Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour

 

 

Charlie Dunk, 23rd May 1954 - 23rd December 2001

 

Charlie Dunk died on the 23rd December 2001 of a thrombosis. All with whom he served will remember him. Many will remember Charlie for his gentleness of sprit, his good humour and his reserve of goodwill when it came to helping others.

Charlie was born into an Army family where his father completed 27 years in the Royal Artillery and three of his brothers who also joined the Corps.

Charlie's service in the Corps spanned a total of 18 years, from entering Boys Serviice in 1970 (Dover) moving to Waterbeach, BAOR, then volunteering for 9 Sqn. By this time he had qualified for a clerical career. A tour in the Sqn was followed by a posting to 42 Survey where he set new targets for Battle Fitness. but not before having two pints of beer and two shorts, prior to leading the surveyors from the front.
Charlie then returned to the Sqn as a Cpl Clerk for his second tour, this followed another BAOR posting to 26 Eng Regt and later to 38 Regt prior to moving into civilian life.

Charlie will always be remembered as one of the few clerks who spent more time out of the office than in it. He loved the outdoor life and excelled at running, walking, boxing, skiing and sailing - oh yes, and drinking the odd pint!

He settled into civilian life with the same enthusiasm and carved out a career in the printing trade. and in his latter days as a self employed businessman within the executive car hire. Many of us will remember Charlie for his infectious enthusiasm and his dedication to the support of our Association (AEA). He various appointments, Association Vice Secretary, Welfare and Property Member. He also carried out for 5 years, the duties of Secretary of the Yorkshire Branch. As the Yorkshire Branch Chairman I was most grateful for his support and friendship. Throughout this period, his wife Lorraine was always very supportive of everything that Charlie dedicated himself to within the Association. We thank Lorraine for that support.

All who came in contact with him will miss Charlie. He will be remembered for his calm commonsense and tenacity in whatever he attempted to do. This coupled with his sense of fun and enthusiasm made him a shining light, he will be sadly missed by all.

 

 

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