Sgt Jock Finlay, sometimes known as Spiro, joined the 3rd Hussars in Palestine in 1947.

WO2 (SSM) PC Finlay
WO2 (SSM) PC Finlay

He previously served with 6 RTR during the Italian campaign and subsequently with 8 RTR.

During his time with the 3rd Hussars, he was employed in a variety of appointments including the running of the officers’ country club and casino at Travemunde, Squadron Signals NCO and Officers’ Mess Sergeant.

In 1952 he decided to try life in ‘civvy street’ but after a few months decided it was not for him and re-enlisted.

After amalgamation in 1958, he deployed with ‘C’ Squadron to Aden as Recce Troop sergeant.

On return from Aden, he was promoted to staff sergeant and joined the quartermaster’s staff as Families NCO. This was followed by SQMS of a sabre squadron and finally promotion to warrant officer class two as SSM of ‘A’ Squadron.

He was a Regimental character and a stalwart of the Sergeants’ Mess, where his enthusiasm for Mess life was legend. He had a large fund of stories, some of which cannot be reproduced here.

Had an interest in several sports and was a qualified football referee and hockey umpire. He retired from the Army on the Regiment’s return from Aden in 1968, returned to his native Scotland and settled in Dalkeith.

He became a leading light in his local branch of the Royal British Legion which I understand he sharpened them all up in true Finlay style.

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