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View Article  David Hughes RM22561 Rtd

David Hughes RM22561 Rtd

Initial Posting

(scroll down for latest/updates)

It was around autumn last year that I bumped in to David via Email. He took on the role of Chief Editor and Poster for my other website "Locknload". Many of you would have read his wordsworth qualities and he didnt suffer fools gladly, especially those involved with the establishment. Hence his "handle" Gong Donkey.......

David was battling with severe Liver problems and in the early part of 2011 a transplant became available and he came out of that a lot luckier than most. His health gradually improved and he was in fighting spirit and enjoying life to the full. His daily ingestion of pharmaceuticals gradually diminished to a manageable amount. Gail constantly by his side and putting up with his "Gripes".......

A few weeks ago he was taken in to hospital re an unexpected Brain Aneurism. He called me via his cell phone last Wednesday 3rd hoping to get back home last weekend and was "edging nearer to the door"... I received a call from his wife Gail on Monday 8th when she told me that David had collapsed in hospital over the weekend and was basically on life support.

Today having received another email via his sister Dawne to inform all his friends from his wife Gail that;

14th August

"Peter - can you please send a round robin for Gail for Dave Hughes please?
Dave is still in NICU on a ventilator - there are no changes in his very ill condition. It is going to be a long journey
Thank you
Dawne (Gail's sister) "

29th August

"Dave is now off the ventilator, and breathing on his own via a tracheostomy. He can see and hear all around but is unable to control himself from the neck down. Hopefully his movement etc will return as the days pass. Still tubed up but unable to speak. All his cards are most welcome and are shown and read to him, a wry smile appears but he has his good and bad days. Brain scans and Liver tests are due in this week sometime then we will know exactly what condition he is in. Keep sending the cards, letters etc as this does help him and keep him in touch with the outside world and that his mates and colleagues are thinking of him.
Many Thanks
Gail (Daves wife)

17th September (16:10)

He is still in Sheffield Hallamshire hospital but is starting to make a little progress , he has been off the machines now for a couple of weeks but its taken its toll, he has a trackie tube in his throat to enable him to breathe and every day or so they block it to allow him to talk to his wife but he is having trouble controlling his breathing, what with every thing that was going on at the time when he was critical the doctors think he suffered a stroke on top of everything else which has left him with very little movement ( leg & fingers) i spoke to his son yesterday and the doc's are looking at transferring him back to a hospital near to his home which is a forward step as its about a 40 mile round trip every day for his wife and means that he doesnt need the specialist care that the Hallam provide its not great news Frank but at least he is fighting it.

17th September (23:26)

David has been transfered to Doncaster Royal Infirmary on C.C.U.ward now. He as been fed some light food & drinks todayThey have put a cuff in his trackie so he can talk a little. It is very tiring at times for him,but all positve & amove forward! Some  times he is confused &conversation drifts (doesnt make sense) but they say this can be quite normal after what he asbeen through. Its early days & a long hard journey lays ahead, but what agreat step forward in 24hrs!
Take care

8th October (03:46)

Dave moved into rehab on Monday,now the hard work begins. he is eating well and talking ok but softly sorry with the delay and update there doesn't seem to be enough hours in day at the minute!.
Take Care

16th December (17:56)

Dave now has his head back again (it now belongs to him) all is good apart from his hands and legs wont to do what he tells them to. Intense Physio is required for some time and am sure that he will shorten that as much as he is able to. So, eating, talking and watching the box and his lovely wife Gail will no doubt brighten up his Xmas. I would like to say that we all send our wishes for Xmas and the New Year. 

6th March (2012)

David is slowly coming round, still going thru intense Physio. As with James Cobby, time will be the great healer for both of them. Seeing as they are both determined the goals get ever nearer.

Keep the cards etc flowing to both of them and remind them that we are always around and thinking of them.

Foxnwolf comments;

David you old wrangler, remember it your fault that I am about to spend around £200k on a boat. You got me interested in the water at my age. So, you also remember that there is a spare seat for you, to the right of me on the Fly Bridge.......

For those of you who may have not yet sent cards, magazines etc This would now be a gesture to show that we care (any previous cards were gratefully received). Cards to David & Gail to the Address as follows;

Please keep the cards & letters flowing, to;

David & Gail Hughes

West Street

DN10 6DX

PMPT & Semper Fi.......
View Article  Captain Barry Petersen
Captain Barry Petersen

Having cancer tumours which we can only contain and not eradicate plus approaching 76 years-of-age, I’m selling my medals and trying to put sufficient funding together with the aim of purchasing the four-level building the company occupies leaving the company with something more tangible than office equipment, furniture, and goodwill.  The medals, with other items and documentation related to my service, are at present with the auctioneers, DNW (Dix Noonan Webb Limited), in London.  The auction will be of 855 lots of medals, mine being Lot No. 844.  The auction commences at 10:00 am GMT on Wed 1 Dec 10 in the Richmond Suite of the Washington Hotel, 5 Curzon Street Mayfair, London and the auctioneers hope to auction 150 lots every hour.  This means that the auction of Lot 844 will probably be around 5:00 pm GMT (midnight Bangkok time) on Wed 1 Dec 10.  I don’t yet know how to watch the auction on the Internet but I will probably be in bed by the time attendance and Internet bidding commences on Lot 844.

DNW Limited conduct an auction of medals two or three times each year.  I have attached a copy of my medals, a copy of the 15mm-thick auction catalogue (with my medals featured on the front cover) and a copy of the four-page entry about my medals written by Nimrod Dix, the senior partner of DNW Ltd.  The DNW catalogue for their last auction of medals featured the Order of the Bath star awarded to Admiral Horatio Nelson, so I seem to be in good company.  Of the 855 lots up for auction my Lot No. 844 appears to be the most valuable lot to be auctioned.  Nimrod Dix has valued them at Stg £ 60,000 to Stg £ 80,000 however, I have already received an offer of Aust $ 100,000 for them.  I decided to take my chance with the auction.
My last MRI which revealed secondary cancer tumours in two lymph nodes in my pelvic region took place on 30 Mar 10.  The hormonal therapy, which includes an injection every four weeks, into my abdomen, of a 3.6 mg Zoladex pellet, seems to be affecting my liver so my oncologist is trying to rectify that by replacing it with a daily 150 mg Casodex tablet instead of the current 50 mg tablet. Blood tests every four weeks indicate that the therapy is containing the growth of the tumour in my prostate gland however, another MRI tomorrow (Wed 24 Nov 10) should show whether or not the growth of the secondary tumours in the lymph nodes are also being contained.  I’ll know when I see my oncologist the next day (Thu 25 Nov 10).
For publicity of their auction, I think that the auctioneers were responsible for notifying the Express in London and The Age in Melbourne of the sale of my medals and, from there, other newspapers have published articles stating that I am dying of cancer.  This has prompted a flood of e-mail and telephone enquires which I hope I can correct after receiving the result of the MRI on Thursday.    

Kind regards,

Barry Petersen MC JP

A brief, but interesting outline of Barry including his exploits
click here

And his well earned Medals
click here


Foxnwolf comments;

Good luck with your health Barry, hope we can squeeze a few more years out of you. Also wish you well with the sale of your "Hard Earned"....... The thought of what you want to do with the proceeds is a totally unselfish act and shows the Man that you are and always have been.

Could someone please pass this link on to Barry as email I
have sent him is bouncing back

PMPT & Semper Fi.......

View Article  58 Troop, CTCRM, March 1974

58 Troop, CTCRM, March 1974

View Article  RM Anthony Horton, demobbed 1959, where are you now?

RM Anthony Horton
demobbed 1959
where are you now?

Address in 1959 was;

80, Redcliffe Square

Your good friend Brad Johnson has been trying to find you, contact the RMA in the UK on 02392 651 519
View Article  RM Ron Reilly, ex Recce Troop Signaller in 45 Cdo 92/93, where are you now?
RM Ron Reilly
ex Recce Troop Signaller in 45 Cdo 92/93
where are you now?

Your old oppo` RM Simon Arthy is trying to contact you personally to say "Thank You" for your enourmously generous contribution. Contact the RMA in the UK on 02392 651 519

Shared of the Soldiersoffthestreet site ..can...
Charlie Brindley 9:28am Dec 9
Can you help find his family ....so sad...
people we are looking for family members for this man so please pass on to any forces members clubs ect as we dont want this man to be buried by the i.o.w council ..
View Article  Sarawak 1962
Sarawak 1962

Anyone recognise these Bod`s ?

View Article  Picture of "F" 5 Troop, Malta
All you old hands out there, just had a chat with Steve Hogg RM28865
who is retired and living in Texas with his Maltese wife Carmen

Are you in the picture?

View Article  Keir Hardie the Forres Highland Games 10th July 2010
Keir Hardie RM Rtd, (just before) the Forres Highland Games 10th July 2010

(waiting for pics "after")

View Article  Where is Lt` Colonel Steve Gac Rtd RAMC
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Lt` Col` Steve Gac ?

Originally from Northamptonshire but App` now resides in the "Brompton on Swale" area in Yorkshire, UK. Was in the Royal Army Medical Corp for over 30 years and well renowned and respected in his field.

Now, a passion for fishing

Mr Steven Gac from Brompton on Swale took a 14lb 9oz on an olive lure with an orange bead head. Location; Jubillee Lakes, week leading up to 31st August 2009

Any information would be welcome, email me here or if you use hotmail, googlemail etc send to biz@foxnwolf.com

PMPT & Semper Fi.......
View Article  Anyone Know the Whereabouts of Maurice Arthur
Enclosed pic was taken at RM Lympstone in 1958

Ron Hooker & Maurice Arthur (pictured)

Any news anyone? Contact Rod Spinks or Foxnwolf
View Article  Where is Jimmy (Tug) Wilson ex RMP 42cdo
I am trying to find "Tug" who came from the Northamptonshire area. Joined 42 in the mid to late 60`s. He persuaded me to join mmmmmmm....... (best advice I was ever given, and I still want to thank him).

Last time I met him was on a run ashore which started in the "Two Trees" in 1972, he may still have been a RMP, definately serving out of Bickleigh. When he left the corp he settled in Corby.

Any information would be welcome, email me here or if you use hotmail, googlemail etc send to biz@foxnwolf.com

PMPT & Semper Fi