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Mr Brian Gawthorpe - Late KOYLI and LI


It is with great sadness that I have to inform members that Mr Brian Gawthorpe, late KOYLI and LI, passed away on 26 Aug 2021 aged 82.


Brian enlisted in Pontefract in 1959. He served 6 years as a Regular with KOYLI, then transferred to the reserves and served a further 10 years. He saw active service in Malaya and Borneo. He was also stationed in Germany. Having survived being shot 3 times, battled a series of serious health conditions over his life, Brian sadly succumbed to Covid-19.


Our thoughts and condolences are with Brian's wife Sonia, his son's David, Kevin and Steven, and his many friends at the sad time.


As the bugle sounds 'No More Parades' and you take your place in the FRV, rest in peace Brian. Cede Nullis.


Bugler and Standard Bearers are not required by request of the family.


Association members are invited to the funeral and the wake.

The funeral arrangements are:

  • Date and time: 17 Sep 21 at 1 pm

  • Location: Wakefield Crematorium Stanbride Lane Kettlethorpe Wakefield WF4 3JA

  • Funeral Director: Harpin Funeral Directors 83 Cluntergate Horbury England

  • Donations in lieu of flowers to: Family flowers only. Donations to British Heart Foundation welcome

Anyone wishing to send cards or letters of condolence is requested to send them to the Rifles Regional Office at Minden House marked FAO family of Brian Gawthorpe. Office staff will then forward them to the family

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