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The sad passing of WOII David Larwood PO15644

25/10/2020 - Date passed away

It is with deep sadness that the family of David John Larwood announce the news of his passing.

David was born 12th January 1937 in Plaistow and at age 18, joined the Royal Marines on 2nd May 1955. On completion of training at ITCRM, David joined his first ship, HMS KENYA, and served onboard from 31st October 1955 until 4th April 1957. Whilst onboard, David was one of 45 crew members who cycled 1,105 miles over 25 days from Cape Town to Durban, each rider carrying a 50lb pack. After postings to Victory and Eastney Barracks, David met his future wife, Margaret Ann Jeffery on the bus to Elm Grove in Portsmouth whilst attending the Portsmouth College of Art as part of his training to join the Printers’ Branch. They married in July 1958 and in December of the same year David was posted to HMS TYNE until March 1959.

In January 1961 David qualified as a Printer and in this specialisation he rose through the ranks ending his 22 years as WOII. In 1964, David, took his wife Margaret and their two children, Andrew and Caroline aboard the RMS Edinburgh Castle to take them to his new posting to HMS AFRIKANDER the RN establishment in Simonstown. David was in charge of the small RM detachment there and the family speak fondly of their great adventure, living in South Africa. On their return to the United Kingdom David based the family in Portsmouth and spent much of his time as a SNCO and Warrant Officer working at the Portsmouth Dockyard, HMS WARRIOR and at RMB Eastney.

His last two years of service were spent at Eastney and on leaving the Corps in 1977 as WOII he took on the tenancy at the RMA Tavern opposite the Barrack gates. He and Margaret turned the RMA Tavern into a thriving business with a large and loyal customer base. The long hours involved in running a popular pub came to an end in 1991 when David and Margaret retired to their Southsea home.

David will be greatly missed by his widow Margaret, son Andrew, daughter Caroline, and their families.

The funeral will be held at 1:45pm at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant on Wednesday 25th November. Covid-19 restriction mean that there will be family attendance only.

No flowers but donations can be made to The Rowans Hospice via www.funeralcare.co.uk


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