Airborne Engineers Association

David Mayne

 

 

David Mayne

David was born in Aldershot on the 3rd May 1937 the eldest of a family of four children.

He spent the first eight years of his childhood in India where his father was serving in the Army as an officer in the Medical Corps.

Returning to the United Kingdom to complete his education he eventually enlisted as an Army Boy Apprentice at Harrogate. Upon entering into man service he volunteered to serve with 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers. During which time he served in Suez being a member of 3 Troop who under Capt Jock Brazier and Sgt John Smith took part in the Airborne operational assault on El Gamel Airfield. David also saw operational service in Cyprus.

In 1957 David met Elsie in the Pavilion Dance Hall in Gillingham and they married in St Margaret's Church Rainham Kent on the 18th June 1960.
David and Elsie travelled quite extensively during their service life before retiring from the service in 1980 in the rank of WOI Clerk of Works M&E having completed 28 years service.

David then accepted an appointment with Brig Bob Wheatley's works group in the Oman where he remained with Elsie for several years.
They finally returned to the UK in 1996 and settled in Newington near Sittingbourne where David became an active member of the Chatham Branch AEA.

David passed away in Medway Hospital on 11th November 2004 and is survived by wife Elsie son Lawrence and daughter Jeanette.

The funeral took place on Friday 19'h November at Bobbing Crematorium with our branch Padre Bernard Foulger conducting the service. The branch members responded to Elsie's request for the best possible military send off.

David will be missed by all of his family and friends.

 

 

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