WARRANT OFFICER (ATC) ALAN BERNARD CHILDS
Alan Bernard Childs, Warrant Officer with 138 (1st Nottingham) Squadron, died suddenly on the 26th July 2011 whilst on Summer Camp with cadets at Royal Air Force Odiham.
Alan joined the 138 Squadron as a civilian instructor in 1999 soon taking up a uniform role as Warrant Officer in November of that year. Alan was no stranger to uniformed service having spent six years as a Supplier in the Royal Air Force from 1969 to 1975. His entire service in the RAF was spent at RAF Lyneham and Alan left service as a Senior Aircraftsman.
After a couple of years in “Civvi Street” Alan returned to uniformed service by joining the South Notts Hussars, a Territorial Army (TA) Regiment. Alan became Signals Sergeant then Battery Guide and Regimental Guide before moving to 100 Regiment Field Artillery as Regimental Provost Sergeant. Alan spent a total of 21 years in the TA gaining his TA Long Service Medal.
Summer Camps with the cadets was one of the highlights of Alan’s year and he was always on hand to offer the benefit of his vast experience. He was an integral part of The Battle of Britain and Albert Ball parades in Nottingham where he looked after the various Veteran Organisations and their banner parties.
The Air Training Corps and 138 squadron in particular, played a major role in Alan’s life and his enthusiasm and feelings for the Corps were obvious to see.
In 2004, Alan was viciously attacked and stabbed whilst out walking locally. Alan never fully recovered and was unable to work afterwards.
He is going to be sadly missed by the Staff, cadets and civilian committee of 138 Squadron as well as his many friends and colleagues in South and East Midlands Wing.
Alan leaves a wife, Gleny’s, and a son from a former marriage.