Geoff died on 2 May 2004, aged 72.

Cpl GH Halford
Cpl GH Halford

He enlisted in London on 13 October 1949.

After training at Catterick with the 17th/21st Lancers, he joined the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars at Leicester, East Airfield. He was posted to HQ Squadron and joined the Transport Troop.

He moved with the regiment to Mooltan Barracks Tidworth in preparation for the move of the Regiment to Korea. Being too young to travel with the Regiment, he was posted to the RAC Depot, from where he was posted to BAOR for three months. He returned to the UK and sailed for Korea on 15 March 1951, arriving on 23 April 1951.

He rejoined Transport Troop and was part of ‘A’ Squadron MT Troop. He was appointed lance corporal in August.

He returned to UK for disembarkation leave with the Regiment on 15 December 1951, arriving in UK on 15 January 1952.

He moved to Lüneburg on 7 March 1952 and was promoted to corporal on 1 April 1952. He was posted to 7 Armd Bde at Soltau in November 1952. In January 1953 he attended a B Vehicle Driving Instructor’s course at Bordon. In October 1953 he married Norma in Fulham.

He took his release on 5 September 1954 and was on the Reserve for seven years.

Geoff was a loyal and hardworking member of the Regimental Association. He was always immaculate and for many years, until ill-health prevented it, was the bearer of the Regimental Association Banner on occasions such as Cavalry Memorial Parade, Irish Regiments’ Parade, Opening of the Canadian War Memorial in Hyde Park.

He and Norma were stalwart attendees at York, Leicester and Balaklava Troop events, and never missed a Cavalry Memorial Weekend until the last year or so.

Geoff was extremely proud of having been an 8th Hussar, but gave his support unstintingly to The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars’ Regimental Association, and he was most helpful to the Regimental Secretary.

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