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Smiler suffered a heart attack in Thailand on 4th June, he had recently started work as the engineer for an AS 365. Smiler and I were good pals at Arborfield although in separate companies.
We both were selected to do ONC; which meant full time education in 8 div, Wednesday mornings were allotted to trade, Smiler, Dick Croud and I were the only 3 Air Techs to do 02, so loads of toast and a flask of tea were purloined from the cookhouse and a completely wasted morning spent, fooling about and trying to drown each other in the parts washer.
Smiler achieved the rank of A/T Sgt, and was awarded the Carr Memorial Trophy as the best air Tech of the intake. We of course had to do the missing 9 Div trade training at Wallop before qualifying. Smiler was posted to 75 Ac Workshop in Malaya and I went off to Catterick!
Many years passed before we linked up again, thanks to the power of the internet, but finally we had a couple of pints early last year. I had mailed Smiler on Thursday night, so the shock to learn he'd gone by Saturday morning was immense.
He was cremated in Bangkok, and his wife Lucy scattered his Ashes at Lulworth Cove in accordance with his wishes, 4 65A lads - all of whom were in the A/T Sgts’ Mess with Smiler - Julian (Leggs) Leggett, John (Gunner) Gunstone, David (Tich) Schofield and Tony (Smudge) Smith gave him a good send off. He leaves Lucy, daughters Emma and Sara, brother John and his family. Smiler always said " Death would be the most amazing journey"
Smiler you set off much too soon. Our Condolences to all his family.
Colin Newby 65A