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News for The Farmer's Boys

WO1 Jim Long

Shortly after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer, Former WO1 Jim Long of 1 DERR. died peacefully at his home on the 22 February. Further details will be published when the arrangements for his cremation have been finalised.
Norman Minty has been asked by the family to co-ordinate the attendance of Jim Long’s military colleagues. Once Norman is able to provide the details of Jim’s service will those who are going to attend please use PM to let Norman know.

The Death of Kenny Vickery

It is with great sadness that we have to inform the Regimental family to the Passing of Pte Kenny Vickery following a short illness, on Tuesday 30 January 2024, Kenny, originally from Swindon, later settling in Bournemouth and commuting between the two, enlisted in 1979 serving in B Company, 1 DERR until 1983, during postings to Osnabrück, Canada, Canterbury and South Armagh NI, a keen Boxer he represented B Company at Lightweight level, a cheerful, charismatic and humble individual, details of arrangements are unknown at the moment and colleagues are waiting to hear more from his family. 

The Death of LCPL Bill Blair

It's with great sadness that I have to report the passing of a farmers boy l/corporal William (Blll) Blair he was a sliver service waiter in the officers mess in Berlin when he was medically discharged when we were in Berlin.Bill passed away on the 12th of April 2023. 

The funeral will take place at the Exeter crematorium at1630 on 28th of April 2023 floral tributes to coop funeral directors Cowick Street Exeter if anyone wishes to attend all are welcome.

Farmer's Boys Campers

Some of us in the DERR veterans campers are returning to the campsite at the Black Horse, Checkendon RG8 0TE on the weekend 29 Apr - 1May 2023. See https://www.facebook.com/.../permalink/1371254620050241/ for photos of this fabulous pub with 30 acres, no neighbours and same family owners for 120 years. Bookings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Do join the fray or if you live nearby come for a drink.

Beware of This!!!!!!

This is a bona fide message from The Chairman of the Association.
Brian Potter was a Sgt in 1 DERR who was decorated for his bravery in 1971.

On leaving the Army he emigrated to Australia and became a successful businessman. Sadly, he died on 12 April 2022. The reason for the lack of detailed information will become obvious as you read further.
I have been contacted by Brian’s family in Australia. Someone who is calling himself Peter Porter appears to trying to fraudulently gain information on Brain Potter in what we believe to be a case of identification theft.
I am asking all Farmer’s Boys, on behalf of the Potter Family, that if anyone is approached for information on Brian Potter that they refuse to provide any information. Additionally if you are able to provide me with any contact details for the said Peter Porter you record them and pass the to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will be able to forward them to the Potter Family is Australia for them to pursue legal action

The Sandes Home memorial

The Chairman reminded members that in 1986 a memorial stone to the two DERR soldiers killed in the 1974 bombing of the Sandes Home outside Abercorn Barracks at Ballykinler, N. Ireland, was unveiled at the new Sandes Home.  With the closure of the barracks and the departure of 2 RIFLES in 2014, the memorial was moved to the new home of 2 RIFLES in Lisburn.  The Chairman is consulting with RHQ Rifles as to whether the Regimental Memorial Garden at The Wardrobe would not be a more suitable permanent home for that memorial, in vie of the peripatetic nature of army units. 

Message and Update from Australia Family Memorial to Brian Potter

Message and Update from Australia Family Memorial to Brian Potter

We received an email from Robin Potter, brother of former 1 DERR Sgt Brian Potter which reads as follows:

On Friday 30th December 2022, Brian's widow Carolyn planted a gum-tree sapling as a memorial to Brian.  The sapling was planted in a re-vegetation area of Waterfall Gully, Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills; a favourite walk for Brian. Carolyn was accompanied by Brian's younger brother Robin, Niece Michelle and husband Jamie, and Great Niece Dani.
"RIP Brian''

Photographs of the gum tree sapling being planted and the plaque to Brian appear below:

The Death of Mel O'Reilly,

Mel O'Reilly, better know to those who served with him as 'Paddy' died on Tuesday 14 February in Exeter.

He served with 1 DERR through the 1960's and early 1970's in Malta, Minden, Catterick and N.Ireland. As well as being a fine soldier he was a great character and good sportsman especially boxing and cross country running. Details of the date, timing and location of the funeral will be published on the Farmer's Boys Facebook site once known.