Bernard died on 14 November 1999, aged 68.

He enlisted at Leicester on 26 January 1949. After training and attachment to the 14th/20th KOH at Catterick, he joined the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars at Leicester East Airfield in December 1949, joining ‘A’ Squadron.

On the reformation of ‘C’ Squadron, on 20 February 1950, he joined them as SQMS storeman to the redoubtable SQMS Jock Taylor MM.

He marched with the Regiment from Mooltan Barracks to Tidworth Station, entrained for Southampton and sailed on the Empire Fowey for Pusan (Korea) on 11 October 1950, arriving at Pusan on 14 November 1950.

He was a welcome sight to the tank crews of ‘C’ Squadron when he turned up with the rations, blankets, clothing and ammunition. On one memorable occasion, he certainly warmed up Johnny Griffin.

He was on the advance party from Tidworth to Luneburg, sailing from Harwich on 6 March 1952. He spent a month in BMH Hannover in the autumn of 1952.

He was posted to the Northants Yeomanry in February 1953, prior to his discharge in January 1954. He became a crane driver working for British Steel of Corby, Northants. Bernard had two sons, a daughter and a stepson. His widow is now living in Australia.

Bernard was a lively, entertaining character, who was guaranteed to enliven any occasion. In recent years he was a regular attendee at the Leicester Troop Dinner and Regimental events.

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