RAF College Cranwell September 1963
Left to right Rear - Mike Thompson; Simon Coy; Ron Shimmons; Mike Laundy; Paddy Pyper; Bill Davis; Tony Steel; Dick Slogrove; Geoff Dryland;
Front - Frank Whitehouse; Nigel Griffiths; Henry Middleton; Colin Humphrey; Keith Cartlidge; Andy Griffin; Pete Nicholls; Geoff Howard; Mike Richardson
SOUTH BRICK LINES 2004 ANNUAL DINNER
Relaxing after the Port but before the Champagne was attacked by a sabre ....
Les, Richard, Nigel, Ron, Simon (upfront), Paddy (trying to get a look in), Henry, Tony, Andy
And eventually posing with the lovely young lady. (Who turned out to be a French speaking lawyer from Quebec, over here to practice her English - she couldn't have found better teachers!!!).... Richard where is her hand?
Sadly we're not 20 again - so we never got round to putting those "UPs" into practice - we retired to our rooms at around 02.00 hrs - ALONE!!!!
Richard Slogrove places a cross in remembrance Mike Thompson, whilst Malcolm Coe moves away having laid a cross for his old cross-country running colleague Keith Cartlidge
Paddy Pyper places a cross in remembrance of Frank Whitehouse
Although Frank was killed out in Singapore his Ashes were interred at Cranwell. Nigel Griffiths was the only 89 Entry officer then serving at RAF Cranwell so it rested on him to perform the ceremonials on behalf of the Entry.
Nigel recalls ..... "There had been a funeral and cremation in Singapore very soon after the Lightning fatality at Tengah, and the ashes were then flown back to UK in a small black urn for a second ceremony at Cranwell. After the service at St Michaels, the congregation all walked the mile or so to the village, along with part of the College Band, slow marching. There was a bugle call at the burial place in the village churchyard.
Our thanks to Nigel for recalling this event. Did anyone see a plaque or any other reference to Franks' burial when they visited the graveyard?
Amazingly, amongst the hundreds of headstones we found Frank Whitehouse's headstone. We new Frank's Ashes had been returned to RAF Cranwell from Singapore but did not realise he had a headstone. We had missed Frank's headstone in 2003 but now made up for this omission by placing his wreath and flowers on his grave,.
Frank Whitehouse's headstone in Cranwell village cemetery
Mike Thompson died in an aircraft accident in 1983 whilst he was flying a Lightning out of RAF Binbrook. Derek North, former OC Ops at Binbrook, visited Mike's grave in 2010. Mike had been buried in Binbrook parish church with full military honours.
Derek took the photograph below.