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Re: Tony Tolan

Tony Tolan. At Rest 7th July 2017.

I received the notice of Tony’s death in an e-mail today, (3rd August) from one of his children, unfortunately no information about his funeral was included in the message.

Tony served in the RAF and during his time in the Canal Zone, 1951-54, was with the 5355 Airfield Construction Wing and worked out of the RAF stations Kasfareet, Fayid, El Hamra, Abyad and Kabrit. He joined the SVA in August 2002 and I met him some time later when we both were interviewed by a reporter at the Derby Telegraph regarding the campaign for the Canal Zone Medal. We remained friends since then and until about twelve months ago he was a regular member at the Derby and District Branch of the SVA. When unable to attend meetings he very often sent either a raffle prize or a donation.

Tony became the Overseas Representative for the Association and did a lot of work on their behalf, sometimes doing over and above the normal requirements of a Rep, a lot of it out of his own pocket as he didn’t like claiming expenses, he was a very generous person. To repeat the remarks many will say, you will be missed.

Thank You Tony, you were a good friend. Rest in Peace in your final posting.
Richard Woolley.

Re: Tony Tolan

Inded very sad news. I have been expectating it for some weeks but like most, was hoping my expatations were false.
Tony has done so much for us, sending DVD's at his own expense and willingly helping us in any way he could. I shall miss him greatly myself, as will our Association, British veterans Newcastle and Hunter.
On one occasion I mentioned that we could not get UK poppies for Remembrance Day, in a very short time there was a packet arrive with plenty of UK poppies for us so we could wear them instead the Australian ones. These we wearon ANZAC Day.
RIP Tony. Taffy and British Vets Newcastle and Hunter.

Re: Tony Tolan

Tony T. He was a friend to us all, keeping us in touch and providing support and help in so many ways.
Farewell Old Soldier. Our thoughts and prayers are with his "Support Crew" Angie and all his family.
Jo and John Burn

Re: Tony Tolan

My condolences to his family, will miss his postings and crossing swords at times and meeting him twice at Alrewas, Farewell and God Bless Tony.

Rod Amey

Re: Tony Tolan

My apologies for only finding this website, and the sad news of Tony's death, over two months after his passing. Tony was a stalwart during the campaign for the Suez Medal and his efforts went on long after the medal was awarded. May he rest in peace. He will certainly be missed.

I have been looking for the Britain's Small Wars website's "The Forgotten Story", or something similar (I forget now what it was called) and had rather imagined that it no longer existed, so I find myself here and am not sure if it is indeed the same site it used to be? I came across it, circuitously, when trying to find out something more about "The Last Post" - the new TV series - having served in Aden at the British High Commission in 1967 it is obviously of interest to me. I expect you guys are watching it, even if you did not serve in Aden? Peter Moffat, the writer, was an Army brat (like me)!

This is just a casual pop-in by me, so I'll take the opportunity to say 'hi' and also 'bye' to you veterans. Keep up the good work Richard - clearly you are still going strong. Anne