Date added: 25 Apr 2011
I went to Ongar Secondary school with Ray and we were in the same class from age 11 to 15. In our last year we shared the same desk and I still have fond memories of Ray, The next I saw Ray after leaving school was when I meet him in Ongar, He was in 45 Commando Royal Marines, and I was in the Parachute Regiment, There was always a certain amount of competion between the Marines and Para`s so we had some light hearted banter about it, Shortly after this we were both posted to Cyprus with our units, and then in October I heard the shocking news of Rays death, Every year I attend my local Remembrance sunday parade and place a cross with Rays name on it in the ground nearby
Date added: 29 May 2018
I have only just started using the Internet and have found this page and wish to add my comments. Sixty years ago you were killed by a terrorist bomb and I was on patrol with you when it happened. I have thought about it ever since. The incident has never left me and I can see the flashes of the explosions as they took place. The noise of the Pressure Mine, Grenades and exchange of Rifle fire were deafening and frightening. I remember us trying to save your life by attempting to stop the bleeding, but sadly our efforts were in vain, you were too badly hurt and died in the truck on the way back to camp. When we sold your kit, which was our tradition, I bought two of your ties which I still have to this day. You were a great oppo and when I open my photo album you are always there. Ray so sorry that it should have happened to you. I feel very lucky that the rest of us in the section survived. That was one of our nine lives. At the National Arboretum I have found your name together with that of Snowy and Slim.
Rest in peace my GOOD FRIEND RAY.
It was great to see the comments from another one of our old friends Les Hills who served with us at the time in X Troop 45 Commando Royal Marines.