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The Farmer’s Boys

The sun had set beyond yon hill, Across the dreary moor, When weary and lame, a boy there came, Up to the farmer's door, "Can you tell me whe'ere I be, And one that will me employ," To plough and sow, to reap and mow, And be a farmer's boy, And be a farmer's boy?
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The Death and spreading of ashes of John Brooker

17 March 2016 by The Webmaster in In Memoriam


NAME..................................JOHN CHARLES BROKER


ENLISTED AT........................DEVIZES

ENLISTED ON.......................15TH AUGUST 1960


YEAR OF BIRTH....................1939

His service included Malta 03/12/62 -18/07/63 being in the UK before and after said dates.,

He transferred to Army Reserve 16th Aug 1963 (at the soldiers own request after due notice)

Colours on date of transfer 3y 2 days Place Exeter

Bev Cuerden was recently approached by an elderly lady living in Oldham (Mrs Brooker)requesting me to help her take her husband’s ashes back to where he was born in Tidworth, Hampshire.

We will be spreading his ashes on his mother’s grave on Saturday 2nd April at 1130hrs. At

St Marys Mortuary Chapel

Shipton Road

Sth Tidworth

Wiltshire, SP9 7ST.

There will be a short service with bugler and standards, then anyone who wishes to pay their respect will be invited back to the RBL Club. Tidworth, Penning’s Way, SP9 7SU, for a few drinks and a light buffet.

If anyone is able to attend it would be an honour to have you there even if you only come to the RBL. I will be in attendance and would love to meet Some of our Veterans Honoured supporters.

Thanking you all in advance..

Our thoughts are with Mrs Brooker and her family at this very sad time.

Death of John Brooker Death of Capt Eric Millard Death of Sgt TJ (Tom) Cawley The Death of Major Rod Hicks MBE The Death of Michael Collins Donation to Redcoats! ‘The Society of Friends of The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum’

514915 Capt EA Millard DERR deceased

 It is with great sadness that I pass onto you the sad news received from David Leadbetter informing us of the death of 514915 Capt EA (Eric) Millard.

Eric served with the DERR and his service history spans from 1960-87. Funeral details are to follow.

Please pass on this very sad news to all whom wish to know.

Monday 5th December @ 14:40

Barnham Crematorium

Canterbury Road (A260)


Nr Canterbury

Kent CT4 6QU

The death of Sgt TJ (Tom) Cawley

4 January 2017 by The Webmaster in In Memoriam

The death of 23866102 Sgt TJ (Tom) Cawley aged 80 yrs. Tom served in the D&D’s and the DERR from 1961-1970.

Tom passed away in the early hours of the 22 Dec 2016 at his home on the island of Jersey His funeral will take place at Jersey crematorium on the 9 January 2017 at 12 o'clock

The Death of Major Rod Hicks MBE

24 January 2017 by The Webmaster in In Memoriam

Through the Regimental grapevine we have heard that Major Rod Hicks MBE, former RSM and QM of DERR and QM of the Royal School of Music at Kneller Hall has passed away over.

His son Rodney has asked that anyone who has memories, thoughts or comments that he may use to collate as a Remembrance of his father to email them to him at

The funeral of Major (Retd.) Rodney George Hicks MBE, will be held at Kingsdown crematorium on Friday 17th February 2017 at 12.30pm.

Family flowers only please, Dad would hate money being spent unnecessarily.

A wake service will be held after the crematorium at Kempsford Village Hall. Buffet & beverages will be provided.

All very welcome to attend the crematorium and wake.

It is confirmed that the crematorium is:

Kingsdown Crematorium and Cemetery

Kingsdown Road


SN25 6SG

Kempsford is about 8 miles north of the crematorium

the death of Cpl Michael Leonard Collins

t is with great sadness that I pass onto you the very sad news of the death of Cpl Michael Leonard Collins on Monday 1st May as reported by his son Ian. Our thought are with Ian and his family at this very sad time.

Michael served from 1954-1973 with DERR seeing service in Cyprus etc.

Michaels funeral will take place on Wednesday 31st May 11.15am at Kingsdown Crematorium Swindon and all are welcome to attend.

Dontation to Redcoats! ‘The Society of Friends of The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum’

In mid to late 2016 a sizeable donation of £600 was made to Redcoats! ‘The Society of Friends of The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Museum’. This money was the residue the DERR/RGBW funeral club. It was given to ‘The Friends’ in the name of ‘The Farmer's Boys’.

At the recent AGM of ‘The Friends’ it was decided, in conjunction with the Museum curator, to use this donation to purchase new signage to go on the car park wall and on the entrance wall to the museum.

This post is intended as information to those who generously gave funds to the funeral club.

A donation was also made to a recent appeal