The following is a brief record of Daz's military history delivered by our President Dave Hornby
On behalf of the members of the Royal Marines Association Queensland, I would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to Maddison, Jodie, Carol, Beverley and Daz’s family at this difficult time.
Darryl Sammy Church - "Daz" joined the Royal Marines on the 3rd January 1983, at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines and became a member of 175 Troop. After passing out he was drafted to L Coy 42 Cdo RM and was deployed to Northern Ireland for the 1984 tour of South Armagh and Maze Prison duties.
Throughout the early 1980's he remained with 42 Commando RM from where he passed his JNCO's course. It was also during this time that he had a desire to become a member of Air Defence Troop (ADT) based at HQ & Signals Squadron, which would remain his branch for a further 15 years. During his time in the Royal Marines he met and married his future wife Beverley and they had their beautiful daughters, Jodie and Maddison.
Whilst serving with ADT he passed his SNCO's course GD 2/92 and returned to take up his duty as a section commander and eventually became the Troop Quartermaster (TQ). In December 1995 until June 1996 he deployed again to Northern Ireland (Cookstown) with 40 Cdo RM as a Troop Sergeant, his company commander being at the time the now MGRM Buster Howes.
In 1997 he became a Colour Sergeant and instructor on the SNCO's team based at CTCRM, his potential was recognized and he was placed on the Advanced Command Course passing course 2/99. He returned to ADT and remained with the troop as WO2 ADT for 2 years before a draft to HQ Northwood as Security Detachment WO2. A return draft for his final year saw him back with his old troop and a final Winter Deployment to Norway.
He left the Corps on 3rd January 2005 after 22 years full service. WO2 Church then again became Cpl Church 25194571 of the MPGS serving at 29 Cdo RA and having served a further 4 years, moved to Australia to be closer to his family
We have known Daz since April 2009 when he attended his first meeting at the Queensland maritime Museum, for me personally and all of our members Daz was a mate.
He typified what was good about the corps, always more interested in helping others rather than himself. He rarely mentioned his illness’s and if he did it was “I’m fine mate, how are you?”
Daz went on to establish a relationship of mutual respect and when able supported the association making many friends.
Daz will live on in our thoughts and never be forgotten, the day he joined the Corps he joined a family bonded together by “Esprit de Corps.”
Daz rest in peace, Maddie and Jodie your father was an exceptional man be proud of what he achieved and served for.
Rest in peace Royal you’ll be remembered.
Daz Church “Once a marine always a marine.”