My father, Alfred Donovan, passed away earlier today in Colchester Essex, after a short illness. “Don”, as he was known to friends and family, served in the UK Regular Army – Royal Corp of Signals (Royal Berkshire Regiment) – for 12 years. From December 1933 until March 1946 he served in the UK, Palestine, Egypt and India, and he fought in the Burma campaign in World War 2. He was a successful businessman operating a chain of garages in East London for many years, before co-founding the sales promotion agency Don Marketing, which had many blue chip clients, including Guinness, Whitbread, BP, Conoco and Royal Dutch Shell. Nearly 10 years ago he was the co-founder of this website. He was everything that anyone would wish their father to be.
FROM HIS ARMY CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Final Assessments of Conduct and Character on Leaving the Colours’.
Military Conduct: Exemplary
Testimonial: This N.C.O. is thoroughly honest, sober and reliable. During his 12 years service he has shown great keenness and is accurate in his work. Has excellent control of men placed in his charge and possesses initiative.