Memorial to cancer victim who loved RAF

Cpl David Jones from RAF Leeing is remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum. (S)
Cpl David Jones from RAF Leeing is remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum. (S)
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Royal Air Force signallers based at RAF Leeming have honoured their departed colleague with a special service of remembrance at the National Memorial Aboretum in Staffordshire.

Family, friends and colleagues stood in silent remembrance as the name of Corporal David Jones, who died in August last year aged 31, was unveiled on 90 Signal Unit’s Memorial.

Cpl Jones, known as Davey by many of his friends and family, died just five months after being diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. The aerial erector left a wife Sarah, who is a serving Army Sergeant, and children Harry and Luke, now aged three and 16 months. Sarah attended the service along with David’s parents, Brian and Doris, and his sister Bethan. All said they were touched that David was being honoured by the Royal Air Force which had meant so much to him.

Sarah said: “He was very proud of serving, we both are.”

Brian added: “He would have loved this, the Air Force was his life. We were very proud of him.”