Frank died on 11 September 1998, aged almost 79.

Tpr FG Comber
Tpr FG Comber

He enlisted at Haywards Heath on 4 January 1939 into the Royal Sussex Regiment TA. In March 1939 he joined the Regular Army, initially serving with the RTR.

In October 1939 he transferred to the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry. He served with the British Expeditionary Force from January 1940 until May 1940. He remained in England until October 1942, when he transferred to 44 RTR, serving with them in the Western Desert and Tunisia.

In February 1944 he returned to the UK with the Regiment to prepare for the invasion of Europe. He landed in Normandy in mid-June, took part in many battles of 44 RTR and returned to the UK in September 1945. He took his discharge on 25 May 1946 and, unfortunately for him, it was to the ‘B’ Reserve.

He was recalled to the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars to go to Korea on 12 August 1950, joining the Regiment at Tidworth. He joined ‘C’ Squadron and sailed from Southampton with the Regiment on 11 October 1950 on the Empire Fowey for Korea. He took part in all ‘C’ Squadron battles, including the Imjin battle, up to June 1951, when he was posted to Japan.

He was a very good and experienced driver/mechanic who was of great help to the younger members of the squadron.

He returned home in September 1951, taking his final discharge on 23 November 1951.

He became a transport driver for Atlas Express, mainly doing night deliveries to Leeds and London.

He was a loyal member of the Regimental Association and a member of Leicester Troop. He was also in the RTR Association and the Dunkirk Veterans’ Association.

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