Dog trainer Sidney Plumstead | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News

PUBLISHED: 14:43 21 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:43 21 January 2018

Sidney Plumstead played a leading role in training dogs for use in the RAF. Picture: Courtesy the Plumstead family

Sidney Plumstead performed a number one position in coaching canines to be used within the RAF. Picture: Courtesy the Plumstead household

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Tributes have been paid to a Norfolk man who devoted his life to coaching canines to be used within the navy and police companies.

Sidney Plumstead, second from left, played a leading role in training dogs for use in the RAF. Picture: Courtesy the Plumstead familySidney Plumstead, second from left, performed a number one position in coaching canines to be used within the RAF. Picture: Courtesy the Plumstead household

Sidney Plumstead, 96, died peacefully in his sleep on January eight.

His son Kevin Plumstead stated his father, who was born in Norwich in 1921, had been on the forefront of coaching canines for guarding functions within the RAF.

“He was appointed to an experimental team in 1942 to see if dogs could be used in the RAF,” he stated.

“The project was a success and led to the forming of the RAF’s police dog section.”

Sidney Plumstead played a leading role in training dogs for use in the RAF. Picture: Courtesy the Plumstead familySidney Plumstead performed a number one position in coaching canines to be used within the RAF. Picture: Courtesy the Plumstead household

Mr Plumstead stated the canines have been used for guarding aeroplanes and additionally for areas the place new aeroplanes have been developed.

“My father became a member of the unit and was based in Wales where a dog he trained was involved in the capture of two German prisoners of war who escaped.”

After the warfare ended, Sidney Plumstead returned to Norfolk the place he purchased property in Frettenham.

“He gradually built it up buying other property and eventually ended with 33 acres of land,” stated Mr Plumstead.

“He established an Alsatian training facility and boarding kennels on the land.”

He stated his father had been a founding member of the Norwich Dog Training Society together with Kay Gee and Edgar Daines, the then Chief Constable, in 1955.

“He realised that Norwich needed an Alsatian training facility and set up the Norfolk Alsatian Association and was head trainer for both organisations.”

Mr Plumstead stated his father was contacted by Hong Kong police within the early 1970s to produce part-trained Alsatians for use as search and rescue canines.

“He also advised Belgium police with dog training and the formation of a police dog section in the country.”

Describing his father as a straight talker who beloved his household, he stated Sidney Plumstead had even appeared in a “couple” of kids’s movies within the 1960s as a canine trainer.

His spouse, Doreen Plumstead, handed in 2009. The couple have been married for 69 years.

He leaves behind three kids, Brian, Pamela and Kevin.

His funeral, which takes place on Monday, January 22, can be attended by household, associates and a workforce of canine handlers from RAF Marham.

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