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John Davis wrote on December 24th, 2019
As we approach Christmas, I'm afraid I have some very sad news. Gus Boag's daughter Kirsty has asked me to inform you that her dear Dad passed away on Sunday 15 December. Naturally Gus' wife Freda, his son Cameron and his daughter Kirsty are devastated so if you wish to send your condolences, please send them to Gus' email address which is: [email protected]

I didn't know Gus but I know some of you served in 249 at the same time as him.

Kirsty has given me the details about his funeral arrangement. It is taking place at 2pm on Friday 10 January 2020 at the Borders Crematorium, Melrose, TD6 9HA. After the funeral, everybody is invited to the Selkirk Rugby Club, Ettrickhaugh Road, Selkirk, TD7 5AX.

If you are able to attend the funeral, Gus' family will be pleased to welcome you. I know you will all join me with your thoughts and prayers to Gus' family at this very sad time so close to Christmas

Peter Weedon wrote on December 24th, 2019
Hi All,
Wishing you a merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year
Pete & Gerry xx
Ted Hebden wrote on April 11th, 2019
For those 249 ers who remember Chris (Bud ) Abbott, have just returned from Caterick where he has had a major op and is recovering well. Here is a pic to view.
Calvert "Goldie" Peters wrote on August 12th, 2018
Hi Folks, thought it was time to give an update, Deborah and I returned to Oz in early April, living in the beautiful coastal town of Mandurah which is 1hr south of Perth in Western Australia. We have settled in quickly which is not far from Bunbury where we were last time in 2012/13. It is winter here at the moment "FIRES" on but not long till spring. Might meet up with Neil Campbell who is touring WA at the moment, the last time I saw him was at the Squadron's 50th celebration reunion in 2009. I read with envy the reformation of the Sqn in 2019. It seems the Sqn never dies, a long time ago since I came down from 253 in Kowloon to 249 in 1967. take care all--- "249 is a happy Squadron" cheers Goldie Peters.
John Davis wrote on August 12th, 2018
Further info from the RSM of 3 Div:

Good evening gentlemen, WngO 1 is going out shortly for the Kiwi Centenary and 249 reformation parade. BLUF: Wed 29 May 19, parade, kiwi trophy and social in both messes. Officers will black tie a cocktail party, Soldier veterans will be in my mess. Gurkha Curry and drinks, accomodation is virtually zero as HCR are moving to Picton (450 pax). Solstice park has a hotel and is about 5 mins away, i can square wheels to and from hotel nearer the time. No action for now, just pencil it in your diaries if you are interested.
As a side note, when 249 disbanded, the majority of history disappeared. If you have anything that would be appropriate to gift for the new 249 SHQ, i would be eternally grateful. I have one wooden mount, really struggling atm....

Michael Yorke wrote on July 29th, 2018
Terrific to hear that 249 is going to be reactivated as a QGS squadron.

HF Troop 1963-5
John davis wrote on July 29th, 2018
Posted on our FB Page by the RSM of 3 Div

Sergio Del Vilder 28 July 11:03

Hi Gents, I'm the Current serving RSM at 3DSR here in Bulford, I'm also ex 249 AMF 99-02. The Royal Signals are reforming 249 Sig Sqn as a QGS Sqn next year. I'm trying to build the Sqn's history prior to AMF, can any of you help me out with a link to the history or provide any interesting pictures with dits etc.

So for your diaries, a very provisional date of week beginning the 27 May 19 for a parade/reunion marking 249 Sig Sqn's reforming. Location Bulford, my plan is a cocktail party for the Officers and a mess BBQ/Gurkha Curry in my mess for everyone else.

Kind Regards,

Ted Hebden wrote on July 18th, 2018
Terry Roberts
15 July at 19:49
Written by scotty

It is with a profound sense of sadness, some of you may already know, that I regret to inform the regimental family that my father in law Terry ‘Chogi’ Roberts formerly Royal Signals, 1 KSLI and 3 LI passed away after a long and valiant battle against illness on 04 July 18.

Even at the height of his illness Terry never lost his renowned dry sense of squaddie humour. On one occasion responding to a fellow patients confused question about what his obviously too young daughters did in the war he replied ‘killed Germans’! How we laughed…😂😂😂

Noting his natural wit and sarcasm, Terry wasn’t shy of singling out our American cousins for some special ‘praise’ either; we are all sure that the irony of his passing (04 July) wouldn’t have been lost on him. Undoubtedly a few choice words would have been reserved at the timing of it all!🤬🤬🤬

In accordance with his wishes Terry’s funeral will be held at:

1230hrs, 25 July 18
Shrewsbury Crematorium,
London Road,

The family have specifically requested that anyone wishing to attend refrain from wearing black and choose something colourful in celebration of his life. Terry was a true Salopian proud of his roots and the regiment, once a Light Infantryman, always a Light Infantryman especially of the Shropshire kind. Please feel free to join us after the service, pull up a sandbag, tell a few war stories and raise a glass in his honour, all welcome:

Meole Brace Bowling Club
Meole Rise, off Upper Rd,

Finally on behalf of Chris, Angela, Teressa and the rest of our family thank you all for your messages of condolence and support, they’ve been heartfelt in their receipt.
Ted Hebden wrote on June 20th, 2018
Great meeting some if the 249 ers at Wetherspoons in Harrogate and then being met by Dave Aldous who escorted us to the Harrogate RSA nearby for their monthly meeting. Great night, sorry I could not stay longer but had to head down to Croydon to visit my daughter next day. ( Still here now checking out the local water holes ) !

John Davis wrote on January 25th, 2018
Details of two planned reunions this year are on the website for those folk who don't do Facebook. Informal thrash in Harrogate June and a formal get together in Birmingham September. Check out both and let the organisers know if you are attending ASAP. Ta
Jim Clinker wrote on December 24th, 2017
To anybody who doesn’t receive 249 and RSA news from me but would like to, please email me.
Jim Clinker wrote on December 24th, 2017
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all 249ers. To anybody who wishes to receive 249 and RSA news, please email me.
Will Lamb wrote on December 24th, 2017
Merry Christmas all 249ers
tom macleod wrote on December 22nd, 2017
wishing all 249ers a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and a very happy new year
Michael Yorke wrote on December 19th, 2017
Wishing all 249'ers a Very Merry Christmas 2017 and a Happy New Year 2018.

Mike Yorke
HF Troop 1963 - 1965
Bill abbott wrote on November 26th, 2017
Sorry to read about sammy Saunders on "last post" good lad and a great 10 pin bowler down at Dover rd alley !!

Jim Clinker wrote on July 8th, 2017
If you haven't received an email from me regarding the proposal for a medal for all those who served
on Operation Crown and Post Crown, then please email at: [email protected]

John Davis wrote on June 13th, 2017
Eddie Jones and I are looking to organise an informal get together in Harrogate sometime during June 2018. The initial info is on the news page, please read.
mike gray wrote on March 8th, 2017
as an ex bleep serving in Nato BAOR and Ni and Scotland i would like to say how much i enjoyed the layout and photos of your squadron and can see what happy times you had i was never lucky enough to get to warmer climates but had a ball in the years i was in certa cito forever once a bleep always a bleep
Will Lamb wrote on February 23rd, 2017
I am hoping to make this years reunion.
John Davis wrote on February 2nd, 2017

Details of Harry Million's funeral:
Funeral to be held 9th February at 1345hrs. - The Methodist Church, Neville Parade, Newton Aycliffe.
Cremation in Darlington at 1445 – Carmel Road Crematorium..Food, drink and war stories at The Big Club, Sheraton Road, Newton Aycliffe afterwards.

John davis wrote on January 22nd, 2017
Just been informed, by his son, that Harry Million passed away today. I was in the squadron at the same time as Harry but he was in HF Troop and a pad so only memory I have of him in those days was he was a stalwart of the football team. I met him many years later when I recruited his son into the Corps from the Darlington ACIO 1989.
Mike Yorke wrote on December 28th, 2016
Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year 2017

Mike Yorke
HF Troop 1963 - 1965
Dave Roberts wrote on December 25th, 2016
Wishing all 249'ers and 18 Sigs a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017

James Clinker wrote on December 24th, 2016
Merry Christmas to all ex-members of 249 Signal Squadron (Farelf) and 18 Signal Regiment and best wishes for 2017.
Gary McNaughton wrote on December 11th, 2016
looking for old friends who were on the pan of 249 Akrotiri 1962 =1965,especially my old buddy Steve Kent,Thanks
Ted Hebden wrote on December 4th, 2016
Hi all,
Many of our members who were in 249 around 1962 will be saddened to learn of the passing of Alan ( Box ) Whenlock.
I have just put the phone down to his wife Pat who said that he died peacefully in his sleep last week.
Box had many problems when I last saw him in Manchester Infirmary but was still high spirited.
He is to be cremated on Tuesday 6th Dec at Overdale Crem, Bolton at 0945 hrs.
Keith Greenhalgh wrote on November 13th, 2016
Great site John, nicely done, moved from Mexico to Lost Wages Nevada, 3 years ago, had Tom Martin and wife (ex YOS 68-70) for a week a couple of months ago. He is not in the greatest of Health and mainly wheel chair bound, but otherwise still good, me too. Regards, Keith Greenhalgh 68-69
Ted Hebden wrote on November 8th, 2016
Yes website looking great John - nice and nippy as well !
Jean , Ron ,Mandy , Glenn and Gail Drew wrote on October 30th, 2016
We love the new look you have given the Website and we thank you so much for putting our pictures and the write up of the 2016 Reunion in the Album . Thank you too for writing and setting out for us a fitting Obituary for Ray / Dad in the last Post . Wherever he is at this moment in time he will be standing to attention and saluting you . Jean and Family
Derry "Budge" Bolger wrote on October 28th, 2016
As an addition to last message. Anyone from Ex. Seato when we went off to Manilla in the Philippines and were liason between the USA and the other member nations?
Derry "Budge" Bolger wrote on October 28th, 2016
Nice new look to website. Congrats to you guys.
BTW, is there any-one out there who remembers me from Oct 1970-Apr 1971? Would love to here from any past members of our Ten Pin Bowling Team. One each of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish (me). Had these natty brown and beige shirts with each of us having embroidered individual national emblems (Rose for England, shamrock for Ireland etc) of which, believe it or not, I still have mine!
John Davis wrote on October 27th, 2016
After a very long period of inactivity I'm back. The website is revamped, check it out and let me know of any problems...
Alan Richardson wrote on August 2nd, 2016
Can someone please email me the details of the next reunion, I may be back in the UK from Canada depending on when it is.

Jim Clinker wrote on June 27th, 2016
Bob (Snowy) Clarke has arranged with a firm to produce some 249 T-shirts, so if you would like details about them, then please email me at [email protected] and I will send them to you.

Millaco Clothing Company Limited
Unit B Rigby Close,
Heathcote Industrial Estate,
CV34 6TH
Tel: 01926 359088

If you want a drinking mug with a 249 badge as well, then you can order that as well.

Best wishes
GEORGE M ROSE wrote on April 1st, 2016
THEN ran the MT for the sqd lots of faces remembered regards to all
GEORGE M ROSE wrote on April 1st, 2016
THEN ran the MT for the sqd lots of faces remembered regards to all
John Rogers(torchey) wrote on March 22nd, 2016
Please note my email has changed
Dave Clapson wrote on March 10th, 2016
For those who served with Don Macfarlane here are some details of his life
Dave Clapson wrote on March 9th, 2016
Thanks Mike Yorke, I wonder what they did with the Commonwealth Cemetery between PM and Calcutta Camp?
Michael Yorke wrote on March 7th, 2016
This is in response to the message from Dave Clapson asking if Princess Mary Barracks was still there.
The PM Barracks site is now the Singapore Polytechnic and a huge amount of development and building has taken place, When I was last in Singapore in about 2007 Moberly Block was still there and was being used by students. The other blocks and buildings were pretty much gone. If you google "singapore polytechnic" you will find a campus map and you will be able to locate something called Cafe @ Moberly. I believe that the "bones" of the block are still very recognizable but a lot of modernization and updating has taken place.


MIke Yorke
HF Troop 1963 -1965
Dave Clapson wrote on March 7th, 2016
George Mathew, I remember Don Macfarlane RNZ Signals he was a good bloke RIP Don. We also had Lt Dinger Bell Royal Australian Signals another top bloke. Dave Clapson Sydney
Dave Clapson wrote on March 4th, 2016
I am thinking about visiting Singapore early next year. I have had a look at Google Earth but cannot locate the site of PM Barracks, does anyone know if anything is left of the camp. I thought one of the blocks was still there. Thanks.
kim Harris ne Dobson wrote on March 3rd, 2016
Looking for friends of my father corporal Ernie (Geordie) Dobson 249 Royal signals we were in Singapore 19662 _ 64 ish.

George (Geordie) Whitfield wrote on February 28th, 2016
I was informed of the site yesterday. I recognize a couple of names. Wish I had known about it earlier. Have looked for OP Crown in the past, but it didn't give up any names that I could remember.
George Mathew, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) RNZSigs wrote on February 21st, 2016
I am sadden to advise that Colonel T D (Don) Macfarlane died in Rotorua New Zealand 19 February 2016. Don served as an RNZSigs captain on attachment or exchange or whatever, as the operations officer of 249 Sig Sqn 1966-68. His funeral is Wednesday 24 February in Rotorua.
Mike Yorke wrote on December 24th, 2015
Wishing all 249'ers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mike Yorke
HF Troop 1963-1965
Pete Weedon wrote on December 24th, 2015
Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year.
Pete @ Gerry
tom macleod wrote on December 22nd, 2015
To all 249rs, hope you all have a very merry Christmas and an equally merry new year, take care
David Pegrum wrote on December 8th, 2015
seasons greetings to all ex 249ers including anybody from [Field Squadron F.A,E,LF]
Forerunner of 249 Sqdn Be Lucky and stay healthy,
Ted Hebden wrote on November 9th, 2015
Went to see Box Whenlock this afternoon ( 9 Nov ) at Manchester Infirmary. He seemed pleased to see me and was in good spirits after a major op. I made sure that the rest of the ward knew about his "heroics" in Borneo - well it is that time of year ! Here is a link to a pick I took of him.

John Davis wrote on October 30th, 2015
Ray "Taff" Andrews, send me an email, use the site management link...
Ray Andrews (taff Andrews) wrote on October 27th, 2015
Hi, Just looking at this site. Sorry I missed the reunion earlier this year. Good to look at all the photos. Msg for John Davis. Still have a photo of us at your wedding rreception at Dover Road, I was your best man.
Ray Andrews (Staff Andrews) wrote on October 27th, 2015
Hi, Just looking at this site. Sorry I missed the reunion earlier this year. Good to look at all the photos. Msg for John Davis. Still have a photo of us at your wedding reception at Dover Road, I was your best man.
Dennis Addey wrote on August 30th, 2015
Hi All, I am trying to contact Gerry Markwell who was my Staffy in Tidworth at 5 (Airportable) Bde HQ & Sig Sqn back in 72/73. I am in touch with a few of his lads from those days. Could somebody pass my email address on please. Hopefully he may drop me a line.
Goldie Peters wrote on August 8th, 2015
Apologies for late submission but Deborah and I would like to thank Dave Roberts and Co. for what was a fantastic reunion in Liverpool which was made even better as there was so much to see in that fine city ..... such was our delight that we plan to visit again to take advantage of all it has to offer. it was also great to see many friends.....sorry for those that could not make it!
tom macleod wrote on July 22nd, 2015
Many thanks to Dave& Eddie for organising the latest 249 reunion, great venue the Devonshire hotel, it was great meeting up with Geordie and Goldie after 6 yrs, and Buttons for the first time, i look forward to the next reunion when we have a better R/R showing.
Jim Clinker wrote on July 22nd, 2015
The 2015 249 Signal Squadron reunion held at Liverpool was a great success. Many thanks to the organisers Dave Roberts and Eddie Jones for ensuring that we all enjoyed ourselves. It was really good to see so many people and recall many events that took place 50+ years ago. Although it was said by some people that this reunion was the last one, I shall sending an email at some time to see if there is enough interest for another reunion in say 2016 or 2017. We have to get together again even if it is only to sing the "Happy Squadron" song!
John Davis wrote on July 20th, 2015
The 2015 reunion in Liverpool was a success. Met some fine folk I'd not seen for 48 years and it was like the intervening years had never passed.
Thanks to Dave Roberts who organised it.
Graham Jolly wrote on December 28th, 2014

Just had a very enjoyable meet up with Neville Lyons (249 OC 65 - 68).

With the demise of Keith Olds I believe that Neville is the only remaining 249 FARELF OC surviving.

I am very pleased to report that he is well and in fine form.

Cheers - Graham
Mike Yorke wrote on December 24th, 2014
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all 249'ers, families and friends.

Mike Yorke
HF Troop 1962 - 1965

Dave Roberts wrote on December 24th, 2014
Wishing all 249'ers a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year
tom macleod wrote on December 24th, 2014
merry Christmas and a happy new year to all 249ers
Jim Clinker wrote on December 24th, 2014
Recently, I have taken over the administration of the contact list from Graham Jolly. There are names down for the 2015 reunion but are not on my email list, so could you please send me a message so I can add you to the list and update you with 249 and RSA news? The names are as follows: George Blackwood, Ron Coburn, Roger Dimsdale, Chris Tallis, John Beach, Ceaser Bowen, Bob Cunnion, Jackie Farrell, Brian Pollard, John Rouston & Alan Richardson.

Many thanks

Jim Clinker
Jim Clinker wrote on December 24th, 2014
I would like to wish all members and friends of 249 (Farelf),a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are not on my email list, please send me a message so I can add you to it and update you with 249 and RSA news.
Harry Waugh wrote on October 30th, 2014
Hi Not sure if I was in 249 at Dover road, Brother John Waugh was also at Dover road.I was there in 68/69 used to sail on Brigand was married in the church there with Rod Gladwin as Best man. Let me know please if it was 249
Stu wilson wrote on October 19th, 2014
Served1965-1968 comcen troop this is when I became a man time passes but memories stay with you all of your life thanks to all of my comrades for what 249 made me and what we did
Mick Little wrote on October 18th, 2014
I realised that there is two Mick Little's I'm the 63-65 one.
Mick Little wrote on October 18th, 2014
I will be there if I can sort out the transport
syahmi wrote on October 14th, 2014
hello everyone, i just found this website,cause i interested with this what the others called "basedistrict". yea i has a coin, maybe memorial coin. written there "singapore base district championship, farelf hockey zone runners-up 1960/61" full of history i think. thought someone here want to buy this from me. i got this from my granny. yea she gave to me
Colin Somerset wrote on October 10th, 2014
rrtroop 1960
Joe Farndon wrote on September 21st, 2014
Looking forward to the reunion next year.
Bob Cunnion wrote on September 1st, 2014
Although an 18 Sigs chappie, (Philips Block), I have very many happy memories of 249 socially and sports wise 1965/67. Still in touch with some oldies, Derek (Biggsy) Biggs, Paul Prior, Scouse McGibbon< etal. Happy days.
John Davis wrote on September 1st, 2014
Just checking
Derry (Budge) Bolger wrote on August 19th, 2014
Just found this site. Took me back.
Would have loved to be at the re-union, but living in S. France, timing is difficult.
Alan Richardson wrote on August 16th, 2014
I just found out yesterday that Len "Geordie" Rae (Comcen) passed away about 15 years ago. I talked to his wife Lynn but she only said he died 15yr ago then hung up.

Eddie Jones (Taff) wrote on July 18th, 2014
Good to see such a good interst, look forward to seeing you all there! Taff, 68-70
Bob Harle wrote on May 30th, 2014
Looking forward to possible re-union next year. Anytime will suit us, especially as it will be UP NORTH!
Goldie Peters wrote on May 20th, 2014
I concur with your previous entry Jackie.. they have done a fantastic job.... many thanks...on another note...Deborah and I will attend the reunion next year if still on...Goldie
Jack Wraith wrote on May 18th, 2014
Dear 249 ers,

As you will be aware our Stalwart organiser Graham has decided it is time to hand over the baton to Jim C in the coming months. I feel I cannot let this occasion go without putting on record our sincere thanks to Graham and his good lady Lynn for all of the hard work they have put in over the years to make the 249 web site and family a thing to be proud of.

The excellent organisation of the 50th Anniversary will live on well beyond our lives and is likely to be the last major occasion when we were able to share the many happy memories of our youth.

I know you will join with me in thanking Graham and Lynn and wishing him a long and healthy retirement from the post.

tony(prof)chesterman wrote on May 15th, 2014
still alive,stopped kicking as it hurts too much
Goldie Peters wrote on May 5th, 2014
Hi John(Davies) CONTACTED Caesar Bowen and John Warren. both interested in reunion next year and available anytime.
249 is a happy squadron....cheers.... Goldie and Deborah.
Trevor Taylor wrote on April 29th, 2014
All in favour of a reunion next year, May and early June is my preferred period.
Jackie Farrell wrote on March 20th, 2014
Very interested in next reunion. Liverpool is my old 'stomping ground' Will surprise my other half - John Farrell - with the dates when you agree them
Ted Hebden wrote on March 18th, 2014
Am over in Spain and just had a few beers with Ray Marsh and his wife June. Also met up with Charlie Rodgers.
Stuart toothill wrote on March 15th, 2014
Any time far better for us Northern,s
geordie kavanagh wrote on February 16th, 2014
graham if we had apostal address I feel you would receive donations for website rent Geordie Kavanagh
geordie kavanagh wrote on February 16th, 2014
any time in 2015 for me and emma
Goldie Peters wrote on February 16th, 2014
Hi Tom, facebook contact with Mike Cousins.......many thanx
Ray Marsh wrote on February 11th, 2014
Brilliant idea, anytime other than around Easter is fine.
Tom Macleod wrote on February 10th, 2014
Goldie Peters, Mike Cousins from 22 sigs is trying to find you on Royal Signals Contact site, hope you and debs are enjoying Australia
Tom Macleod wrote on February 10th, 2014
Good idea, went to the last one, had a great time, on my computer the news page is still last years
Mel (Taff) Watson wrote on February 9th, 2014
Excellent idea. Anytime suitable for me.
Dave Pegrum wrote on February 8th, 2014
Eileen and I will be there if I keep taking the tablets.

Ray Drew wrote on February 6th, 2014
Bring it on! All being well (Health & Dates)- Jean & I will be there.
Regards to all!

"Lou" Harrison wrote on February 6th, 2014
Great idea I will be there
Eric Caisley wrote on February 6th, 2014
Would be interested in a reunion in 2015 especially as I only discovered web site just after your last reunion
Bob Harle wrote on February 4th, 2014
I am all in favour of another reunion next year.
John Davis wrote on February 4th, 2014
I*M*P*O*R*T*A*N*T* - Please read the first two items on the News page with reference to web hosting and a possible reunion in 2015.
John Davis wrote on February 4th, 2014
Testing new guestbook