‘Hank’ died on 24 December 1999, aged 68.

He enlisted at Brighton on 6 April 1949. After training at Catterick with the 17th/21st Lancers, he joined the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars at Leicester East Airfield in September 1949. He became a member of the Regimental Transport Troop. He moved with the Regiment to Tidworth in May 1950 prior to their departure from Southampton on The Empire Fowey for Korea on 11 October 1950.

They arrived at Pusan on 14 November 1950. Tony became the driver of the medical officer’s half-truck ambulance, at times a very daunting task.

He, together with the rest of the Regiment, sailed from Pusan to Liverpool on the MV Georgie on 15 December 1951.

After leave, he rejoined the Regiment at their new station, L√ľneburg in North Germany, in March 1952. He was appointed Lance Corporal in January 1953 and promoted to Corporal in October 1953. He took his discharge in April 1954, going on to the B Reserve. He joined the TA Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment in his home town of Horsham.

In civilian life, he became a driver. After a serious traffic accident in 1945, he lost a leg, but this did not prevent him from enjoying life. He continued to attend Regimental Association events until a few years before his death, invariably chauffeured by George Pilbeam.

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