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Mr Simon Mark Ockenden - Late 8LI and KOYY(LI)

Updated: Jan 16

It is with great sadness that I have to inform members that Mr Simon Mark Ockenden, late 8LI and KOYY(LI) died on 30 December 2023 aged 56 after a short illness.

Simon joined 8LI on its formation in the mid 1980s, he remained with the battalion until it was disbanded in the mid 1990s when the battalion became the King's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry (Light Infantry) (KOYY(LI)) as a light reconnaissance unit of the Royal Armoured Corps. He was respected by the permanent staff and all ranks of the Battalion and Yeomanry Squadron as a reliable and effective soldier.

Our thoughts and condolences at the sad time are with Simon's partner, his family and his many friends who served with him in the Territorial Army.


As the bugle sounds 'No More Parades' and you take your place in the FRV,

your duty done with honour and distinction.

Rest in Peace Simon.

Cede Nullis.


Association members are invited to attend the ceremony and the Wake, details are:

  • Date and time of the funeral: 25 Jan 24 at 13:15.

  • Location: Dewsbury Crematorium, Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury, WF13 3PL

  • Funeral Director: George Steele Funeral Directors, The Green, Ossett, WF5 0Al. Telephone number 01924-667323.

  • Donations in place of flowers in Simon's name to SSAFA

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 Simon Ockenden. Office staff will then forward them to the family.

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