Brian Guy has passed away

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by Dave55, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Sad news, but Sapper/Brian was a good man to act as a latter-day spokesman for his comrades (and, indeed, his generation). May he rest in peace.

    I was reading through his, Tom Canning's, Joe Brown's and Ron Goldstein's posts with great interest long before I ever registered here. My thanks for all they have done, back then and since.
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  2. kopite

    kopite Member

    Sad news. I always enjoyed reading his posts.

    RIP Brian Guy (Sapper)
  3. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    RIP Brian Guy (Sapper)
    His name has now been added to the Roll of Honour as someone who contributed much to this forum. Forum Roll of Honour
    We offer our sincere condolences to his family
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  4. Reid

    Reid Historian & Architectural Photographer

    My condolences to Brian's family and friends.

    :poppy: RIP "Sapper" :poppy:
  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    RIP Brian ‘sapper’ Guy. :poppy:

    You were very friendly towards me when I first joined the forum and remained so. Always a gentleman.

    It is sad that you felt you had to discontinue contributing to the forum after 2 January 2016. You were missed.
  6. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Rest in Peace Sapper
  7. Derek Barton

    Derek Barton Senior Member

    RIP Brian, condolences to his family - the few get fewer
  8. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Sapper Brian was one of those individuals who could recount the horrors and aftermath of war.When he thought he should counter comment on here,he did.

    Despite his serious injuries he was able to earn a living, involved within the technology at the Winfrith nuclear reactor research establishment.I remember one or two posts where he paid tribute to the surgeon who operated on him and made his life so much better after being seriously wounded.

    I noted of recent that his posts had fallen off as like everyone we cannot escape from the passage of time.

    A sad passing of another veteran who served his country well.....condolences to James and his family
  9. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Harry et al

    Brian, along with quite a few of his contemporaries, could, at times, be considered bloody awkward (as could yours truly) but no one could ever say his poetry was not brilliant.

    I felt I could not let him go without reminding us all of this example.


    June. 1944/2004
    What follows is dedicated to all those young men that never came home.
    I am Sapper Guy lately of 246 Field Company Royal Engineers. An Assaulting unit of the Third British Infantry Division; Monty’s Ironsides.
    From the Fields of Normandy I bring back many memories.
    Beneath them. I leave many friends, For they are; Les Fleurs de Normandie. The Flowers of Normandy

    Les Fleurs de Normandie.

    On Norman soil, they fought and died.
    Now young men's graves in rows abound.
    In Mother Earth's arms, now sanctified,
    The fragrant flowers of our youth are found.

    And yet, to rise again, as in a distant song.
    Small voices that call, in dead of night.
    Fleeting figures only in our dreams belong.
    Alas, they fade, in dawn's bright light.

    I see them yet, a sad, forgotten throng.
    Shadowed, lost faces, marching on.
    Over dusty roads, and high golden corn.
    The call of long lost friends are borne.

    We must not forget, the flowers of our days,
    Lest they lay unquiet, in numbered graves.
    For we lived, and loved, and life was sweet.
    Still yet, for us, awaits our last retreat.

    Flowers of our youth, now long since past.
    Our sweet autumn days are fading fast.
    We, who are left, flowered in our prime.
    Enjoyed golden moments, on borrowed time.

    Remember our friends, who passed this way.
    For all our tomorrow's, they gave their today's,
    On Utah and Omaha, Juno, Sword and Gold.
    Oh! Dear Lord! See that they grow not old.
    Sapper Brian Guy.

    sapper, Mar 26, 2005
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  10. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Mr. Guy was top of the line and earned my respect early on.

    Regards to his family.
  11. Old Git

    Old Git Harmless Curmudgeon

    I'm out of the country at the minute and have just caught-up with this news on a Sapper page on Facebook. I am heartbroken at the news, Brian was such a interesting, fascinating and vital person and he enriched everywhere he laid his hat. His stories and his memoirs are such a great source of information and I for one will truly miss him. I had noticed that he had disappeared from Facebook round about the time he was trying to get Sheila into a care home where dhe could get the proper care for her vascular dementia. I had asumed he went with her which is why he went quiet. I do hope Sheila is being well cared for and I hope that Brian's family are finding some solace and strength in each other. Is there any information yet on the funeral arrangements?
  12. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    RIP Brian
  13. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    RIP Brian.
    My condolences to the family.

  14. Sandra Doran

    Sandra Doran Well-Known Member

    My thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends. R.I.P Brian
  15. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake All over the place.... Patron

    Please accept my condolences. I spoke to him once when he politely declined an invitation to speak at an event. A charming and intelligence man who seems to have done much with his life despite his war wounds.
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  16. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    It wasn’t his age that stopped him posting, Harry, it was the piss taking by certain other members of the forum that led him to the decision to cease his contributions. They know who they are and you won’t find them posting on this thread; unless they are brazen.

    Brian was big enough not to make an issue of it.

    The world is a lesser place without people like him...
  17. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Brian/Sapper RIP
    To members of his family and friends please accept my heartfelt condolances for their very sad loss
  18. Sapper D.

    Sapper D. Member


    I loved reading his posts and book. A very kind, polite and brave man.
  19. mcan

    mcan Active Member

    RIP Brian :poppy:

    My condolences to family and friends
  20. nicks

    nicks Very Senior Member

    My condolences to family and friends.

    Rest in peace, Brian.

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