Norman died on 30 January 2000, aged 70.

Cpl N Ainsthorpe
Cpl N Ainsthorpe

He enlisted at Lincoln on 5 April 1948 into the REME.

After training and a spell in 27 Command Workshops, he joined the Light Aid Detachment of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars on 7 September 1949. They were then stationed at Leicester East Airfield.

Like many of the REME personnel at that time, he remained with them for the whole of his service.

Shortly after his arrival, the Regiment was placed in the 29th Independent Infantry Brigade, which was the Strategic Reserve. This involved a move to Mooltan Barracks, Tidworth, in the spring of 1950. Norman sailed with the Regiment from Southampton on the Empire Fowey on 11 October 1950 for Pusan (Korea), arriving on 14 November 1950. He served with the main LAD and ‘A’ Squadron while out there.

He returned to the UK with the Regiment on MV Georgie, leaving Pusan on 15 December 1951 and arriving in Liverpool on 14 January 1952.

After leave he moved with the Regiment to L√ľneburg in Northern Germany, remaining with them until returning to England for his last few months in the Army on 2 April 1953 and leaving for the B Reserve on 13 June 1953.

He married Cynthia on 19 July 1952 and had two daughters, Elaine and Patricia, and two sons, Norman and John. He remained living in Leicester after he was demobbed and worked in the local hosiery trade until he retired in 1990 due to ill health.

He was recalled for the 1956 Suez crisis. He was a member of Leicester Troop.

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