Saturday, June 06, 2020

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It is with regret that I inform you of the death of H-37B-A    7589702 Fred 'Timber' Wood Member No 1146 after a long illness aged 89 on the 18th May 2012.

Fred enlisted in Derby on the 1st October 1937 in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and started his Apprenticeship at Hillsea and was later transferred to Arborfield to complete it. He transferred to  REME in September 1942.

Served in the UK until was posted in 1943 to North Africa, Malta & Italy.  Returning to the UK in 1946 till 1949 when he saw service in the Canal Zone 1949 -52.

On returning to the UK he served on the Permanent Staff as the Warrant Officer Vehicles and this was the first time I met him as a young VM Apprentice in early 1956 until he departed for Korea & Hong Kong.

From 1959-65 served at Home & BAOR retiring in 1965 where upon he joined the staff as an instructor for a short time before transferring his skills to 'A' Wing SEME.

In the early 70's he took up the challenge and went back to school and gained an HNC in Mechanical Engineering and shortly after wards left to join Highbury Technical College as a lecturer till retiring.

His one passion in life was gardening and in retirement relished in it when not bowling.  As in his working life set high stands and achieved them.

Where do I come into all this?  In 1970 my eldest sister was admitted to the BMH Cambridge Hospital  in Aldershot after a RTA, and was seriously ill and during visiting I met a pretty young nurse who turned out be Fred's daughter, we married in 1971. Fred and Ihave been close friends since.

Fred is survived by his wife Rita, daughter and son.

Ron Ward 56A 

Notifying Deaths of Ex Arborfield Boys and requests for an AOBA Remembrance Scroll

Reporting Deaths

In the event of an ex Arborfield Old Boys death it would be most helpful if members could report as much of the following information to the Bereavement Officer or to any AOBA Committee member: The full name of the deceased, his intake number and date of death. Also the full name and address of the next of kin (n-o-k) of the deceased. Normally who ever reports the death is a friend or is known to the family and it is better that they negotiate on our behalf, with the n-o-k or family, not myself or committee members to obtain all the necessary information.

Note: After some drumhead services a few members mentioned that some deaths were not read out and no crosses were planted for them. Majority of the names mentioned were found to be from the previous year and were recorded, a small number were not. The reason why we miss some is because we have not been informed or we have insufficient information to record the death. Members are reminded to report deaths as and when they are aware of them. If you know of an ex Arborfield boy who has passed away and is not listed in the AOBA Roll of Honour (Can be seen on the AOBA Website) then please let me have their details.

A request for an AOBA Remembrance Scroll

I would like to remind members that I do not automatically send out a Remembrance Scroll when I’m notified of a death.  I only send them when requested by whoever has made contact with the family of the deceased and only then when the n-o-k has confirmed that they would like to receive one.  Remembrance Scrolls can be requested in the memory of the deceased for both AOBA members and non members. The minimum information required, before a scroll is sent, is listed in sub paragraphs a. & b. below:

a. Full name of the deceased, his intake number and date of death.

b. The n-o-k or family member’s full name, ensuring that we have their first name, and the address to where the scroll should be sent.

c. If a member of the AOBA his membership number, if available.

When it has been confirmed that the n-o-k of the deceased has requested a Remembrance Scroll, I will only send one if I have all the detail as listed in sub paragraphs a. & b. above. I will not send a scroll until I’m in receipt of all this detail. As you can imagine, if we get any of this detail wrong, it could cause extra grief to the bereaved.

You can contact me through the completion of the short webform found here