JOHN LAWRENCE TRAVIS RFN-The Kings Royal Rifle Corps Service No 14189687
Died 20th of September 2009
A Londoner, who as a lad endured ‘The Blitz’ and was a member of the Kings Royal Rifles
At the time of the ‘troubles ‘ in Palestine 1948 and also served with the same regiment with the
British army occupation of West Germany in 1952. John was a long serving member and Committee
member of the Napier Aero Club and was their Club Captain for a number of years, he also held a private pilots license.
He helped establish the HB Aviation Heritage Association from it’s early days, A member of our Committee,
always ready in welcoming our visitors on “ Chat days ‘ and made sure they were introduced to the members,
keeping everyone happy with a ‘cuppa ‘. John was also very involved with the Military Vehicles Collectors associations,
owning himself a
X US Army Jeep that was always kept in an immaculate condition. From his link with these groups,
he organisid a large contingent of military vehicles from as far away as Wanganui to a special Air Show held on the HB Airport in 1997.
Along with all the visiting aircraft they attracted a large interested public and assisted in ensuring the Air Show was a financial success.