Sad news

#1
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.

RIP Sir
 
#4
R.I.P. Sir

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.
Taken from The Northern Echo
 
#8
Very sad news. He was a real character. RIP, Sir.
 
#9
RIP Archie, Sir.

A genuine legend throughout the Corps.

I am saddened by this news.
 
#10
Like everyone else, I find this news very sad. 'Archie' was the Inspecting Officer at my pass of at Ouston in 1983 (Kohima Troop). He was a real character and I doubt we will ever see his likes again.

A heartfelt RIP, Sir.
 
#11
When i was a Staff car driver in Blandford many moons ago i used to pick him up from Salisbury train Staition quite frequent. He really was a true gent. Always wanted to sit in the front for a chat rather than in the back. He once said to me he was convinced that all Staff cars came with broken radios as when he got in they were never on.


Really sad as the man was a legend in our Corps.

RIP Archie
 
#12
This man was unique; he had the inherent quality of being able to talk to rather than talk at soldiers. The mould was most certainly broken after him. I consider myself exceedingly lucky and privileged to have known him personally. He will be sorely missed.

My sincere condolences to Sylvia and the family.

RIP Sir.
 
#15
Yes, very sad news indeed.
I never had the priviledge to meet the man people refer to as 'Archie'.
I was serving in Blandford whilst he was the SOinC and saw him cutting around in his Staff Car a few times.
Seems like he was a lovely man and a good General to boot, not that common I would imagine!
RIP Sir
 
#16
I met Maj Gen Birtwistle a couple of times - I even got mullered in the mess with him once. A nice bloke, a gentleman.
 
#17
Only have to "see above" to understand what an impression Archie made on so many careers/lives.

Great loss.... a heartfelt RIP!
 
#19
Ah - swilly billy, I remember him well, a gentleman and a true solder; one of the very few Corps officers who earned the respect of all who met or knew him

RIP Sir
 
#20
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