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CONDOLENCES FROM HIS 2 LI ARMY MATES, ‘CEDE NULLIS’
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Hi All,   Just seen on Facebook that Keith Straughier has

passed away, if anyone knows where Jenny lives

will they pass on our deepest sympathy, he was a

very good friend of mine who did a lot for the

Dearne Memorial Group when he made the Benches for

the Baby Memorials and the Miners Memorial, I know

he was not in good health, and I lost contact with

him and Jenny. Please pass on our condolenses from

Myself,

Pete Shields,Betty and the Girls

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Hi All,

It is with sadness that Keith Straughier has

passed away.

I have spoken to Jenny and Keith passed away 3

March 2014 at 1700 hrs.in hospital. He suffered a

brain  haemorrhage on Sunday evening whilst

playing in-door bowls and was taken to hospital.

He was a dear friend and always willing to help

when ever he could.

A keen soldier and enjoyed the family life that

all soldiers give to each other.

Rest in peace mate, you can now stand down.

Tim & Val

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I did not know Keith but please on my condolences to his family.

Ted Brown

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Sad news about Keith, I did not know him all that

well I met him and Jenny once at Jim Lancasters

house and what I saw was a nice man.  My

condolences to his family.

Brian Fill

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Please pass on my condolances to His family,

Dave Fill

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What a sad loss.

Les turner

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Met Keith & Jenny at Tim & Val’s,  and they came

across as a very nice couple, he will be sadly

missed by many, please pass on our condolence’s,

Ken & June.

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knew him well too.Sorry..seems I’ve made a

mistake…I’d forgotten that Kieth & Jenny had

moved again from Hemmingfield !!..Think maybe

Jenny’s back down Colchester area ??,

Ronnie / Jan

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A grand lad, always smiling, always helpful and

full of energy. RIP

Percy Potts

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Its really sad to hear about keith. I still can,t

believe it Keith and Jenny and Bramble came round

to our house quite often, Keith helped me put a

fence up round the garden while bramble dove into

the fish pond trouble was Bramble was bigger than

the pond, we all went to Scotland together on

holiday nice time.He will be missed very much.

Thanks for the address Les can you please confirm

the post code.

Jim and Ruth

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Thanks Tim, and thanks to Les for letting me know.

A sad loss, RIP Keith, your Duty is done.

Eric Gilbert

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Now I can give my condolences to Jenny for the

passing of Keith, yes he and Jenny were great

people to know and as I have said before I lost

contact with them when they left Jump. I Salute

you Keith, R.I.P.

Malcolm, sally

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Hi All, Cannot bring Keith to mind any photo’s of

him please. Please pass Ann and my condolences to

his wife and family another great loss to the

KOYLI family “RIP Keith” Cede Nullis

Alan and Ann Yates

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What a truly sad loss, one of the nicest people you could wish to meet, a terrible loss, we are so sorry for you Jenny, and your family, god took him too early, Rest in Peace Keith,

Les and Pauline

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Thank you for your condolences to Jenny and family, Les

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Chris Usher’s Funeral was today, Thursday 20th February 2014, here are funeral pictures, plus photos of the KOYLI in which he served.

It was a sad occasion that Chris had left us, but in the same breath I must state that the number of his comrades and his family and friends filled the church.

There was a Guard of Honour with the Association Colours of the KOYLI, which Chris always carried and other Colours, Colin Ward was the I/C Colour Guard, who brought us to attention as the horse driven carriage reached the church gates, Chris’s male relatives carried the coffin up the rickety ancient path, I could see the heart ache in their faces as they carried Chris’s coffin

As the pallbearers entered the church the sound of the Light Infantry Buglers and band played the beautiful sound of ‘High on a Hill’, Chris had requested this on instructions he left with his daughter Angela, as he was the one who wanted a horse driven hearse, he knew he was dying, so he put his affairs in order.

The church was packed by the time we went in, a lovely Catholic service was given by Father David Letheridge, a kindly man, who  talked of Chris’s life in great detail, the coffin was draped with the Union Jack and the KOYLI Association Colours belonging to Pete Bate. After the service in the church, Pete and I departed to the Thurnscoe Cemetery, where we had been a few times with Chris and standard bearer colours,  and with Pete playing the bugle.

It was sometime later  that the family arrived at the graveside, then the limousine hearse arrived with the flowers, of which I photographed, it was a dramatic moment, when we heard the horses hooves as they cantered down the old road towards us, the plumes on the horses heads, waving around in the wind, the lady hearse driver in full command of the horses.

Colin Ward in charge of the Guard of Honour brought the standard bearers to attention, as Chris was carried to the graveside, he was lowered into the empty grave with priest blessing the coffin as it was being lowered, there was a great deal of crying from Chris’s family, as they finally knew Chris was going to Heaven, he would now be free from the pain.

Pete played a faultless Last Post, as the spirit rests, the standards are lowered, after one minute, Pete played the KOYLI Reveille, the standards are raised,where the spirit re-asserts itself into the new world, in Chris’s case Heaven, God Bless mate, you were the best, your mate Les Parkin.

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More funeral photos plus photos of his time in the KOYLI.

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Cede Nullis

Les

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Chris was born on 10th January 1942. He died on 5th February 2014.

USHER Chris

Above photograph taken in August 2011

It is with great sadness that I  must inform Chris’s friends worldwide that he died on the 5th February 2014, after battling with cancer, a terrible shock to all his army family friends, we offer our sincere condolences to his close family.  Rest in Peace Chris, stand down your duty is done,

God Bless, Cede Nullis,

Les Parkin

 

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Chris with his family

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A good friend Chris, he was a worker, even though he was so unwell having kidney problems, having to have Dialysis treatment three times per week then fighting cancer he still did his unfailing duty and parade with the KOYLI banner at most functions when he could, my sincere condolences to his family, Rest in peace Chris

Les Parkin

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Sad news indeed.  Condolences to his Family.  RIP Chris

Harry Finley

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Very sad news about Chris, my condolences to his family.

Ted Brown

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Yes, very sad news, RIP Chris.

Les Turner

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Dear old Chris always  smart on Parade.. please pass my condolences to his family  R.I.P ..Chris

…..Cede Nuills

David Fill

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Sorry to see another part of our regimental family has been stood down RIP Chris.

Ronnie Barrow

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Sorry to hear of Chris passing away, my condolences go out to his family.

Brian Fill

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Chris you flew the standard where ever it was needed. Now the standard will look after you old friend, so rest in peace.   Give our condolences to his family

Jim Lancaster

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Sorry I cant attend. Just remembered I will be at the hospital on that day and time, Cardiology department.  But will be thinking of him.

Jim Lancaster

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Sad news indeed please pass on my condolences to his family

Michael Fill

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Sorry to find out Chris has passed away, he has suffered for a long time with cancer, but now he is at peace, he was a credit to the memory’s of the KOYLI & LI and we could guarantee unless he was poorly he would be at different functions with the Regiments Standard , all that knew Chris will miss him,  I have to take my wife to Donny hospital on the 20th and the appointment is at 0845a.  If possible I will attend his funeral, RIP old soldier

Ken Cowen

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RIP Chris give my condolences to his family

Roy Alder

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RIP Chris, my condolences to his family..

Mick Bradley

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Give our condolences to Chris and his family for us RIP Chris

Fred & Brenda Howard

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Sadly missed, Chris was always there at meetings, a KOYLI Light Infantryman to the end Condolence to the family, RIP Chris

Stan Green

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Hi,

Very sad to hear that Chris has passed away, a very gallant and consciences member of the Regiment and as Ken mentioned, he would attend with the Standard at all events.

I do not know if Chris had any family living, may be Pete Shields would know as Chris lived near him. He will be missed  and remember by many members of the Regiment.

Rest in peace old soldier.

Tim Humphreys

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Hi All,

Chris Ushers funeral will take place on Thursday 20th February at 1115 in St Hildas Church, High Street, Thurnscoe, Internment in Thurnscoe Cemetery.

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Sorry to hear about Chris Les, I was hoping to see him at the Malay & Borneo Vet’s meeting later this month.

Malcolm Moore

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Hi Les.Sorry to hear this sad news.   Condolences to his family.   RIP Chris.

Eric Gilbert

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Sad news condolences to his family

Jim Mathieson

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Hi Les and all, Colin Ward has just phoned me with the details of his funeral as follows

11-15 am on the 20th February 2014

St Helens Church

High Street,

Thurnscoe

It is always sad to hear another one of the old Battalion KOYLI  is taken from us.  Chris Usher was one of the best, at  all the function he would turn up no matter what the weather was like.  He attended all funerals, stood with the Standard, and lowered it when Pete Bate played the LAST POST he will be sadly missed by all that knew him.  Deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.

from Ann and Alan Yates ,   RIP Chris

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We are very sorry to hear that Chris has passed away, my family and I have known chris for many years, Chris and John my late husband were standard bearers together, our deepest sympathy.  Rest in Peace Chris you were a great friend.

Pauline, Carri-ann Cox, and family

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A sad loss. RIP

Percy Potts

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Hi Les
Thanks for the information regarding Chris, I am sorry to hear of his untimely passing. Chris was in 5Pl when I joined the Bn in Malacca, we served together during the Borneo tour 1963- 64. He was a fine soldier who contributed a great deal in what were at times trying circumstances Please pass on my sincere regrets to his family.

Dave Manby  KOYLI 2LI

K. O. Y. L. I. – L I – RIFLES ASSOCIATION LEEDS BRANCH.

Many Many thanks to Phil Johnson and members of the KOYLI -LI
Leeds Branch who have kindly added their thoughts on this thread,
Chris’s daughters will have great comfort from this

Thankyou

Les Parkin

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Sad news for us all who knew Major Dinwiddie, an officer and gentleman

Les

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Taken:- 50th Anniversary KOYLI departure to Malaya

Sirs, Ladies and Gentlemen,   It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the sad death of

Major D.J. Dinwiddie.  David died peacefully last evening, Monday 30th September at The Royal British Legion home, Lister House, Ripon.

David’s funeral will take place at Knayton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire and details of the date and time will be made known as soon as possible.

David began his career as a Second Lieutenant 02/08/1957 with KOYLI.

Lieutenant 02/08/1959. Captain 02/08/1963. LI 10/07/1968. Major 30/06/1970. Retired 10/10/1977.   ADC to GOC West Midland District 04/1967 to 04/1968.  Served with 1 KOYLI in Malaya and Borneo.

Adjutant 4th KOYLI 02/08/1965 to 01/02/1967. GSO 2 (MA) to DCOS

(Log) HQ AFNORTH 14/05/1973 to 15/05/1975.  Operational service

Malaysia and Northern Ireland.

Respectfully,     Maxine Pryce

Tributes to David :-

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He was my O.C in Colchester and N.I Looked after us well …Please pass on my condolences to his Family

Percy Potts :-
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David Dinwiddie was one of natures gentlemen, he was Intelligence Officer in Berlin for a short time.   I bumped into him in Middlesbrough whilst I was serving as a Police Officer, he was striding along Albert Road at 140 to the minute, he was working as a solicitor. Very sad. I shall try to get to his funeral, Knayton is only 20 minutes from me.

RIP Cede Nullis

Harry Finley :-
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This is sad news.   I first met David D in 1969 in MOD AG2 when he was a Staff Captain (SO3 in new money).

As Percy says, he was one of natures gentlemen.

Eric Gilbert:-
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So sorry to hear this sad news.   From what I can recall, he was always very strict but also very fair, smart, and a Gentleman.

Brian Filll;-

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Sad news about Major Dinwiddie, he was a fine man and an Officer and a gentleman
My condolences to his family.

Tony Addy

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The one thing that I remember about the Capt, was he had us on a muster parade in the jungle, some one had put the watch forward that we were using  for guard,. I don’t remember why he was over the Buglers at that time.

David John Connelly

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I remember him joining the bn. He was a gentleman. My wife worked with him in s solictors office in Yarm

has nothing but kind words for him RIP

Jim Mathieson

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My condolences to his family he was a gentleman.

Malcolm Moore

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My sorry to hear, that Major David Dinwiddie has passed away, R.I.P. David.

Alan Yates:

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I first met David Dinwiddie in the Officers Mess in 1959 when I worked as a barman in Hilden, he was a gentleman, last time I spoke to him was at York Minster last year, R I P David

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Sorry to hear the passing of Major David Dinwiddie, met him a couple of years ago in Leeds Town Hall after the freedom parade, a true gentleman, and he remembered me from the Int. Section Berlin. My condolence to his family.

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Hi Les,

Met up with David Dinwiddie and his wife at the opening of the KOYLI museum in Doncaster, we had a chat,,

I remember him been a smart guy and very strict, please pass my condolence’s to his family. Ken.

Arnie Fothergill

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Hi Les   Thanks for letting me know about Major Dinwiddie. He was a nice man different from the others.   Thanks again   Best wishes old friend,

Arnie

Peter Bate

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So sad to hear of Major Dinwiddies death, a wonderful officer RIP sir

 

Harry Finley’s  is updated annually when the L.I journal is published,    I have asked Eric Gilbert if he can update his ‘KOYLI 2LI Fallen’ as and when we sadly lose one of our friends, he has agreed to do this, by sending me an updated PDF and I will re insert on here.
There has to be a strong confirmation of a Veterans death, not by rumour or hear say, before he can be placed in the database.les2325
Les Parkin, Blog author
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Two excellent PDF’s showing sadly our loss of so many of our veterans and friends, put together by Eric Gilbert and Harry Finley
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When Les Parkin’s KOYLI.com went down, we lost a very good Remembrance Page, with obituaries and photographs.   We managed to salvage much, if not all, of this, but without the obituaries and photographs.These details are shown below in PDF Format, and cover KOYLI and 2LI, reported from a variety of sources  .May take a short while to load.

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Since 1968, Harry Finley has kept an up to date record of ALL Light Infantrymen whose deaths have been recorded in The Silver Bugle.This is also in PDF Format.   Harry has kindly given permission for the use of this document.May take a short while to load,
Harry updates his data base annually when the journal is published

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Hi

These are the comments made by his friends in the KOYLI 2 LI, I would like to thank again, Eric Gilbert, for having a great filing system, thanks for saving these two images

BARNES

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Hi Les,

Just thought I have got this photo of Ollie (Back Row) when we passed out in Ponty I think it was December 1960, ( Tim remember’s more than me ) Ollie behind Lt Chris Backhouse, Ken Cowen KOYLI  2LI

Alan

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Hi All,

It is with deep sadness to inform you of the passing away of Jock Forsyth, yesterday 11/07/2013
Jock left us in Lemgo to settle down in Aberdeen with his wife Lorna. He served many years in the Signal Pl. and also at the end of his service  in A Company. I have passed the Regiments condolences to Lorna. If you wish to speak to Lorna, please contact me for telephone number. All details have been passed to Minden House.
Thanks
Tim humphries
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These are the comments from the KOYLI 2 LI forum  ‘Click on this link’ Jock Forsyth
This is the comments from facebookComments received on Facebook

A brave man

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Alan Yates KOYLI, sent me this photo of officers and RSM Colcliffe in Terendak camp, Malacca, Malaya

Capt BM Wilson, RSM Chris Colcliffe, Lt/Col HCI Rome, Maj T.A. McCathie

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Hi

This is a tragic end to the lives of two inseperable friends, who died within two months of each other

RAY GRANT KOYLI died on the 26th December 2012

BRIAN BILL,s KOYLI died on the 26th February 2013

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At all the KOYLI army functions Ray Grant KOYLi and Brian Bills could be seen together, a few years earlier stood at the bar, chatting to mates

Then Ray was admitted into hospital where one of his legs was amputated, Bill would drive Ray to meetings and do,s

So sad

Brian’s Funeral will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery  (Crematorium) on the 15th March at 10:15 hrs All are welcome to attend.

Cede Nullis

 

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Got this message Crowie Moore KOYLI

I have just been informed by Roy Leach, that Chris Mellor’s has passed away. Chris has had throat cancer for quite some time now and it seems as though he has succumbed to it.

I will try to let you know more, when more info comes to me.

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Hi! Les,

Chris passed away this morning, Monday, 14th December, according to his Daughter.


(Photo Chris on Left ken Cowen his mate on right, taken some years ago at a medal presentation)

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‘Photo taken August 2011 50th Anniversary parade KOYLI’

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