Entries Last updated:- 14th-May-2019
News has reached us of the following Sad Events:-
We are advised of the passing of Jim Mainwaring 2019/05/06
Jim Mainwaring sadly passed away on Monday 6th
Jim was highly respected and held a number of roles
in ICL, one of his last being in charge of the
Service Reps based in Warrington.
Jim’s funeral will be on Monday, 10th June at 1pm.
The service will be held at St Wilfred’s Church,
Church Lane, Grappenhall, Warrington, WA4 3EP.
Reported By :- Ray Roberts
News of the paasing of Larry Costello., 2019/03/05
Larry Costello sadly passed away on the 5 March 2019,
his funeral will be held on Tuesday 26th March at
Warrington Lea Crematorium, Chester Road, Warrington
Larry was a senior manager in customer engineering
having joined the company in the 50’s from (I think)
Marconi. Larry’s activities were mostly focussed around
the North and Midlands Region.
Larry leaves a Family of his Wife, Joan,
two daughters, Janet,Sue along with two grand children.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Reported By :- Don Dempsey
We have been informed of the Passing of ( SPUD ) Taylor
I regret to inform you all that R J (Spud) Taylor passed
away on March 7th. His son, Richard, has distributed
the following details:-
“A ‘Memorial Service’ will be held at 12:15 on Thursday
21st of March at: Memorial Woodlands, Earthcott Green,
Alveston, nr Thornbury, Bristol BS35 3TA
(01454 414 999 – www.memorialwoodlands.com).
Tea & Coffee will be available on arrival from 11:45.
The service will then be followed by a lunch & drinks in
the reception rooms on site which everyone is welcome to
No flowers please but any donations, if wished, will be
split between: Sir Samuel Baker School, Gulu in Northern
Uganda & the Day Dementia Unit at Ysbyty Bryn Beryl,
These projects have been chosen, Spud visited and was a
supporter and fund raiser for the Samuel Baker School over
a number of years & was a beneficiary of the fabulous day
support provided at Bryn Beryl and would like others to
have the same opportunity.
If anybody would like to write to Hilary then please
send these care of myself to Richard Taylor,
5 St Ronans Avenue, Bristol BS6 6EP.
Would those who plan to attend please let Tony Williams
Reported By :- David Lovegrove
Web masters note :- any students of the ICL Anthologies
can read about the interesting life of SPUD in a item
titled :-Tales from Holborn Bar, c, 1975 on page 138
of Volume One of ICL ANTHOLOGIES by Hamish Carmichael !
A copy of the book, as a PDF document, is held on this website.
We publish below news of the passing of Kay Baker.
Kay Baker sadly died in late 23/24 February 2019 at the age
Working for ICL in Letchworth, Putney and after in Northern
Telecom, Kay's life was well spent in a social and travel
Kay enjoyed travel, and she and her husband Derek owned
time-share properties in various parts of Europe. She was a
great social hostess and was part of several dinner groups
and of a women’s lunch club in Luton.
Her pride and joy for some years was a Jaguar XK8 convertible,
which she found was just to her liking. However her love of a
short game of golf came a close second in her priorities.
*** UPDATE ***
The Funeral for Kay will be held Thursday 14th of March at
4pm at the Holwell Crematorium Bedford Road, Hitchin,SG5 3RT.
With a celebration of Kays life at the Chesfield Downs Golf
Club, Jacks Hill, Graveley, SG4 7EQ.
Family Flowers Only, Donations to Garden House Hospice.
Please let Don Beattie know if you wish
to attend on email :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplied by David Lovegrove.
An extended Obituary link follows:-
Extended Obituary Link
News of the loss of Mike Forest at the age of 87
We have just have heard from Doug Comish that Mike Forest has
passed away. He died January 16th aged 87.
Mike was an ICL Force " To be Reckoned With ", however Roger
Cooper has provided this quote "but was a lovely bloke in private.
I'm proud, and grateful, to have had him as a mentor."
And as many will recall, he was a " Force " in many of our lives.
Anyone who wishes to add more to this Short Obituary please
use the Bits and Bytes website to add information for all to
The Funeral will be held February the 6th at noon, at
Reading Crematorium, West Chapel, Reading RG4 5LP
Reported by :- David Lovegrove
The Sad news of the passing of Richard Sheppard
The news had reached us of the passing of Richard Sheppard.
Richard was a stalwart supporter of the London Team of
retired ICL staff and without a blink he stepped into that
role when we lost Bill Williams a few years ago.
Richard had a varied career in ICL and moved between many
sections of the company, as such he had an insight into the
workings of many of the company mechanisms and was always
keen to advise the retired community about the right way to
Sadly Richard developed Oesophegeal Cancer, and despite a
calm acceptance of the Chemo and Surgery he had to endure,
his family advise us that the sense of humour which he was
well known for endured through the worst of these times.
An open hearted man with a belief that people mattered, we
along with his family, will miss Richard deeply.
His family have arranged many ways to remember Richard
so please contact B'n'B if you would like to know more about
Reported by his family :- Bobbie,Joe and Olivia
The following observations ware penned by Dave Churchman when he
discovered that Dick had passed on :-
Dick was assigned as my ICL Guardian, along with others, when
the Croydon Factory closed. And I learned much from him, during
his two year guardianship. Including the basics of opening a
bank account, how to wear a dapper suit and much more. Whilst he
gave mentoring to we, his very young apprentices. He had a heck
of a positive influence on our careers.
We are sad to announce the death of Bill Harniman
News has reached us of the passing of Bill who was
born 11th January 1929 and died 1st July 2018.
He joined BTM 3rd July 1950 and worked in the Demo
Room in Park Lane, thereafter his career was overseas
starting in the Caribbean, then Aden, Kuwait, Egypt,
Aden, Nigeria, Ghana, Malta, back to UK at Cookham
for 3 years then Tanzania, Mauritius and East Africa
for 3 years returning to UK in 1978.
He left the Company in 1982.
The funeral will be held at Woking Crematorium on
August 7th at 2pm and afterwards at the Nag’s Head
Anyone planning to attend should let Vince know:-
Reported by David Lovegrove and Vince Bodsworth.
We are advised of the Death of Holly Henry Black
Holly Henry Black, a pensioner in the Nortel Fund, died in North
Fort Myers Florida on 13th July 2018 shortly after reaching the
age of 70.
As Henry Black he began his association with ICL Dataskil
in 1974 working as a freelance programmer based in Cheshire.
Postings included the Kuwait Oil Company in Ahmadi. Later he
joined the permanent payroll. Assignments included a period
working on Singer equipment in Utica, USA. After leaving the
company in 1982 he settled in California where his special
skills helped to justify a Green Card and dual nationality.
He played a part in some enterprises during the
“dot-com bubble” around 2000 but a paper fortune of
holdings evaporated during the crash that followed.
He was one of the early graduates from the Open University. a
licensed radio amateur “Ham” and competent micro-electronics
In later life he studied Law and was accredited as a Patent
Agent with the US Patent Office.
Holly is survived by siblings in the UK and a son in
Reported by john.shute
It is with sadness we report the death of Peter Smith.
Peter Died on Wednesday 15th July 2018. after his
fight with Prostrate Cancer,
Peter was a long time supporter of the Ashtead
Residents' Association, as well as a Govenour
of the West Astead School.
Peter was active on several committees, was an
independent Councillor, as well as being active
in the Ramblers. Peter also found time to be a
trustee of Epsom “Age Concern” .
So Peter has made a difference in the world and
did so with Vigour and drive.
The funeral service will be held next Tuesday,
17th July at 4.15pm at Randalls Road Crematorium.
There will be Celebration of Peter's Life later
in August at the Epsom Hockey Club..
Reported By :- David Lovegrove from information
supplied by Larry Unthank who was Chairman of the ARA.
Sadness at the death of Derek Jolly ( Leo Tribute )
It is with great sadness that we heard this week of the
death of Derek Jolly. Derek was a regular attendee of
Reunions and he was a popular member of the "LEO family".
LEO people would be welcome to attend the funeral. Below
is the message from Derek's widow Ann.
His funeral is on Friday 18th July, 1pm, at Holy
Trinity Church Rayleigh SS6 8BB.
Reported by , Ann Jolly
News of the passing of Peter Harbour,
Peter passed away on the 27th May 2018
Peter Harbours niece advised us that he died on the
27th May after a short illness.
He had lots of friends who i’m sure would like to know.
Peter was a steadying influence on any situation, and due
consideration was given over a cup of tea whilst he thought
his way towards the ultimate solution, time and time again.
He will be sorely missed by his friends
The funeral is at Holy Trinity Church, Rudgwick Sussex,
RH12 3EB on Thursday 14th June at 12 noon.
Reported by Ted Hewson.
In memory of George William McLeman
George William McLeman died on 11 June 2018 aged 82.
George was a Project Manager with Dataskil when I
first met him in 1979.
After Dataskil was disbanded by Rob Wilmot I don’t
know which part of the organisation he became part
of, but he worked as a Project Manager on many
customer sites including the Stock Exchange.
There will be a private cremation followed by a
Celebration of his Life at the Goring and
Streatley Golf Club on Monday 25 June at 13:00.
I am sorry to let you all know of the passing of Jan Woolston
I have heard from Mame, his wife, that Jan passed away in
the early hours of Saturday 31st March after a long battle
with cancer. His last 2 weeks were spent in hospital resulting
from a fall, Jan was 71 when he passed on.
Jan’s funeral is to be held on Tuesday 17 April at 13.20 in the
South Chapel of the South Essex Crematorium, Corbets
Tey, Ockendon Road, Upminster RM14 2UY.
Afterwards, at The Cranleigh Restaurant, 84 Station Lane,
Hornchurch RM12 6LX.
Jan's career in ICL and Fujitsu spanned Local Government
and Defence Systems including DESC. Your Webmaster remembers
meetings with Jan at Winnersh office where much planning was done.
Mame has asked me to be the contact for further information or
your intention to attend the funeral.
Please contact me at the e-mail address,
or phone number 07867523204.
Reported by :- Peter Osborne
We are advised of the passing of Christopher Copplestone
Christopher was an ICL service engineer from 1958
to 1988 He passed away on Thursday the 22nd March
aged 86 at knights court home , Edgware Middlesex
He had been ill for a long time having to cope with
type 2 diabetes and had suffered a mild heart attack
and was also recovering from a broken hip.
His funeral is arranged on the 16th April, 10am,
breakspear park crematorium
Reported by his Son Mr Andrew Copplestone.
Sad news received today from Maureen Cook :-
I am sorry to tell you that Brian Cook passed
away peacefully at Queen Elizabeth Park Nursing
Home on Thursday 15th February, he was 80
His funeral will take place at 11.00am on Tuesday
13th March at St Pius X Church Merrow.When Brian &
I worked together we were mostly in Bridge House
South or Computer House Euston (LON 24). It was on
our response to IBM’s E series launch in 1979.
He was great to work with – funny, inspirational
and very effective. ICL had nothing of real
substance to answer the E series game changer
with but a positive promotion to the UK sales
force produced a tremendous result and Brian was
the main architect.
He was an ICL-er of the very highest order.
Best wishes, Mark Bristow
If you plan to attend the funeral would you let
Mark know please by emailing:-email@example.com
Reported by Mark Bristow and David Lovegrove:-
News of the passing of John Vinden :-
I've just had a look at the Sandbach Rugby website,
who John Vinden used to play for.
It states "The funeral will be on Friday 16th
February 3pm at St Mary's Church Astbury.
Followed by a Wake at Astbury Village Hall."
The family have requested no flowers, and any
donations will go to “Riding for the Disabled”
where Becky volunteers in Singapore.
Reported by Howard Palin.
We have received news of the passing of Jack Riley :-
Jack passed away on 31st Jan 2018, after a fight with a
heart condition, His Family looked after Jack at home and
was helped with care from St Christophers Hospice.
His wife Brenda |( also a Company member ) and his family
would like all to know that a service will be held on the 23rd
of February at 15:45 Hours.
Venue = Beckenham Crematorium BR3 4TD.
After his time in the RAF, Jack followed his father into the
Company and along with his brother Bob, stayed the course for
43 Years. A well known and respected man who would always
express his opinion, preferably over a good pint of Ale.
Anyone who knew Jack will know we have lost a stout
fellow Pensioner, and a very good friend, who your
webmaster was proud to have worked alongside
many times in our working life.
Reported by His Wife Brenda, Roger Cooper and David Lovegrove
Charles Hughes has sent sad news about Harry Lloyd
I am sad to pass on the news that Harry Lloyd died on the 8th
of January.Many colleagues will remember Harry from ICL Computer
House (Lon 24) – GPCD, Universities, Health etc. He and his wife
Erika lived in Pangbourne, West Berkshire for many years and at
the end of 2017 moved to Bristol where their two sons live.
Harry was suffering from cancer, was taken into hospital and
died shortly thereafter. The funeral will be held on
Friday 09 February 2018 at 2:30 PM.
The location is Canford Crematorium, Canford Lane,
Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3PQ
After the funeral there will be refreshments at Audley Redwood,
Redwood Hall, 20 Redwood Drive, Failand, Bristol BS8 3DU
Could you please email Anna690lloyd@btinternet.com if you are
able to attend so that we can confirm numbers for the
crematorium and the wake.
Reported by :- David Lovegrove and Charles Hughes
An announcement of the passing of Peter Long 2108/01/29
Last Friday I received the following message from Andrew Mayo :-
Some of you will know that Peter has battled - bravely and
so positively - lymphoid leukemia for the last 18 months.
I am extremely sad to tell you that this afternoon the
battle was lost and Peter passed away. Please do pass on
this news to your contacts where relevant and if any
would like notification of the memorial arrangements I
will forward when available
Peter was HR DIrector for ICL Sorbus in the late nineties.
and a wonderful colleague.
Funeral details to follow
Reported By Andrew Mayo and David Lovegrove.
It is with sadness that we announce Colin's passing on the
21st September 2017.
The funeral is on October the 16th at Kingston Crematorium
at 13:40 hrs.
The passing of Colin was advised by his daughter Ann Simm.
Should any work friends wish to attend please email bits and
bytes and we will forward any details to Ann for you.
Sad news on the Passing of Roger Crump
Roger Crump, who worked at ICL Letchworth and Stevenage
up until the early-mid 90s, passed away on 12th September
2017 at the age of 71.
He graduated from Manchester Uni in 1968 and worked
in ICL until he left the company in the mid 90's.
Retiring from work in 2004 he entered the Care and
Volunteer community around Sheffield.
He often spoke fondly of his time at ICL, and the
friends that he made there. However he stayed active
and was in fact, helping out at a charity shop at the
time he collapsed. We share this news in the hope that
anyone can recall times with Roger Crump.
*** update ***
Roger's funeral will take place at 13:45 on Thursday
the 12th of October 2017, at City Road, Crematorium
Sheffield S2 1GD.
Information supplied by his daughter, Amanda Field
We have just heard of the passing of Alan Eastaff
His funeral details are as follows :- Monday 18th
September at 13.45 hrs
Howbridge Crematorium Lovers Lane
Wigan M46 0PZ
The sad news for all who knew him is that
Hamish Carmichael, has passed away, on the 19th of July
just a few short weeks after his 83rd Birthday, ending
his long fight with Cancer.
Just about everybody he met, thought Hamish Carmichael
was a complete gentleman, and all of those people were
right. After serving in the navy Hamish moved to the
world of Data Processing in 1958 and was trained by
Headley White in the Powers Samas offices in Holborn.
In common with all of us who did the same thing, Hamish
was soon programming company systems and driving
projects out of Putney and Stevenage.
Hamish's Military bearing and classically educated wit
was very evident when he guided tours round the Putney
demonstration area. These qualities stayed with him
in later life and are now enshrined in his two volumes
entitled ICL Anthologies, which he has allowed to be
freely available on specific web sites.
Anyone who attended one of his lectures would also
find that same sense of humour very evident in his talk.
His skills on the Guitar were also renown if you could
get him to play for you.
A family man, he leaves not only his family behind
but some very close friends who he had settled down
with in the later end of his life. All of these people
will miss him very deeply, as will all of us who were
privileged to have known him and shared his good company.
The last word here must be from Hamish himself and
I quote his own words about his Career with the
company. " When I retired from the Company in 1994,
I had enjoyed 36 exhilarating years of interesting
work and fun ". Well done Hamish we agree with every
word you said.
We who remain after him are keen to inform anyone who
may have worked with him, specifically in Winnersh that
this event to say goodbye to Hamish is planned as follows.
Funeral details for the southern area are 12:00 hrs at
Eltham Cremtorium on the 11th of August 2017, a reception
is planned and details will be published here soon.
Sad news about the Passing of John Brown,
John died aged 83 a week ago, on 15 April, after
prolonged ill health.
His ICL career started in 1967 and continued, I
think into the 1990s. Apart from saying that he
worked at Lily Hill and Lovelace Road in Bracknell
and at various sites in Reading I have little
information about his projects – but he did work
with/for Basil Cousins at one point and on the
development of One Per Desk.
I think there was also some MoD involvement ,
perhaps at Northwood.
Reported by his brother, David Brown.
It is the saddest duty of this webmaster to report
the passing of Rita Brown 1938/10/09 to 2017/04/10.
Rita Nash joined ICT early in 1960's and entered
the company with a knowledge of handling punched
card equipment, gained from her time at the Kuwait
Oil Company. She was quickly spotted by the magical
leader of the newly formed Demo Group who operated
and demonstrated new equipment to potential clients
at the Putney HQ.
Working with such people as Edwina McCombe, Pat
Chandler and Marion Harlow the team were a focal
point in Putney for new customers.
Rita then moved on to Marketing and also Account
support until 1993 when she retired and married your
webmaster Rodney Brown.
We travelled extensively in retirement, and in 2012
Rita was diagnosed as an Alzheimer's sufferer. The
disease has taken its toll and five years later Rita
was ultimately overcome by its impact on her body,
which had diminished her weight to a mere 32 kilo's.
Rita was not a lady who ever wanted children, but she
became the step mother of her husbands single child
Stuart, and was a good step Grandmother to all four
of her grandchildren.
She is sadly and deeply missed by all who were privileged
to know her. Funeral details are:- Tuesday the 9th of May
at Beckenham Crematorium, Time 02:15 for her service and
After at a venue in Hayes, Kent for a Celebration of her
good works as Rita Nash and later as Rita Brown.
Reported by Rod Brown, her husband of 23 years 6 Months.
Sad news - Frank Tilly has died peacefully in Lister
Hospital on 15th March age 94.
Funeral is at Harwood Park Crematorium Stevenage on
Thursday 6th April at 3.30 p.m. Donation (no flowers)
to RAF Benevolent Fund (Bomber Command Memorial)
Directors are Austin's 01462 438422 who have a
donation Web Site.
Matt, was a well-known member of the Local Authority
Project services team when I knew him.
Matt though was a man of many parts starting off as
a professional footballer for Sheffield Wednesday and
then joining Dataskil in Leeds where he worked on
system development managing teams of developers, one
of his claims to fame was that he recruited Angela Thomas.
During this time, he worked with people such as Liz
Peggs in implementing the Magistrates Court System
for East Yorkshire and then moved on to develop the
Community Charge system.
Whilst in Project Services (based in WAK01) Matt worked
on many projects and was always well received by our
Clients and was well known for his wit and no nonsense
After leaving ICL Matt worked for a short period with
IBM. Just recently we have been meeting with him and
were able to re- live some of the good times that we
Our thoughts go out to Matt's family.
Clive Bramley and John Mann
James (Jim) Sylvester Moraghan
Sadly, Jim passed away on 25th September 2016 aged 79
due to complications resulting from heart surgery carried
out 4 days earlier. This outcome was unexpected as the
surgery wasn't the result of trauma but rather to improve
Jim’s long term quality of life and survivability.
Jim was born in Ireland on 2nd July 1937. He was married
to Jill and the devoted couple subsequently adopted their
beloved son Andrew. Jill sadly died from cancer many years
Between 1956 and 1959, Jim undertook and completed a
full-time course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
at Dublin College of Technology, achieving I.E.E Examination
parts 1, 2 and 3. In March 1959, Jim joined GEC Telephone
Division at Coventry as a Test Engineer then, in November
1959, he joined the Computer Division of EMI in Hayes,
Middlesex. In 1963, EMI Computer Division became part
of ICT and Jim transferred to ICT Stevenage (STE04).
He and Jill relocated to Royston, Cambridgeshire, and
subsequently to the market town of St Neots,
Between 1963 and 1970, Jim was involved in peripheral
development for the 1900 series.
In 1970 Jim joined the newly formed Special Systems
Division (SSD), headed by George Roberts, at STE04.
SSD later relocated to LET06 (No.3 Factory Letchworth)
and became Letchworth Development Centre (LDC). LDC was
responsible for the design and development of equipment
and facilities to enable users to connect non-standard
(or non-ICL) devices to ICL product range. In 1973, Jim
was promoted to Senior Engineer.
LDC subsequently became Network Development Centre (NDC).
Jim worked on many key developments and was a first-class
designer. On the closure of NDC he continued with excellent
work at Local Premises Business Centre (LPBC) at STE09.
Between 1970 and 1982, Jim was involved in many projects
including specification, design and commissioning for the
7015 Remote Job Entry terminal (became product line);
interface adaptors for alien map-reading digitisers to
connect to 7905 for MoD at MCE (Mapping & Charting
co-designer of the fetch-on-the-fly Retrieval Unit for
CAFS (Content Addressable File store) that became product
line; H/W design of microprocessor based modules.
In 1982 Jim became a Chartered Engineer following
successful application and registration as a member
of the I.E.E (now the I.E.T).
Jim subsequently took on a varied quality management
role from around 1982 onwards on various projects including
the NATS (National Air Traffic System).
In 2002 ICL became part of Fujitsu Service. On reaching
65 in July 2002, Jim took well-deserved retirement,
completing a long career of 43 years in the computer
Jim was very professional and competent in all his
activities. He was much respected and a true gentleman.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Roger Chick (ICT/ICL1966-2002 )
It was with much sadness that I learned of Dave’s passing
from his daughter. Although he was not a well man in recent
years it still came a shock since was only recently that I
was Skyping with him.
It is always difficult to try to summarise a person’s life
in a few sentences especially someone as accomplished and
well liked as Dave .
His tales of working in Moscow and introducing flares
into the city are legendary, this was matched by Dave’s
wicked sense of humour which stayed with him to the end.
Dave was a great Project Manager working on many projects
such as Merseyside Fire Brigade where he introduced the
Client to the world of Gantt charts. My lasting memory
of Dave was seeing him programming a Calcomp printer to
produce yards if not miles of a Gantt chart and then
covering a wall in the Arndale centre with it .
He was a true professional and his attention for detail
was unsurpassed, he was one of a few PM’s that qualified
for the Prince accreditation and his filing systems were
amazing and he helped me greatly in getting many of my
projects compliant with the Prince methodology .Although
based in Man12 Dave covered projects in Edi 04 , Wak01 ,
Dave also was a founder member of the “Old Buggas”
Dave was a great guy and I am pleased to be able to call
him my friend.
Extended Obituary Link
Alexander Burns. Passed away at home on Sunday 8
January 2017 aged 77 years Funeral Service to be held
at St Peter and St Paul Church Checkendon on Wednesday
25 January 2017 at 11:00.
Flowers welcome. Donations in memory of Alex to Macmillan
via www.abwalker.co.uk . All enquiries to A B Walker
Blythe House 158 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1EA
Tele: 01491 413434.
Alec, as I knew him, was an operator at Putney back
in the days of the ICT1500/RCA301 when I worked from FEHQ
supporting the hardware.
He then came to Dataskil in Reading, and we I met him
again in 1978 when he interviewed me for the job as Admin
Manager at Dataskil System Centre REA04 in Cardiff Road
Reading. We realised immediately that we knew each other
from the early 60s.
We got to know his family, Denise, Richard and Jo very well
and visited each other’s homes, celebrating Christmas together.
We played cards and other games after meals. My wife and I
played in the Dataskil crib team in various Reading pubs and
clubs with Alec and Denise.
Richard was very interested in cars and at a very early
age said he wanted to be a rally driver. Alec encouraged
him by allowing him to drive his car in their very big
garden in Checkendon, and also at race tracks like Castle
Coombe. As work driver for Subaru he became World Rally
Champion in 2001.
After DSC Alec went to the AA in Basingstoke and we lost
touch with each other. Denise died as a result of a brain
tumour in 2004 and Richard died from a similar condition
almost a year later.
Sadly missed by his workmates and fellow Pensioners.
Reported by Adrian Turner.
It is with deep regret that these pages carry the
announcement of the passing of our friend Bill
(Robin) Williams on the very last day of December
Bill was an RAF man and spent some of his service
time in RAF Squadron No 256 which flew meteors from
RAF Ahlhorn which was a former Luftwaffe base in
Germany and when taken over by the RAF it hosted
this Squadron from November 1952 to February 1958
This was the home of the Gloucester Meteor, a very
early twin engined jet and ground breaking British
When Bill left the RAF he joined ICT and discovered
a close community of ex service staff and a very
sociable group who were very focused on delivering
service to the customers underÂ sometimes extreme
conditions around the clock.
Bill found lifelong friends within this group and
progressed across all the current ranges of ICT/ICL
machines including 1900's, 2903, ME29's and Series
39. However he continued to study his German in his
Bill was known to all of the London engineering staff,
whilst we went home to our families Bill would be out
doing his bit for the staff. This was due partly to
Bill having the time to do this Staff and later Union
Representative roles, but was also a sign of
his dedication to the task as a firm and clear voice
for his fellow engineers.
Even in retirement Bill was the first to offer
his services as a Pensioner's Representative and
continued to be a voice of the all of the pensioners
whilst organising the twice a year re-unions for the
And this he kept up until the start of his illness,
which began with a bout of ill health which in turn
led to Pneumonia, and this, in turn returned many
times during 2016, each bout robbing him of more
strength and resilience. Bill spent a lot of time
in UCH London and received very focused care.
Our thoughts now have to be in mutual memory of Bill,
his determination to care for his fellow engineers
and now forever with his Brother in Law and his
family in Wales, now bill has passed on and left us.
Sadly Missed by all, RIP Robin Williams
Extended Obituary Link
A Tribute to Dick Allison :-
Remembering Dick Allison :- A Compilation of his friend's
recollections by Trefor Busby.
Last year we lost one of the giants of ICL Tech Support -
a small man who cast a huge shadow!
Several of us who were lucky enough to enjoy his company over
the years have combined our favourite memories of Dick to
produce this short tribute.
Oh how we miss that raucous laugh of his ringing out –
he brightened any room!
Rumour has it that many years ago Dick trained as a
Lighterman on the Thames, although this career was
severely limited when his barge hit a bridge!
So he moved on to Computers – where some of his old
skills were useful – he was well known for
‘vibration testing’ 2980s with a plank of wood!
Bob McLeod knew Dick for over 50 years.- they both
worked for Derek Caston on the 1902, Dick had previously
worked on the EMIDEC. Then came the 1900s, then the
2900 P Series where Dick managed a Tech Support team,
later the Series 39.
Dick had such a competitive nature that he would never
accept defeat – whether playing cards fixing a hardware
fault or running marathons, or involved in a static rowing
race in the gym. He just would not admit defeat!
Engineers watched in amazement as he spent hours lying
across the top of the 1907 machine at Southampton U -
very gently separating the fixed wiring thro’ the
magnetic cores of the memory bank. Took him hours -
but it worked!
Another amazing sight (years later) was Dick, with a
broken collar bone, practising one armed press-ups in
the gym – on his ‘bad’ arm - the broken bone jutting
out of his shoulder at every push – but he just carried
He was a great fan of water skiing and trained his
daughters to drive his speed boat. His boats/engines
were the same as his pals - but his always seemed that
bit faster Later he switched to windsurfing and even
competed in an event sailingaround Hayling Island
called Surfers against Sewage!
Then he took up horse riding and had trips across
Dartmoor. As the years took their toll on his
running legs he switched to cycling – still competing
with anyone who dared!
Many of the tech support fraternity remember Dick
for his unique management style. Your phone rings at
0300 and there’s Dick on the line: “There’s a problem
at Acme Soap Works”.
Then – silence..........after waiting and waiting,,,,
you felt obliged to chip in with
“Er, shall I go there Dick”. ”Yes, thanks”, end of call.
Off you went - only later did you realise that once
again he’d got you to volunteer without him asking!
After retirement Dick slowly sank into the sad and
lonely world of dementia - his wonderful laugh was not
heard again. He passed away last October (2016)
and is sadly missed by his family and old colleagues.
Thanks to Bob McLeod, Alan Watson, Les Rollinson and
Derek Bibby for sharing their memories with us.
Yea , we miss him greatly, as a friend, colleague
and great all rounder.
One of a kind!
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Vicki Stewart (formerly Measom) passed away on
Monday 4th July 2016, aged 65, after a long battle against
She was a Quality Manager nominally based at home (HOM99)
although the unit she worked for was based in Bracknell.
For her funeral we have requested family flowers only, with
an option to make donations to LOROS, the hospice where she
spent her final few days.
The notice of her death and an online giving page (for
donations etc.) are both available on the Funeral Directors’
There are two obvious buttons at the top of the page, and each
shows a scrollable list.
Vicki’s funeral will be on Thursday 21st July 2016.
If any former colleagues and friends would like to attend,
could they please contact Richard Stewart by phone on
07717 049425. This is so that I can confirm numbers, and
also supply directions/best places to park etc., as Narborough
is a relatively small village.
The above as reported to Bits and Bytes.
We have just found out about the Loss of Jerry Chatten.
Who I am sorry to say passed on and was laid away
many weeks ago.
Jerry worked for the Government Section based at Victoria
House in the mid 1950's where he ran the Customer Bureau
along with engineer Nigel Everson. The monthly repair reports
were produced on the Mark Sensing machines ( anyone
remember them ?) on the 6th Floor.
The West Central Area Office , under John Brooks,was based
on the 5th Floor where field engineering was administered from.
Jerry was quite forthright in his political views, and was one of
the engineers to be part of the first country wide strike action
ever to take place in ICT.
He was later involved in the early days of Computers, operating
out of senate house in the University complex.
Jerry was a popular London engineer, and always happy
to stop and chat if you met him at work or out of hours.
An item of note about Jerry was that he always kept a
record of important information, the usual problem for Jerry
was just where that note was kept, was it in his pockets ?
or in his to filing system which he carried with him.
We record here the loss of a gentlemen and fellow engineer !
Reported by Bob Tuckett. and detailed by Martyn Best.
Sad news about Alan Pound.
Alan was a Salesman with Local Govt, Alan left Fujitsu
about five years ago to take up a post as a maths teacher
in his home town of Merthyr Tydfil.
Sadly he passed away on 8th March 2016 after a short
fight with cancer.Cremation was at Merthyr Tydfil on
News supplied by Roger Coope
We have received the following sad news about Frank Pigott:-
Maxine wishes to update the Bits and Bytes Repository for
Pensioners that Frank Pigott sadly died on the 26
February 2016 in Bexhill on Sea East Sussex, he was aged 94.
He suffered with dementia in the latter years of his life
and was cared for by his wife Vera Pigott. He leaves Vera,
Diane and Christine his daughters and Maxine, Dominic and
Xander his grandchildren.
His funeral is on the 11 February 2016 at the Eastbourne
Crematorium at 3pm, we are accepting flowers.
Anyone wishing to arrange delivery of flowers should contact
the funeral parlour on :- 01424 218704
29 Ninfield Road,
Reported by Maxine Fifield, who is interested in any stories
or information from the rest of the pensioners about their
memories of our friend Frank. Please forward any details to
the web site and we will ensure they reach the family.
We have recieved the following sad news about Eddie Dawkins.
For those of you who knew and worked with Eddie Dawkins at
ICL, I just wanted to let you know the news that my Dad sadly
passed away recently after a short battle with cancer.
Dad had turned 80 last May and had always been fit and
healthy but become very unwell in the autumn with myeloma.
He was responding very well to chemotherapy treatment and
was home for 4 weeks in November before being re-admitted
to hospital mid December with a chest infection.
Unfortunately lung cancer was diagnosed just before Christmas
and he passed away last Sunday.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday 27th January with a
church service in Staplehurst, Kent followed by the committal
at Vinters Park Crematorium, Maidstone. If you did know Eddie
and would like to join us at his funeral you will be very
welcome - please contact me via email or on 07817 856957
and I will be able to let you know the precise arrangements.
Reported by his Son :- Mark Dawkins
Peter Brown's Cremation
My father's cremation details are as follows:
Friday 27 November at 1045 at Kent and Sussex Cematorium,
Benhall Mill Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5JJ.
If anyone would like to send flowers we would prefer a
donation to the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust,
Tel 02392 690112, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was lovely talking to you and thank you so much for
including this in your newsletter.
News has reached us of the passing of John Lock.
A well remembered and popular member of the engineering
community who many will remember. He passed away on
Monday the 27th of July.
The funeral will be held at the Amber Valley Memorial
Park and Crematorium at 3 pm on Monday 10 August 2015.
The address is:
Derby Road, Swanwick, Derbyshire, DE55 1BH
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his sons, Ian and
Howard, and his grandson, Alastair.
our thoughts are with the family at this Time
News of the passing away of George Lynn,
Repoted by Bill Wood.
George has passed away after a long fight with mobility
and memory problems which limited his ability to enjoy
The Funeral arrangements were:-
Monday 29th June - 3.15pm at Christ Church,
Eccleston and 4.00pm at St. Helens Crematorium
Some very sad news; Peter Havard died peacefully at his
daughter’s house last night, a few of you will have known
or worked with Peter so I’m sure you’ll join me in
remembering his passing.
For those that didn’t know Peter; he worked for many
years at ICL in Dalkeith, Kidsgrove then in Manchester
(MAN05) until his well-earned retirement in 1995. He
was an absolute gentleman, a man of great merit in
many ways – astonishing intelligence, steadfastly
religious but not in a proselytising way, very patient
and a fined-tuned wit. He was also my mentor and
Father-in-Law for 13 years.
The funeral arrangements are not yet finalised but
the service is highly likely to be in Alderley Edge.
Please let me know if you wish to have the details once
Business & Application Services
*** UPDATE ***
If you are attending Peter Havard's funeral, please let
John Manning know via email@example.com
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our
father, John Arthur William Dalton, on 16/04/2015 following
an 18 month battle with cancer of the lung and bladder. He
greatly missed our mother who died 2 years ago and took a
turn for the worse after his chemo-therapy treatment did
not slow the cancer down but rather accelerated it.
John Dalton started work at ICT, 250 Purley Way, Croydon
in 1961 and worked for ICL/Fujitsu for 33 years until 1994.
He is most fondly remembered by colleagues in his role as
Head of MBO in Worsley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham; he
also had spells at Putney and Stevenage.
Perhaps our father's proudest achievement at ICL was
when he received his Cheif Executive's Award for
Excellance at an awards dinner in Paris - my parent's
stay at the Hotel Georges V remained long in their memory.
Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend and
Comrade in Arms; this is to confirm details of his funeral
and wake.The funeral will be held at 3pm on Friday,
8th May 2015 at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe
Road, Worth, Crawley, RH10 3NQ
We leave it up to the individual if they wish to send
flowers (remembering that this is a cremation and
interment will not be happening on the 8th) or a donation,
or a combination of both.
Our nominated charities will be MacMillan nurses and
St Wilfred's Hospice in Chichester, both of whom helped
Dad in his final days. All other enquiries should be
directed to our Funeral Directors, BC Baker & Son,
Gary, Robin and Mark Dalton.
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