Charles Risby died at his home, 40 Westwood Avenue, South Harrow, Middlesex, on May 27th, 1969, aged 64 years.

He enlisted into the Cavalry of the Line in October 1923 and served with The 7th Hussars for six months. In 1924 he joined The 3rd Hussars in Egypt.

A good horseman, Charles won the Burnside Cup and when the Regiment moved to India he won the Skill-at-Arms competition. He was promoted to S.S.M. in 1934 and R.S.M. in 1939.

In June 1940, he was commissioned as a Lieut. Q.M. in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and was awarded the M.B.E. for his war service.

He retired after 37 years of service in May 1960, his last appointment being Q.M. of The Junior Leaders’ Regiment, R.A.C., at Bovington.

Charles belonged to that limited band of people who impress by their strong and upright character. Those who had the privilege of serving with him knew him as someone who gave help with pleasure and gave advice sparingly but with charity and real wisdom.

A loyal and devoted member of the Regiment he will be missed by all those who knew him and we shall miss him at the Regimental Reunion Dinner. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Molly and his two sons, one of whom, David, is serving in the Regiment today.

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