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It is with deep regret to announce that the late SSgt Ken Girdlestone died on Friday 3rd November, aged 77 from Heart Failure.

Ken was a former Medical Assistant (MA) / Combat Medical Technician (Cbt Med Tech), who had a varied career from 1964 – 1989. Seeing service in Kenya, Aden, West Germany, Hong Kong, Aldershot, and Bristol where his final posting was with 219 Field Hospital (V). Whilst in Aldershot at the Cambridge Military Hospital (CMH) during 1981-1983 he deployed on Op CORPORATE to the Falklands War.

For those who knew Ken or just wish to show their respects, the family will be holding a “Celebration of Life” on and at the following:

Friday 26th January 2024 from 3 – 6 pm
Royal British Legion (Frampton Cotterall & Coalpit Heath Branch)
40 Ryecroft Road,
Frampton Cotterell,
BS36 2HW

At the behest of the Family, and as a celebration of Ken’s life, there will be no dress code. There will also be no floral tributes, but donations can be made to SSAFA if desired. To cater appropriately for those who wish / plan to attend the event, you are requested to notify Ken’s son, Karl at the following email address;

Ken leaves behind his wife, Joan, his three children, Jonathan, Karl, and Sarah and his three grandchildren, Aaron, Millie, and Reuben.

It is with deep regret to belatedly announce that the late Maj Terry Holmes died on Monday 13th October 2023 in Innsbruck Hospital (Austria).

Terry served in the RAMC from the early 60’s to the mid-90’s and as a former RSM and then Late-Entry Officer, was well known and liked across the Corps as a highly professional, smart, and proud soldier who was totally dedicated to the RAMC. Diligent, and always helpful, Terry was widely respected and the epitome of a role model, both as a RSM and then an Officer.

A service of remembrance was held in Alpbach Church on 20 October, the pace being due to local Austrian custom and practice. He will be interned in Alpbach graveyard, on 15 December 2023; which is intended as a small family service.

Terry leaves behind his Wife, Val (who currently intends to remain in Austria) and his Son Simon (A Serving REME Maj).

The following will be a Memorial Service to commemorate the life and work of the late Major General WR (Robin) Short CB (DGAMS 1993-1996):


11 am on Friday 12th May 2023

St Chads Church 
SY13 2ER

Then followed by a reception at:

The Soulton Hall Hotel

5065 Soulton,
Shrewsbury SY4 5RS

Donations to Children in Need.

It is with deep regret to announce the death of that the late Alec Hall at the remarkable age of 102.

Alec was an Arnhem veteran of 181 Airlanding Field Ambulance and as far as it is known, he was the last medic standing from the battle of Arnhem, (Op Market Garden), where he treated many of the wounded before being taken prisoner.

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

Tuesday 7 November at 10:00 hrs,
Southend Crematorium,
285 Sutton Road,
SS2 5PX.

The photo in this post is of Alec from the Coventry Royal Court Hotel dinner in 2022 and sat on the right is former Association Chair, Brig (Retd) Alistair MacMillan.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 25 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.