Glen was born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire on 26 May 1928 and was enlisted into the General Service Corps on 5 January 1946 for initial training with 90 Primary Training Centre and consequently RAC training at Catterick.

WO2 GRR James
WO2 GRR James

He qualified as a Sig/Dvr and subsequently was posted to the 4th Hussars who were stationed in Trieste/Italy in September 1946. He rapidly attained junior NCO rank.

Glen then served with the Regiment in BAOR and UK and then went to Malaya with them in September 1948. Promoted to sergeant in 1950 he attended a wireless instructor’s course at Bovington.

His engagement ended in 1953 and he left the Regiment on B Reserve to join the Devonshire Constabulary. Having served almost two years in the police he decided it was not for him as quote: ‘too many sergeants and inspectors were messing him about’.

Glen rejoined the Regiment at Hohne in March 1955 with the rank of substantive corporal then in July that year he attended a Gunnery Instructor Course at Lulworth and attained a pass at ‘B’ grade.

He was posted to the RAC Gunnery School Lulworth as a gunnery instructor in August 1956 and consequently transferred to the Guided Weapons Wing as a GW Instructor attaining the rank of acting staff sergeant.

He remained at Lulworth for family reasons until 1961 and during that time he spent five months at the missile test range at Woomera, Australia, testing the Malkara Missile. Ever the countryman Glen spent much of his spare time out with his dogs assisting the legendary Bert Woodford, the gamekeeper at Lulworth.

Glen returned to the Regiment, (‘B’ Squadron QRIH), as a sergeant in October 1961 consequently serving in Aden, Singapore, Brunei and Kuching until September 1963 when he was recalled to the Guided Weapons Wing, Lulworth in his previous capacity as a staff sergeant instructor with promotion to
P/A/WO2 (SSM instructor) in November 1965.

His next move was back to the Regiment at Wolfenbuttel with the rank of staff sergeant in September 1966 and then the move to the UK followed by the move to Paderborn in 1970 as SSM ‘B’ Squadron. His final Regimental appointment being SSM ‘HQ’ Squadron having served 27 years on a regular engagement.

In July 1973 Glen was transferred on to the Long Service List.

His last posting on the LSL was as Mess supervisor of the Officers’ Mess, British Military Hospital, Hannover and consequently, he handed over the Mess to the Germans on the closing down of the BMH. His service was terminated on 25 May 1983 having served 37 years.

He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1966 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 1976.

Glen died on 27 February 2004 following a short fight against cancer.

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