Tom died on 6 March 1995.

WO1 T McAssey, MM
WO1 T McAssey, MM

He followed his father into The 4th Queen’s Own Hussars in January 1934 on Boys Service, while they were stationed at Colchester, just prior to the Regiment’s move to Aldershot.

By 1937 he was a trooper in ‘B’ Squadron, commanded by Maj Clements. He was promoted to lance corporal in 1938. He sailed with the Regiment to Egypt in November 1940.

He took part in the Greek Battles and was captured at Kozani on 16 April 1941 and was not released until May 1945.

He was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery and determination in the Greek campaign.

He returned to the 4th Hussars in Italy at Gradisca, and from there he moved with them to Lübeck in March 1947, and thence to Colchester in November 1947.

He sailed with the Regiment to Malaya, but only spent one year there before returning to the UK on posting to the Shropshire Yeomanry. He rejoined the Regiment at Tidworth in 1952, moving to Hohne with them in 1953, and became SSM of HQ Squadron in 1956. He left in June 1958 on posting to the Mons Officer Cadet School.

He left the Army in December 1963.

Tom was a true 4th Hussar. His family had served the Regiment for many years prior to his joining. He was a loyal and supportive member of the Regimental Association and was always on parade at the Field of Remembrance. He was most helpful to me and will be sadly missed.

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