This website is for ex-brats of the 81st Entry to remain in contact with each other and to share their diverse life experiences, no matter where, when or how they also remains an open site for anyone else to visit.

The loss of any member of the 81st Entry diminishes us all.

The 81st Entry extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Maurice Frances Bambrick, airframes, who passed away on 12 May 2021.

"Three Men in a Boat":- Wal Butters,Tony Birchenough and Maurice.

Maurice's funeral took place at Mintlyn Crematorium, King's Lynn on Friday 4th June; the following is a copy of an obituary in the Lynn News :-

BAMBRICK Maurice Francis passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday 12th May 2021 aged 82 years. Beloved husband of Pam. Dearly loved dad of Philip and Susan and son-in-law Brian. Loving grandad to Bobby and Jasmine. A loving, caring family man and friend to so many. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. Funeral at Mintlyn Crematorium on Friday 4th June 2021:-

The whole content of our Journal, "The First & Last", has been made ready for donation to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford where it will be archived and, hopefully, used in the extended future to tell of the 81st Entry, its history and many of its members' life experiences, to those seeking such information. The current Covid lockdown has delayed my dispatching the large file to the IWM but once its staff have returned to their posts I will send it off. I also plan to approach the RAF Historic Branch to see if they too would like to archive the Journal; again it's the lockdown holding up that plan.

I will continue to maintain this website by placing any news etc., that anyone may like to send to me, on this Home Page, I will also continue with the Galleries and with the Feedback page should anyone want me to add anything there.

It has been a great pleasure, and a privilege, for me to have been able to edit this website for such a long time; it has undoubtedly been a success and my appreciation must accordingly be given to those of you who have contributed the many articles that have made up the "First & Last" - thank you one and all.

The loss of any member of the 81st Entry diminishes us all.

The 81st Entry extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Kenneth Wilfred (Ken) Williams, engine fitter, who passed away on 14 January 2021.


Ken's funeral took place at The Sherwood Forest Crematorium on Friday 12th February; the following is a copy of an obituary which had been published in the RAF News on 29th January:-

"WILLIAMS, Ken, Flight Sergeant (Ret'd) of Grantham, Lincolnshire, on January 14 at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, aged 81. Husband of Liz, father to Richard and Alun and grandfather of Victoria, James, Holly and Emma. Ken joined the RAF in 1955 when he was 16. He joined as an Aircraft Apprentice at RAF Halton (81st Entry). After passing-out in 1958, he had a long career during which time he serves at RAF Valley, RAF El Adem (1960), RAF Little Rissington (1962), RAF Seletar (1969), RAF Changi (1970), RAF Lyneham (1971), RAF Kemble (1975), RAFC Cranwell (1978), RAF Kinloss (1983) and RAF Sealand (1987). He retired in 1995 after 39 years' proud service. He will be sadly missed, but now at peace."

Group Photograph of our 2011 Reunion at The RAC, Cirencester.

2011 Reunion photograph

I'm leaving this photo of those of us who attended the 2011 reunion here on this page so that, as time flies by, memories can be re-kindled and faces put to names. It remains 'interactive', so click on this thumbnail (or the 'Enlarge...' message below) then place your cursor on a face and 'Hey Presto' up will come the name.Enlarge...

First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry - LATEST ISSUE

The Journal of the 81st Entry

A Journal for the 81st Entry of RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentices.

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