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Comment by David Pleasants on September 18, 2014 at 7:32

I now have the funeral details from John May.  they are as follows:  "

I regret to inform you that Major (Retd) Joe Venables died at 0110  on 16 Sep 2014 in Barnsley Hospice after a long battle with cancer and as the results of a fall a few days ago.  He was an ex Air Despatcher, ex RSM of 17 Port Regt,  QM of 16 Tk Tptr Sqn and QM of 7 Tk Tptr Regt in Gulf War 1.

I have just been informed by his widow Pat, of the funeral arrangements which are as follows:

1130hrs Thu 25 Sep,  St Lukes Church, St Lukes Road, Grimethorpe, S72 7FN.

After the Service there is to be a reception at:  Burntwood,  Common Road, Brierley, Barnsley, S72 9ET

No Flowers please. Donations to BLESMA in the name of Major Joe Venables.


John May

Lt Col (Retd)"

Comment by David Pleasants on September 17, 2014 at 9:30

I am sad to report that I have just been informed of the death of Major Joe Venables by his son Darren. Joe came to the Sqn as Admin Officer when I was commanding and Paul Manning was SSM.  He was a very supportive colleague and friend to us both, those who were there at the time might remember Joe and Paul out running on a regular basis! In John May's time he moved on to be Sqn QM.  He was a very fine man and a very fine soldier and our sympathy goes out to Pat and Darren.  The funeral will take place on Thursday 25 September 2014.  We have no detail at present but John May will be keeping people informed and I will post the details on here as soon as I know them.

Comment by michael shepherd on August 3, 2014 at 16:36

The funeral of our Tank Transporting friend and colleague John Luker who served in 23 TKTPTR SQN RCT is on Tuesday 5 August at the Haltemprice Crematorium ,Hull at 1030hrs.After, there will be refreshments served at the Mercure Grange Park Hotel which is next to the Crematorium. Our thoughts are with Pat and the children at this time.

Comment by michael shepherd on July 26, 2014 at 17:10

I am so very sorry to hear that John has passed away. We had some good times together in 23 Sqn  and recently I spent time with John at the "The Senne Lads reunion"  at Stoke .I will miss him .My thoughts are with Pat at this very difficult time. Rest in peace mate.

Comment by MICHAEL BROOKS on July 26, 2014 at 16:43

On behalf of Jimmy and Ann Coultard,Sorry to hear the passing of our old friend John Luker,haved  many good times, he will not be forgotten,our thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family

Comment by MICHAEL BROOKS on July 26, 2014 at 16:32

Sorry to hear the sad news that John Luker has passed away,he was my nr 2 at 23 sqn Sennelager,a good mate.My condolences to his wife and Family.

Comment by tom bant on July 24, 2014 at 20:08

I am sorry to inform some of the lads from 16 SQN from 1972 onwards of Tony (Harry) Secombe who passed away on Friday 4th July of Cancer he was character and was was 60 and a good friend, Rose told me that he was a wonderful husband and a fantastic father. I will always remember him Simmo an Blonk with their silver DMS boots going to the Heidemark Keller "Rest in Peace old friend. Tom Bant.

Comment by Russ Egglestone on July 22, 2014 at 19:14

Belated message about Charlie Harrop, a great guy in deed and yet another of the old Ranby lads gone but always remembered. RIP Charlie and condolences to all his family.

Comment by Jack Atherton on July 3, 2014 at 7:15

How sad to hear the passing of Charlie Harrop .I had the priviledge of knowing him. He was without doubt one of the best blokes you could ever wish to meet. Please accept our condolences, he will be remembered as a great bloke.

Comment by John Bancroft (Barney) on June 29, 2014 at 14:12
Chas Chapman has asked me to post the news of the passing of ex "A Tp" Sgt. Charlie Harrop, aged 82. His funeral service will take place at Grantham Crematorium on Monday the 7th of July at 3.30.
Comment by Phil Clayton on May 22, 2014 at 12:09

I have just heard that Bob French passed away this morning, his 72nd birthday.  Bob was the Pay Sgt at Senne in the late 70s  and a true friend.  Our thoughts are with his wife Liz and Michelle and Kevin.

Comment by Danny Mills on March 20, 2014 at 18:44

HI all, It is with great sadness that I bring the news of Craig Oliver's passing on 14 Mar 14 - age 48. Craig was REME attached at 617 TTS from 86-89 before being posted to Dortmund. He left the Army on phase 3 redundancy in 95.

He is survived by his daughter Tanya.

The service is at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh for close friends and family.

If anyone who knew Craig wishes to leave any message I'll pass it on to his family.


Arte et Marte soldier. Time to hand your tool box in

Comment by Maurice Robert Walker on November 16, 2013 at 11:31

Phyllis and I are saddened to hear of Margarets passing.

Margaret was a lovly lady and our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time

Comment by michael shepherd on November 16, 2013 at 10:17

I am deeply saddened to hear of Margaret ,s passing . I have fond memories of Margaret and Roy both in Sennelager and Fallingbostel.Its a sad day .My thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Comment by Phil Clayton on November 16, 2013 at 9:24

Margaret Cuthbert, widow of Roy passed away 10th November.  Our first next door neighbours when we moved into Quarters in dingle den AKA Tuxford.  Marg was quick to take Nita under her wing and helped us to settle in and learn the Army ways, We remained great friends. Funeral Sandwell crematorium Thurs 21st Nov at1045, followed by Wednesbury Conservative club.   Our thoughts are with Carol and Bev at this sad time.

Phil and Anita

Comment by Derek (Lofty) Dyde on September 30, 2013 at 18:57

so sorry to hear of the death of Margaret Todd I knew Keith and Margaret in senne good friends both.

condolences to there family and friends


Comment by Tony Jago on September 20, 2013 at 11:26
Haven't been on the web site for a long time. And just read about the sad passing of Shonker ! I served with him and Blackie Widdows at Jnr Ldrs Taunton. Had some great times back then and again at X1X. He took my place on a posting to Irland back in the early 70s so that I didn't have to cancel my wedding. God Bless you Mate!
Comment by Derek (Lofty) Dyde on September 18, 2013 at 9:31

sorry to hear that Reg (Scouse) Williams has gone on his last drag but the reunion up there must be getting
bigger than the one here. I was with Scouse in 23 at Senne good times. condolences to his family.R I P mate

Comment by MICHAEL BROOKS on September 15, 2013 at 20:47

Last Respects to Reg(scouse)Williams from Ann-Jimmy Couthard.  Rest in Peace Reg, someone up there will give you a fag. Condolences to his Family.

Comment by John W Fenty on September 15, 2013 at 16:11

sorry to hear of the sad lose of Reg Williams (scouse) . I was posted to the same unite as Reg in the 60s. at 23 in senne my condolences to all his family



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