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RO(A) Barrie Knapp RFA(Retd), Crossed The Bar. Sitrep 1 (237)

Published on Friday, 05 January 2018 19:06 Hits: 768

Category: Crossed the Bar

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Sitrep 1, Funeral Arrangements

Sitrep 2, Remembrances.

It is with much sadness that I report that RO(A) Barrie Knapp (member 342) Crossed the Bar this morning (5 Jan 2018) aged 78.

Barrie's funeral will take place at 14:00 on 25th Jan 2018 at the Weston Mill Crematorium (HERE for their Website and HERE for a map) Old colleagues and shipmates will be very welcome to the service and to join Barrie's family for refreshments afterwards.

The arrangements for the funeral are being made by Morris Bros (Tavistock) Ltd, (HERE for their Website and HERE for a map).

Family flowers only by family request. Although the recipient Charity has yet to be decided charitable donations in lieu, if desired,  would be welcomed.

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to all his family,


Barrie Knapp seen here with Mike Austin.


If you have any remembrances of Barrie please email it to me at captain.pat@rfa-association.org.uk and I will post them on this page. I am also looking for photographs of Barrie for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, If you have one please email it to me.

Sitrep 2. Remembrances.

Colin Smith Writes :

So sad to hear of Barrie's passing. We sailed together on Appleleaf in 1984/85 whilst on gulf patrol. Barrie was the 1st R/O, with Jim McKee, also 1st R/O and myself as 2nd R/O. The photo is taken in the bar on New Year's Eve 1984 whilst we were in transit through the Red Sea prior to taking over from Bayleaf on 6th Jan. Also in the photo (left to right) are Andy 3rd Eng, Mike (Moorhouse?) 4th Eng, and to the right John 3rd Off.
Barrie and I Joined the ship in refit at Immingham, where it was having a new military and commercial radio installation fitted. Barrie's attention to detail and capacity to engage and get the best out of the contractors ensured that the everything was completed on time, and to such a high standard, that he received a letter of commendation from the then Electronics Superintendent, Ken Henderson MBE. Whatever the situation, and there were quite a few on that patrol, including a man overboard, being buzzed at close range by unannounced UAE jets, as well as HMS Nottingham completely losing her starboard bridge wing on completion of a drift/RAS, Barrie always remained calm and focussed, with no headless chickens anywhere in sight! Whilst on leave Barrie loved his golf, which he still played even after an operation to have his ankle fused, following his retirement. He loved his "Westies" (West Highland Terriers) and had a real passion and talent for constructing very elaborate water gardens. He also had a passion for speed and fast cars, which was not always apparent, given his gentle nature. Barrie was a true "Gent" with a great sense of humour, and will be sadly missed.
I last met up with Barrie a couple of years ago, and we kept in touch by email/letter, usually around this time of year. Barrie remained in contact and organised reunions of his old school - Tavistock School. After Barrie and his wife Lorna divorced he remained single although in later years he did have a companion, but she died a few years ago.