News


The News section is for items that come up in our ongoing research. The last few years have been quite eventful: we've sadly lost more of the lads but are delighted at finding one veteran still alive and kicking and many new veterans' families.

Some news items go back a while as we catch up with ourselves, and many of those items below are not yet fleshed out, so thank you for your patience while we poke around the archives, find relevant images, interrogate the relatives for more details and look up other sources to write up the articles properly: we just want to give some idea meanwhile of what's always going on in the background (OK, there is a bit of a backlog!).

Meanwhile, although our top news items for the start of 2012 were finding Trooper Fred Trotter and gaining two (now three) eminent Patrons, here's a magnificent 2006 photo by Friend of PPA Sam Watson, who has worked in Egypt for many years...

View of The Fayoum in Egypt, showing why we at foPPA like the desert so much
View of The Fayoum in Egypt, showing why we at foPPA like the desert so much (See Image Credits)

foPPA's third Patron appointed
We are delighted to announce that Anne Peniakoff, Popski's younger daughter, has kindly agreed to act as a Patron of the Friends of Popski's Private Army ...
 
1 August 2013 ~ read more...
Trooper James Blythe's family found
[This is a temporary headline placeholder only, while the full story is being prepared from additional research material and images in the foPPA Archives - Secretary].
 
30 Aug 2012 ~ read more...
5122902 Lance Corporal Ron Jewell 1923-2012
Lance Corporal Ron Jewell was probably the last survivor of the 8 Welsh members of PPA, born and bred a Swansea lad. He died in hospital, aged 89, on 7 April 2012 after suddenly...
 
11 Jun 2012 ~ read more...
Trooper Robert Needham's family found
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20 Feb 2012 ~ read more...
Sergeant Dave Porter's family found
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8 Feb 2012 ~ read more...
Lieutenant Ian Hoar's family found
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5 Jan 2012 ~ read more...
Trooper Fred Trotter found, still going strong
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31 Dec 2011 ~ read more...
foPPA's first Patrons appointed
We are delighted to announce that Sir Robert Crawford CBE and Sir Christopher Lee CBE have kindly agreed to act as Patrons of the Friends of Popski's Private Army ...
 
1 December 2011 ~ read more...
Lieutenant PIM Robinson's family found
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11 Nov 2011 ~ read more...
Trooper Bob Baker's family found
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18 Oct 2011 ~ read more...
Trooper Norman Hughes's family found
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23 Sep 2011 ~ read more...
Trooper John Furlong's family found
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9 Sep 2011 ~ read more...
Trooper Harry Rose's family found
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21 Aug 2011 ~ read more...
Gunner Bill Williams' family found
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31 Jul 2011 ~ read more...
Lieutenant Sa'ad Ali Rahouma's family found
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29 Jul 2011 ~ read more...
Albert Levine 1922-2011
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7 Jul 2011 ~ read more...
Lance Corporal Ron Cokes' last resting place found
In June 2011 a keen foPPA friend, Richard Hammond, mentioned that he'd moved down to Cornwall (as well as quietly slipping us a donation), and that got us thinking...
 
25 Jun 2011 ~ read more...
6089507 Sapper Charlie Pain 1921-2011
Sapper Charles Frederick Pain, Royal Engineers, died in Australia on 5 May 2011, aged 90. We discovered where he was in 2009 and since then enjoyed his correspondence and...
 
5 May 2011 ~ read more...
SQMS Dave Davies' family found
[This is a temporary headline placeholder only, while the full story is being prepared from additional research material and images in the foPPA Archives - Secretary].
 
4 May 2011 ~ read more...
Trooper Arthur Rogers' family found
[This is a temporary headline placeholder only, while the full story is being prepared from additional research material and images in the foPPA Archives - Secretary].
 
20 Feb 2011 ~ read more...
Original LRDG conduct records found
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14 Feb 2011 ~ read more...
Private Pietro Artifoni's family found
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11 Feb 2011 ~ read more...
Expedition to find Popski's house in Cairo
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24 Jan 2011 ~ read more...
962728 Sergeant Bill O'Leary MM 1917-2010
Sergeant Bill O'Leary was one of PPA's main characters. As a member of Captain John Campbell's 'S' Patrol he got into and out of many scrapes alongside his pal...
 
27 Dec 2010 ~ read more...
SSM George Waterson's family found
PPA relatives are popping up all over the place: this is the third family we've discovered in as many months, and that's before the website's got going. Once again courtesy of John...
 
5 Nov 2010 ~ read more...
War comics publisher lets us reproduce a Popski tale
We often spend time trawling around the internet, poking about on eBay or AbeBooks, or following Googled "Popski" references out into the wilds all the way up to...
 
29 Oct 2010 ~ read more...
Sergeant Charles Curtis's family found
Only a couple of weeks ago we got an email from our Scottish research colleague John Robertson asking whether we had seen the new "Bum" Curtis photo on his Special...
 
17 Oct 2010 ~ read more...
Two new plaques for the PPA Memorial
Kindly funded by Mr Robert Cummings and Mr Michael Blake in memory of Trooper Pat Blake, we will now have two new plaques, free-standing on sturdy metal legs...
 
17 Sep 2010 ~ read more...
Captain Ricky Rickwood's family found
We were delighted to discover Captain Ricky Rickwood's family at the end of July this year after his daughter had contacted our close research colleagues at the...
 
30 Jul 2010 ~ read more...
PPA to be included in Cenotaph March Past for the first time
In May this year we made an application to the Royal British Legion, the organisers of the Cenotaph Ceremony of Remembrance and March Past every Remembrance Sunday...
 
22 Jul 2010 ~ read more...
English Heritage says "No" to Popski Blue Plaque
In January this year we made an application to English Heritage for a Blue Plaque to commemorate Popski to be installed on the house near Sloane Square in London...
 
21 Jul 2010 ~ read more...
7942277 Trooper Sam Cowperthwaite 1923-2010
Sammy Cowperthwaite joined PPA in Algeria in the Summer of 1943, just after the Axis forces had surrendered, closing the North African Campaign. He came from...
 
13 Apr 2010 ~ read more...
103671 Driver William Wilson 1918-2010
In 2006 we were contacted by one of "Muscles" Wilson's sons, wanting to know more about his dad's time in PPA. We were very pleased to discover that his dad was still alive...
 
9 Mar 2010 ~ read more...
Lecture on British/Libyan co-operation in WWII
[This is a temporary headline placeholder only, while the full story is being prepared from additional research material and images in the foPPA Archives - Secretary].
 
7 Dec 2009 ~ read more...
Lieutenant George Lee's family found
This time last year we were contacted, as usual via the PPA Preservation Society's long-established website, by the nephew of Canadian Lieutenant George Lee, himself a...
 
12 Nov 2009 ~ read more...
Expedition to LRDG HQ at Siwa
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9 May 2006 ~ read more...