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PRESIDENT - DAVID YOUNG: Born in 1942, David was educated at Cheltenham College and entered the Royal Marines on a RN scholarship in 1960, after commissioning he served in 45 and 42 Commando seeing active service in Aden and Borneo as an intelligence specialist in the rank of Lieutenant RM (equivalent to Captain Army). In 1970, he left the RN and took up a career in Public Relations rising to Company Director and in 1975 he joined the TA where he was promoted to Major and served with the Yorkshire Volunteers and Royal Anglian Regiment, he was awarded the Territorial Decoration for his Staff work in Germany and the 1st Gulf War. After moving to Suffolk and opening a retail business, David joined SSAFA as a volunteer Welfare Caseworker and became Chairman of the Lowestoft RM Association, he was also elected as a District Councillor and stood for Parliament twice as a Lib Dem candidate. He moved to France in 2008 where he became a SSAFA Caseworker once more and joined the Linazay RBL. He has two sons: one a recruitment consultant and former Captain in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and the other an office manager in London. David also has five grandchildren.
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CHAIRMAN, PUBLIC RELATIONS, WEBMASTER & CASEWORKER - ERIC EDWARDS: Eric was Branch Chairman from 2009 -2013 and now, again from 2018. He has lived in the Charente Department since 2000 with his wife Sarah and their two daughters Lucy & Emma both of whom now live and work in France, are married to Frenchmen and have three daughters between them. Eric joined the Royal Navy in 1967 as an aircraft radio mechanic and after two tours of duty transferred to Aircrew specialisation in 1972. After four tours as Aircrew in Commando, Small Ship’s Flight, Search & Rescue and as an Instructor he was commissioned onto the Special Duties (Aviation) List in 1980. After Commissioning, he spent the larger part of his career working with the Aircraft Handling Branch in many different roles until finally becoming the Commanding Officer of the Branch in 1997. Eric continues to keep in touch with AH Branch Associations and is particularly proud to have lead his team of AHs in HMS HERMES during the Falklands War of 1982. Other notable jobs included two exchange appointments with the Indian and US Navies, his final promotion was to Lieutenant Commander in 1992 and he retired from the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm in 2002. CONTACT ME by clicking at the bottom of any page.
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SECRETARY - KEITH GOSLING: Born and raised on the south coast of England, Keith joined the Royal Air Force in 1974. He spent 16 years as an Air Traffic Controller and amongst his tours of duty were: London Centre, Lossiemouth and a period instructing at the Central Air Traffic Control School. Keith also worked on detachments with the Royal Navy and the Army. After leaving the RAF, Keith had a career in Safety & Risk Management and Management Consultancy. Keith and his wife, Janice purchased their house in France in 2003 and have now settled into their adopted country of France. Keith's interests include military history, motorsport and tinkering with machinery.
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VICE-CHIRMAN - JOHNSTON DUNSEATH: Johnston lives for part of the year in Lisburn (N. Ireland) and part in La Bauverie (near Chaunay) in France. He trained as a teacher and taught for 5 years after which he saw the error of his ways and joined HM Customs & Excise where he remained until he retired in January 2008. He was an auditor of computer accounts in VAT, manager of customs teams at Belfast Airport and Belfast Docks. He finished his career as Northern Ireland Property Manager for HM Revenue and Customs after the merger of C&E & IR. He served in the Part Time RUC Reserve police force in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is married to Margaret since 1969 and they have 3 daughters 2 of whom live in NI and one near Leicester in England. They have 4 grandchildren who are all boys. Hobbies/Interests -Johnston used to fly microlights but has given it up recently mainly due to the increasing cost. He loves gardening , photography and fine dining. He and Margaret have owned the house in La Bauverie since 2002.
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POPPY APPEAL COORDINATOR - KEN CHECKETT: Ken was one of the 15 founder members of the branch in 2007 and was Vice Chairman since that date before taking the Chairmanship from 2013 - 2018. He also took on the role of Poppy Appeal Organiser in 2009. Ken and his wife Anne moved to France in October 2003 on his retirement from the Royal Navy. His service career started in 1969 when he joined the Navy as a boy seaman and trained as a sonar operator. After a misemployment job onboard HMS Hermes from 1973 till 1975, Ken transferred to the Fleet Air Arm and became an aircraft mechanic. He spent the bulk of his time based at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall working on Seaking helicopters both on seagoing and training squadrons and various shore based support jobs. On Ken’s final promotion to Warrant Officer in 2001 he spent six months working with the UK’s Army in Bosnia as part of the Nato mission. Ken and Anne married in 1972 and have still yet to decide whether to have children! Both enjoy their rural life here in France where Ken enjoys DIY and gardening and helping others. CONTACT ME

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WELFARE OFFICER & HONORARY BRANCH CHAPLAIN - REV HAZEL DOOR: Originating from Scarborough on the North Yorkshire Coast, Hazel served in the WRNS, as a communicator and was based at HMS President in London. She left the service to get married and 48 years on she is still certain that it was the right thing to do. She and her husband, Martin, have lived in France for 20 years, most of that time in the Linazay commune. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. She is also a priest in the Church of England, and serves as The Chaplain for the Poitou-Charentes. In addition to being Welfare Officer Hazel is Honorary Chaplain to the Branch. CONTACT ME
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TREASURER & MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY - BARRY GEORGE: Barry was born in 1951 and was raised an army brat (His words not mine). His father joined the Army as a boy soldier and went on to serve in the Royal Engineers for 34 years. When he left the regular Army he joined the Territorial Army in Canterbury where he served for a further 10 years. When Barry left school he spent a few years training to be a butcher and as soon as he was 21 he joined the prison service. He served at H.M.Ps Canterbury and Maidstone until he retired at the age of 55. He has 2 sons, both of whom live in Canterbury. When he retired he moved to France with his wife.
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MINUTES SECRETARY - CHRIS GEORGE: Chris was born in London in 1956, but has lived most of her life in Kent. Since leaving school she has spent most of her working life in the Police. Leaving school she worked at New Scotland Yard, then joined Kent police as a Cadet for 1 year, followed by 30 years as a Police Constable. On retiring from the police she worked at HMP Maidstone for 1year as an auxiliary officer before retiring to France with her husband in 2007.
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STANDARD BEARER - JAMIE McCAW: Jamie was born in Lochgelly, Fife in 1938 and served in the Black Watch. He is married to Sally and step-father to two daughters, Angela and Chantelle and step-grandfather to four grandchildren. Jamie’s interests include singing bass for “The Harmonics” choir, supporting Dundee United FC, F1 racing, reading , TV and, of course, turning out at many ceremonial occasions throughout the year as the Branch Standard Bearer.
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