In Memoriam

Members of our Nuclear Community

Emmott, Norman (Nobby)

Cpl Norman (Nobby) Emmott 38 Engineer Regiment Operation Grapple Christmas Island Veteran Remembered by his son, Mark: My father Nobby Emmott passed away surrounded by his family on 29 Dec 16. He was a proud veteran of Operation Grapple and served for 12 months on...

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Wheldale, Stan

Nuclear Veteran Stan Wheldale passed away in St James Infirmary, Leeds on the 16th April 2016 – aged 80 with his wife by his side. He served in RAF Signals, first during Nation Service and then as a regular – serving from 1956 until 1979. Stan was posted to Christmas...

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Boyfield, David Bryan

21/05/2016 Nuclear Veteran David died on the 21 May 2016 with his wife with him He bore his illness silently as he did not want pity from anyone. Apart from terminal cancer and lung cancer he had Charles Bonnet Syndrome David's cremation was on 21 June and was...

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Boothman, Kenneth

27/03/2016 Grapple Veteran Kenneth served in the Royal Navy for 12 years and later worked as an engineer at Padiham Power Station. He was widely travelled and the couple spent a period living in Libya where Mr Boothman assisted the Libyans with a desalination plant,...

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Salisbury, Bernard Michael

26th December 2015 Grapple Veteran My father, Bernard Michael Salisbury (known as Michael) passed away today December 26th 2015. He had been long suffering with COPD and the effects of pneumoconiosis, which I'm sure wasn't helped by his exposure to the after effects...

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Thomson, James

03/05/1939-31/01/2016 Grapple Veteran RAF James is remembered by his daughter Kim with these words: James Thomson, born 03/05/1939 and passed on 31/01/2016, spent 25 years serving in the RAF, he had many postings including Operation Grapple on Christmas Island. My dad...

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Farrant, Dennis William (Scanny)

2008 Christmas Island Veteran Passed away peacefully at home aged 67 years in 2008 , After a long fight with ill health and  acute myeloid leukaemia.  “and all because they were doing there best for their country, the country has forgotten about what they have done. ...

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Wright, Sam

Nuclear Test Veteran Sam Wright passed away in June 2014 as a result of a massive stroke. He was passionate about the vets and told many stories about Christmas Island. He is sadly missed by his family and...

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Geddes, Robert Joseph

Grapple Veteran (RE) Robert was a Sapper (No.23514596) with the Royal Engineers, and was stationed at Christmas Island from March to December 1958 during which time he was exposed to five nuclear tests, the last three working as a power station operator at the end of...

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Fletcher, Peter

Nuclear Test Veteran Former BNTVA Official No other details known, If you can provide further information on Peter please contact the...

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Doidge, Thomas

Hurricane Veteran HMS Campaignia If you know any other details about Thomas please contact the...

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Campbell, Ian Gordon

Hurricane Veteran (REME) The late Sgt. Ian Gordon Campbell was in the REME. I have found many photos of his army days and have managed to discover some details of Operation Hurricane. He would have been proud to be remembered and honoured in this...

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Butler, Anthony (Tony) John

Grapple Veteran Tony served on Christmas Island in the MT section in 1957 and 1958,he witnessed Grapple X and Y tests. He had a fantastic sense of humour and would always be there to help anyone who needed it. He had many varying cancers over the years but he finally...

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Gardner, Mavis

Widows Representative BNTVA Mavis Gardner was very active within the BNTVA she worked as the Widows Representative for many years as well as running the East Midlands Branch with her friend Marilyn Hall Mavis Passed away in...

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Jenner, John Ian

Grapple Y Veteran (RAF) Stationed in Northern Ireland at the time and sent to Christmas Island to help service the aircraft taking part in the...

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Furlong, Frank

D 13/10/1952 Monte Bello Veteran (RE) Spr Frank Furlong RE died 13/10/52 and buried on Hermite Island Monte Bello Islands. Exhumed and reinterred at Onslow cemetery in...

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