Saturday, June 06, 2020

by Angela England, his daughter.

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Peter England was born in Exmouth, Devon on 25 March 1928 to parents Lillian and William.  He was the eldest of five, with brothers Richard and Robert and two sisters, Pam and Lois.  When he was 14, Peter joined the boy service and did an apprenticeship for four years and then joined as a full-time soldier when he was 18.  Peter was at Aborfield during his boy service years and then joining as a full-time soldier, his first posting was Palestine in the mid 1940s.  

Peter met his wife, Pat on a troop ship sailing out to Hong Kong.  Pat was due to serve 2 years in the Army being dropped off at Singapore.  She came back to England and waited for him and they married on 4 August 1951 at St Giles Church, Whittington, Staffordshire where Peter and Pat eventually settled for most of their lives.  Peter and Pat had four children, Michael, Susan, Angela and William.  

Peter left the Army in 1968 and joined the Road Transport Industry Training Board when he was 40 years old.  He subsequently joined GEC in Stafford as a personnel officer.  By 1990, aged 62, Peter was still working and carried on until he was about 70.  

Peter had five grandchildren, Ben, Rachel, Katharine, Jasmine and Josh.  He also had a great-granddaughter, Amber.  Peter was a devoted husband to Pat who died in 2011, just a few months short of their 60th wedding anniversary.  

Peter was a true gentleman, loved and admired by so many.   He had a good sense of humour, loved his family, enjoyed his whisky drinks, tended his garden, enjoyed military documentaries and films, was an avid reader, loved cats.  An intelligent and thoughtful man with an interesting repertoire of stories from the past.  He always presented himself well, had a smile and a good word for everyone.  He was humble and grateful for anything done for him, and he was generous and kind.  He is sorely missed by his family.  A wonderful father.  

Peter died after a short illness in hospital, succumbing to pneumonia.  He was a stoic and uncomplaining patient and enjoyed his life to the full right up to the end.  He was content and fussed over which is what he deserved after a lifetime of graft and unselfish commitment to others.  

Aborfield was always in his heart.  He often referred to his time there, his friends who he remembered and spoke of.  He was delighted to receive the OBAN publication regularly, treasuring each copy.

RIP Peter England.

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