It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of John Davis who has looked after the 249 web site for many years. RIP John. As a result Jack Wraith has now taken over and any future issues or comments should be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
As we approach Christmas, I'm afraid I have some very sad news. Gus Boag's daughter Kirsty has asked me to inform you that her dear Dad passed away on Sunday 15 December. Naturally Gus' wife Freda, his son Cameron and his daughter Kirsty are devastated so if you wish to send your condolences, please send them to Gus' email address which is: email@example.com.
I didn't know Gus but I know some of you served in 249 at the same time as him.
Kirsty has given me the details about his funeral arrangement. It is taking place at 2pm on Friday 10 January 2020 at the Borders Crematorium, Melrose, TD6 9HA. After the funeral, everybody is invited to the Selkirk Rugby Club, Ettrickhaugh Road, Selkirk, TD7 5AX.
If you are able to attend the funeral, Gus' family will be pleased to welcome you. I know you will all join me with your thoughts and prayers to Gus' family at this very sad time so close to Christmas
249 Gurkha Signal Squadron was reformed at a parade in Kiwi Barracks, Bulford, Wiltshire on Wednesday 29th May 2019. Although the weather was not the best the parade was enjoyed by those who were able to attend as were the evenings events.
Once reports and photographs have been collated I intend to have a section of this website dedicated to the new 249's special day. Please feel free to send me any comments or observations, especially if you attended.
Due to some enquiries made on the squadron's Facebook page a lad called Richard Bellamy is producing a plaque for 249 Signal Squadron (FARELF), a picture of which is shown on the left.
They will cost £20.00 each plus £2.00 post and package in the UK.
For details on how to place an order and make payment, if you would like one of course, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will furnish said details by return. (This is to protect Richard's personal details.)
If anyone has access to obits, which are missing, for personnel on the Last Post page I would be grateful if they could forward them to me. Or if you have any ideas as to where I could obtain same, again please get in contact.
A very worthy cause, especially in light of the numbers of seriously wounded that came back from Afghanistan
I know some folk don't like H4H but I saw for myself, whilst working as a contractor out there, the medevac helicopters arriving at Camp Bastion with casualties on board and these are the lads and lasses, if they survive their injuries, that are being helped.
What it boils down
to is this - If you served during the time of 249 FARELF (which
you did) you must have participated in the "One Days Pay"
ruling which entitles you to join the RSA as a Life Member for free.
If you go to the RSA website details are available there. If you
do not wish to join a Branch local to you (and possibly participate)
you can join the RHQ Branch. - Hope this makes sense.
In case it makes it clearer here is a copy off the email that Neville received.
Dear Neville. Thank you for taking an interest in this matter. All those who contributed to Corps Funds through the Days Pay Scheme (DPS) are automatically eligible for free membership of the RSA. However, they must still apply to join by completing an enrollment card, which is sent to Assn HQ. Yes, it would be best if I was asked to check to see if any potential member was already a LIFE MEMBER before asking for the remittance. The bottom line is that all money received as remittance for LM goes into the Benevolent Fund for welfare use.
There are still a lot of gaps on the contact lists, where we are missing troops or dates served. This is acceptable when the people concerned are not in contact but in some cases it applies to people who are in touch. If you are one of those please let Jim Clinker or myself know so we can update. (Don't be afraid inform us if you know we have got dates or troops wrong. Also any names that are missing of people you know who served) - Thanks