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22nd June 2003The Death of John Radburn
By John Young
It is my sad duty to notify the contributors to this forum of one of our number - John Radburn.

John died last night in the intensive care unit of St. Bart's Hospital, London, having been transferred there after complications had set in following recent cancer treatment.

I sure you will all join me in expressing our sincere sympathies to his widow & family.

John Young.
22nd June 2003Ron Sheeley
John was a keen Zulu War enthusiast and a nice man. I'll always remember that rainy day a couple of years ago when John went out of his way to give several members of the AZWRS including myself a lift back to London from Farnborough Abbey where we had been visiting the French Imperial family crypt. My condolences to his widow and family. We will miss him.
22nd June 2003Peter Critchley
It's a great shame to hear of John's passing. I was fortunate enough to meet him at the recent Zulu War event at the National Army Museum. John was a lovely man with a great sense of humour - even though I met him only briefly, he left a real impression and I'm saddened by this news.

I have no doubt that this discussion forum and all those who knew him will greatly miss him.

22nd June 2003Alan Critchley
I wish to echo the sentiments expressed above. He was a great bloke. The world and the AZW enthusiasts are the poorer for his passing. My sympathies go to his widow and family.

22nd June 2003Glenn Wade
My condolences to John's widow and family. He was a very informative man.
23rd June 2003Peter Young
I too had the pleasure of meeting John, at the National Army Museum, and the RE museum at Chatham, a lovely friendly man.

Please pass my condolences to John's family if at all possible.

26th June 2003H.R.H Prince V.A. Shange, (via John Young)
It was with great sadness that I learnt this evening of the death of John Radburn, through the offices of my brother, John Young.

I had the good fortune to first make John's acquaintance at the Purfleet event nearly three years ago, and our paths were destined to cross several times over the following years.

It was John's ambition to visit my homeland of KwaZulu, but his illness robbed him of the chance earlier this year. Now his death means his wish remains unfulfilled in this mortal realm.

I extend my sincerest condolences to his wife and family.

Prince V.A. Shange
29th June 2003Peter Renny
John Radburn was a stalwart of the AZWRS. he was one of the nicest men you could ever meet, a gentleman and my friend and I will miss him greatly.

My hearfelt condolences to his wife, Beverley, and his children.

Peter Renny
4th July 2003Beverley Radburn
I would like to thank you all for your kind comments about John. It has been a great comfort to me to know that he was such a well liked man. He enjoyed this Forum and spent a lot of time on it, and im sure made many friends through it.
Once again thank you all very much. My special thanks to Peter Renny and John Young for all of their support during this difficult time.

Beverley, Charlotte, Quentin, and Amy