Timeline

1929 8 Aug Ronald Arthur Biggs is born in Lambeth, south London. Son to Henry Jack and Lillian Edna (née Clayton) Biggs. Brother to Jack, Victor, Terry and Iris.
Lived in Dalyell Road, SW9, close to what is now the O2 Brixton Academy.
1936 Biggs family moves around the corner from Dalyell Road to 30 Kimberley Road, SW9. Biggs goes to school in Lingham Street.
1939 17 May Charmian Powell, the future Mrs Biggs, is born.
1940-42 Due to World War II and the Blitz, Biggs is evacuated from London to Coombe-in-Teignhead in Devon and Delabole in Cornwall.
He returns to London in 1942. Biggs goes to Stanley Street School and Brixton School of Building.
1943 May Biggs’ mother, Lillian, dies at the age of 53 from a duodenal ulcer. Biggs is 13.
1945 9 Feb Biggs’ first court appearance at Lambeth Juvenile Court at the age of 15.
The charge is stealing a pen refill and eraser of 1/2d value from a shop display.
8 June Second appearance at Lambeth Juvenile Court for stealing four radio valves and an eggcup. Bound over for 12 months and find £1. Discharged.
16 Nov Third appearance at Lambeth Juvenile Court for stealing his brother’s watch. Bound over for a further 12 months and fined £1.
1947 May Biggs enlists in the Royal Air Force. Signs on for eight years as a regular and four years in the reserves
Posted to Cardington and then Melksham in Wiltshire. Finally to RAF Halton close to Aylesbury. At Halton does a cookery course.
1949 8 Feb First court appearance as an adult at County of London Sessions.
17 Feb First prison sentence – sentenced to six months for shop breaking, housebreaking, stealing and using a false ID card. Dishonourable discharge from the RAF.
26 June Released from Wormwood Scrubs.
28 July Sentenced to three months in Wormwood Scrubs at the North London Magistrates Court for ‘taking and driving away a motor vehicle’.
26 Sep Released from Wormwood Scrubs.
30 Nov Sentenced to Borstal training after being found guilty at Essex Quarter Sessions for shop breaking and stealing.
1950 21 Mar On trial at the Old Bailey for the first time for robbery of jewellery and money, and being armed with an offensive weapon.
28 Mar Sentenced to three years and six months on “special watch” as an A list prisoner.
1952 19 Aug Released from HMP Lewes. Meets up with Bruce Reynolds.
1953 24 Mar Found guilty at Country of London Sessions for garage breaking and stealing a motorcar.
30 Mar Found guilty at Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions for house breaking and stealing a bottle of sherry valued at 18 shillings.
Concurrent sentences of three years from Country of London Sessions and four years from Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions.
1954 Transferred to HMP Dartmoor.
1955 13 Dec Released from HMP Dartmoor. Goes to live in Merstham, close to Redhill in Surrey.
1956 15 June Two-year probation order at Surrey Appeals after being charged for stealing paint and a bike. Starts work as a carpenter on building sites in Redhill.
1957 Oct Meets the 17-year-old Charmian Powell, the future Mrs Biggs, on the train between Redhill and London.
20 Dec Elopes with Charmian to Swanage, Dorset.
1958 Arrested in Swanage with Charmian and Michael Haynes
1 April Sentenced to 12 months at Dorset Quarter Sessions for ‘taking and driving away a motor vehicle’. Charmian and Michael Haynes receive suspended sentences and probation.
25 April 18 months added to sentence by Surrey Appeals under probation order for stealing paint and a bike in 1956. Biggs transferred from HMP Dorchester to HMP Norwich after one month. Builds a new roof for HMP Norwich extension.
1959 July Transferred from HMP Norwich to HMP Wandsworth.!
2 Dec Released from HMP Wandsworth. Moves to Elm Road, Redhill with Charmian.
1960 20 Feb Marries Charmian Powell at Reigate Register Office
23 July Nicholas Grant Biggs born at Redhill County Hospital.
Moves to 37 Alpine Road, Redhill.
1962 Biggs sets up a building business with Ray Stripp in Redhill.
1963 THE YEAR OF THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
24 Mar Christopher Dean Biggs born at Redhill County Hospital. Biggs plans to buy Alpine Road.
June Biggs asks Bruce Reynolds for the loan of £500. First time Biggs hears of the train robbery. Reynolds along with his wife and son visit Biggs at home and he is invited to be part of what will become the Great Train Robbery.
Biggs introduced to Gang at Roy James’ flat in Nell Gwynn House, Chelsea. Voted on to job.
Biggs takes Peter, the train driver, to Euston to check on the trains.
5 Aug Bank Holiday Monday. Biggs takes his family to Brighton. A £10 bet on the horses wins him over £600, but bookie has £500 limit (£8,500 in 2011 values).
6 Aug Biggs and Peter travel by train from Redhill to meet Reynolds at a café in Wilton Road, next to Victoria Station for breakfast.
Group from Victoria arrive at Leatherslade Farm mid-morning in one Land Rover.
Robbery postponed for 24 hours.
7 Aug Biggs’ brother Jack has died overnight. Charmian calls Redhill Police Station and asks the police to look for Biggs who is “tree felling in Wiltshire.” The call is logged.
8 Aug 1.00am -
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY – RONALD BIGGS’ BIRTHDAY.
Gang leaves Leatherslade Farm dressed as an army detail on night manoeuvres.
2.00 am -
Gang arrive at Bridego Bridge (Bridge 127).
3.00 am -
Bruce Reynolds warns the gang that the train is arriving having passed through Leighton Buzzard. Night Flyer, Up Postal stopped at Sears Crossing at 3.03 am, 38 miles north of London’s Euston Station.
3.14am -
Engine and HVP carriage detached from the rest of the train and moved south to Bridego Bridge.
Biggs takes Peter to sit in Land Rover and watch the rest of the robbery unfold.
3.40am -
40 minutes after stopping the train at Sear’s Crossing, and 24 minutes since stopping at Bridego Bridge, Reynolds calls a halt
4.35am -
Gang arrive back at Leatherslade Farm at around 4.40 am.
It takes Reynolds, Biggs and Mr Two three hours to unpack the money.
The take of the Great Train Robbery at 2011 sterling rates is over £44 million.
Money split into 16 equal “whacks” of £147,000 (approximately £2.5million in 2011 rates).
Morning BBC Radio news report quotes the police as saying that they are certain the train robbers are still in the area.
Biggs leaves Leatherslade Farm with Reynolds in an Austin Healey. Farewell between Reynolds and Biggs at Biggs’ house in Redhill.
Leatherslade Farm has been abandoned.
13 Aug Leatherslade Farm is discovered by PC John Woolley.
14 Aug First arrests.
24 Aug Inspector Basil Morris and Sergeant Church visit Biggs at Alpine Road in Redhill looking for Reynolds.
4 Sept Biggs arrested at Alpine Road by Detective Inspector Frank Williams. Taken to Scotland Yard where Butler questions him. Transferred to Aylesbury.
5 Sept Biggs is formally charged at Linslade Magistrates Court.
Sent to HMP Bedford.
1964 20 Jan Opening of Great Train Robbery trial at the District Council Chamber in Aylesbury.
6 Feb Retrial of Biggs ordered after Inspector Basil Morris lets slip that Biggs has served time in prison.
8 April Opening of Biggs’ retrial.
14 April End of second trial. Guilty verdict on Biggs.
16 April BIGGS SENTENCED TO CONCURRENT SENTENCES OF 30-YEARS (10,957 DAYS) AND 25-YEARS
Biggs transferred to HMP Lincoln.
May Biggs transferred from HMP Lincoln to HMP Chelmsford.
10-14 July Appeals heard at the Old Bailey in London. Biggs transferred to HMP Wandsworth to serve his sentence. He meets Paul Seabourne.
1965 7 July Original E(scape) Day. Delayed due to rain.
8 July 2.30 pm -
BIGGS ESCAPES FROM WANDSWORTH AT 3.05 PM.
Eric Flower escapes with Biggs from E Yard along with Robert Anderson and Patrick Doyle.
16 Aug Seabourne arrested and sentenced to four and a half years for helping Biggs to escape.
July – Oct Biggs and Flower are hidden in Bermondsey, Camberwell, Putney/Richmond and Bognor Regis.
Oct BIGGS LEAVES THE UK. Biggs taken to Tilbury Docks with Flower and is put on a boat to Antwerp. Travels as sports master “Ronald King”. Met in Antwerp and driven to Paris.
Oct – Dec Paris. Biggs and Flower based in Rue Vivienne.
Biggs and Flower undergo plastic surgery.
22 Dec Charmian and children visit Biggs in Paris for Christmas.
29 Dec Biggs flies from Paris to Sydney via Zurich as “Terence Furminger”, a writer born on 13 June 1928.
31 Dec “Terence Furminger” (Biggs) arrives in Sydney.
1966 Jan Biggs and Flower set up home in Botany Bay, Sydney.
Mar After their mail is intercepted, Biggs and Flower move from Sydney to Adelaide. “Terence Forminger” becomes “Terence King”.
14 June Charmian, Nick and Chris land in Australia (Darwin) having flown BOAC from Zurich. Charmian travels as “Mrs Margaret Furminger”.
July Biggs family arrives in Adelaide after touring Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
21 April Farley Paul born in Glenelg Community Hospital in Adelaide.
May After receiving a warning the Biggs family move from Adelaide to Hibiscus Road in Melbourne.,“Terence King” becomes “Terence Cook”. Charmian becomes “Sharon”.
Dec Biggs family spends Christmas in Adelaide with the Flowers.
By chance Biggs meets up with Mike Haynes in Melbourne.
1967 April Anne Pitcher’s son-in-law, Max Phillips, tells the police that Terry King has a strong likeness to Ronnie Biggs. Flowers move from Adelaide to Melbourne after being questioned about ‘Terry King’.
July Biggs has a bad car crash in Melbourne that results in a broken jaw and teeth.
16 Oct Biggs’ photo broadcast on Australian television.
17 Oct FOURTEEN ARMED POLICE RAID THE BIGGS’ HOUSE IN MELBOURNE.
Charmian arrested.
Nov Biggs moves in with Mike and Jess Haynes. Mike offers Biggs his passport.
1970 Jan Biggs gets to meet up with Charmian for the first time since being discovered in Australia.
5 Feb Biggs boards RHMS Ellinis in Melbourne as “Michael Haynes”.
7 Feb BIGGS LEAVES AUSTRALIA AS RHMS ELLINIS SAILS FROM SYDNEY
23 Feb RHMS Ellinis docks in Panama.
26 Feb Biggs flies from Panama to Caracas.
10 Mar Biggs flies from Caracas to Rio de Janeiro.
11 Mar BIGGS LANDS IN RIO DE JANEIRO.
Sept Biggs takes a side trip to Buenos Aires to renew his visa.
1971 5 Jan Biggs’ eldest son, Nicholas, dies in a car crash in Melbourne, Australia.
Feb News of Nicky’s’ death reaches Rio.
April Biggs rents his first apartment in Rio de Janeiro.
July Biggs meets Raimunda de Castro for the first time at the Bola Preta.
8 Aug 10th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery
Nov Biggs talks with his friend Constantine Benckendorff about giving himself up.
Dec Benckendorff travels to London and meets with Colin Mackenzie.
1974 Jan First contact with the Daily Express’ Colin Mackenzie.
30 Jan Mackenzie arrives in Rio.
Biggs meets Mackenzie, Benckendorff and photographer Bill Lovelace in room 909 of the Trocadero Hotel.
1 Feb BIGGS IS ARRESTED IN RIO BY JACK SLIPPER.
Biggs taken to the Federal Police Headquarters in the Catete Palace in Rio de Janeiro
4 Feb Det Chief Inspector Jack Slipper and Det Inspector Peter Jones return to London without Biggs.
7 Feb Biggs is transferred from Rio to a prison in Brasilia.
10 Feb Charmian arrives in Brasilia.
16 Feb Biggs and Charmian forced to “hold” a press conference after the press are allowed into their private meeting.
April Family Court confirms paternity of Raimunda’s expectant child.
6 May Biggs is transferred from Brasilia to Rio and ‘released from custody’.
16 May Charmian, Chris and Farley arrive in Brazil.
5 June Charmian, Chris and Farley return to Australia.
16 Aug Michael Fernand Nascimento de Castro Biggs born in Rio de Janeiro.
Jan Biggs moves family to Sepetiba.
Nov International press discover Biggs in Sepetiba. He starts doing interviews for money.
1977 Feb Piers Paul Read visits Rio to talk with Biggs about the book and the German connection.
15-17 April HMS Danae incident.
1978 Feb Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols, along with manager Malcolm McLaren, visit Brazil. Biggs records and films with the Sex Pistols.
30 June Sex Pistols’ “No One Is Innocent (A Punk Prayer)” is released with Biggs singing lead vocal.
1979 Feb British Leyland poster campaign for the Mini bears the legend: “Nips In & Out Like Ronald Biggs”
April First failed kidnap attempt on Biggs by John Miller, Fred Prime and Norman (“Norrie”) Boyle.
8 Aug Biggs’ 50th birthday.
1980 15 May Release of the Sex Pistols’ “The Great Rock & Roll Swindle”, directed by Julien Temple.
1981 Feb Biggs moves from Santa Teresa to an apartment in Botafogo.
Albert Spaggiari visits Biggs in Rio and interviews him for French TV.
9 Mar Biggs agrees to be interviewed by Patrick King of National Geographic
16 Mar BIGGS KIDNAPPED IN RIO.
Biggs kidnapped at Roda Viva restaurant and flown by a private plane from Rio to Belem and put on the yacht Nowcani II.
24 Mar Biggs is landed in Barbados, where he is arrested.
5 April Biggs’ first hearing before a magistrates’ court.
23 April Appeal hearing in front of two judges from the Barbados High Court.
24 April Case dismissed. Biggs is a free man and returns to Rio from Barbados forty days after being kidnapped.
May Birth of A Turma do Balão Magico (Magic Balloon Gang) with Mike, Simony and Toby.
1982 Release of first Turma do Balão Magico album.
Dec Turma do Balão Magico Christmas show at Maracanã Stadium.
1983 17 Feb Biggs’ meets The Police back stage at the group’s Rio concert in Maracanãzinho. Turma do Balão Magico given its own morning show by TV Globo.
8 Aug 20th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery.
1984 Feb Biggs buys an apartment for Mike at 470 Rua Monte Alegre in Santa Teresa.
Filming of Long Time No See Ronnie for Japanese TV.
April Opening of Crepúsculo de Cubatão nightclub.
1985 Jan Biggs and Mike move into Santa Teresa apartment.
July Biggs holds a party to celebrate 20 years on the run. Charmian, Raimunda and Ulla are all present.
1986 June TV Globo cancels Balão Magico TV show and replaces it with Xou de Xuxa.
Biggs meets Polish film director Lech Majewski. Biggs and Majewski start work on the screenplay for “Prisoner of Rio”.
1987 July Cameras role on “Prisoner of Rio”. Cast includes Steven Berkoff, Paul Freeman, Peter Firth and Desmond Llewelyn.
1988 Feb Charmian visits Biggs in Rio along with Chris and Farley.
21 April Farley celebrates his 21st birthday in Rio with Biggs, Charmian and Chris.
12 May “Prisoner of Rio” is screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
1990 July Paul Seabourne visits Biggs in Rio.
27 July Arrest Warrant issued for Biggs at Bow Street Magistrates Court.
1991 Jan In Rio to perform at Rock in Rio 2, Happy Mondays visit Biggs accompanied by Piers Morgan who is covering the festival for The Sun.
April Bruce and Nick Reynolds visit Biggs in Rio.
Die Toten Hosen visit Rio and record “Carnival in Rio (Punk Was)” and “Police on My Back” with Biggs.
1992 Record producer Gus Dudgeon and his wife Sheila visit Biggs. They become firm friends.
16 Aug Mike Biggs’ 18th birthday. Stepbrother Chris is present.
Oct Biggs decides to write his autobiography. Christopher Pickard, a friend, writer and journalist based in Rio, agrees to help.
1993 Mar Biggs starts work proper on his autobiography, Odd Man Out.
June Jack Slipper visits Biggs in Rio for the Sunday Express.
8 Aug 30th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery.
“When I’m 64″ – Biggs’ 64th Birthday.
Oct Biggs completes the manuscript to Odd Man Out.
1994 21 Jan Biggs publishes his autobiography, “Odd Man Out”. A best seller for Bloomsbury.
1995 4 Feb Biggs and Mike visit the Rolling Stones backstage at Maracanã Stadium.
Biggs breaks his leg. Uri Geller visits Biggs in Rio. Biggs asks him to heal his leg.
18 July UK and Brazilian Foreign Secretaries, Malcolm Rifkind and Luiz Felipe Lamprea, sign a new extradition treaty between the UK and Brazil.
1996 12 Jan Ursula ‘Ulla’ Margarita Sopher, Biggs’ long time girlfriend, dies in her sleep.
May Biggs addresses the Young President Organisation in Manaus
1997 Charmian visits Biggs in Rio en route back to Australia from a trip to the UK.
14 Aug New extradition treaty between Brazil and UK becomes law.
29 Oct Foreign Secretary Jack Straw officially asks Brazil to extradite Biggs.
12 Nov Brazil’s Supreme Court rejects a request by the British Government to extradite Biggs.
1998 Feb Unidos do Porto da Pedra samba school honours Biggs at Rio ‘s carnival with Samba no pé e mãos ao alto, isto é um assalto.
16 Mar Biggs suffers a stroke.
Dec Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw visits for Christmas.
1999 Biggs becomes a grandfather after Chris’ wife gives birth to a daughter.
8 Aug 70th Birthday Celebrations.
Bruce Reynolds and his son Nick join Biggs in Rio.
15 Sep Biggs suffers second stroke.
22 Sep Biggs suffers third, far more serious stroke, which leaves him without speech. Biggs attempts suicide.
2000 22 Jan Birth in Rio de Janeiro of Ingrid, daughter of Mike and Veronica.
July Mike launches RonnieBiggs.com and RonnieBiggs.co.uk, backed by Brian Running.
2001 25 Jan Biggs poses with two lingerie models wearing plastic police hats.
8 Mar Kevin Crace makes first contact with The Sun about Biggs’ possible return to the UK.
16 Mar Mike Biggs visits The Sun with Kevin Crace and Nick Reynolds.
Mike meets with Graham Dudman, The Sun’s Assistant News editor, and Crime Editor Mike Sullivan.
6-13 Apr Initial deal struck and negotiated with The Sun for Biggs return. A mid-May date considered.
1 May The Sun moves the date of Biggs return forward in fear that other papers have got hold of the story. Mike Sullivan briefs John Coles, head of the Flying Squad.
2 May Biggs moved to safe house in Barra owned by Diamond Dayne Henry.
3 May News of Biggs imminent return breaks in the global media in a Sun world exclusive.
5 May Biggs reunited with Bruce and Nick Reynolds in Rio.
6 May Biggs leaves Brazil on The Sun’s private plane that takes off from Rio International Airport.
7 May BIGGS RETURNS TO THE UK.
Biggs had been on the run for 13,068 days.
Taken to the hospital wing of HMP Belmarsh, Britain’s highest security prison.
Biggs is given his old prison number from Wandsworth: 002731.
2 June Biggs collapses in Belmarsh and is rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital following a fourth stroke.
28 July First picture of Biggs in Belmarsh published.
Aug Lawyers file appeal papers with the Criminal Cases Review Committee.
12 Aug Biggs returned to Queen Elizabeth Hospital after losing a considerable amount of blood.
21 Sep Biggs taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for more tests.
14 Nov Biggs petitions the Belmarsh governor for early release on compassionate grounds.
2 Nov Biggs rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital after vomiting and passing blood.
2002 30 Jan Criminal Cases Review Commission rejects an application to send Biggs’ case to the Court of Appeal.
31 Jan A two-hour, two-part documentary, “The Legend of Ronnie Biggs”, airs on Channel Five in the UK.
10 July Biggs marries Mike’s mother, Raimunda Rothen (54) at Belmarsh Prison.
24 July Mike Biggs granted British citizenship following the marriage of Biggs and Raimunda.
25 June Biggs back in hospital.
8 Aug 40th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery.
2 Oct Appeal against sentence is thrown out by a High Court judge. Appeal called “hopeless” and “misconceived”. Mike announces plans to go to the European Court of Human Rights.
2004 6 Jan Suspected heart attack sees Biggs return to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
9 Jan Back at Queen Elizabeth following dehydration and vomiting caused by a chest infection.
9 Aug High Court bid to secure Biggs’ release on compassionate grounds.
30 Aug Biggs rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for the fifth time.
2005 14 Mar The 60-minute documentary “Ronnie Biggs: Last Escape?” airs on Sky One in the UK.
Giovanni di Stefano becomes Biggs’ lawyer.
14 June Biggs’ solicitors write to Home Secretary Charles Clarke to ask for his release on compassionate grounds.
24 Aug After a long illness, Jack Slipper dies at the age of 81.
26 Oct Biggs’ appeal turned down by Home Secretary (Charles Clarke).
2007 28 June Jacqui Smith takes over from John Reid as Home Secretary. Jack Straw replaces Lord Falconer as Secretary of State for Justice.
4 July Biggs is transferred from HMP Belmarsh to HMP Norwich on “compassionate grounds”. Biggs has been held in Belmarsh for nearly 74 months.
10 Sep Giovanni di Stefano issues an appeal asking for Biggs to be released.
2008 June Biggs case submitted to the Parole Board.
8 July Media speculates that Biggs will be released on Valentines Day 2009 (14 February)
8 Aug 45th anniversary of Great Train Robbery
2009 13 Feb Biggs taken to Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital for three days with pneumonia.
23 April Parole Hearing. Biggs applies for parole. Eligible for release on 3 July after he will have served one-third of his sentence.
15 June Parole Board recommends to Justice Secretary Jack Straw that Biggs be released, saying the risk of him reoffending is “manageable”.
28 June Biggs is taken to Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital with a suspected broken hip and a chest infection.
1 July Biggs is refused parole by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw who says Biggs is “wholly unrepentant’. Biggs’ health deteriorates.
2 July Giovanni di Stefano demands a Judicial Review of Jack Straw’s decision.
3 July Biggs eligible for parole.
17 July Biggs transferred from hospital back to HMP Norwich.
28 July Biggs rushed back to Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital with severe pneumonia.
30 July Judicial Review granted by the High Court.
6 Aug Justice Secretary Jack Straw announces he will free Biggs on compassionate grounds.
7 Aug BIGGS IS A FREE MAN
Biggs has served 3,875 days for his part in the Great Train Robbery out of a sentence of 10,957 days. He had spent 13,068 days on the run.
8 Aug Biggs 80th birthday.
46th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery.
17 Aug Transfer from Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital to a nursing home in Barnet.
Sep Biggs starts work on updating his autobiography with his ‘ghost’ Christopher Pickard.
2010 8 May Birth of granddaughter Lilly in London to Mike and Veronica.
4 Dec Biggs visits the Emirates Stadium to see Arsenal.
2011 Mar Biggs has a potential cancerous growth removed from the top of his head.
27 Mar Biggs visits the Emirates Stadium to see Brazil beat Scotland.
7 May 10th anniversary of Biggs’ return to the UK from Brazil.
10 July Biggs outlives the News of the World as the paper that covered so many of his exploits is published for the last time.
Aug Biggs completes the update of his autobiography with the help of Christopher Pickard.
Nov Biggs publishes his new autobiography, Ronnie Biggs – Odd Man Out: The Last Straw. Also relaunches this website www.ronniebiggs.com.
17 Nov Biggs launches ”Ronnie Biggs – Odd Man Out: The Last Straw” to the media at Shoreditch House in East London. The book is also launched on Kindle on Amazon
 2012  5 Sep ITV screens the first episode of Mrs Biggs. It runs for five episodes over five weeks. Ron offers to check the facts, but his offer is declined. Series is full of factual errors and dramatic licence.
12 Nov Jimmy Hussey dies.
Dec Jimmy White dies.
2013 1 Jan Biggs is back at number one on the Death List. His 13th appearance on the list.
28 Feb Bruce Reynolds dies in his sleep at his home in Croydon. His son Nick is with him.
20 Mar The funeral of Bruce Reynolds is held at St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, London. Biggs and Bob Welch attend the funeral with many others.
27 Mar Biggs’  lawyer, Giovanni di Stefano, is convicted on 25 charges and sentenced to 14 years..
10 Apr John Daly dies.
8 Aug 50th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. Ron’s 84th birthday. The day is marked with a ceremony at Highgate Cemetery.
8 Aug To mark the anniversary, Biggs, Reynolds, Nick Reynolds and Christopher Pickard publish the best selling, 132 page bookazine,  The Great Train Robbery 50th Anniversary: 1963-2013.
18 Dec With no prior warning, Ronald Arthur Biggs dies in his sleep in the early hours of Wednesday, 18 December 2013 in Barnet General Hospital. He is 84.
18 Dec The BBC airs a two part drama based on the Great Train Robbery. Part one is “A Robber’s Tale”, and part two, “A Copper’s Tale”.
 2014 3 Jan Biggs funeral takes place at the Golders Green Crematorium on Friday, 3 January 2014. His ashes are spread in Britain, Brazil and Australia