There can be few Squadrons, if any, who have not had their share of tragedy. At 146 Squadron we remember:
Flight Lieutenant Dr Raymond E Alford BSc PhD CChem MRCS MIMF RAFVR(T)
24 April 1951 – 13 September 2000. Commanding Officer 1984-1988 and 1995-2000.
Ray was the first CO to see the real potential of Northwich Squadron. Hard working and dedicated, he started the unit on its ascent from being an average Squadron to one of the top squadrons in the Corps.
He is remembered in the two trophies which are presented annually, one on the Squadron (for dedication) and one on the Junior Leaders course which he co-founded. The band tune “Alford” was arranged in his memory.
Corporal Victoria (Vicky) Gamble
September 1972 – 13 August 1988
Vicky, a diligent and enthusiastic cadet, a keen sportswoman and a bugler with the Squadron band had just returned from the ATC Adventure Training Centre in Llanbedr where she had completed her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition. Walking into town that afternoon she was struck and fatally injured by a motorbike whilst crossing Chesterway.
She is remembered in the place mats used each dining-in night and a mace for the band. The band tune “Victoria” is an arrangement dedicated to her memory.
Civilian Instructor Nigel Jeremy
21 June 1954 – 26 October 2014
Nigel was a regular in the RAF – serving at various bases, including the Falkland Islands. Upon leaving the RAF, Nigel joined 146 in 1994 as a Civilian Instructor. He was promoted to Adult Warrant Officer in 1996, a role he conducted admirably, along with running FCTC and being the drum major for the band, until 2009 when, due to other pressures, he reverted back to being a Civilian Instructor.
He was, of course, extremely active with the modelling section and always on hand to offer advice on the formalities and procedures for dining-in nights and passout parades.
Nigel will be forever remembered at 146, with a commemorative cabinet, holding many of the superb models created by Nigel and the cadets over the years.
Reverend Tony Taylor
Unknown – 2010
Tony was Padre for 146 Squadron for many years, before which he was attached to a Glasgow Squadron while working for Missions For Seamen in Scotland.
Tony was active with the Squadron, attending Squadron camps, including Northern Ireland.
Tony and his wife spent long periods of time in Florida, where he would minister to state prisoners. Returning to 146 after these trips, Tony will always be remembered for his welcoming line, “I bring you greetings from America”!
Tony and his wife retired to the Fylde Coast, where he passed away in his sleep, in November 2010.
Flt Lt Ron Hornby RAFVR(T)
26 January 1924 – 20 July 2015
Ron was Commanding Officer of 146 Squadron from 1070-1983, he passed away in 2015 at the age of 91. The previous year, Ron had attending the Squadrons 75th anniversary dinner dance, where he wowed everyone with a performance on the dance floor, dancing with daughter-in-law Marcia.
Ron had a distinguished and decorated career in WWII with the RAF.
He joined the RAF in 1942 – aged 18 and qualified as a Lancaster Flight Engineer. He was assigned to Bomber Command with 463 Sqn RAAF out of Waddington – his skipper was Bill Purdy DFC. He flew 34 operational sorties. Remarkable – many of his friends never returned from theirs. He left the RAF after 5 years – at the ripe old age of just 23!
Flt Lr Roland Beckett RAFVR(T)
23 February 1926 – 10 March 2017