Major Bob Woods, who died on the 6th of October 1982, was appointed to a commission in the 3rd The King’s Own Hussars in April 1946.

He joined the Regiment in Palestine in June 1946, seeing service in the Middle East and subsequently in BAOR.

Prior to his retirement in 1951, he was instructing at the D & M School at Bovington.

It is fairly common knowledge that he was born in the Channel Islands and returned there to live on his retirement from the Army. Bob was an Honorary ADC to successive Governors of Jersey.

What however is not common knowledge is that he escaped from German-occupied Jersey in October 1944 in order to enlist in The British Army.

He escaped from Jersey in a small boat and landed at Carteret in France. He made contact with the American Forces there and handed them details of the German fortifications on Jersey. He then sailed for England after a day in France and enlisted at Maidstone on 1 November 1944.

Bob was always a staunch supporter of the Regimental Association and always maintained close contact with the Regiment. He will be sadly missed and our deepest sympathy is extended to Dawn his wife and children in their sudden loss.

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