crematorium, Shipley.
Cyril Copley, aged 98, an ex Corporal in 1 DWR, passed away on Sunday 15th November, 2015.
Cyril saw active service with the ‘Dukes’ during WW2 in Italy, attached to the American Army, he was proud of serving with the Regiment at the Battle of Anzio.
On Cyril’s demobilisation at the end of the war he became a self-employed cobbler for many years until his retirement.
Apart from his service time with ‘The Dukes’ Cyril lived his entire life in Barnsley.
Lt Col Colonel Charles Cumberlege
Colonel Charles Cumberlege passed away on Monday 28th November, 2016, aged 77.
Charles commanded the 1st Battalion in Gibraltar 1982 – 84.
Charles’s funeral was held at 12.30 pm on Friday 16th December at St Denys Church, in Warminster.
Charles leaves his wife, Jo, and children, Jonathan and Vanessa; and grandchildren William, Kitty, Jemima, George and Phoebe.
You can read Colonel Cumberlege’s service recollections in the CO’s Service Recollections section of the DWR website.
David served in 1 DWR circa 1968 – 81, a staunch member of the Signals Platoon. He died on 22 February 2015, at the age of 67.
His funeral took place at 13.50 hours on Monday 16 March, at City Road Crematorium, Sheffield
Major Charles Bunbury
Major Charles Bunbury died in Ipswich Hospital. His health had been slowly deteriorating, with several admissions to hospital, with the last culminating in a foot amputation, due to vascular disease. This, in combination with an unusual form of blood cancer, which can usually be kept under control, proved too much.
Charles’s father commanded the 1st Battalion in Korea. And his great grandfather, was Minister for War in 1815 and was despatched to Portsmouth to inform Napoleon that he was being consigned to St Helena, rather than America as Napoleon was hoping. So he has an illustrious military heritage – though as our Somme Company Commander, of many years ago, you may have been surprised.
Charles was the Community Liaison Officer in Londonderry and used to go into all the PIRA pubs in the Bogside and Creggan with jacket, Regimental tie and dog to talk to all the ‘players’. They always respected that he was a safe conduit for communication and never harmed him.
The Association has been advised that Derek Dugdale sadly passed away on the 27th Aug 2019.
He had been suffering for quite a few months with prostate cancer.
Derek served with the Regiment from 1969 to 1977, in Hong Kong, Cyprus and Northern Ireland.
Derek’s Daughter, Yvette, said Derek regularly attended the annual reunions in Halifax and was very proud to have served with The ‘Dukes’. His grandson now has his medals which he will cherish just as much, as he is serving in the Scots Guards, which made his grandad very proud indeed.
Derek’s funeral was held in Burnley with the last post being played on 10th September, 2019.
It is with great regret that we have been asked to inform you all that Roy Fern died of Lung Cancer on 3rd of January, 2018.
Roy served in the 1st Battalion, at one stage as PRI Corporal, and, together with many other postings, he also served in Ballykelly.
Roy’s funeral was held at Parkwood Crematorium, Elland on 25th of January, 2018, at 11:15hrs.
The Association has been advised of the death of former 2Lt Michael Granger, on 10th May, 2017, by his son Jim.
Michael served with the ‘Dukes’, as a National Service officer, joining the 1st Battalion in Gibraltar, on their return from Korea, in 1953.
Michael’s funeral took place at 1200hrs on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017, at Altrincham Crematorium.
There was a reception at Withington Golf Club, on Palatine Road.
The Association was advised of the death of Fred Greenwood, on the 19th of October, 2018.
Fred served in Korea, at the Hook, and later in Gibraltar.
Fred was born on 13th January, 1934. He joined the Dukes as a National Serviceman. After being demobbed Fred settled in Hubberton and made many friends in the local community.
Fred’s wife died in 2006 and, since then, he relied on his friends and family greatly, until he needed specialist care in his later years. Following the enduring effects of a stroke – Fred died
Fred had two sons, Steven and Christopher, who organised his funeral, held at St Peter’s Church, Sowerby Bridge, on the 7th of November.
General Sir Charles Huxtable KCB CBE
General Sir Charles passed away on Monday 26th November, 2018, aged 87.
Sir Charles was commissioned into the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in 1952 and served as a platoon commander in the Korean War.
He commanded 1 DWR between 1970-1972 and became Commander of Land Forces Northern Ireland in 1980, went on to be Quartermaster-General in 1986 and Commander in Chief UK Land Forces in 1988, before retiring in 1990. Sir Charles was the Colonel of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment from 1982-1990; Colonel Commandant of the Ulster Defence Regiment from 1991-1992 and the first Colonel of the Royal Irish Regiment 1992-1996.
He was also one of the patrons of our Regimental Memorial fund.
Sir Charles’ funeral took place on Monday 10th December, 2018, at 1400 hrs at Holy Trinity Church, Nr Leyburn.
The association HQ has been advised that Eric Juma sadly passed away on the morning of Wednesday 19th October, 2016.
His funeral was held in Halifax Minster at 1030 am on Thursday 3rd November, 2016, followed by a service at the Halifax Park Wood Crematorium.
The wake was at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Siddal Lane, Halifax.
Rodney M Harms MC
The following e-mail was received at HQ, from the daughter of Colonel Rodney M. Harms:-
“Rodney left this world this morning, April 6th 2016, at 7.15 am. His son, Julian, and daughter Clare were with him.
The end was peaceful and we believe, as he did, that he is now safe in the arms of Jesus.”
The Funeral Service took place at 11.00am on Saturday 23rd April, 2016, in Halifax Minster.
The Eulogy, on behalf of the Regiment, was delivered by Lieutenant Colonel Walter Robins, OBE.
Rodney was buried at 11.00am on Monday 25th April in a new cemetery in Ripon, named ‘Lark Hill Cemetery’, Ripon.
Lt Col (Rtd) Hugh Le Messurier
The Association has been advised that Lt Col (Rtd) Hugh Le Messurier has passed away.
The funeral was held in Masham church, at 1200hrs on the 4th of September.
Hugh Le Messurier joined The ‘Dukes’ on the last day of December in 1939.
During the Second World War he served with the 1/7th Battalion in Iceland, and NW Europe.
Other service with the Regiment was in Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Korea, Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and a stint in Bermuda.
He was Mentioned in Despatches twice, in NW Europe and Kenya. Hugh ran the Catterick Training Centre from 1970 until finally retiring in 1985.
In 2016 Hugh was presented with the French Légion d’honneur, with the rank of Chevalier, (Knight), at a ceremony in the Huddersfield Drill Hall.
See:- Huddersfield Examiner News Article of Lt Col Messurier being presented with his Légion d’honneur
It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the death of William John Lord – known to us as Pete Lord.
Pete served in the ‘Dukes’ from 1957 until leaving the Army, as a Cpl, in 1980.
Pete served with the 1st Bn in most postings including BAOR and Ballykelly, where he was awarded the BEM and was well known and liked within the Regimental family.
Pete’s funeral was held on 7th March, 2019, at St. Clares Church, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham.
The Association has been notified of the Death and funeral details of Clifford Morton.
Clifford served with 1 DWR in the 50’s and was a Korean War Veteran.
The funeral was on Tuesday 30th May at Parkwood Crematorium, Elland.
Tom Nowell MM
Tom Nowell sadly passed away on Friday 24th February, 2017, aged 94.
Tom was awarded the Military Medal for his actions as a Sniper Sergeant during the Korean War.
Tom’s funeral service was held on the 15th of March, in the Pentecostal Church, Market Street, Goldthorpe, Nr Rotherham, S63 9HA, starting at 1030am.
The Last Post and Reveille was sounded during the Church Service.
The Association has been advised of the death of former Corporal Jack Parkinson, on 16 February 2017, at the age of 74.
Jack served in the 1st Battalion of the ‘Dukes’ from 1958 to 1982.
Jack’s funeral service took place at 1130am on Tuesday 28 February, at Nab Wood Crematorium, Bingley Road, Shipley, BD18 4BG.
The Association has been advised of the death of a former ‘Duke’, who served in 146th Regiment RAC (9th DWR), during the Second World War.
The 9th Battalion was converted to Armour, along with the 8th Battalion (145 Squadron RAC), in 1940.
The 9th Battalion was posted to India and saw service in Burma, during the Arakan Campaign, from 1942-43. After the war it was posted to Sumatra.
Bryan’s Funeral was held at 13:00hrs, on the 25th of August at the East Riding Crematorium, in Driffield.
Richard Jack Robins
The Association has been notified of the death of Richard Jack Robins, by his son Clive. Richard passed away at Stepping Hill hospital, Stockport on Tue 2 May, 2017, aged 79, after battling a long illness.
Richard was a Corporal in 1 DWR, who served with the Battalion in Cyprus and Northern Ireland in 1957-58.
The funeral service took place on Mon 22 May 2017 at Buxton Methodist Church, Chapel St, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6HX, at 10:45hrs. He was then moved to a local crematorium, for a short (family only) service.
Richard’s Wake was held at Buxton Conservative Club, 3-5 Concert Place, Buxton, SK17 6EE, starting at 13:15hrs.
Note: Jack was the younger brother of Lt Col (Retd) Walter Robins, OBE, who served with the DWR for 35 years, before becoming the Regimental Secretary in the mid 1980s.
Lt Col Walter Robins OBE
It is with great regret that we have been advised of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Walter Robins, on Wednesday 3rd of April in hospital.
Walter was a Korean War Veteran, where he served as Signal Pl Sgt. Walter later became RSM and Quartermaster of the 1st Bn and subsequently Quartermaster at Sandhurst Military Academy. Walter served as Regimental Secretary for many years and finally as Chairman of the Halifax Branch of the Regimental Association.
Walter was well known as an absolute gentleman and much loved by all that knew him and will be sadly missed by all the Association members.
The funeral for Walter took place on 17th April, 2019, in Halifax Minster.
Charles Stewart Sadd
We regret to announce the death of Charles Stewart Sadd, who served in the 1st Battalion from May 1996 – September 1998, when he was invalided out of the Army following a car accident.
Charles died in his sleep at the age of 38.
Charles’s funeral was held at 12.20 pm on 20th December at Cottingley Crematorium, Elland Road, Leeds.
Robert (Bobby) Sage
The Association was advised of the death of John Sharpe on 1st of November, 2017.
John, also known as “Panyou” – for obvious reasons to those who knew him…… served with the 1st Battalion in Hong Kong and Ballykelly and all points between.
John was cremated on November 24th, at Huddersfield Crematorium, Fixby Road, Huddersfield.
RHQ has been notified of the death of David Sugden 1DWR.
A service of thanksgiving was held at All Saints’ Church, Chelsworth, Suffolk on 23 July 2015 at 2p.m. It was preceded by a private funeral.
Malcolm Leslie Tolley
The association has been advised that former Sergeant Malcolm (Les) Tolley passed way on the 7th of August, aged 78, following an eight month illness with Pancreatic Cancer.
Les first served with the Yorks and Lancs, form 1956 to 1958, then transferred to The ‘Dukes’ and served with them until 1979.
During his time with 1 DWR Les served in the Drums Platoon. In 1967, during the Battalion’s tour in Osnabruck, Les was presented with the Commanding Officer’s Bugle.
Les’s Funeral was held at 1400hrs on the 8th of September at Sheffield (Hutcliffe Wood) Crematorium.
Michael K Whelan died peacefully on the 24th of January, 2019.
Michael had trained at the Halifax Depot, in the fifties, and joined the 1st Bn in Gibraltar, following the Korean War.
He was, for some time, the Chairman of the Halifax Branch of the Association, until a stroke forced him to step down.
Michael’s funeral was held on the 19th of February at Parkwood Crematorium at 1030hrs, followed by a reception at Casa Brighouse.
It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Tony Whitworth.
Tony served in the Dukes from Hong Kong through to 1980, mostly in the Mortar Platoon.
Tony lived in Weston Super Mare with his wife, Sue, until his death.
Sue arranged for Tony’s funeral to take place at Parkwood Crematorium, in Elland, at 1415hrs, on the 31st October, 2017.