In Memoriam – Sgt Barry Weston, a Marine
Written by: drobs
Barry Weston was born in Reading and played youth rugby at Abbey RFC during the decade of 1981- 1991, when he left to become a marine. His death in Helmand Province on Tuesday 30 August whilst on active duty will be grieved by all those who knew him and his family.
He played in one of the most successful youth teams Abbey produced, playing predominately at no.10. Youth leagues and national competitions did not exist in those days to give a measure of how good he and they were – other than one member of that team played for England at every youth level including Colts and up to the senior England team.
The tributes that have been paid to him in the press and broadcast media will come as no surprise ; he was a great guy. Barry loved being a marine, woe betide anyone who talked of his being in the army – he was a Marine.
His Father and Mother, Roy and Pam, were actively involved in the club contributing more than their turns in bar and kitchen rotas, before they moved to the South Coast. They are still in contact with many within the club and Roy was on the touch line to support the seniors at Oakmedians last year.
Our sympathies, thoughts – and , if you do, our prayers – are with Roy and Pam, his wife Joanne and his three beautiful young girls Jasmine, Poppy and Rose.
Barry, aged 40, was a Sgt in 42 Commando Royal Marines and was killed by an IED while leading a patrol in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan . He had seen service in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone & Iraq.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced, but the club will make all aware of them.
He’ll live in our memory.
From all at Reading Abbey RFC