Memory of Moray airman is preserved by annual golf competition

FS ‘Doc’ Geddes MC (left) presenting Cpl Chris Caldwell with his prize
FS ‘Doc’ Geddes MC (left) presenting Cpl Chris Caldwell with his prize

A LOSSIEMOUTH BASED RAF Regiment corporal has taken first prize in a golf competition held in memory of a fallen colleague.

Corporal Chris Caldwell from 2622 (Highland) Squadron RAF Regiment won the Chris Bridge Memorial Cup competition at the Maverston golf club at Urquhart.

The competition was held in memory of SAC Christopher Budge, a member of 51 Squadron who was killed in August 2007 in Iraq when the vehicle he was travelling in struck an IED.

Operational and unforeseen work commitments meant just 15 players of varying abilities were available for the competition – but the standard of golf was still high. Players from 51 Squadron, 2622 (Highland) Squadron RAuxAF Regiment and RAF Lossiemouth took part – all with the goal of lifting the coveted trophy.

The competition was eventually won by Corporal Caldwell with a score of 70.

Sergeant ‘Doc’ Geddes MC, who organised the annual event, said: “We run this event every year to keep Chris Bridges’ memory alive on the Station and within 51 Squadron RAF Regiment.

“He was a likeable, witty person and his death was felt deeply across the ranks.

“There is always support from across the Station and from local companies, especially Moray Trophies, DA Barber and Elgin Golf Club, as well as Maverston Golf Club who really did look after us all very well.”

The competition raised around £200 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.