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billy 18-11-19 08:06 PM

Sad news please pass on my condolences to his Family also, R.I.P.

KLR 18-11-19 08:09 PM

I first met him at the National Archives a few years ago - busy looking up badge records! We swapped details over the years and he and Helen came to visit me at the museum. I know he liked Australia but that meant that his many friends in the UK didn't see him as much as we used to do.
My deepest condolences to Helen and his son.

Fatboy Ken 18-11-19 08:30 PM

Hiya guys,

Firstly can i say "Thank you" for letting us all know.

So very sorry to hear this news.
Please pass on my condolences to Stephens family and friends.

RIP buddy

Ken (The Fatboy)

Luke H 18-11-19 10:07 PM

Very sad news indeed. Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Fatherofthree 18-11-19 10:43 PM

Very sad news.

A Top Bloke, knew him reasonably well, both coming from the same background.

I knew he was ill, but didn't realise just how bad. In fact on the last occasion we met he informed me how his illness was taking over and affecting his life, but that he would try and fight it and continue to enjoy his hobby.

We shared an interest in The Essex Regiment and I took him to the museum on a couple of occasions to chat with Keith and Ian there.

He was certainly a proficient researcher and historian of many things military.

If anybody is passing on sentiments and messages to the family, please offer my sympathy to Helen.



dubaiguy 18-11-19 10:48 PM

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I'm very sorry to hear this.

For some reason, I kept this photo, so I could put a face to some of the prolific posters on the forum. I think it was posted by Fat Boy Ken some 8 or 9 years ago. Stephen is on the left I think.


Expat Yeoman 19-11-19 02:09 AM

That is very sad news. We corresponded but never got to meet when both in the UK and I had hoped to remedy that with us both now in Australia. He was incredibly knowledgeable and always happy to share his research and interests and a great help to me on all things East Anglian.

My condolences to all his family.


hagwalther 19-11-19 02:21 AM

Sad news from Australia.

I first met 'Badjez' back in 2012 when I was researching anodised aluminium cap badges in the UK. We met at the local railway station and he took me to his house on the outskirts of Luton. He had, if I remember, a quite small collection compared to many but what he had was always top quality with many rare pieces.

We kept in touch over various forms of documentation and the odd "rare 'un" that occasionally came our ways.

Unfortunately, Stephen's health deteriorated over the years to the most debilitating condition when communication was only possible via his keyboard having lost even his power of speech. A most distressing way to see ones days out. However, Stephen always retained his sense of humour and took a positive approach to his condition. 'Black humour' was always to the front and while I should have known better he did make me laugh on many occasions regarding his predicament.

A special note must be made to Helen who nursed him at home for many years caring for all of Stephen's needs. There is nothing more noble than caring for the sick and Helen is to be remembered and admired for her long and continued devotion to our former forum member.

Chris Marsh

New Zealand

Flatdog 19-11-19 04:29 AM

Godspeed my dear friend,

Heartfelt condolences to Family.


Marcus H 19-11-19 08:38 AM

This is terribly sad news.

My most sincere condolences to Stephen’s family and friends.


norfolk regt man 19-11-19 08:45 AM

Such a shame, he was a bit of a corner stone for me and my collecting interests, as we both liked the same stuff.Got to meet him here at Norwich a couple of times, but he never let on that he was ill.

Will miss his wants emails.

oc14 19-11-19 09:00 AM

Very sad news indeed, met him several times at MHS meetings in Derby and also at Bedford Arms fair, a really nice guy and an enthusiastic collector who was always willing to share his knowledge with others.

Like others I didn't know that he was ill. Another good one gone too soon, a sad loss for his family and the hobby.


11th Armoured 19-11-19 09:07 AM

Very sad news - condolences to those near & dear to him, RIP

Toby Purcell 19-11-19 11:12 AM

Saddened to learn of the passing of Badgez, I always looked out for his posts. Sympathy to his family.

Alex Rice 19-11-19 11:57 AM

That's very bad news, sorry to hear that. Condolences to all his friends and family.

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