The silver grey Landrover hearse Seventeen HSF veterans from Clive’s Company
IT IS WITH GREAT REGRET
THAT WE MOURN THE PASSING OF
LATE OF THE CORPS OF ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
E COMPANY, THE 6TH (VOLUNTEER) BATTALION, THE ROYAL ANGLIAN REGIMENT,
FORMER CHAIRMAN OF HIS COMPANY’S LOCAL HSF VETERANS ASSOCIATION,
AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE WORKING PARTY WHICH BROUGHT ABOUT
THE HOME SERVICE FORCE GROVE
AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM, ALREWAS, STAFFORDSHIRE.
THE GROVE WAS CLIVE’S IDEA.
The Funeral was held on Friday 24th May at 12 noon.
and he lies close to his late wife at North Watford Cemetery,
North Western Avenue , Garston, Watford, Herts, WD25 0AW
Clive leaves a son, living in the Colchester area, and a married daughter living in New South Wales, Australia.
The Home Service Force Association thanks Clive’s family and close friends for their extremely kind hospitality,
and extends a welcome to future gatherings and to the HSF Grove at The National Memorial Arboretum.
Born in 1939 in India, Clive was the son of an army major, and World War Two had an strong effect upon his early childhood in the south of England.
He later joined the REME with early training at Arborfield, becoming an Optics Technician, rising to Sergeant.
Clive served with one of the pilot HSF Companies, raised in 1982, under the late Major John Dixie Churchill,
before it became E (HSF) Company 6th (Volunteer) Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.
In 1985 the HSF expanded officially, and part of the Company split off to form F Company.
E Company eventually had four Platoons: two in Bedford, one in Cambridge, with a detached Section at Wisbech,
and a fourth raised later, by Major John Standring (2nd and last OC), in Bury St Edmunds
from a group of senior and influential Royal Anglian veterans with nothing better to do.
Thus the great reputation of the HSF, of resourcefulness, resolution, and intrepid rule-bending spread
through Great Britain at that time.
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I would like to thank all my fathers comrades and friends for attending the funeral and making it so special for me and my family. It truly was an emotional day and the respect and love that came from you all was overwhelming. He would truly have been proud of the send of we gave him. Thanks you again so so much. I look forward to keeping in touch with you all and will try to atend some events on my dads behalf. Thank you all again.
Cedric Swatton – Clive’s son
Cedric, thank you so much for this tribute, which will be read by HSF Veterans all over England, Scotland and Wales, and also the family members of other Absent Friends. We will remember Clive Swatton when we visit the Home Service Force Grove at The National Arboreteum at Alrewas, near Lichfield Staffordshire and also at The National Armed Forces Day celebrations at Nottingham
, on Saturday 29th June 2013, where the HSFA plans to have a Stand to demonstrate the history of the HSF in Great Britain between 1982 and 1992 and the HSF Veterans’ Units, like your father’s, which celebrate the camaraderie created during that time. You and your family are most welcome. Paul Hallett
I can’t find the words to describe how I knew Clive, all I can say is :- Thanks for being my friend!!
Very kind words Dave, he thought a lot about his friends and he lived for the away days with the lads.