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HMS Ark Royal

Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier

HMS Ark Royal at sunset

HMS Ark Royal Crest

In Memoriam

On this page we remember former Ark Royal shipmates that are no longer with us. Listed below are our former colleagues known to have "crossed the bar". This is not a definitive list so if you are aware of a former Ark Royal shipmate that has passed, please let us know by emailing and we will include them on this page. Please give us much detail as possible, such as date of passing, approximate dates served on Ark, rank/rate when on Ark and perhaps a photo. Also drop us a line if you can add more information or provide photos for those already listed.

 

 

  Name Rank/Rate on Ark Dates served on Ark (approx) Department Date of Passing More Information
Tom Adams USN Thomas Adams Lieutenant (USN) 2003 849 Squadron 22nd March 2003 Died in a collision of two Sea King Mk 7 AEW helicopters from Ark Royal over northern Arabian Gulf.
Darren Burton Darren Burton MEM 2000-2003 Marine Engineering 29th October 2005 Died in a road traffic accident in the Falkland Islands while serving on HMS Dumbarton Castle.
Steve Chick Steve Chick Lt Commander 1993-1994 Warfare 9th January 2016 Steve commanded HMS Illustrious from 2007-2009.
  Barry Cooney MEM(M) 1987-1988 Marine Engineering 9th March 1988 Died during Ark Royal's visit to Hamburg.
Emma Douglas Emma Douglas Lieutenant 2002-2003 Marine Engineering 3rd October 2004 Died onboard HMS Cornwall.
  Vincent "Bob" Foster CCMEA(M) 1987-1989 Marine Engineering 3rd June 2015  
Philip Green Philip Green Lieutenant 2002-2003 849 Squadron 22nd March 2003 Died in a collision of two Sea King Mk 7 AEW helicopters from Ark Royal over northern Arabian Gulf.
  Gareth James AEM(M) 1991 Air Engineering 16th September 1991 Collapsed on the flight deck while the ship was at sea, died later in hospital.
  Charles Kerr CPOMEA 1992 Marine Engineering 12th February 1992  
Antony King Antony King Lieutenant 2002-2003 849 Squadron 22nd March 2003 Died in a collision of two Sea King Mk 7 AEW helicopters from Ark Royal over northern Arabian Gulf.
Colin Laker Colin "Freddie" Laker CPOMEA(L) 1985-1988 Marine Engineering 25th October 2012  
Marc Lawrence Marc Lawrence Lieutenant 2002-2003 849 Squadron 22nd March 2003 Died in a collision of two Sea King Mk 7 AEW helicopters from Ark Royal over northern Arabian Gulf.
Lt Jack London Martin "Jack" London Lieutenant 1988-1990 801 Squadron 5th December 2002 Died when his harrier crashed during a routine training mission from RAF Wittering.
  Allen "Ginge" Marsden Petty Officer 1992-1993 Ops Dept. 25th May 1993 Died in a boats accident on Ark Royal off the coast of Corfu.
  John McGreevy LAEM 1986   24th July 1986 Died in a road accident whilst on station leave from Ark Royal in Florida.
Peter Peers Peter Peers MEM(M)1 1991 Marine Engineering 21st May 1991 Died in a road accident whilst on leave. 
Martin Price Martin "Pricky" Price

AB(R)

LS(R)

1985 - 1988

1992 - 1993

Ops Dept. 14th July 2014  
  David Stark LAEM(M) 1986   24th July 1986 Died in a road accident whilst on station leave from Ark Royal in Florida.
Andy Vears Andrew Vears

LMEM(L)

POMEM(L)

1985-1987 Marine Engineering 15th January 2014  
  Wayne Vermeer Naval Airman(AH) 2001-2003 Air Dept. 29th March 2003 Died in a road accident near Yeovilton shortly after leaving Ark Royal.
  David West LSA 1985-1986   24th July 1986 Died in a road accident whilst on station leave from Ark Royal in Florida.
Philip West Philip "Stretch" West Lieutenant 2002-2003 849 Squadron 22nd March 2003 Died in a collision of two Sea King Mk 7 AEW helicopters from Ark Royal over northern Arabian Gulf.
James Williams James Williams Lieutenant 2003 849 Squadron 22nd March 2003 Died in a collision of two Sea King Mk 7 AEW helicopters from Ark Royal over northern Arabian Gulf.
Andrew Wilson Andrew Wilson Lieutenant 2001-2003 849 Squadron 22nd March 2003 Died in a collision of two Sea King Mk 7 AEW helicopters from Ark Royal over northern Arabian Gulf.
 David "Doug" Wylie David "Doug" Wylie CPOPT 2000-2002 Executive 27th July 2015