Colonel Raymond Grubb died at his home Castle Grace, Co. Clogheen, on December 28th, 1970.

He joined the 3rd Hussars in South Africa in 1905, ultimately commanding the Regiment from 1932-1936, when he became Cavalry Instructor at the Senior Officers’ School.

In the First World War, he served with the Regiment and Royal Flying Corps, being awarded the M.C. in 1916. He retired in 1935 and was re-employed for General Staff duties at the outbreak of war.

When he joined the 3rd Hussars he soon made his mark as a fine horseman and horsemaster.

In his early days, his particular bent was show jumping and he was successful at Olympia and particularly at the Dublin Show.

He was a very good judge of a horse and, with his knowledge and patience, he was happy and successful in training and schooling young and green animals, which later took their place in the hunting field, racing or the polo ground.

While he was still commanding the Regiment he was still riding in Point-to-Points and bona fide Hunt races.

Being a good administrator and gifted with imagination, he was well suited to command a regiment in its early stages of mechanisation.

But above all, one remembers him for his genuine kindness and, with his wife, Ruth, for their welcoming, friendly and generous hospitality to so many either at Castle Grace or whilst still serving.

He is survived by his wife after a happy marriage of 57 years, and one son, Pat, who was seriously wounded in the Western Desert and subsequently invalided out while serving with the 3rd Hussars.

Related topics

  1. A Short History of The 3rd Hussars