We have been advised of the passing of the folowing members.
Major R (Ronnie) Baker MBE: Ronnie Baker passed away on 12th January 2021. He had been in hospital in Portishead for five weeks, with a chest infection and heart failure – and a dose of covid to boot – it was a struggle. But – ‘Steady the Buffs’ – he was not going down without a fight. Ronnie served with 1 BUFFS/ QUEENS OWN BUFFS 1950-69 for 19 yrs, incl Kenya (Mau Mau), Aden, BAOR, Singapore (ERE) etc. Then later with UDR 1977-86 for 9 yrs. He will be remebered with great respect and affection.
C.S.M. Harry Jephcott: Have just heard from John Jephcott that his brother Harry passed away in RBL Maurice House, Broadstairs.
Harry joined The Buffs in Mid 1944 and served in Hong Kong, Korea with the Middlesex Regt, with The Buffs in Wuppertal, Aden and finally with the TA in Margate and Sandwich.
Lt. Colonel Alan Peckham has passed away aged 97.
Mrs. Veronica Newton- a QORWK widow and member of London Buffs
Mr. Walter (Wally) Bujakowski. Served in 1 Buffs after the war durng which he had been a prisoner in Aushwitz prison number 705
Mr. Ivor Sedge. a veteran of Buffs and Queen’s Own.
Mr. Albert (Whippet) Wheeler: One of the last survivors of the Caedonian ambush, Malaya
Mr. Allan Buddle. Allan was the Chair of Ramsgate Branch and supported the Association and branch unstintingly. A great comrade and a throughly nice guy-he will be sadly missed by the members.
Mrs. Margaret Thomas, wife of Graham Thomas, both great supporters of the Association.
Mrs. Rosie Hills. Wife of Ronnie Hills,
Mrs. Audrey Rooks: Audrey will be very much missed by us all.
Mr. Sydney Peck: Sydney, a Buff veteran of WW2 was captured and was a POW in Austria from where he escaped several times, sadly always recaptured but that did not stop him from tyring again and again. One of our regimental heroes.
Mr. Eddie West: Eddie was one of the last surviving members io the wartime 5th Bn The Buffs. He served in North Africa, and Italy. as a CQMS. Eddie passed away just a few weeks befre his 102nd birthday. A brave soldier and a gentleman through and through.
Major(Rtd) E (Ted) Parker. Ted passed away in the early hours of December 2nd 2020. A professional soldier in every aspect, he served in The Buffs, Queen’s Own Buffs and Queen’s Regiment.
Mr. John Hobday: John was an Associate member of Ramsgate Branch and oassed away on 2nd December.
Life will never be quite the same without them. May they all Rest in Peace