I received very sad and shocking news today that my old friend Adam Baddeley died aged 40 on Tuesday, 2 April 2013.
Adam and I were at the University of Hull together in the early- to mid-1990s, and with his geeky obsession with all things military, insightful intelligence and wicked sense of humor, we soon became good friends. I especially remember his fantastic Colonel Blimp impressions and skits that would have us all in tears of laughter, and his obvious discomfiture upon visiting a … okay, that one I’ll tell over a beer, but it was funny – believe me!
As well as being one of the funniest people I’ve known, Adam was also one of the kindest and most thoughtful friends I’ve had the privilege to know. I greatly regret that over the past few years we both kept in touch only occasionally.
During his time at university Adam met and married Andrea, and was utterly devoted to her. I attended their beautiful wedding in East Anglia, where they made their home, and remember seeing him as the happiest and luckiest guy on the planet.
Adam went on to become an iconic defense journalist, and at the time of his untimely passing was editor of the Asian Military Review.
Adam left us all far too soon, and my thoughts and prayers are with Andrea, and their children Martha and Rufus.
Rest in Peace my friend …