Bob was born in Hull on 14 May 1930 and on leaving school he worked as a painter and decorator.

Tpr R Blythe
Tpr R Blythe

He enlisted on 18 April 1947 and served with the 12th Lancers until he was re-badged to the 4th Hussars on 1 August 1948.

The Regiment at that time was being brought up to strength and embarked on HMT Dilwara for service in Malaya.

Bob served with ‘B’ Squadron in Malaya and Hong Kong and returned with the Regiment to Tidworth in December 1951. He was then discharged to the Reserve on 19 December.

In civilian life, Bob had a variety of jobs which included lorry driver, bus driver and tyre fitter. He married Elizabeth (Betty) in March 1958. They had one son who pre-deceased him shortly before his own death. He had joined the Queen’s Own Yeomanry TA and VR and served with them for 18 years and was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal.

Bob was a member of York Troop of the OCA and Bernard Sharp recalls what a keen and enthusiastic member of the Troop he was, always willing to get involved in any Troop activities.

Bob, who died on 29 August 2006, was on a coach trip to Stratford Upon Avon along with Tom Hammond (a former 4th Hussar) and their wives when he suffered a stroke. He had another stroke a week later from which he did not recover.

Related topics

  1. A short history of The 4th Hussars
  2. Malaya 1948-51