04.06.1931 - 11.01.2020
Chris McIntyre began rifle shooting in 1956 along with her late husband Jimmy and joined Fortwilliam Rifle Club in 1956 though later transferred to Downshire Rifle Club in Hillsborough in 1964 where they both remained members until their deaths.
Chris enjoyed shooting and during her shooting career represented Downshire Rifle Club and Northern Ireland on many occasions. Chris competed in competitions in Ireland, both North and South, bringing home many medals and trophies over the years.
I am sad to report that Trevor Norman passed away on 25th January having suffered a brain haemorrhage on the previous evening. There were shooters from both small-bore and clay pigeon disciplines at his funeral which took place on February 12th.
Trevor took up small-bore shooting after a period in the cadet force at school and initially joined Craghead Rifle Club shooting with club equipment, probably a BSA 12/15, on which he honed his skills. He was to move on to Hartlepool Rifle Club followed by an extended period at Billingham Synthonia, up until the time that club closed down, and latterly Darlington Rifle Club. He was also a member of the British 400 Club.
27.12.1942 - 4.11.2019
Dick, like so many people of his generation and background, started his shooting career with his school’s combined cadet force. By his own admission he was useless with a .22 rifle but was always proud of the fact that it took him hardly any time at all to get his Marksman Badge with a .303.
We were deeply saddened to hear via Cambridgeshire Target Shooting Association that Ann Mallows passed away on 22 June 2019, after battling cancer for the last couple of years.
Ann, then Ann Ivett, took up small-bore rifle at a young age, while living with her parents in Waterbeach, Cambridge. When older, Ann shot with the Cambridge Ladies, using the range at the old Cambridge Police Station in Regent Street, Central Cambridge. Ann also shot at the Chivers factory range in Histon, both long since closed. Ann became a member of the Gogs Rifle Club in the 1970s and was Ladies County Captain at one stage for .22 rifle.
1929 - 2019
Reginald Arthur Cox, or just Reg as he liked to be known, was born in Liverpool on 7th April 1929. Until the age of ten, Reg lived with his parents Arthur and Winnie and his sister Pat at the family home off Smithdown Road. At the age of ten, Reg’s early education was interrupted by the advent of war, and he was evacuated to Greenfield near Flint in North Wales. For some inexplicable reason, Reg returned to Liverpool in 1941, just at the height of the blitz.
1931 - 2019
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Harry Hancox.
Harry was the ultimate prone rifle shooter with over fifty years of competition, coaching and administration who was always happy to lend a hand in furthering the sport of shooting. His election to the Centipede Club acknowledged all the work he put into the sport over the years.
1931 - 2018
John Billbrough was born in 1931 in Knottingley, West Yorkshire and he was always proud to be a Yorkshireman. More surprisingly perhaps, he was also proud of his long association and involvement with target shooting in the County of Lancaster. If nothing else, John showed that ancient county rivalries, even those between the two great northern counties, can be cast aside in the interests of sport.
Our Club Secretary, Major Barry Johnson MBE, died on 17th September 2018. Barry was a leading light in Army Cadet shooting in Yorkshire and organised International competitions for Cadets around the UK to compete in Canada and South Africa. He also competed in the World Police Games representing the UK Prison Service, shooting both small-bore and full-bore rifles. He shot in Canada, Ireland, the USA and Australia. He often returned from those events with medals.
In 2009 he was made a Member of the British Empire for his services to Cadet Shooting. He was our Secretary from 2013 and was instrumental in getting the club running smoothly.
David M Tomlinson, Staincross R & PC, South Yorkshire