Friday, January 24, 2020

Procedure for reporting deaths of members and AOBA Remembrance Scrolls can be found on the right side of this page

B L Green - Former WO1 (ASM)


Bernard Green joined the Army as an apprentice electrician at Arborfield as a 14-year old boy soldier in September 1945. He completed a full twenty two year career finishing in the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 having qualified as an equipment control artificer.

He enjoyed his life in the Corps, serving in a variety of units in the UK and Germany including 27 District Workshop and 17/21st Lancers Light Aid Detachment. He was also part of the team that brought into service the Yellow Fever air defence radar control system.

He loved sport and took part in boxing as a young soldier and was a member of the 17/21st Lancers skiing team. However his greatest sporting loves were rugby and motor cycling, both of which he followed throughout his life. When stationed in Ty Croes, North Wales supporting Yellow Fever in an air defence regiment, he would regularly ride to motor cycle trials events throughout the country on an Army 350cc Matchless. This included driving the long way and back on his bike to Cornwall to take part in the Lands Ends Trial.

On leaving the Army, Bernard settled in the Bracknell area where he made many friends and worked for various firms in technical management and authoring roles. He continued his love of motor cycling, joining the Loddon Vale Group with whom he would spend many a happy weekend riding his bike across the countryside. Often this would include being part of a team collecting points from judges at various cross country horse trials that the Group supported at venues such as Tweseldown.

Bernard was a real character in life and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

From: The Craftsman

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