Saturday, June 06, 2020

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

Keith M Evans - Former WO1(ASM)

I regret to inform the Corps of the death of Keith Evans who died on 24 June 2012 aged 82. Keith suffered a fatal heart attack on a coach during a trip to Holland with the Arborfield Branch of the REME Association.

Keith joined the Army as an apprentice at Arborfield Boys School in February 1945(45A) at the tender age of 16. The highlight of his stay was being inspected on parade by Field Marshal Montgomery, who remarked that he would go anywhere to be able to see what he had experienced that morning. Keith survived the rigours of the School during the War and left as an Instrument Mechanic.

For the next 20 years or so he travelled the world serving in Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany. Most of his service he was accompanied by his wife Betty and family. His daughter Sue was born in Hong Kong, Gaye in Aldershot and Nick in Tidworth, clearly showing the nomadic life of a serviceman.

After a long and distinguished career, Keith retired in the early seventies as an ASM and continued his association with the Corps, taking up a teaching role as a Maths Instructor at the College where he began his career in Arborfield.

It was during this time that he took an active interest in the running of the Arborfield Old Boys Association, a passion and interest he retained until his death.

Keith finally retired in 1994 and joined the REME Museum as a volunteer, where he split his time between assisting with the management of the AOBA and helping with the Museum’s education programme. He also became an active member of the Arborfield Branch of the REME Association. He also played golf and was a member of the Bearwood Golf Club.

He had a wonderful and rich career but right up to end the most important thing in his life was always his family.

He leaves his wife Betty, children Gaye, Sue and Nick and Granddaughter Nicola.

His funeral was held at Easthampstead Crematorium on 6 July which was attended by friends and colleagues. A guard of honour was provided by the Arborfield Branch of the REME Association, with Standards of the REME Association and Arborfield Old Boys Association carried by Ken Willmott and Bill McDermid.


Bill Cleasby.

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