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We have been advised of the death of the following members: Ex Buffs TA and a long-standing member of Ramsgate Branch of the Association

Mr. Micky Ralph: Ex Buffs TA and a longstanding member of Ramsgate Branch

Mr. Frank Harvey: Ex 1 Buffs and a long-standing member of Ramsgate Branch of the Association.

Corporal Trevor (Satch) Phillips died October 2017

Tony Baker MBE writes: Trevor joined up in the mid 1950s as a Junior Leader, then served with 1st Bn The Buffs in West Germany and in Aden.

In 1961 he was an instructor at the Home Counties Brigade Depot, Canterbury then in the Queen’s Own Buffs and after that transferred to 1st Bn Middlesex Regiment where he served in Gibraltar 1963. After his demob’ he worked on the submarines in Chatham Docks, then Trevor took a Degree in Physics and moved to Cumbria to help in the development of Chobham armour and also carry out research on depleted uranium artillery shells.

He remained in the Cumbria region for the remainder of his life and died in October 2017 from a brain tumour. He will be remembered as an intelligent and highly effective instructor NCO.

His ashes are in the Phillips’ family grave at Murston, Sittingbourne, Kent.


Arthur Penney. Arthur who served with 1 Buffs in Wuppertal has passed away. The funeral is on Wednesday, 4th July 2018, at Charing Crematorium -time 10.00 a.m.
All are welcome after the funeral at The Ashford Railway Men’s Club.

Peter Johns, ex CSM who served in 1 Buffs from 1945 until amalgamation and thereafter in the Queen’s Own Buffs and later 2nd Bn the Queen’s Regt.
One of the great characters of the regiment and very popular with those who served with him. A very talented magician, member of the magic circle who performed under the name The Great Merlno. Funeral details will be published when to hand.

Lenny Elks, ex Buffs, Queen’s Own Buffs and 2nd Queen’s passed way whilst on holiday in Turkey as a result of an accident.

Mr John Philips ex 1 Platoon, A Company 1 Buffs who served in Aden . and later in Germany has passed away. John was a dedicated worker for the Regimental Association, and was Standard Bearer, Vice Chair and later Chair of Ramsgate Branch.

Bobby Gorse, ex Corporal who served in the Queen’s Own Buffs and later in 2nd Queen’s passed away on 5th June.