[F/S Coxwain 4014874]
Passed away suddenly 16 September
2005.. Served on Gan November 1967 to November 1968. Joined
the MCU in 1947 after being in the Royal Navy during the
War. Left the RAF in 1974 after 27 years service
Arthur Frederick Potts
Passed away in
1988.. Arthur served on Gan as either a Sgt or C/T in 1962 -
1963 in the LOX section.
Passed away in 2011.. Ted was a
Sgt Cox'n with Marine Craft on the Pinnace in 1974 -1975. We
wrote a book called "Swinging the Lamp" about his 22 years
service on Marine Craft and wrote some interesting articles
about happenings on Gan.
Served on Gan early
1970's.. Passed away July 2010
Peter Frederick Sutton
[SAC Electrical Mech (Air) SASF 1967]
Passed away October
17th 2007 aged 60 years, after suffering from Pancreatic
Cancer for some time.
I [Nick Bale] knew Pete from
that time as I was also stationed on Gan as
an Aircraft Electrician on SASF 66-67. I didn't meet him
again until 1994 when I went to work at A&AEE Boscombe Down
and found Pete was already working there as an HPTO.
I attended Peter's Funeral at
Salisbury Crematorium on 26th October 2007 and also a
Thanksgiving Service that followed at Tisbury Church.
Served on Gan in 1974 ( I think). See his
obituary in the Herald newspaper ( Glasgow ) if you Google
"William Easy". I was his Junior Medical Officer colleague
at RAF Waddington in 1973/ 1974.
Law ( Flt Lt - MO - Waddington, SHAPE, Leuchars 1973-1977)
Passed away suddenly 15th
January 2009. Did two tours on Gan, the last being 1973/74.
He loved that place. Retired as a Warrant Officer. Last
duty was RAF Valley. [Dorne Coyne (Daughter)]
I [Gerry Brown] did hear that Terry Tank passed away late
last year but have been unable to confirm. Terry served
with me on Gan 1974/75. Any more information welcome.
Served on Gan in 1975-76 as Sgt in the Termite Commcen. Well
known for his walking prowess (see
Dave Rose's photos) and was even awarded a '1,000 Miles
Walking' Shield by the C.O. It was estimated that this was a
conservative estimate of the mileage he covered walking
Sadly passed away on 14 February 2004 and
buried in Coney Hill cemetery, Gloucester, UK.
Betty, is still going strong but he is missed every day by
all that knew him including myself, his son-in-law and best
My stepdad George Hall served on Gan in 72/73 approx. He was
either a Staff Sergeant or WO2 in the Signals. He adored the
place and said that his best ever curry was in Gan.
After Gan he moved to NI and met my mum and they lived
happily ever after until he died in 2000.
remembers George (big Scottish guy with little hair and
fewer teeth, loved rugby) would you please contact me.
Served on Gan
1975/76. Passed away October 2009 at his home in Harrogate.
Fondly remembered by all who knew him, member of the 'Toon
Army', loved his fishing. A Full Blooded SIGGIE. Remembered
with affection especially by Hodgy and Nobby.. RIP.
Served on Gan around 58/59. Passed away in 2002
Skene Thomas Hanson
4th January 2008.
Skene served on Gan at 1125 MCU. 74/75, I met Skene on Gan,
he was senior SAC MBC on Pinnace 1382. Later Skene was
promoted to Corporal on completion of his Coxswains course
at RAF Mount Batten Plymouth. Skene was a popular Guy and a
good friend to many. I kept in touch with Skene and his
family all the time. Skene is and will be missed for a long
time. I was at our ASR Club Reunion this May (2008) Absent
friends toast called and the one name we called out was
David Mann [Medical]
at Gan, '69 - '70,
Originally from Dunton Basset, Leicester,
joined the RAF in 1957 as an Admin Apprentice at Hereford.
Served on Gan sometime in the mid sixties. Passed away in
Gerald Clarke (Gerry)
an Air Traffic Controller at RAF Gan. Died in his hometown
of Glasgow in 1997 at Gartnavel Hospital.
Passed Away 1988. Served on Gan in the 60's
Passed away November 2007 at Hillingdon
Passed away 10/6/03 aged 90.
Stationed on Gan Late 50's Then later as a Civilian MPBW
during the 60's
William (Bill) Corbridge
- [Registered Nurse]
Served in Gan 1964 to 1965
away 6th Jan 2008
Sorry to say but my dad
served in Gan 72-73 and has passed away, he died of cancer
on 29 May 1998. If any one has photos of him please could
youu scan them and send me copies to
My dad was John Parry or Taff Parry. He was in ground radio.
My father Bill Shannon was a civil service meteorologist on
Gan during 1961, sadly he passed away on his return to
Edinburgh shortly afterwards in January 1962 whilst working
at RAF Turnhouse.
I had a brother
Raymond Bruce (nickname Curly or Commanchie) Raymond was a
SAC with the MCU section but sorry I have no date of his
time there. On leaving the Air Force Raymond became a
fisherman based in Lossiemouth Scotland. Sadly
Raymond's boat (Sapphire) was lost at sea with all hands on
September 15th 1977. Raymond had fond memories of Gan and is
sadly missed by all the family.
Alan H. Bruce
25 Heldon Place
Tel: + 44 (0) 1343 548 148
Trevor passed away peacefully on Saturday 15th April 2006.
Served with MCU on Gan 1967-1968, a larger than life
contributor to this site, he will be sorely missed.
Served 9 months in Gan in 1973. He worked at Radio Gan. I
can recall an interview with Ken Dodd that he made that
year, unfortunately the tapes have one missing. He died in
Al (Geordie) Patterson
Al started his RAF life at Cosford in the 303rd Craft
Apprentice Entry. Even in training he excelled and apart
from taking part in many activities he became the Warrant
Officer Apprentice of the entry. Always extremely popular to
the day of his death from cancer on Sunday 19 March 2006
Over the past 4 years the 303rd entry has been
holding reunions and the last time we all saw Al together
was in Gloucester at a bash organised by Bob (Taff) Mace, we
all have very fond memories of him. Al leaves a widow in
Norfolk and many sad friends.
41st Entry Tel, served on the island 1963/64 in both Commcen
and Stations Sigs.
Stew died in his sleep in the early hours of 7th July 2006
while on shore leave, he was Radio Op on the rig Sedco 711
stationed in the Atlantic.
My father, Ron Pound, was medical/secretarial by trade and
thus ran the sick quarters at Gan - or at least, that is
what he told us! He was there in 1960/61 and may have been
a Chief Tech or possibly a Flt Sgt but cannot remember. I am
his eldest son (Ray). Ron died in September 1986 after
complications following a routine operation. His ashes were
laid to rest in Halton village church, close to RAF Halton
where he served for two postings in the mid 1960's and early
1970's. He was active until his untimely death and always
had fond memories of RAF Gan
Arthur David (Andy) Walker
BEM, MSM, MBE. Ex Warrant Officer Innsworth
suddenly on Sunday 14th May 2006 in Gloucester Royal
Hospital, aged 72 years, much loved husband of Margaret,
Father of Carol and Ian, Granpa to Allice, Brother of Rita,
Ken and Terry.
Funeral serviceheld in Tewkesbury Abbey at
2.30pm on Tuesday 23rd May, followed by internment at St.
Mary's Church, Norton.
John Walker, served on RAF Gan in 1962. He was WO in charge
of the fire section. He passed away in 1997 in Zimbabwe
where he had lived since 1968. He had very fond memories of
his time on Gan.