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July 26, 2017
Just received notification from HHQ that Alan Duxbury has passed away. Alan was of course our APTC SNCO in the late 60s early 70s.I can't recall when he became attached to 3DG but I seem to think he was in post when I transferred in while the Regiment was in Muenster in 1969 ish, my memory isn't what it was! Anyway, I remember Alan as a really genuine, kind and all round nice guy. He had a wonderful sense of humour, he could tell great anecdotes, he was ever helpful and he had absolutely no pretences, just a really pleasant, well grounded man. I remember walking past the gym one day with Big Jack Hughes when I was on the provost, Alan was trying out some potted sports activities for a Regimental day and he called us in to 'lend a hand for a second or two'. 45 minutes later, having been guinea pigs for all sorts of hopscotch, contortionist and other events we got back to face an irate Johnny Holden Provost Sgt!! Alan wasn't an easy man to say no to, he could get people to do almost anything. I met him again many years later when he was a Lt Col. Same unpretentious man, same sense of humour and genuinely pleased to see former comrades. It's another sad day, another sad loss. R.I.P. Alan you'll be greatly missed.
July 28, 2017
I remember Alan D well, from his coaching of our footy team - always enthusiastic, drove us hard, but it produced the goods for we had a great team who were fit as a fiddle. A really decent guy, could relate to anyone and always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye. With regards his arrival, I too cannot recall when, but think he was posted in when Gil Neill left for pastures new. Rest In Peace Alan, you can sit astride that "wooden horse in the sky" with pride. John (JKW)
July 30, 2017
I too remember Alan, I first met him in the gym, due to various jobs I had done before enlisting, I had a tremendously strong pair of legs, on the circuit training we used to do the military squats whilst having a barbell of 112 lbs across your shoulders, we had a little competition as to how many we could do, Alan stopped at 33, I went to stop at 35 he made me carry on until 49, then let me stop, saying quietly to me, you should have stopped at 30 and not been a clever clogs. I could only smile, another lesson learned on man management. A really great guy. RIP to you ALAN.
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