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It is with deep regret to make the belated announcement that the late Phil Keelan RAMC died on Tuesday 5th March 2024.

He was a wonderful father to Cory, Erin and Brody and Stepfather to KC, Charlie, and Jack. He doesn't just leave behind his children but also his Partner Suzie, his loving Mother Pauline and Father Terry as well as his three siblings Corinna, Anna, and Joff. He will also be terribly missed by his best friends Ashley, Johnny, Steve, and Ffion.

Phil met some of these friends whilst he served in the Army as a Medic, where he did tours of both Bosnia and Kosovo.

After his time in the Army, Phil needed help with some of the trauma he'd experienced whilst on tour, so he spent as much time as possible in nature and the great outdoors. He would spend all his time in his Yurt (Mongolian tent) in his back garden or on the beach looking for Roman artifacts in the sand or camping in the woods with his Army friends.

Phil showed true strength over the years whilst recovering from PTSD and his family couldn't have been prouder of his journey and progress.

Unfortunately, he suffered a bleed on his brain which eventually caused a massive stroke that he was unable to recover from.

May He Rest In Peace


It is with deep regret to announce that the late Albert Jones RAMC has died at the incredible age of 103.

Albert was a WW2 Veteran and a Hong Kong POW.

Albert left School in 1937 and began his first job as a warehouseman, with the firm, W.H.Miller & Sons, who were shirt manufacturers. In 1938 with a colleague from work, Albert joined the Territorial Branch of the RAMC.

He quickly became a keen cricket and rugby player, playing for the Monton Cricket Club second team in the summer and the Height Rugby League Club in the winter.

In July 1939 he joined the RAMC as a regular soldier and undertook his recruit’s training at the RAMC Depot at Crookham Camp, Fleet, Hampshire and later at Boyce Barracks (In Church Crookham which later was renamed to Queen Elizabeth Barracks). After the outbreak of the war in September he was posted to the Tidworth Military Hospital and in the November, at the age of 19, was posted to 27th Company RAMC at the Bowen Road Military Hospital, Hong Kong. The journey to Hong Kong took six weeks and started in Southampton on board the “City of Prague” civilian ship to Cherbourg (France) then over land by train to Marseilles where he boarded the troopship S.S. Nevasa which set sail via Port Said (Aden – now modern-day Yemen), Bombay (India), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Singapore, arriving at Hong Kong in January 1940. After the invasion of Hong Kong by the Japanese in 1942, the Garrison was overcome, and Albert was taken Prisoner although this was unknown at the time and the Military authorities informed his mother that he was posted as missing.

For those who knew Albert, or who just wish to show their respect, the funeral will take place as follows:

12:00 hours on Wednesday 08 May 2024
Altrincham Crematorium,
White House Lane,
Dunham Massey,
WA14 5RH

It is with deep regret to announce that the late Lt Col Peter Darroch died on Tuesday 9th April, aged 86.

Peter joined the RAMC in Sep 1952 as an apprentice at AAC Chepstow. He enjoyed many of the more exotic postings in Kenya, Malaya and Hong Kong as well as Keogh Barrack where he was RSM of the Apprentice College prior to being commissioned in 1972. After more far-flung postings to BAOR and Australia, he retired as Commander Med HQ Eastern District (Colchester) in 1991, only to be re-employed as OC ACIO Manchester until 1997.

After his Army Careers Office days, he joined Combat Stress and supported veterans in the north-west. Peter also served as a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant in the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy from 2001 until 2012.

For those who knew Peter or just wish to show their respects, the funeral will take place as follows:

Thu 9th May 2024, at 11:30 hours
St Georges Church,
Fountain Close,
SK12 1NH

A wake will follow the service, for anyone who wishes to attend, at the following location:

Davenport Golf Club,
Worth Hall Lodge,
Middlewood Road,
SK12 1TS

Time - Immediately following the Service.

Peter was widowed in 2017 but leaves behind his son Peter. Rather than bring flowers the family wishes that donations be made to Broughton House Veteran Care Village or The Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).

It is with deep regret to announce that the late Cpl Neil Stanley BECKETT RAMC has died at the age of 78.

Little is known about Neil, but his records show that he enlisted into the RAMC on 16 October 1964 and was discharged on 26 July 1976 in the rank of Corporal. Originally from Mansfield, Neil was reported as being an exemplary JNCO with the groundings to develop into an excellent SNCO. His last unit was 4 Fd Amb at BFPO 106.

For those who knew Neil, the graveside funeral will take place as follows:

09:30 for 10 am on Wed 1st May 2024
Retford Road Cemetery
Retford Road
S80 2QB

It is with deep regret to announce the recent death of Brigadier Robin Garnett, (Advisor in Rheumatology & Rehabilitation); who died peacefully at home on Thursday 21 March, surrounded by his family.

Brig Robin made an enormous contribution in the rehabilitation of service personnel over many years and for which he had been awarded an OBE.

For those who knew Robin or just wish to show their respects, the funeral will take place as follows:

Wed 1st May 2024, at 13:45 hours
Bluebell Cemetery Ltd
Old London Road
Badgers Mount
TN14 7AE

A Celebration of Robin’s Life will follow the service, for anyone who wishes to attend, at the following location:

15:00 hours
St. Julians Club
St. Julians
TN15 0RX