Memorial of Cpl Chris Showell

On 16 Apr 20 Cpl Chris Showell was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on the A15 on his way to work. Chris ‘Showelly’ Showell was a Chef within Catering Squadron and had been at RAF Waddington since Jan 18. Working in every mess on Station, he was a fantastic chef with a long and rewarding career ahead of him.

Showelly joined the Royal Air Force in 2004 and after his basic training was posted to RAF Coningsby where he is still remembered for arriving with his parents in tow. Other tours include 3MCS, RAF Wittering and a previous at RAF Waddington. A seasoned veteran of MPA, he served four times and had just returned from OP SHADER in Feb 20. Chris was due to be married on 11 Apr 20 to his beloved Annie but this was postponed like so many others due to COVID.

With his one of a kind character, he will be remembered always for his dry sense of humour, kindness and being a true gentleman. He used to have a silly ritual before working functions within the mess like eating “The hottest chilli jam in the world”. He also tried everything so stop his eyes from streaming whilst peeling onions, his best efforts were wearing a colander on his head whilst sucking a teaspoon to covering his whole head with cling film!

Across the broader TG19 family, he was best known for his perfectly groomed 1930’s moustache, his pride and joy. His favourite saying was ‘Family and friends always come first’ and this shows with all the kind messages, love and support his Fiancé and extended family have received.

A Just Giving page was set up by Cpl Taff Williams for donations to build a memorial on Station which has now reached over £4,000. A celebration of Chris’s life is planned for next year where family, Sqn personnel, friends and colleagues will come together to remember that moustache!!

After toying with a few ideas and finding a landscaper that could carry out the design and completion of the work we proceeded with the build. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic has played havoc with the plans which have been put on hold for a period of time.

We thought that it would be befitting to have a stone laid on the Ribbon of Remembrance at IBCC in Bracebridge Heath. This was finally laid in November, but the centre is currently closed due to Covid restrictions.

Finally, I can’t thank you enough for all for your donations and comments on the Just Giving page – Chris’s fiancé & family have found comfort in the comments written which just shows how well loved he was. Deeply missed by all that knew him, our thoughts are with Annie and Chris’s family.