June 27, 2022

Derek Tye – ex-Suffolk Regiment

Rest in Peace

By Margaret Sheard….

Minden Day 2012
Derek at Minden Day in 2012

I write from time to time about the Suffolk Regiment – the time in Cyprus of “C” Company in the late 1950’s, re-uniting old army friends and the “old boys” reunions, so I feel sad writing this as it is about the death of one of the “lads”.

Derek Tye, an old comrade from “C” Company sadly passed away last week as a result of a heart attack.   His daughter, Julie Sills, has contacted Chris Black Veness, one of the “reunion” members, and he and his partner, Rosie, have designed and made a lovely condolence card to send from the Suffolk Regiment so they will all be represented at the funeral, as it is unlikely many will be able to attend at short notice.  Derek Chilvers has included a message on the card as well.

The funeral is on Friday 8th May at The City of London Cemetery, Manor Park at 10.45am.

Chris Veness has suggested that if there are any old comrades of Derek who have any photographs of him, they might like to email them to his daughter – Julie Sills at  jstwizzle@googlemail.com

Graham Spinks (Spike) of the Suffolk Regiment has kindly sent some photos of Derek, one taken at Minden Day in 2012 and the other two are of their army days, which are shown below.

The left hand side photo shows left to right – 2nd Lieutenant Mike Orr, Derek Tye, Graham Spinks (Spike) and on the right Webb (Fen Tiger) who the lads would still like to make contact with, he was from Outwell or Upwell in Cambridgeshire. Spike says this was taken during one of their ambush stake-outs, they had been awake all night and were tired and hungry so not looking happy or at their best

The right hand side photo shows Derek in the foreground and gives an idea of the amount of kit the lads had to carry into the hills, mountains and forests of Cyprus. It is thought this could have been the Adelphi Forest range.

A sad occasion but so nice that ex-servicemen from all those years ago still keep in touch where and when they can, this sort of camaraderie has unfortunately been virtually lost in time.

For Derek Tye – Rest in Peace

 Condolemce card

2 thoughts on “Suffolk Regiment – Derek Tye RIP

  1. Well done everyone involved and remember we are one big family and what touches you effects us all.

  2. My condolences to Julie Sills and family . Derek Tye and other lads contributed tirelessly to try keep the peace in Cyprus at the most difficult times of the island in the 50s may he RIP.

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