Present and past cadets of 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron and South and East Midlands Wing paid their respects to Maurice Barratt.
Maurice suddenly passed away on 18th March 2014, at the age of 72. 1279 squadron and Royal Air Forces Association paraded their banner at the service held at Welby Lane Missions Church, Melton Mowbray. Representatives from South and East Midlands Wing, 1279 (Melton Mowbray), and 2502 (Hamilton) Squadrons attended the service.
Maurice Barratt became a cadet of 1279 in 1954 moving through the ranks and then becoming a civilian member of staff in 1966. Maurice became a Warrant Office in 1968 and continued to work with squadron as the probationer training officer. Maurice’s highlight of his career as a Warrant Office was showing HRH The Duke of Edinburgh around the squadron’s Link Trainer. This was on an Air Training Corps (ATC) display at the Upper School in Melton Mowbray in 1973. Maurice came out of uniform and moved back to being a civilian instructor in 1978. He continued working with cadet as a rifle instructor working with both the ATC and the Girls Venture Corps. He carried on his service till 2006 when he retired from the squadron staff team. Not staying away for long, he returned to help on the squadron committee till 2012. This concluded his 58 year history with 1279 as both cadet and staff, but his heart continued with the squadron always enquiring on how the squadron was doing.
Flt Lt Andy Faulkner Officer Commanding of 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron delivered the eulogy at the service, he shared his own memories of how Maurice had helped him achieve his marksman’s badges. He finished the eulogy saying “I can honestly say, during my 20 year’s involvement with the cadets, I have never met a character quite like Maurice. This world is the poorer place for his passing, but the next is ever richer, god bless you Maurice.”