This afternoon, along with many, many others, I attended a funeral Service for Alan Barnett, at St. Andrews Church, Frimley Green, at the end of which a trumpeter from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force played The Last Post and Reveille. A lovely service.
The brief synopsis of Alan’s life is taken from a much larger one written by his son Peter.
A former Mayor of Surrey Heath (1990-91) and Borough Councillor for 12 years representing his home village of Mytchett, Alan was a well-known and highly respected member of the local community.
He joined the RAF as a Halton apprentice in 1939 at 16 years old. From 1942-45 he served with 194 Squadron in India and Burma fighting the Japanese. He remained with the RAF for 30 years, including a period serving with the Queen’s Flight which took him across the world accompanying members of the Royal family.
He started his local Neighbourhood Watch; Chaired the Mytchett & Frimley Green Resident’s Association; President of the Mytchett Bowling Club and founder member of the Camberley Indoor Bowling Club; President of the Royal Air Force Association Camberley & District Branch; played an active roles in the Probus Club, Helping Hands, and voluntary work at Frimley Park Hospital.
He was awarded Freedom to the City of London in 1991.
A life rich in service to the community.