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of WWII; he was commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment in 1945 and joined the 1st Battalion. Over the next five years, he served in Germany, Trieste, Berlin during the 1948 Airlift and on operations in Malaya where he was awarded a Mention in Despatches for rescue work during a major flood. In 1951, he went to Japan as an instructor at the Battle School attended by soldiers before they went to Korea and, in 1953, he rejoined the regiment in England moving with it to Germany and then the West Indies where he relished his rôle as the independent commander of 100 soldiers in British Honduras – hundreds of miles from Battalion HQ in Jamaica. In 1958, he returned to England and, for the next three years, was responsible for training the regiment’s recruits, initially in Worcester and then in Lichfield. By then, he was feeling the need for a more unsupervised role again so he volunteered for service with the Trucial Oman Scouts in the Gulf. Again, he enjoyed an independent command, this time in charge of Arab soldiers in a Beau Geste style fort at the Buraimi Oasis near the Saudi Arabian border. He met and struck up a friendship with an obscure desert sheikh – they both enjoyed falconry – who, as Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, later became the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Their friendship led to his being seconded from The British Army to form the Abu Dhabi Defence Force which he built up from scratch into a force with Land, Sea and Air components. He was also responsible for laying out the barracks and facilities and for purchasing the weapons and equipment for the Force. He left Abu Dhabi in 1969 and retired from the Army in 1971.


For three years he threw himself into the task of establishing his trout farm in Somerset, enjoying the sound of running water after years in the desert but, in 1973, he returned to Abu Dhabi at the Ruler’s request to manage the Royal Stables which he ran for the next 30 years. When he retired from the Army, the editor of the regimental Journal described Tug as one of the Regiment’s greatest post-war characters. At various times, he broke all the conventional rules of leadership but he was always popular with his soldiers. The generous tributes paid to him by the Ruler’s representatives, the British and Australian Ambassadors and others at his funeral in Abu Dhabi were eloquent testimony to his commitment to that country. He enjoyed motor cycle racing, fast cars, mountaineering and cricket and, when with the Regiment in Malaysia in the early 1950s, he won the Johore Motorcycle Grand Prix. In 1990, he took part in the London-to-Peking Motoring Challenge, completing a distance of 9,162 miles. He retained a life-long interest in The Worcestershire Regiment and he was a keen supporter of the regimental Museum.


126 October 2009


WITHINGTON Malcolm LCpl Relatives and Friends


BARRON Jane Of Winchester on 16 December 2008, wife of Maj L N Barron late WFR.


BISHOP Davina


On 16 July 2009, wife of CSgt P Bishop 14 CTT.


Of Rugeley on 15 March 2009 aged 62. Malcolm served with 11 Platoon C Company Mercian Volunteers at Rugeley from 1973 until 1980. He was the Rugeley and District Branch Secretary from the formation of the Branch in February 2006 and served with distinction until his untimely death.


WRIGHT George Arthur Pte 4986899


BOKENHAM Joy Of Edenbridge, Kent, on 19 January 2009, wife of Maj C Bokenham MBE late The Sherwood Foresters.


BOWEN Anne Dr


Of Shelsley Beauchamp, Worcestershire, on 16 July 2009 aged 90, widow of Col T J Bowen MC, late The Worcestershire Regiment and Colonel The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 1972 - 1977.


CAVENDISH Marion Loudon


Of Middleton, Derbyshire, on 15 December 2008, wife of Maj Gen P B Cavendish CB OBE DL Crich Memorial Vesting Trustee.


HARVEy Inge


Of Derby on 5 March 2009 aged 89. After enlisting into The Sherwood Foresters in 1942, he joined the 2nd Battalion serving throughout the war in the Tunisian and Italian Campaigns and in Palestine as a member of the Pioneer Platoon. He was demobilised in 1947 and returned to work at the Co-operative Paint Works, Derby. He then worked for Qualcast as a fettler and grinder and then as and inspector, working for them for 38 years. George was a stalwart member of the Derby Branch WFRA.


Of Malvern on 4 August 2009 aged 86, widow of Maj P E J Harvey, late WFR.


HITCHINGS Ruby On 21 August 2008 widow of the late Capt N Hitchings, Assistant Regimental Secretary The Staffordshire Regiment 1977 to 1991.


JAMES Vivienne


Of Bodenham, Herefordshire, in May 2009, widow of Maj K James, late The Worcestershire Regiment, and sister of Lt Col A M Gabb OBE late WFR


JOHNSON Kathleen


Of Bulwell, Nottingham, on 11 March 2009, Warden of the Crich Memorial Tower 1999 to 2006.


ROBINSON Margaret Hope


Of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, on 17 December 2008, widow of the late Maj P Robinson late The Sherwood Foresters.


THELWALL Joyce Wellington Carmichael


Of Winchester on 23 July 2008 aged 87, widow of the late Lt Col G Thelwall late The Sherwood Foresters.


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