Yorkshire Volunteers
Regimental Association

Gone, but not forgotten

Name Regiment
Colonel Chris Tattersall 3rd Batt Yorkshire Volunteers Colonel Chris Tattersall, late President of the Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association, died unexpectedly on October 17th 2020 in the Northern General Hospital after fighting a severe and finally overwhelming infection.

Chris was first attracted to the military as a schoolboy in the Cadet Force and in 1966, he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery, serving in the Army Emergency Reserve at Woolwich. In 1971, at the suggestion of his brother, Lawrence, then commanding 3rd Battalion, he re-badged as an infantryman and joined B Company at Rotherham. Steady promotion led to command of the Company, 2IC of the Battalion, and in August 1981 he took command of 3Yorks serving at Huddersfield. After relinquishing command, he became Regimental Colonel and TA Colonel North East District.

In 1999 he was appointed to the Estate Management Committee of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, becoming Chairman from 2006 to 2010.

Chris was devoted to the Yorkshire Volunteers and proud of their achievements, even fighting for them in the House of Lords. He very reluctantly resigned as President of the Regimental Association in 2019 due to increasing ill health.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends and those who served with him for so many years.

Lt Colonel John McClay 1st Batt Yorkshire Volunteers Sadly Passed away peacefully at home on the 4th October 2020.
The following eulogy following the funeral is by kind permission of his daughter Sarah.

Colonel Richard Elliot TD DL

Richard Elliot, one of John’s closest friends, then spoke sharing memories of their long friendship that started in 1967 in the Territorial Army. Richard talked of the setting up of 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Volunteers and of John’s great charisma, generosity and leadership. He mentioned a time when John spoke to almost 1,000 men from the back of a Land Rover in a clearing in a forest in Germany. His speech was characteristically brilliant, rousing and full of new ideas. John then jumped down from the vehicle and announced, “Can you sort it “ to Richard, his long-suffering 2iC.

As time went on, Richard and John’s lives became linked in so many more ways. Richard joined John’s business as their company lawyer and saw the skills in John that he had admired in the army used to great effect in the field of business. He praised John’s intelligence, confidence and calm authority. Richard and his wife Holly became embedded in McClay family life, enjoying holidays together and meals around Yorkshire. Latterly the two men became great fishing companions.

Richard talked of the television programme, ‘Gone Fishing’ with Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer, mirroring their own fishing roles. John was of course, the consummate professional, casting with ease and Richard the inept beginner spending his time catching branches rather than fish. Their fishing days on the Ure were so special to them both – quiet, contemplative times on the banks of the river and deep conversations in the Nag’s Head on the way up to and back from the Dales.

Richard finished his Eulogy with the epitaph “ and away…. “. This is a phrase said when releasing a fish back into the river and, perhaps, the only proper way to send John onto the next part of his journey.

Colonel Chris Wood Yorkshire Volunteers / 3PWO Colonel Chris joined the TA in the early 1970s in Hull with B Company, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Volunteers, serving in Londesborough Barracks, and OC of the Mortar Platoon in Beverley before taking up command appointments. With the amalgamation of the TA Regiments, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire (Yorkshire Volunteers) with his HQ at Worsley Barracks, York in the 1990’s. He also served at HQ 15 (NE) Bde as Colonel Cadets.

Following command he joined Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force as Deputy Commandant and continued to serve in many appointments over the years. He was also until recently an active member of the Cadet Forces Commissioning Board and course director of the Initial Officer Training Team.

The funeral service took place at Haltemprice Crematorium, Main Street, Hull HU10 6DS on Tuesday 4th September at 12.30.
Sgt Robert 'bob' Fawcett C Coy Castleford 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers

Bob Fawcett sadly died in September 2017 following a long illness bravely borne. Bob will always be remembered for his marksmanship skills and wicked sense of humour and will always be remembered by his comrades in the Battalion. Duty Done - Rest in Peace old friend.

Major Michael Newton TD Yorkshire Volunteers ending up as 2IC of 4 York's Sadly died on Monday 15th January 2018. A service of thanksgiving will be held at 1400hrs on 15th February 2018 at St Michaels Church, Hathersage.
Brigadier GB Smalley OBE TD 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers The funeral took place on the 18th January at St Leonard's Church, Wollaton ,Notts. Sadly it was a private affair but we are informed that there will be a Commemorative Service at York Minster later in the year. Details will be advised when known. The Brigadier completed a full career in the Territorial Army which included ADC to Her Majesty The Queen
WO2 Bob Hind 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Volunteers It is with the deepest regret I have to inform you of the passing of Ex WO2 Bob Hind (1st Bn YV) 18/07/17
Clinton Stringer YVRA Huddersfield Branch Passed away July 2017, age 58.
Brian Barker 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Volunteers On Tuesday the 25th of October 2016 , The Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association lost one of its members - Mr Brian Barker. Brian initially served as a submariner before joining The 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers at Castleford in the early 1970’s following his demob from the Royal Navy. Brian was a highly respected, active member of the Association and will be sadly missed by his comrades at the Castleford Branch
Cpl Jack Taylor ACC attached to C Company, 2bt The Yorkshire Volunteers. Jack Taylor's funeral took place on the 9th February 2016 attended by many of his old friends and comrades from the Yorkshire Volunteers Regiment in Castleford. Jack was in the Army Catering Corps but served with the Yorkshire Volunteers. He was known by many who always appreciated the fact that no matter what time you got up or got in from exercises Jack would always be there waiting with the tea urn ready and a good hot meal. Jack was rarely seen without a smile regardless of how long he had been on duty and was always able to put a smile on your face after a long day. He will be sadly missed - R.I.P.
Barry Wragg Yorkshire Volunteers It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the sad passing of Mr. Barry Wragg who past away on Thursday Afternoon 17/03/16. He was known to a great number of members in the Yorkshire Volunteers Association, he was also President of the Rotherham Branch of the British Legion and undertook a lot of work on their behalf.
H Malam Secretary Rotherham Branch VYRA.
Leonard Funnell Yorkshire Volunteers, Sheffield Leonard passed away aged 79, on Friday 4th March in comfort at Marie Curie hospice in Bradford after a battle with lung cancer. He was in the Royal Army Ordinance corps and a Corporal in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment based at the Keighley barracks.
Lt. Col. Ron Addyman Castleford Company Commander 2 Yorks and 2ic of 3 Yorks Passed away peacefully 06/02/16. Funeral: Monday 22/02/16 at 11.00, Church post code: LS25 6BG
WO2 CSM Raymond Betts Yorkshire Volunteers D Coy 3rd Battalion Born: 15/05/1937 Died: 02/01/16. WO2 Betts was a L/Sgt Coldstream Guards, an Aden Veteran, Corps of Commissionaires and Fellowship of the Services. He was a carpenter and sign writer.
Nulli Secundus - R.I.P.
Major C. H. Parnham C.St.J, TD Served: D Coy 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers as 2I/C 1971-74 Born: 2nd June 1943 - Died: 4th Sept 2015Interned at: Holy Trinity & St. Thomas of Canterbury parish Church Ettington, (Warks) 24th September 2015
Colour Sergeant Trevor Payne C Company 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers Trevor Payne born 26th August 1938, passed away October 2013. To read Trevor's eulogy written by Major Steven Armitage Company Commander 3 Yorkshire Volunteers. Click badge: Page 1: Page 2:
Major Peter Allen
(Born 12.7.38 Died 23.11.2013)
3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers, Medical Officer

Peter was born in 1938 in Leeds. As a young boy during the Second World War, his father was serving with the Royal Tank Regiment.

In 1947, his family moved to Bridlington returning 5 years later to Leeds when he was 14. Peter did very well at school and gained a scholarship to read medicine at Leeds University.

Whilst at University he joined Leeds University Officers Training Corps as an Officer Cadet. Whilst he was there, he discovered a talent for shooting; became a marksman and joined the shooting team. As an Officer Cadet he even competed nationally at Bisley. Peter achieved a regular commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps and became a Second Lieutenant for his last year at University.

Peter met his future wife Patricia during his time as a Houseman, and they were married in December 1964. Sadly he passed away only 19 days before their 49th wedding anniversary.

Peter’s first posting was as the Regimental Medical Officer or RMO to the Welsh Brigade Depot for a year. He was then posted to Germany serving 3 short tours in quick succession. After leaving the Army he took up a new role as a GP in Scunthorpe 1967. Being a fairly rural GP practice, he had to adapt to his patients ways and recommend either the pink or the green ‘tonic’ on display in large jars at the surgery, to those who required their restorative properties!

Peter and his family moved to a new GP Practice in Ossett in 1969. He very soon became the senior partner. Perhaps his fondest achievement in his 21 years there, was the building of the practice’s new surgery. Peter was a leading light of Wakefield’s Local Medical Committee and also became a Clinical Assistant at Leeds General Infirmary’s Back Clinic, as well as carrying out his normal GP and Obstetric duties.

He joined the TA in 1972 into the newly formed 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers at Huddersfield as the medical officer. He was a stalwart of the shooting team, despite in later years arriving slightly later on the firing point than the rest of the team in a shooting match, but he would still knock down most of the targets before them.

After retiring from the TA in 1997, Peter busied himself with his many hobbies, including his jazz collection and genealogy. He also enjoyed spending time with his family out in Australia and in the UK.

Peter was a respected professional, in both his roles as a doctor and in the TA. Most importantly of all he was a loving husband and a much loved father and grandfather. He was generous in his friendship, his support and his love for his friends. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Major Fred Fewster, MBE Ex 2IC of 2 Yorkshire Volunteers

It is with regret that I inform you of the sad passing of Major Fred Fewster MBE, ex 2 Yorks 2IC and Training Major of 3PWO, who sadly passed away last Saturday, 18th May 2013.

His last appointment was as Training Major North & West ACF.

His funeral will take place at York crematorium on Thursday 30th May 2013 at 14.30hrs.

Musn. John Geary Yorkshire Volunteers Band

It is with great sadness that I have to report the sad passing of John Geary on the 28th February 2013. John was an ex Royal Marine Musician and a first class bandsman; committed, reliable, flexible and a very accomplished musician. John will be sadly missed but remembered as a fine person and great bandsman.

The Funeral: St John The Baptist, Normanton 14/03/2013 @ 12.30.

Sgt. John Crossley Ex Yorkshire Volunteers Band

It is with regret that I inform you of the sad passing of Sgt. Johnny Crossley, 28th June 2012, aged 79. Clarinettist Johnny served with The York & Lancaster Regimental Band, on completion of his regular service he joined the Leeds Rifles Band eventually transferring to the Yorkshire Volunteers Band playing Bass Clarinet.

WO2 Alan Wilson Ex Yorkshire Volunteers Band Alan Wilson joined up in 1973, he was promoted to WO2 1987. During his TA service he attended many courses and always displayed the upmost enthusiasm which won him many friends within the battalion. He left after 17 years of loyal service in 1990. His funeral was on Thursday the 28th of July at Pontefract crematorium. He will be sorely missed by all.
Musn. Richard Armstrong It is with regret that I inform you of the sad passing of Richard Armstrong, sometime on the 9th or 10th of February 2011, under tragic circumstances. Richard played clarinet with the YV Band before transferring to the Lancashire Artillery Band TA.
Sgt. Bill Crossley Ex Yorkshire Volunteers Band It is with sadness that I advise you of the passing of Bill Crossley, Ex YV Band saxophonist in July 2010.
Captain Bruce Melia Permanent Staff Administration Officer at C Company 3 Yorks Captain Melia passed away on the 6th of June 2010. Bruce served with 3 Yorks until Option for Change. He is fondly remembered by members of the company past and present.
WO2 Mal Farmory 1Yorks (HQ) Company It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the sad passing of WO2 Mal Farmory on Saturday 5th December 2009, after a long illness. Mal was a renowned Bisley shot.
Major Harry Wolstenholme Company Commander 1st Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers My name is Helen Wolstenholme, my father was Major Harry Wolstenholme, I am the bearer of sad news, I am afraid that my dad passed away on the 9th of September 2009. I would be very grateful if you could inform the other members of this sad news. He was a great man and father who always gave a hundred and ten percent. You may contact me on this my email address :
Deborah (Deb) Isles Wife of Lt. Col. Tim Isles OBE It is with sadness that I advise you of the passing of Deborah Isles who passed away peacefully on Sunday 9th August 2009. At Deb's wish a Humanistic Service will be held on Thursday 20th August at 2.15 pm at Rawdon Crematorium, Family flowers only please but donations, if desired, may be sent to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
L/Cpl. Robert Bedford (Bob) Yorkshire Volunteers Band (Retired) It is my solemn duty to report the passing of L/Cpl. Robert Bedford (Bob) retired band member on 3rd. April 2009, aged 79 years. Bob played French Horn with the band attending many annual camps, concerts and Kneller Hall Inspections, when the band visited Germany Bob made full use of his fluent German by introducing the items played.
Joe Seepujak Yorkshire Volunteers Departed March 2009 aged 69, In Mauritius.
C.S.M. John (Jack) Parker E Company 1st Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers It is with regret I have to report the passing of John Parker, February 2009. John was the first CSM of E Company 1 York's. He was a man who worked hard to build a cadre of NCO's and men who had spirit and worked together as a team. He was one of a kind and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Major General Donald Isles CB OBE Yorkshire Volunteers Hon. Colonel 3rd. Battalion Passed away on 12th. November 2008
WO2 Ken Walker Yorkshire Volunteers Band
Departed ~ 27th August 2008
It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Band Sergeant Major (Retired) Ken Walker Yorkshire Volunteers Band.
Mr. Harry Carter E Company 1st Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers
Departed ~ August 2008

It is with sadness I have to report the passing of Harry Carter. Harry was one of the early members of E Company 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Volunteers. When things were rough and ready he was always there and when the hard work needed doing. He was a God send on recee patrols as he was never caught, no one was daft enough to try. He always looked after his mates and became a very popular company institution, more than once the NCO's of E Company pleaded his case and the officers listened. A nice person who will be missed by a lot of people. Leslie F. Shepherd.

Mr. Eric Ellison C Company 1st Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers
Departed ~ July 11th 2008

It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death Mr. Eric Ellison a former member of C Company the 1st Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers for many years. Eric's funeral took place on 17th July 2008 and was attended by members of the Y.V.R.A. and the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment along with members of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffalos of which he had been a member since 1961 and remained an active member until the the day he died. Eric also saw regular service as a cook with the RAF Regiment.

Captain Martin Walker 1st & 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers
Departed ~ July 1st 2008

Ex 1st & 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers

Funeral 18/08/08 at Scarborough Crematorium, Woodlands Drive YO12 6QN at 14.40. No flowers, donations to a charity which can be sent to: T L Chapmen, Funeral Directors, 19 Auborough Street Scarborough YO11 1HT. (Family only at reception).

Captain Mick Rushworth 1st & 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers
Departed ~ June 2008
It is with the deepest regret that I must inform you of the passing of Captain Mick Rushworth. Enlisted 1953, Ex 1st & 3rd Battalion, International level pistol shot.
Sgt. Iain (Jock) McGregor Yorkshire Volunteers Corps of Drums Departed ~ June 2nd. 2008 It is my solemn duty to report the passing of Sgt. Iain (Jock) McGregor, Lead Drummer with The Yorkshire Volunteers Corps of Drums.
WO2 Ted Clegg Yorkshire Volunteers Band
Departed ~ May 8th. 2008
It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Warrant Officer Class 2 Ted Clegg, Retired Band Sergeant Major, Yorkshire Volunteers Band.
Major Chris Bown It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death of one of our dearest comrades Major Chris Bown, O.D.C. Secretary. Donations to Cancer Research at Weston Park Hospital or S.S.A.F.A.
Major Richard Ratner E Coy 1 Yorks
Born ~ 21.09.1949
Died ~ October 2007 aged 58
Dear all it is with great sadness that I post this obituary of my platoon commander, who I served under in the 70's while he was with E. Coy 1 York's. He was a active member of the sealed knot society at this time and may a cold ride in the back of 4 tonners was spent listening to his tales which made the time pass so quickly, he was a go getter, one of a kind, I am sorry he has gone so early and will be remembered and missed by his old platoon members. Regards, Leslie F. Shepherd.
Cpl. Garry Eason Yorkshire Volunteers
Departed ~ 21st April 2007 aged 40 years
Ex Yorkshire Volunteers and 3 PWO Leeds.
Sgt. Philip Carter Yorkshire Volunteers Band Departed ~ 3rd January 2006 One of the longest serving members of the Band, Phil joined when it was still the Leeds Rifles Band.
John Young Yorkshire Volunteers
Departed ~ 28th January 2006

Secretary central branch. Founding Secretary, YVRA. Guide and mentor to many Yorkshire Volunteers. Donations to Wakefield Hospice, Aberford Road, Wakefield, WF1 4TS, specifying "in memory of John Young".

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