KENNETH Andrew Tweedie was born on March 24, 1916 in Sunderland, Co Durham.
He joined the Royal Air Force in 1936 and trained as a wireless operator at the Electrical and Wireless School at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.
During the Second World War he served at RAF Ismailia in Egypt, along the Suez Canal and then in Sicily supporting the Servicing mando Unit in the push up into Italy.
After the war and shortly after his marriage to Doreen, Ken returned to Ismailia in 1951 where he was chief cypher officer.
On his return to Britain and Andover, he was promoted to squadron leader.