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SITREP 3, Details of the Memorial Service to be held for Peter. Follow the Link HERE from the main page.

It is with much sadness that I report this recently received news from Mike Ainley
Pat, It is with great sadness I write with the news of the passing of Peter Hill, Chief Officer RFA Ret’d. he was 69.
After a long battle with cancer he peacefully passed away this week in the hospice in Canterbury on Tuesday evening.
Peter was the CTO of the 1973 RFA Olmeda CTU and was a great friend, teacher and mentor to all of us, he will be greatly missed.
The photos are of Peter with the CTU in 1973 and then again more recently at the 40th anniversary dinner in London.
Sympathy and Condolences to Pippa and the family from all the CTU and their families

Peter’s funeral will be private and held at All Saint’s Church, Stanford, Ashford Kent (HERE for the website and HERE for a map) on Saturday 7 February. Family flowers only. but donations in lieu and if desired should be made to the Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury (Here for the website and HERE for a map).
On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our most sincere condolences to his widow Pippa and James, Jonathan and Harriett.
It is intended to hold a memorial service for Peter in due course, watch this page for the sitrep, see below.

Sitrep 3

Mike Ainley reports :- Pippa Hill has sent me the details as they will be going in to the Times and Telegraph on Friday.

“HILL Peter Ferris died peacefully on 3 February 2015 aged 69. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Philippa, his children, Harriet, James and Jonathan, and grandchildren Tristan, Sebastian, Jonathan and Olivia. A service to celebrate his life will take place at All Saints Church, Stanford, Kent on 14 March at 2.30pm. Donations if wished to Pilgrims Hospice c/o Co-operative Funeral Care, Canterbury CT1 1BU.”
Links to the Church etc. can be found above.

If anybody has any remembrances of Peter please email me at and I will add them to this page.
Tony Pitt writes:-

“I sailed with Peter when we took Sir Percivale to the Falkland Islands to assist in regaining same.  During this period, which was very testing, he proved to be very efficient, able to adapt to an ever changing situation and a tower of strength to the ship’s company and embarked force.  He was instrumental in the success Percy experienced during the campaign.  During one period of transition, from housing POWs from Goose Green, in San Carlos, to loading ammunition and equipment for the first resupply run to Teal Inlet, his efforts were appreciated by all.  For his exceptional conduct he was “Mentioned in Dispatches”.  Since ’82 we have held a Reunion Dinner, every five years, at Marchwood, our port of departure, and I’m sure all his shipmates who attend will be saddened by his passing and wish to offer their condolences to Pippa and his family

Tony Pitt”