‘Tim’ Healy died on 23 July 1990.

WO2 HP Healy, MM - 4th Hussars

He enlisted in the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry (TA) in 1935 at the age of 18 and in 1938 enlisted in the Regular Army in the 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars with whom he went to France as part of the BEF from October 1939 to May 1940.

Promoted Sergeant he joined the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars, in North Africa in November 1941 and as an acting Troop Leader was awarded the MM for his part in an action at Himeimat in September 1942 at the Battle of Alam el Halfa.

In November 1942 he was promoted SSM ‘B’ Squadron and continued to serve with distinction both in the desert and in the Italian Campaign.

After a few months as acting RSM, he returned to the UK in August 1945 and eventually left the Regular Army in 1948 only to re-enlist in the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry (TA) for a further 7 years.

He subsequently trained as a teacher and became Headmaster of a large school in Berkshire.

It is a matter of considerable regret that contact with him was re-established only months before his death.

‘Tim’ Healy was an exceptional soldier in every way, always impeccably turned out, fair to and very popular with his men and of immense support to all his Squadron officers.

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