Just seen on the RSA website that the former SOinC, Maj Gen Birtwistle, known by all corps members as Archie has passed away. I only met him once but was hugely impressed, and not just because I was supposed to be.
BIRTWISTLE Archibald Cull (Archie) Major General (Retd) CB CBE DL; Passed away peacefully on 18th March 2009, aged 81 years. Loving husband of Sylvia devoted father of Mark, Robin and Fiona and much loved grandfather. Will be greatly missed by family and friends. Funeral service will take place on 27th March at All Saints Church, Northallerton at 2 p.m. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date. Family flowers only, charitable donations to The Alzheimer's Society or The Army Benevolent Fund via funeral directors Wilson, Willoughby and Wetherills, 223 High Street, Northallerton DL7 8LU.