It is with great sadness that everyone in Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition, Respect and the SWP records the death of our friend and comrade, Dunkan Tickner from cancer. Dunkan served as chair of Portsmouth Respect from its foundation until his death and was a key campaigner in all local anti-war activities.
Dunkan was a punk and a peace activist when he joined the navy to escape the fishing boat on which he had worked since school. Despite having signed up he returned to the peace camps to live during leave from ship.
Dunkan was exposed to the true horrors of war as a chef and medic in the Falklands/Malvinas war where he narrowly avoided going down with the HMS Sheffield because he had been moved to another ship as punishment for his anarchic capers.
Dunkan was a cartoonist from childhood who went on to develop his cartoons into fantastic statues. In 2002 he exhibited a range of his anti-war artwork in the Post Office Gallery, Portsmouth.
We particularly remember his 12ft caricature statue of George Bush which was toppled in Guildhall Square, his three-headed monster, “The Beast of Westminster” (Blair, Howard, Kennedy), used by Respect, and his vicious Nick Griffin as fuhrer used by Unite Against Fascism. Dunkan was a natural performer, and he played an Auschwitz guard in the anti-Nazi play The Investigation at the Arcola theatre in London in June.
We will remember Dunkan’s unique personality which combined compassion, mischievous rebellion and waspish wit.
His strong adherence to principle and resistance to regimentation lit up the movement wherever he went.
Dunkan will be missed by everyone who knew him but most of all by his partner, Donna, and his daughters, Harmony and Daisy, to whom we send our deep condolences.