Francis Greenaway was born in County Cork on March 1st 1932 and died on 2 July 1991.

He was keen on horses from an early age and went to work in private stables with Brigadier and Mrs Elliot, near Castletownroche.

Prospects were not great in Ireland and he enlisted at Birmingham in July 1953, joining the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars in January 1954.

He served in ‘C’ Squadron under Major Richard Dill, a fellow Corkman, and no doubt through this Association soon found himself in the Regimental stables. He was a competent rider and a good stableman.

He accompanied Major John Graham to the Rhine Army Horse Show in the Balaklava Centenary celebrations of 1954 and took part in the Mounted Ride to commemorate the event.

After a spell attached to the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, he retired on completion of his engagement in 1956. He and his family settled at Dudley.

In recent years Frank suffered ill health but this did not prevent him from being active in fundraising for SSAFA.

His last major effort made in June 1991 was when SSAFA mounted a week-long collection at Tesco’s, Dudley. Frank volunteered for duty every afternoon and evening and raised the magnificent sum of £150,000; almost a quarter of the total collection in the store.

He was a loyal and supportive member of the Regimental Association and will be remembered as a loyal 8th Hussar.

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