News updates from 62C Old Boys

15th Nov 2013 - Steve Wilson (C Coy) who keeps in touch with Pim Meaning (D Coy)has informed me that Pim’s brother Nick, who was a couple of Div’s behind us has passed away recently having not recovered from a heart attack. Our sincere condolences to Pim and his family.

25th Nov 2013 - More sad news this week, I received a phone call today from Derek (Fred) Kreiner’s daughter Judy, to advise that Fred had suffered a severe stroke and had passed away last week. Our condolences to Judy and all the family especially Fred's wife Pat who I know is not in the best of health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arborfield 62 C.

January 2014

 

Some very recent (Dec 2013) photos of the main gate which, will soon be no more, together with the Planning application. Our thanks to Brian McDonald for the pictures. If anyone wants a nostalgic look at the gates before they go for good you had better do it soon. Click on photos to enlarge

11th June 2015 - Gary Eyers, son of David “Arfer” Eyres (D Company) contacted me for information about his Dad and I have discovered Arfer passed away in 2013 having been suffering from cancer due to a brain tumour. Sad news, I had been in contact with Arfer in 2011 when he contributed to the “D” Company pages for me. See D Company. Our condolences to the Eyres family. The Roll of Honour has been updated with “Arfers” details. Arfer was a dual prize winner at our passing out parade awards taking the Best Radar Technician prize and for education the Mathematics prize.

July 2015. For info the Oak tree that David Schofield planted in memory of his brother, our Ken (C Company) in the area of the old Guard Room (think it is possibly on the old Fire Station Site see photo on the Roll of Honour page) will be cut down/dug up when the building works get underway which has possibly happened already. It was planned to move the tree but this turned out not to be an option, all is not lost though as several of the trees Acorns have been planted and they are now flourishing or whatever plants/trees do, and a successor for Ken’s tree will be planted I believe at the new museum site at Lynham.

 

19th Jan 2017 - Some sad news from Ian Tilson (62A), I have to report that David Spawforth “D” Company passed away on Tuesday 17th Jan 2017. David had been suffering from ill health for a while I’m told. I know we will always remember him for his expertise on the rugby field for the School, the Corps and the Army Teams.

 

News also today (19th Jan 2017) from Terry Houghton -Unfortunately I have more sad news. I had been trying to get hold of Pete Neale for some time now without success so I visited his home in Bedford recently. Regretfully his neighbour informed me that he succumbed to a stroke early last year. Pete was a great mate of mine at Arborfield and I remember when we went chasing the girls in Reading he, being a big blonde good looking bloke, always got the attractive one whilst I had to settle for the girl with the "nice personality" RIP Pete, a top man.

Oct 2017 - A recent email from John Slapp has informed me of the death of C Company Commander Major Sim MC. His obituary printed in the Telegraph last year is below.

Major J.A.N. Sim MC (Retd) died peacefully in his sleep at St Andrew's Care Home, Ewerby, Lincs., on 24th December 2016 aged 96. Late of the York & Lancaster, Green Howards and Parachute Regts. Loving husband of Heather (dec'd), father of Richard, Jennifer (dec'd) and Tony. Also loving grandfather and step grandfather, great-grandfather and step great-grandfather. Private family cremation. Interment at St Catherine's church, Barkham, Nr Wokingham, Berks. Time and date to be announced later.

The Link to the Telegraph entry is at:-

URL: http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/deaths/209752/sim

 

He was gentleman and a fine Officer, an account of his actions at Pegasus Bridge can be found at the link below.

URL: http://www.pegasusarchive.org/normandy/john_sim.htm

 

30th July 2020 - read today in the 2020 July edition of OBAN that Len Cavanagh (D Company) died June 1018, Knew Len well as we were Tel’s Tech’s, never met up after boys school, RIP Len, one more for our Roll of Honour.