David died on 6 December 2000 aged almost 69 years.

He enlisted at Oxford on 22 September 1948. After training with the 8th Royal Tank Regiment, he joined the 1st Royal Tank Regiment in March 1949. He moved with them to BAOR (Detmold). In late March 1949, he was posted to the 40th Royal Tank Regiment (TA) in February 1950.

In July 1951 he sailed for Korea, arriving at Pusan on 14 August 1951. He was taken on strength of the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars, on 25 August.

In December 1951 he contracted Haemorrhagic fever, he was one of the few who survived the disease and was flown home arriving on 4 January 1952.

After treatment, he was posted to the RAC Centre. In April 1952, he re-joined the 8th Hussars, who were now in Wyvern Barracks, Luneburg, being in Transport Troop.

He took his release on 27 September 1953.

He married Rosemary in September 1958 and they had three children. He joined 39 Signal Regiment TA, in June 1971 for two years.

In civilian life, he was a tanker delivery driver with BP for 31 years. While with BP he was renowned for his smartness and immaculate presentation at all times, wearing a collar and tie under his overalls, and his brilliantly ‘Bulled’ boots and shoes. Tom Leckie would have been proud of him. Regrettably, he only joined the Regimental Association in October 1998.

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