As a member of the Yeovilton ceremonial guard at the time of this distinguished officer's demise, I was closely involved in the funeral arrangements.
I was an eighteen year old electrical mechanic(air) belonging to Heron Flight. The station guard committment was a part time activity with all departments providing a small number of junior rates for a fixed period of several weeks.
The guard had several rehearsals for the funeral,where we learned new rifle movements.
On the day, I was detailed to act as a bearer. I had never been to a funeral at that stage of my life and was ill prepared for the emotional effects of being in such close proximity to a bereaved family in their darkest moments.I did manage not to show any outward signs, but it took all the professionalism I could muster."
(declared August 2009)
Mick Fieldhouse left behind a young wife Betty and mother of three daughters.
Jacqueline aged 10 , Sally aged 4 ,and Zoe aged 18 months.