Tuesday, June 02, 2020

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

The obituary of Clive (Smiler) Richardson 65A D Coy

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!

Clive Smiler Richardson

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

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