Major George Higgs joined the 4th Hussars in 1910 and was Signal Sergeant of the Regiment throughout the whole of World War I with the BEF. During this time he was awarded the Military Medal.

In 1919 he was promoted to Sergeant Major (Instructor of Musketry) and his enthusiasm and endeavour in this appointment were subsequently rewarded when, as Regimental Sergeant Major, he became Champion Shot of the Army in India in 1930.

He also gained a unique and proud distinction when, in 1935 at the Jubilee Parade for H.M. King George V, he was specially selected as the Royal Standard Bearer. His bearing and turnout on that occasion was something the Regiment could remember with pride.

George, although a thorough disciplinarian and tireless taskmaster of WOs and NCOs, had an infectious cheerfulness and optimism which made the eleven years of his holding the rank of RSM some of the happiest days in the Sergeants’ Mess of which he was a member for no less than 22 years.

On leaving the Service in 1935, his civil capacity as Manager of McEwan Youngers of Tidworth gave him continued contact with the Army he loved. In the Second World War, he was appointed Major in the Home Guard.

He served on the Committee of the Regimental Association for many years and his comradeship and presence at Reunions will be sadly missed.

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