The date of death is approximate in some
cases. The most recent is listed first. Each date is followed by the
name of the deceased and relevant information. Links lead to more
information in some cases.
Date of death (Approx)
Name and relevant information (Links lead to more information)
25 November 2018
Neville Pickering retired early in 1985 after 41 years’ service
in Transmitter Department. After spells at Droitwich and Westerglen and
working at Daventry through the Fifties, he went to Woofferton in 1962.
Eight years as STE Aerials there was followed by a succession of foreign
postings. From 1970 to 1983 he carried out three tours of duty on
Ascension Island (two as Resident Engineer) and six years as RE at Far
Eastern Relay Station overseeing its successful movement from Tebrau to
Singapore. He returned to Woofferton in 1983 and the station greatly
benefitted from his wide experience and engineering nous. His
straightforward, practical approach to problems, engineering and
otherwise, earned him the deepest respect of his colleagues in the
department. (This information is based on a note written by Neil
Wilkieson in 1985.) Neville's funeral will be in
Hereford on 20th December. Click
to request details.
Brian Ammon, Equipment Department. The funeral will be in
Leatherhead on Monday 5th November. Click
to request details.
3 October 2018
Peter Brett. Fred Gelder writes: "Peter was a pioneer who
brought T.V to the north east just in time for the coronation, via the
temporary Pontop Pike transmitter, we believe he was then at the age of
26 the youngest E.I.C in the corporation. He told us stories of the
first few years in the department. Then they had to walk to site 1000 ft
up the fells in winter blizzards, when they asked for some form of
station transport someone from personnel suggested an umbrella would be
a help since he used one to get to work in Oxford street. Peter remained
at Pontop until his retirement to the north west of Scotland to live
near his son who in later years became his carer. He was a gifted
engineer, always the guy to ask when you had a difficult technical
problem though he did seem happiest when he was fixing the station
domestic water pump! He was equally at home with a network analyser a
spectrum analyser or a Myford lathe, he was the source of all technical
assistance. I learned a lot from Peter he was a fine engineer and good
man, when he was the boss it was a pleasure to come to work."
Eileen Briggs was the Management Assistant at Woofferton
transmitting station until 1995. She made
this contribution to bbceng. She was 84.
Jeff Cant writes: "Her BBC Staff Number was 81728. She was born in 1935
and lived with her father and mother in the family grocery shop on
Sandpits Road, Ludlow. She attended the Ludlow Girl’s High School and
worked in Ludlow prior to starting in the General Office at Woofferton
early in February 1961. By 1963 she was the EiC’s Secretary and later
became the Station Admin. Assistant. She retired in September 1992. Died
on 9th Sept 2018 after a long illness. Her family were ardent supporters
of the Baptist Church and the funeral was held in their Rockspring
7 September 2018
Clive Rickerby worked in Communications Department in London
(Duchess Street), then in 1988 moved to the new Transmission
headquarters in Warwick. When BBC Transmission was privatised in 1997,
Clive stayed with the BBC and worked at Woodnorton, Evesham. During his
career he worked on many aspects of communications and he is fondly
remembered by his colleagues as a very polite but firm “gentleman
engineer” who worked to the highest possible professional standard.
Clive died peacefully during his sleep following a long illness which
he'd battled bravely and determinedly. There will be a Service of
Thanksgiving for Clive on Monday 8th October near Warwick. Further
4 August 2018
Nigel Vincent was a Senior Transmitter Engineer at Rampisham.
28 July 2018
Eric Buckley had a long career with BBC Engineering, joining as a
YT at Ottringham in the mid 1940’s. He went on to postings at various
stations around the country, finally ending up at Droitwich in 1964 as
an SME. He stayed here until his retirement in 1986, which also
encompassed a period as a lecturer at ETD in 1972.
From his son John Buckley.
15 June 2018
John Stephenson has sadly passed away and will be missed by his
wife Rosemary, sons Mark and Andrew, family and friends. John was a very
accomplished Design Engineer in Designs Department and was responsible
for several ground breaking projects. On leaving the BBC John took up a
senior position in the broadcasting industry and later formed his own
company. He was always good company to be with and I relish fond
memories of him as a valued friend. From Peter Randall.
31 May 2018
Peter Adams was Manager Communications and Engineering Services
in Wales. Click here
to see an obituary written by Roger Farmer.
31 January 2018
Vivian Weeks was a Senior Design Engineer in Designs Department,
Western House, London.
20 January 2018
Alison Westmoreland. Sad to report her death at the early age of
54. Alison worked in the Daventry Overseas Supply section, purchasing
goods and services for the overseas transmitting stations. Although
local and joining in 1988 at Daventry, she spent a short time working in
Henry Wood House to assist in transferring the section to Daventry. She
left when the function was transferred again - to Merlin in Warwick on
privatisation. Many ex-Daventry staff attended Alison’s funeral on
February 14, 2018 in Northampton.
18 January 2018
Mark Ashworth made significant contributions to BBC Transmission
in a number of ways. Hopefully more details will appear here in
due course. Mark died of a brain tumour. Much too young - he
will be greatly missed.
22 December 2017
Ian Blanthorn was for many years ATM and TM at Crystal Palace.
This obituary was published in Prospero
(newspaper for retired staff).
11 December 2017
Ron Forster joined Communications Dept. as a DEE in 1959 and
stayed until early retirement in 1989, working latterly on DF projects.
He was awarded Chartered Engineer status for his service. He was
happily married for 52 years to Frankie, who also worked in Comms Dept
in the 1960s. He died after a long illness.
16 December 2017
George Kinross (sometimes called Rab), age 68. He worked as a
broadcast engineer at Television Centre, and for the last few years at
Broadcasting House working for News24. He joined the BBC on a technical
scholarship when he was 19. He saw many changes in management and
technology but fixing things was always his passion.
11 December 2017
Alan Goodsell was at Brookmans Park until 1962 when he
transferred to Woofferton, retiring as an STE.
Bob Weston worked for BBC Transmission at various sites including
Ascension Island, Skelton, Rampisham and Warwick.
Ron Bradbrook was not employed by the BBC, but he was responsible
for many transmitter developments that were of direct benefit to the
BBC. Chris Gardiner writes: "Ron joined Marconi in 1947 so his
career almost covered the whole era of high power radio transmitters
just missing out on the coming into service of the 100kW SWB-18 in the
early nineteen forties. In his early days he worked under Brian McClarty
who, like myself, had moved between the BBC and Marconi’s. Ron was
closely associated with the development of the BD 272 and the insulated
plates on the PA doors are a simulation of Ron Bradbrook as it was he
who was standing in the doorway of Sender 93 at Woofferton during its
installation and commissioning when the spurious radiations disappeared.
In the nineties he undertook the early design work on what was to be
Marconi’s last HF transmitter, the 500kW B6132, but retired before it
went into service due to ill health. Ron was also the senior
Marconi engineer responsible for the design of the equipment for the
BBC’s re-engineering of its UK MW network of transmitters in 1977 using
the 50kW B6034 as it basic building block and for the modification of
this transmitter in 1986 to long wave as the B6046 for use at Westerglen
David Eaton worked for most of his career at Crystal Palace. He
died of cancer and his funeral at Beckenham Crematorium on the 25th
October 2017 was well attended.
Click here to see
a group picture taken at David's funeral. The group picture from left to
right, features the following :-
Tony Allegranza, Kevin Viney, Roger Douglas, Ronan O’Gorman, Eddie
Bradley, Spence Cresswell, Rick Crabtree, Alan, Eric Pickets, Peter &
Hilary Sparks, Ranulph Poole, Don & Barbara, Geoff Godfrey, Phil
Richmond & Simon Peterken. Phil Grey & wife arrived later & missed the
Tyssul (Tys) James, who was a real larger than life' character,
from Cefn Coed near Merthyr. He was STE at Wenvoe, then TM at Llandonna
when he retired. Tys and his wife Connie then moved to Penclawdd on the
Gower. Connie pre-deceased him by many years. He was at the last Wenvoe
re-union event earlier this year.
Simon Hazlewood, STE Holme Moss.
Gordon Bush worked at Woofferton in 1962 and later moved to the
Service Planning Section of Research Department. He was 85.
Russell Tollerfield was a BBC transmitter engineer until 1965,
before moving to Radio London, Capital Radio, Radio Victory, Ocean Sound
and the annual Isle of Wight RSL station Cowes Radio.
On seeing this entry, Ray Liffen emailed: "In the years 1963 -1966 I was
a Technical Trainee. From 23rd March to 1st May 1964 the training was at
Skelton (OSE 8 and OSE 9). Russ Tollerfield was already there as a TA.
He was a radio ham (G3SQD) but his 'pirate' interests were already in
place. On a particular night he told us to tune our radios to 207
metres (1 below Luxembourg) at 11pm when he broadcast as 'Radio Free
Penrith' (a very daring thing to do and obviously a sackable offence if
In later years he joined Radio London and while there compiled the
'Hello Sam' tape. This was recorded on the ship for his friend Sam and
includes records, jingles and station idents all jumbled together with
details of 'studio tricks' including things like playing records in and
out of phase (a new idea in 1965). A rare example of what happened
'behind the scenes' and recorded late at night when no-one was about."
Al Malcolm began his career as Youth in Training at Dundee, then
Moorside Edge, P&ID, ARS, Daventry then WOF as EiC in May 1975 - 25/6/79
(then to Kranji) returned as EiC Woofferton 24/8/79 - March 1983, two
years as Resident Engineer at Kranji. Retired 1985.
George Morley was an SME at Brookmans Park and was one of the
main movers in the successful transition over the period of November
1978 when the wavelength changes were executed. He could be relied
upon to do a superb job and provide the data and notes for what he had
done for the future.
John Austin was Head of
Equipment Department. Click
here for an obituary.
had a long career in the BBC starting with a spell at Norwich and going
on to become Head of Studio Capital Projects Department, during which he
was involved in the creation of a number of new local radio station
buildings. Later he became engineering general manager at TV Centre.
|12 August 2016
||John Astle was Head of
Business & Engineering at Research & Development in Kingswood Warren.
|12 August 2016
||David Rayney was Power
Station Manager at a number of Overseas sites.
|24 June 2016
||John Chantler was a
Technical Assistant at Woofferton HF transmitting station for many years
and a stalwart Officer of the Trade Union. Later he was an HF
Conditional Engineer, he retired mid-1987.
|21 November 2015
||Peter Nicholas, Transmission.
This obituary was published in Prospero
(newspaper for retired staff).
|16 June 2015
||S. W. Amos joined the BBC during the
Second World War and became Head of Technical Publications, finally
retiring in the early 1970s. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday
morning 16th June 2015, aged 99.
His son Roger now has the responsibility of clearing his father's
house which contains a very full set of books on electronics and
broadcasting technology, most of which he wrote or co-authored, but
there are others. All were published decades ago, some in the 1940s, and
Roger is seeking a good home for them.
Here is a list. Please
email if you can help.
|3 May 2015
||Alex Rothney, Site Acquisition. He
||Jack Paley, Sandale, Oxford, then
Transmitter Manager at Wenvoe. The funeral will take place on Tuesday
12th May at at 1.45pm in Llandough. Please click
here to see an obituary written
by Peter Condron.
|31 March 2015
||John Brooks, Designs Department.
Derek Simmons writes: "He was an accomplished draughtsman, became Head
Draughtsman, and then transferred to another area of Services Section
where he was responsible for handling and progressing all requests for
work placed on the Model Shop. He took early retirement as part of the
amalgamation of DD & ED in 1987, and went back to the drawing board with
a firm local to his home in Horsham, West Sussex". The
funeral will take place on Monday, 27th of April at 1pm in Worthing. Please click
to request further details of the funeral.
|6 Feb 2015
||Frank Smith, Clerk of Works,
Architectural and Civil Engineering Department. "A plain speaking
Yorkshire(?) man with a great sense of humour and bringer of news and
gossip. He knew buildings and builders, their tricks and shortcuts. With
Frank in charge they built it right or they built it again. He could
look at a building and tell you straight way if it was safe to demolish
a wall or knock out a hole. A fount of knowledge and always very
helpful, an old fashioned "good guy"." (-Stuart Winsor). "Not only
was Frank damn good at his job, he was a damn nice guy as well. His
lasting legacy is the quality of the buildings and fond memories from
all of us." (-Jim Woodward). Please click
here to see an obituary
written by Ken Ward.
||Frank Orme, Holme Moss and
Peterborough transmitting stations. The funeral will probably be on
Tuesday 20th January. Click
here to email
||Phil Bainbridge, Daventry
transmitting station. Click
to see a picture, taken by Phil Richmond, of the ex-BBC people who
attended the funeral at Banbury on 22nd January: Left-Right - Frances
Cover, Ian Rogers, Paul Dunn, Dave Peck, Mike Littlewood, Mike Betts.
Dave Adams, Steve Canham, Phil Critchley, Stuart Winsor, Peter
Wagstaff, Phil Richmond & Robin Westley.
||Peter Dews, Project Manager at BBC
Transmission in Warwick (and more recently Arqiva). Maurice Miller
writes: "When in Projects I worked at many an MF site with Peter
enjoying what were some of my best working days in his company. With him
we launched Crown Castle’s first commercial DAB mux. Peter was a “good
egg” through and through and I will greatly miss him. AM and DAB Radio
owes much to this man on whose installations he will live on."
||Tom Small worked at Skelton and
Stagshaw transmitting stations before moving to the Central Personnel
Directorate where he was involved for a number of years in the BBC's
various job evaluation schemes.
||Bill Busby. "Mr Busby" was EiC
Crystal Palace. He was an influential and towering figure
(literally!) in the first 20 years of this important transmitting
station. Click here to see an obituary
written by Norman Shacklady.
|25 Jun 2014
||Johnny Johnstone, Head of RF Section
Section, Designs Department until 1985. Johnny's wife Jennifer has asked
for her thanks to be passed on to the 16 ex-BBC folk who attended the
funeral. Click here
to see an obituary written by John Sykes, David Kitson, Rhys Lewis and
|2 Apr 2014
||Gerry Kingdom, Droitwich.
|20 Feb 2014
||Dai Thomas, ex-Senior Transmitter
Manager, Wenvoe, died after a short illness - he was on the golf driving
range three days earlier and on fine form.
Click here to
see an obituary written by
|17 Jan 2014
||May Bainton, Cook at Wenvoe during
some part of the 70's and 80's. She was 87.
|17 Nov 2013
||Neil Burrows, Daventry. Neil's
funeral is on Friday the 29th November near Daventry. Details
available on request.
|15 Nov 2013
||Bill McDowell, Communications
|10 Nov 2013
||Ross Durling, Links/Comms & Networks
Unit, Brookmans Park.
|27 Sep 2013
||Lee Davison, a transmitter engineer
who worked at Woofferton. Dave Porter noted that "If we ever needed a
digital/logic circuit he was the font of all such knowledge".
|25 Sep 2013
||Les Lane, a senior transmitter engineer who
worked at Woofferton and Daventry. Click
here for a picture of ex-BBC staff
at the funeral. Roy Clarke, John Barry, Stuart Winsor, Dave Adams,
Norman Rhodes, Trevor Gandine, Pete Wagstaff, Dave Dymott, Brian Finch,
Pete Arnold, Rod Viveash, Steve Hill, Julian Marlow, Phil Richmond.
|21 Sep 2013
||John Penry Davies, Droitwich.
|30 Aug 2013
||Bob Short - a larger-than-life
character in TPID/TCPD from the end of the 60's to 1978. As well
as contacts from his time at the BBC, Bob was also well known in Amateur
Radio and Model Engineering circles.
||Vic Howett, Communications
Department. Click here for an obituary written by
||Colin Seabright, who is best
remembered for his role as Manager of the Audio and Telecommunications
Area (ATA) in Broadcasting House, London. Click
here for an obituary written by
|8 Dec 2012
7 Jan 2013
|Fred Wylie says:
"It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of two
stalwarts of Comms Engineering in Northern Ireland. RJM Elliott,
or Mo to all his friends and colleagues died on 8th December 2012 at the
age of 93. Mo joined the BBC in 1944 and when I first knew him he was
AALE, Asst Area Lines Engineer. With the arrival of television in the
region he eventually became MCES, Manager Comms and Engineering
Services. He was later appointed to the senior management post of HPSE,
Head of Programme and Services Engineering, a post he held with
distinction until his retirement in 1979.
Within a month on 7th January 2013, Alan Goodall passed away,
age 86 after a long period of failing health.. Alan, born near
Scarborough joined the BBC in 1942 aged 16 as a youth in training in
Huddersfield and after National Service in the Royal Signals went on to
further his engineering career in Bristol, Duchess Street London, where
he met his wife Phyllis and then to Glasgow. In 1964 he came to Northern
Ireland, with his family, as CPE, Communications Planning Engineer a
post he held until his retirement in 1986.
It was my pleasure to have known and worked with these two excellent
engineers and fine gentlemen."
|15 Dec 2012
||Bill Williams passed away in a
nursing home near Reigate. Bill worked in Service Planning Section at
Kingswood Warren for most of his career.
|9 Nov 2012
||Terry Buzza has sadly passed away in
hospital after a short period of illness. Terry was a Technical Services
supervisor with experience at several locations. He joined the BBC as a
Transmitter Technician at Holme Moss in the early 1980’s. He then had a
period working at the Caribbean Relay Company in Antigua before
returning to take up the supervisor position at Rampisham. Terry had
short spells working at various overseas locations. His friendly
demeanour and high level of skill was a great asset and could always be
relied on. He will be missed by all his friends and colleagues who have
had the privilege to know him. (Written by Stephen Gray)
|31 Aug 2012
||John Lunn, Research Department,
|14 May 2012
||Jim Moon, Site Acquisition Section,
|14 May 2012
||Brian Carpenter, Research Department,
|24 Apr 2012
||Richard Sanders, Research Department,
|17 Mar 2012
||Henry Kempson, Wenvoe.
|15 Feb 2012
||Peter Legate, Research Department,
|3 February 2012
||Maurice Williamson, who was a highly
respected senior figure in Transmitter Group.
|20 Oct 2011
||Dave Juland, who was a Transmitter
Technician at Daventry HF Transmitting Station.
|16 Oct 2011
||Bob Crawford, Senior Transmitter
Manager at Kirk o'Shotts passed away peacefully on the 16th of October
2011 at the age of 94. He joined the BBC in 1938 at Westerglen and
became Engineer in Charge at Kirk o' Shotts in 1972 until his retirement
in 1977 as STM. He retained a great interest in broadcasting until his
|14 May 2011
||Tony Morgan, Wenvoe and Hannington.
|13 Mar 2011
||Geoff Claxton, who worked in Cardiff
studios, died when the light ‘plane that he was piloting crashed near
Swansea. Click here for an obituary
written by Roger Farmer
|10 Nov 2010
||John Fletcher says: With great sadness I
pass on the news that David Kirby died on Monday. As some of you
will know, he had been battling a serious illness for many months.
He will be much missed by his colleagues here at BBC R&D.
|16 June 2010
||Peter Charles McKay worked as a
photographer at Kingswood Warren from the early 60’s through to his
retirement in 1991. Sadly he died following complications caused
by treatment for cancer, he was 78. Stuart McKay asked for this
notice to be placed here as his father had lost contact with some of his
old friends after retiring.
|26 May 2010
||Phil Wakely 71, had worked at Rampisham as a General Maintenance Assistant, retiring in the late
1990's. Those of you that worked at Rampisham during the 80's and 90's
will remember his great attention to detail and his love of Bridport
Town football club.
|1 Apr 2010
||Ron Johnson, formerly
Engineer in Charge of the Washford transmitting station. This was one of
the early "Regional Transmitter" stations, opened in 1933.
Message from Ron's family: "We are sad to announce that Ronald Oliver
Johnson came to the end of life's journey on 1st April 2010 aged 92.
He was the devoted husband to Daphne for over 60 years and loving father
to Anthony, Susan and Lesley. The funeral will be held at Taunton
Crematorium on 13th April at 1pm. Family flowers only please.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Diabetes UK c/o Grandfield Funeral
Directors, Keenthorne, Nether Stowey, Somerset, TA5 1HZ."
here to see an obituary written by Bert Gallon.
Dave Porter says: "I worked at Washford just for six months and
can honestly say he was one of the best EiC I ever met. He led by
example and was an inspiration of how to do it properly. The station and
its operation and management was a tribute to his professionalism.
If anybody ever needed to see how it was done this was the place and the
man. Since I left I kept in contact and we have seen his offerings
to me in terms of reminiscences and technical writings. In the
last ToTT I used
some of his training notes for the piece on ferrite combiners. A
true inspiration, I will miss his letters."
|17 Feb 2010
||John Campion, World Service. Retired
|12 Feb 2010
||Lynda Darlington nee Norman.
Lynda was a secretary in the Studio Group office of Research Department
at Kingswood Warren.
Barry George. Glyn Morgan writes:
"Barry was in Designs Department Measurement Section when I was both new
to the BBC and London in 1977. Barry was always a font of knowledge and
very supportive in encouraging the younger section members. He had a
reputation for devising thought provoking problems as well as the
occasional practical joke. Barry later moved into computer support at a
time when it was migrating from a small specialist mathematical
operation to providing computer access and facilities across the whole
department. Here his down-to-earth problem solving skills, and wit, were
a benefit to the wider department. Barry took early retirement when
Avenue House closed and moved with his wife Ann to Bath. Sadly Ann
passed away in 2007. I will always remember him as someone who went to
great lengths to help others."
||Doug Latcham, TCPD.
||Les Reece, Daventry.
|8 July 2009
Peter Tingey, Designs Department and TCPD.
||Simon Saint, Daventry.
Charles Sandbank, Deputy Director of Engineering.
|20 Sep 2008
||George Monteath. He was Head of BBC
Research Department form 1976 to 1978 and he was an expert in radio
|6 Sep 2008
||Allen Herbert joined the BBC in
1936 as a “Student Apprentice" and went on to to be a leading light in
the development of HF antennas. He left the BBC in 1970, but some years
later he made a major contribution to On Air.
John Shelley. He was a key figure in Designs Department for many
years, starting in Neville Watson's Television Transmission Section and
retiring as Head of Monitoring & Control Section.
|12 Jun 2008
||John Gealer, He is is probably best
remembered for the expert guidance that he gave to very many engineers
who attended his courses at the Engineering Training Department.
|20 May 2008
||Gordon Frederick ("Jeff") Turner, Antenna STE and A/AEiC
Daventry transmitting station. See
obituary in the Guardian.
||Janet Jones [nee Faulkner], Cook at
Woofferton transmitting station.
||Percy Winsor, STE Woofferton
||Mike Barnes. Senior Transmitter
Engineer at Wenvoe transmitting station.
|1 Feb 2008
Ivor Tupper. Ivor was a
talented and highly respected engineer who, amongst other things, did
pioneering work on the development of pulsed klystron techniques which
significantly increased the efficiency of the BBC's television
Annual Prizes in memory of Ivor Tupper
here to see an article written for Prospero.
Two annual prizes have been established in the Department of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College, London, in
memory of Ivor Tupper (1927-2008). Ivor, who spent the whole of his
working life with the BBC, was an engineer of outstanding ability who
made a substantial contribution to the work of Transmission Group. The
prizes are to be awarded for excellence in the fields of signal
processing, broadcast and video technology, one at BSc degree level and
one at MSc degree level. The first prizes will be awarded in 2010.
Information provided by Bert Gallon.
Brian Bower, Designs Department.
Gordon Parker, Designs Department and Equipment Department.