ALLIED MEMORIAL REMEMBRANCE RIDE
Forever friends of the AMRR - In memory of organisers & supporters of the Allied Ride who have crossed the bar.
Terry was involved in more than just the American Legion Riders ! He spent some time getting the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride off to an awesome start !
When we stated talking with Norman and Bob Parker in England about starting up the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride, there was a lot of meetings to get the ride off the ground and running, here in Texas, there were a few folks involved, John (Padre) and Chris, Chip and Shelly, Bobby and Kat, Suds and Gabby, Andy and Racheal, Chris Hamilton, Lens Walker, Pech, Terry Bigley and my daughter Kayleigh. It is with a sad and heavy heart that we learned of Terry's passing , the Allied Riders of Texas send our Condolences, Thoughts and Prayers to Terry's Family and Friends.
With a heavy heart I must inform you that one of the youngest followers of the UK AMRR lost his life yesterday in a motorbike accident. Thomas Chesser aged 17 did his first AMRR last year when he was just 16 and had only completed his CBT weeks before. He was so keen to join the ride that he was at the front of the queue on his little 50cc bike. He joined us again this year and was so full of enthusiasm for the event - he loved being part of the bike community and he gave equal gravitas to attending the memorial service despite his young years. RIP Thomas, you will be missed.
Johnny 'O' Ortez
Chula Chaser / Texas Allied Ride Supporter
It is with a Sad and Heavy Heart that we have heard of the passing of another "GREAT SUPPORTER" of the Texas Allied Ride, Johnny O, was with us from day one as we Remembered and Honored all the Fallen Allied Warriors from the Past to the Present. Not only is he a Great supporter for the Texas Allied Ride, but he "IS" a True Friend to many Riders and their organizations. Johnny O, you are missed brother!
Audrey K Sherman
Texas Allied Ride Supporter / and Mom
Tracy "Security" Johnson
Texas Allied Ride Supporter / After Ride Entertainment
It has been a bad beginning to 2019, we have, again with a heavy heart to announce that we have lost another Great Supporter of the Allied Riders of Texas, Tracy (A.K.A. Security) Johnson , Security could always be seen with his smile helping out the band and folks who stayed at the hotel after the Memorial Ride in Terrell, he will sorely be missed by all!
American Legion Riders, Post 356, Azle, Texas
It is with a Heavy Heart that we have to announce that the Allied Riders of Texas lost one of our GREATEST supporters J.T. Stevens, American Legion Rider, a Veteran Warrior and a Great Friend ! R.I.P. J.T., until we ride again!
Nigel "Gus" Gawthrope
The city of Cambridge has been left shocked and saddened by the sudden death of its mayor, Nigel "Gus" Gawthrope on January 11, 2019 whilst on a scuba diving holiday in South Africa. This gentleman kindly came and supported the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride showing respect for the fallen by leading the UK ride for AMRR 2018. He helped to give it publicity as well as taking a reading at the memorial and had plans for joining us again for the 2019 ride.
Thank you Sir and R.I.P.
William "Bill O" Oertwich
American Legion Riders, Post 624, Mansfield, Texas
To Bill O's Family, Friends, and Mansfield American Legion Post 624, the Allied Riders of Texas have you all in our Hearts, Thoughts and Prayers
On Aug. 6, 2018, William August Oertwich, a.k.a. “Bill O,” formerly of Norfolk, left this earth for his eternal ride in the sky.
He was a maker of his own rules, a proud veteran yet a rebel in his own right, with a deep voice and a secretly deeper heart. He was a rider of Harleys, a believer in loud pipes, a lover of classic cars, a rever of engines, and an agitator of neighbors. He was the funniest guy in the room, a teller of tales (both true and embellished) and an expert of inappropriate language.
He was never afraid of hard work, dirty hands or speaking his mind.
He was a worker on the railroad, builder of many things and a fixer of just about everything. He was a painter of motorcycles, cars and murals of rainbows when asked by his little girl.
He was a pitcher of ball games, a remover of training wheels and a believer that every little boy needed a bike.
He was the winner of countless pool games, golf tournaments and bowling leagues and car shows, with trophies to prove most of them.
He was a comedian at a gathering, an expert in the backyard and a philosopher in the garage.
He was a great friend, a true brother and a lover of the ladies.
He was always a lender of a hand, a giver of advice (both solicited and unsolicited) and a teacher of lessons with wisdom and a punchline.
He was the most onery of brothers, the coolest of uncles and the favorite of the in-laws.
He was a giver of encouragement, a bringer of surprises and a drier of tears.
He was a beloved spouse, an honored father and an adored papa.
His legend as an original will live on in the hearts of those who loved him and anyone lucky enough to have known him.
Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens
Dallas Police Department / Celtic Warriors, Allied Ride Escort
The Allied Riders of Texas in Remembrance and Honor of Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens have decided to come together and collect funds for the Fallen Dallas Police Officer Fund. Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens was a member of an L.E.M.C. that assists the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride through Dallas and Terrell, Texas for us to Remember the Fallen Allied Warriors.
Rest in peace, Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens.
Givens, a Dallas Police Department motorcycle officer, died after a suspected drunk driver hit him during a funeral escort. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Kat "Chatty Kat" Vickers
9 Years Ago, we started a Memorial Ride to Honor "ALL" of our Fallen Allied Warriors. The Ride has continued to grow, which speaks for itself. This year we lost a member of our group who has been with us from the beginning and supported this event! Our Hearts are sad, but Kat will forever be in our hearts and memories.
The Texas Allied Ride on June 10, 2017 from Benbrook to Terrell, Texas will be in Honor to, and in Memory of our friend, our sister Kat Vickers, May you forever ride the winds above!
Panhead Joe of the Fort Worth Chula Chaser went to ride the Winds of Heavan on April 1, 2016 after a lengthy health issue. Panhead Joe will be missed by all the Texas Riders, he supported and rode in the Texas portion of the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride from the 1st ride we did here in Texas to Remember all the Fallen Allied Warriors, only missing last years ride due to ill health. We will miss Panhead Joe's smile, friendly atmosphere and his Love to Ride! He will forever be in our Hearts and Memories!
The Texas Allied Ride on June 25, 2016 from Benbrook to Terrell, Texas will be in Honor to, and in Memory of our friend, our brother Panhead Joe, May you forever ride the winds above!
Albert "Bert" Sims
#6 British Flying Training School, Ponca City, Ok
Oklahoma has lost another of its WWII heroes. Albert “Bert” Sims died Sunday, November 24, 2013 in Enid, Oklahoma. Bert was the last of three Royal Air Force cadets, once part of No. Six British Flying Training School in Ponca City during WWII, who returned to Ponca City after the war, married a Ponca City woman and became a productive part of American society throughout the remainder of his life.
Bert was born on October 2, 1921 at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, the first born of a coal-mining father and a mother who was a housewife.
In the spring of 1941, Bert was “invited” to have a physical exam so that he could enter the military service. He requested entrance into the Royal Air Force as a pilot and by late summer 1941 he was granted his wish. With a small amount of flying experience, Bert was one of many RAF cadets who were sent overseas to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from whence he was assigned to train in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Mark Hardin was tragically killed in an aircraft crash flying from Oklahoma to Texas on October 18th 2013. He was the pilot who performed our Texas AMRR event flyover every year in Terrell, he supported the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride and the #1 British Flying Training School Museum.
The Texas AMRR committee will dedicate the 2014 ride from the British Museum to the Cemetery in memory and honor to Mark Hardin. We will remember Mark and his family for the support they have given.
Vernon Coons was tragically taken from us on September 18th 2013 after being involved in a traffic incident day prior, his love for riding and being a vet brought him to the AMRR, from the beginning he attended and supported the ride, his smile and presence will be missed.
The Texas AMRR committee will dedicate the ride from Benbrook, Tx. to Terrell, Tx. in Vernon Coons' memory and honor.
God Bless you Vernon!
Roy Pitcher has supported the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride (UK) since its inception in 2009, providing a 'welcoming party' at Cambridge Services on behalf of the Royal British Legion along with an 'honour party' for the arrival of bikes at Madingley Cemetery.
His son wrote:
"Like most of his generation he only talked about his experiences late in life when quizzed by myself. For example, we only then learnt that on the day my elder brother, his first child, was born, Po p was lent a motorbike to travel from his unit to the hospital for a brief visit in the morning. Then back to camp at lunch time to get on the lorries that same afternoon to take him to Southsea on the way to Normandy, sailing over that night, zig-zagging to avoid the U-boats and being careful not to hit the sides of the LCT in case the sounds were picked up by the subs.
I simply don't know how they did it, which is why I am so grateful to groups like yours which still remember them, and all the others from too many conflicts. I was very proud to march beside a couple of your bikers last year and this on the 11th Nov at Leper.
Please email AMRR admin staff if you would like to add a tribute on this page to an organiser or supporter who has passed away and had any connection with the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride. We will require a photo, eulogy (written tribute) and to know which country/ride was supported.