This Page Last Updated: 10 June 2019 



Our President and former Chief Officer Jeff Goddard has been unwell for some time. Jeff has been unable to take an active role in the Branch during this time and is, unfortunately, now confined to a wheelchair, which we know he will find frustrating. We wish Jeff our very best wishes.



Historical bereavments:

Geoffrey Illingworth: It is with regret that we post the passing to the Green Fields of Geoffrey Illingworth age 75 on Friday 24th February 2012. He was born in Manchester but grew up in High Wycombe and attended the High Wycombe Technical School in Easton Street. Geoffrey served as a National Serviceman in the Royal Air Force and was posted to Cyprus; he was awarded the General Service Medal. On leaving the RAF Geoffrey worked as a toolmaker at Chelton Poppits in Marlow. Geoffrey joined the Buckinghamshire Fire Brigade in January 1964 and served for 25 years at Marlow Station. He received a Commendation for an incident at Little Marlow on the 3rd March 1967. He was awarded the Fire Brigade Long Service & Good Conduct medal after completing 20years service. Geoffrey retired from the Brigade in May 1989. Our condolences go out to Christine his wife, Tracey, Louise, Spencer, Dominic, Tristan and his three Grandchildren. Safe Journey old Comrade to those Green Fields Beyond.

Brian Young: It is with regret that we post the passing of Brian Young on Saturday 17 December 2011 at age 75. Brian was born in Watford on the 14 March 1936. On leaving school Brian joined the Irish Guards in 1954 and saw service in Egypt, Jordan and performed ceremonial duties in London. After leaving the Army Brian joined the London Fire Brigade as a recruit in 1966, shortly after completing his training he served at Finchley station, later he transferred to Buckinghamshire as a fireman, where he served for seven years at Bletchley, he then transferred to Aylesbury where he was promoted to Leading Fireman, serving with White Watch, he later returned to Bletchley Station. Brian was promoted to Sub Officer in 1974 where he remained as officer in charge of his watch for the next five years. Following the completion of the new Fire Station at Gerrards Cross in 1982, Brian became the officer in charge until 1984, when he returned to Bletchley and became part of the Fire Prevention team, Brian was promoted to Station Officer in charge of the Fire Prevention team at Bletchley Station. Brian retired from the Brigade in 1992. Following his retirement and after the passing to the Green Fields by his wife Pearl, Brian re-married and moved to Cardigan Wales where he enjoyed his retirement playing golf. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. Safe Journey old Comrade to those Green Fields Beyond.

Michael Price: It is with regret that we post the passing to the Green Fields of Michael Price age 70 years on Thursday 24 November 2011. Mike was born in Ballycastle Northern Ireland during WW11 as his father was posted there with the Oxford & Bucks LI at the early part of the war. Mike returned to Marlow in 1943. Mike was a true Bucks lad as his history as part of the Price family goes back to 1740 in Marlow. Mike was educated at Marlow-Boys C of E School. On leaving school he worked for YJ Lovell (Builders) in Marlow. Mike joined the Buckinghamshire Fire Service in April 1960 and served for 18 years at Marlow Station. He received a commendation for an incident at Little Marlow on the 3rd March 1967; Mike retired from the Brigade in 1978. With his wife Kate, Mike moved to France in 2002. (Plumaudan Nr Rennes). Our condolences go out to Kate, Robert, Mandy, Nick, Danny and all his Grandchildren. Safe Journey old Comrade to those Green Fields Beyond.

Mick Jordan: It is with regret that we post the passing of Mick Jordan on Friday 30th September 2011 at age 68. Mick was born in Slough on the 21st February 1943. He worked at ICI Paints division where he became the Fire and Safety officer for their plants around the UK. Mick served at Tuns Lane Slough when it was part of the Buckinghamshire Fire Brigade he transferred to Berkshire following the Boundary change. He served there for 20 years as a retained fireman. Mick moved to Eastbourne 15 years ago. Our condolences go out to his wife Eve and Children; Darren, Diane, Shane and Robert. Safe Journey old friend to those Green Fields Beyond.

Jack Cracknell: It is with regret that we post the passing of Jack Cracknell on Saturday 16th July 2011 in his sleep aged 85. he was born in Paddington on the 24 August 1925. Jack served aboard HMS Kent, then HMS Leander a Fleet Class Destroyer, he served in the North Atlantic, escorting Merchant convoys around Bear Island on their way to Murmansk, Russia. he joined Essex Fire Brigade and trained at Dagenham on 1st October 1953, at £8.2.6d per week. Jack served at  Loughton, Slough, Buckingham, Loudwater & High Wycombe and retired as Stn/Officer in 1977. On retirement Jack served with various Authorities as a Safety Officer including Pinewood Studios. Following his retirement from the Brigade, Jack became the Secretary and Treasurer of the Buckinghamshire Branch of the National Association of Retired Firefighters serving in that capacity for 20 years, he was a true and dedicated stalwart of the Branch. Due to his failing health Jack moved into care in Braintree, August 2010. Our deepest and sincerest condolances go out to Stephen, Niel, his Sister Eveline and Brother Tom. Safe Journey old friend to those Green Fields Beyond.

 Michael William Madigan: Michael Passed to the Green Fields on Monday 4th July 2011. Aged 88. Mick was born in Fulham. He was a Royal Navy Man and served during World War 2. He served in the Battleship HMS Anson escorting the Artic Convoys, he transferred to the Destroyer HMS Therion in which he served in the Far East Theatre. On leaving the Navy Mick joined the Fire Brigade in Middlesex. He transferred to Buckinghamshire where he completed 30 years  service before retiring. In his retirement Mick and Edith loved to travel, visiting Australia, Newzealand and many other parts of the globe. Our deepest condolances go out to Edith and his two daughters Jean and Patricia. Safe Journey old friend to those Green Fields Beyond.

James Southcott: James passed to the Green Fields on Sunday 15th May 2011 at High Wycombe Hospital Aged 84. He served at High Wycombe and Aylesbury stations. Our sincere condolances to Ian and Alan his two sons.

Cyril Hoad: It is with regret that we post the passing of Cyril Hoad to the Green Fields on the 26th February 2011.  Cyril Joined the NFS at Marlow as a Messenger boy during the 1939/45 War, he transferred to the Buckinghamshire Brigade on the cessation of hostilities in 1945, he left the Brigade in 1959 having servrd for 30 years as a retained fireman at Marlow.During his service he attended at Coventry following the bombing of the City, also the London and Southampton docks during the Blitz.He was born in Marlow and grew up and was educated in the town.

Patrick Reynolds: It is with regret theat we post the passing of Pat Reynolds to the Green Fields on the 23rd March 2010. Pat served for many years at Aylesbury and Bletchley. Our sincere condolances go out to Maureen at her sad loss.

Peggy Ward: It is with sadness that we report thet Peggy passed to the Green Fields (August 2009) and was the wife of our past branch president Wilf Ward (CFO). Sadly we were not notified of Peggys passing until this month (May 2010) We understand that she had not been well for some time.

James Boylan:  Jim Passed to the Green Fields on the 7th August 2009. Aged 80. Jim joined the Brigade in January 1964 and retired in January 1984. He Joined the Retained at Marlow (23) and transferred after a few years to High Wycombe (24) until retiring. Jim was a great supporter of NARF and the FSNBF continuing to support the FSNBF for a further ten years. Jim had not been well for some years. Our condolences go out to Win and Catherine and Bernadette their Daughters.

John Barker: John passed to the Green Fields on the 16th June 2009 aged: 72. John transferred from London Brigade to High Wycombe in 1965 and served at High Wycombe until 1974, when he transferred back to London and served at Euston. 

David Bonham: David Passed to the Green Fields on the 4th June 2009 suddenly. David served at High Wycombe for most of his 27 years service before transferring to Bletchley and Aylesbury, He joined the service in March 1968. Dave was a staunch supporter of the NARF branch and will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolances go out to Elizabeth.

Dennis (Ned) Keating: Dennis passed to the Green Fields on the 24th February 2009. Dennis served at High Wycombe as a Fireman and also as a Driving instructor and finally in Fire Prevention at Aveling Road.

Neil Worrall: Neil passed to the Green Fields on the 2nd February 2009, after a long battle with Parkinsons, Neil served as a Fireman for 18 Years at Marlow Station.

Alfred Elam: Alf Passed to the Green Fields on the 9th March 2009 after a short ilness. Alf served as a Retained Fireman at Marlow Station. He was 65.

Ernie Braithwaite:  Ernie passed to the Green Fields on Monday 16th July 2008. Ernie was Sub Officer at High Wycombe Station. He also served at Langley, Menzies Street Slough  and Tuns Lane Slough. Our condolences go out to Catherine and all his family. Ernie had moved into sheltered accommodation in Penrith Cumbria in 2005. Ernie was in his 90th Year

Timothy Rooke :Tim Passed to the Green Fields on the 26th August 2008. Tim was Sub Officer in charge of the watch at High Wycombe Station for many years, he finished in the Fire Prevention department at Brigade HQ as a Station Officer. His funeral was at St-Marys Church Princes Risbrough on the 4th September 2008. Tim had been battling with Leukemia for many years. The Brigade formed a guard of honour and many NARF and old serving members attended his farewell. Our sincere condolences to Kathy, Wendy, Richard and Kathrine at their sad loss.

Dennis Deeprose: Dennis passed to the Green Fields on the 18th September 2008. Dennis served at Menzies Street and Tuns Lane Slough and was a control officer at Southern Division (High Wycombe) for many years. Dennis had been unwell for many years and suffered a brain hemorrhage from which he did not recover.

The Publisher Apologises if anyone has been overlooked from this section. If any member is aware of any name that should be added please advise Geoff Bowles at or telephone 01908 670123

Recent Bereavements:

Terry Price:  Terry passed away after a long illness in June 2017. Terry served for many years as a retained firefighter at Marlow and was best known to members as the driving force behind Bucks NARF. Terry was instrumental in setting up International Rescue, which organised the original British firefighters efforts to assist in international disasters, taking inspiration from the TV series of the same name, and was the forunner of the current UKSAR. Terry was an active meber of the Marlow and South Bucks communityTerry and took a great interest in the healthcare interests of South Bucks residents. He is survived by his wife Pauline who helped Terry in his work for Bucks NARF, in particular with the members annual dinner.  Our sincere condolences to Pauline and the Price family.

 Richard Bean:   Richard passed away in December 2017. Richard joined Buckinghamshire from Avon FB and rose in the ranks to Divisional Officer, serving for a number of years as the Brigade Training Officer  at BHQ. He represented the brigade as a District examiner for the practical promotion examinations to junior officer. Richard was also the driving force behind the Bucks FB first aid team in the 1970's which went on to compete successfully at regional and national level. Our sincere condolences go to Richard's family.

Bob PepplerBob passed away on the 7th June 2018. Bob was the retained Station Officer at Waddesdon for a number of years and worked for the Waddesdon Estate. He moved to Christchurch in Dorset on retirement. Bob was cremated in Bournemouth on 26th June 2018 but no further details are available. Our sincere condolences go the Bob's family.

William (Bill) Phipps:Bill passed away on 20 August 2018 following a long illness. Bill served in the Defence Fire Service and as a retained crew manager in Bucks F&RS.Bill's funeral was held at Long Crendon Baptist Church on 14th September 2018. Our sincere condolences go to Bill's family.

Brian Baker : Brian passed away on Tuesday 15th January 2019 in Milton Keynes hospital aged 65. Brian suffered from diabetes which resulted in him having a leg amputated some years ago but he remained active and continued to enjoy his retirement with his family. Unfortunately, Brian developed COPD and heart complications recently from which he failed to recover. Brian transferred to Bucks from the Isle of Wight FB serving as a sub officer at Bletchley before progressing through the ranks to Assistant Divsional Officer Fire Safety at Aylesbury. On reirement from Bucks Brian was employed by Milton Keynes Council as their Petroleum Officer and finally set up his own consultancy as a Petroleum industry adviser. Our sincere condolences go to Brian's wife and family. 

Mike Haycock: Mike passed away on 23 February 2019 aged 88. Mike joined Buckinghamshire Fire Brigade following service with the Royal Marines and British Railways. Mike served initially at the old Slough Fire Station in Mackenzie Street before moving to the new station in Tuns Lane. He progressed through the ranks in Bucks serving at High Wycombe, Langley and latterly, as Sation Officer at Slough. Slough and Langley were absorbed into Berkshire in 1974 and Mike later moved to Newbury on promotion to Assistant Divsional Officer before finishing his service as an ADO at Berkshie HQ Reading. Mikes funeral was held in Berkshire on 14 March 2019 and was well attended by ex colleagues from Bucks and Berks. Our sincere condolences go to Mike's family.  

Harry (Sam) Weller: Information came to light in June 2019 that Harry sadly passed away in June 2018. Very limited information is available about Harry but he  served at Slough for some years before retirement in the 1960's following which he become a Brigade hydrant inspecor for Southern Division. Our sincere condolences go the Harry's family.