Tony died at home on the 8th March 2006 aged 73.

Sgt Tony Senior
Sgt Tony Senior

He was born at home on 4th October 1932 in Thornton Heath and moved to Chessington with his family at the age of five.

On leaving school at 15 he joined the railways, working in the signal box at Clapham Junction.

He joined The 3rd Hussars in 1950, where he became a tank driving and maintenance instructor. During his time with the Regiment, he was selected to join the ceremonial detachment that attended the Queen’s coronation.

At the early age of 21, he was promoted to sergeant making him the youngest member of the Sergeants’ Mess at that time, which was quite some achievement.

In 1954 he moved to the training regiment at Catterick where he remained until taking his discharge in 1955.

His passion for his regiment is reflected in the splendid museum he created and the strenuous efforts he made in researching regimental history. These efforts continued to the end despite his failing health.

Tony’s early departure from the Army was a loss to the Regiment and I am sure, that had he soldiered on, he would have had a bright future.

His museum continues to flourish under the direction of his daughter Lynda, and granddaughter Lorraine, visitors being welcome as always. He had not enjoyed good health in recent years, and sadly his health deteriorated rapidly in the last few months.

However, he never complained and continued researching the life of Thomas Brown for the book that has now been published posthumously.

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