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Bill Woodcock

Post by jc » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:50 am

It is with great sadness that I have to inform all Hawks of the death of Bill who died suddenly last Night. Bill was a great bloke and friend who was regiment through and through and will be very sadly missed by all. I will post more details when I get them.


Post by Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:30 pm

Stunned absolutley Stunned What a loss to our ranks Served in his troop in B.Sqn and in D.Sqn when he was SQMS I will miss him my condolences to his loved ones.

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Post by Sam » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:49 pm

Bill was one of the greatest men I met whilst serving with the Regt and he will be missed by all who knew him.

The Regt in the sky is getting ever bigger.

My thoughts and with his family at this time

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Post by sarah » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:53 pm

Bill was a loving and funny man will be sadly missed by all. Our love goes out to his loved ones.

Grier and Sarah

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Post by John Coleman » Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:23 pm

Bill Woodcock

A great, hard, fair & very funny man.

Stitches, Dave Lesley, Carl Smith & myself spoke to him at the regimental reunion at Tidworth a couple of weeks ago.

It’s a tragic loss he will be dearly missed.

My condolences to his loved ones.

God bless you Bill

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Post by Bob_H » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:17 pm

I'm devastated - I know Bill was planning on attending the Cyprus Reunion.

One of the great, great characters and this sudden news brings me great sadness.

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Post by Brian Hunter » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:58 pm

I am shocked - my deepest condolences to all his family he will be sadly missed

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Post by Jim Bond » Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:23 am

Words fail me, I have just finished speaking to his son, gutted does not cover it. What a bloke, what a mate he will never be forgotten.

Our deepest condolences to all his family.

Jim and Judi Bond

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Post by Jim Bond » Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:28 am

Willie Wilson had asked to post this for him as he is currently away on holiday.

Both Jane and I shocked at this awful news he was a great guy and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time time.

Will and Jane Wilson

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Post by rick aindow » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:08 am

So sad to hear of Billy's passing, condolences to his family


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Post by Johnny Morris » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:09 am

Like all of us I am stunned at this news,

I will never forget that dry sense of humour of his, his ability to make me laugh.
His advice to me as a young sgt's mess member all those years ago and just the sheer pleasure of being around the man.

I was fortunate enough to serve with him for years in several different places and squadrons.

I shall truly miss him

My condolences to all his family and friends, the world is a less brighter place today without him.

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Post by John Clements » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:34 am

this has come as a great shock to me he was one of the best, rest in peace bill, and god bless your family

john & olive.

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Post by Mac McNulty » Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:03 pm

My condolence to Bill's family on this sad news, a great bloke with a sense of humour always to match the occasion.

I did one exercise with Bill acting as Troop Ldr a good exercise with no grief just fun.

My one abiding memory of Bill was in Herford when he was the Provo Sgt.

As a young Soldier on Guard mounting being inspected by the Orderly Officer who was a Air Corp Lt who had just joined the Regiment, with Bill stood outside the Guardroom watching the proceedings the Orderly Officer pipes up "Provo Sgt these men have all got different Shirts on" and Bill drawls back "You're lucky they have got shirts on ...... Sir.

End of an era!!


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Post by Arnie » Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:18 pm

To coin a current 'in' phrase "SHOCK" that he has gone and "AWE" that he was such a great guy.
To achieve what he did after such a slow start in the Regiment was fantastic.
The saying "you can't hold a good man down" epitomises Scouse Woodcock. He should have retired at the same time as myself but had to serve out a further 200 odd days spent as a 'guest' of HM establishment in Colchester.
Funny, even in the most difficult of times, hard, yes and how! Loyal, kind, generous - he was them all.
Characters like him are hard to come by and difficult to replace. Yes he will be sorely missed.
Goodbye old friend.
A very saddened Arnie

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Post by 27 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:19 pm

Very shocked to hear of Billy's passing served with him on a few occasions like Mac by best memory of him was Northern Ireland training down in Sennelager. Deepest condolences to his family at this sad time for them.


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