Robert died on 12 July 2009, aged 92 years.

He enlisted at Newcastle Upon Tyne on 11th March 1936 into The Cavalry of the Line. He was posted to The 3rd King’s Own Hussars, joining them on 14th March 1936.

Along with many other 3rd Hussars, he was posted on 6 January 1937 as a reinforcement to The 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars, then at Abassia barracks, Cairo. He passed his ACE II Class on 15 September 1937.

He was appointed Lance Corporal on 11 November 1938 and promoted to Corporal on 19 Sept 1939, being made war substantive on 19 December 1939.

He was posted to 60th Training Regiment on 23 August 1941 and to The 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry on 18 November 1941.

He married Doreen on 13 June 1942. He sailed for Normandy on 16 June 1944. The 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry took part in very heavy fighting from Normandy to the Baltic, losing 54 out of 60 tanks on the first day of “Operation Goodwood”.

After VE Day the Regiment moved to Lubeck. Robert, after a time in hospital, was posted to the Provost Staff 1221 PIW Camp from 19 August 1944 to 14 December 1945.

He held The Africa Star, The 1939/45 Star, The France & Germany Star, The War Medal and Defence Medal.

He returned to the UK for release on 14 December 1945, being released to the B Reserve on 24 March 1946.

He rejoined the Regimental Association on 3 August 1992, being 8th Hussars’ Life Member No.206

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