Light Infantry - Obituaries
- 1993 to 2000
Clifford Walker - died
18th. February 2000, aged 51yrs. He enlisted into the
KOYLI in 1965 and following training was posted to 1
KOYLI. He saw service in Berlin and Northern Ireland
and was serving in 2 LI. when he retired from the army
in 1978.( There is no rank given in Silver Bugle )
Nicholas Fraser, Pte.
- died May 1999 after sustaining a head injury in a
fall whilst at home on leave. ( date or age not given
in Silver Bugle ) After completing a degree, he enlisted
into the LI. and following training he was posted to
1 LI. in Cyprus where he joined D Coy. Whilst serving
in Cyprus he was able to complete several adventurous
training courses, as well as taking part in a full raft
of IS Duties and Exercise Saffron Sands in Jordan.
S.A. ( Ted ) Moulding
- died 6th March 1999. ( age not given in Silver bugle
) He died suddenly at home in Tidworth. Enlisted into
the LI. on 10th. May 1971 and following training was
posted to the 2nd. Bn. at Colchester were he joined
B Coy. A year later he was posted to the Anti Tank Pl.
Support Coy. and remained with the Pl. until 1976. He
moved to the MT Pl. whilst the Bn. was serving in Lemgo
and was later promoted to Sgt within the Pl. He remained
in the MT Pl. until 1989 when he then became the Families
Sgt. at Tidworth, a post he held until 1991 when he
went to JCU ( NI ) and remained in post until his discharge
in 1993. This was his only posting away from the Bn.
in his 22yrs. service. He had served in West Germany,
Kenya, Gibraltar and the UK including several tours
in Northern Ireland. He retired with the rank of Sgt.
John Stanley Rann - WO2. died
24th. January 1999.( age not given in Silver Bugle )
His tragic death came about as a result of a Diving
accident whilst serving in Cyprus in 1LI.
Michael John Evans - Bandmaster
- died 12th. August 1998 in the Shropshire and
Mid-Wales Hospice from cancer, aged 55yrs. He enlisted
into the Royal Sussex Regt. in 1966 and continued his
military music career in 3 Queens and then in the LI.
after transferring to 3 LI. in 1974. His exceptional
musical talent had been recognised at the Royal Military
School of Music, Kneller Hall, where he served as BSM
from 1971-74. As Bandmaster of 3 LI. between 1974 and
1981 he was on operational tours of duty in Cyprus,
Kenya, Germany and Northern Ireland. From 1982-86 he
was Bandmaster at the Regt. and then Light Div. Depot
in Shrewsbury. His final regular army appointment was
Bandmaster of the Army Junior School of Music at Bovington
from 1986-88. After a distinguished military musical
career during which he was awarded the GSM (Northern
Ireland) Queen's Jubilee Medal and LS & GC Medal
he enlisted in the TA and became Bandmaster of 5 LI
(V) Bligny Band
David Gilbert George Heighway
L/Cpl. - died April 1998. (neither date or age
given in Silver Bugle) He enlisted into the KSLI in
1961 and following training was posted to 1 KSLI with
whom he served in Munster, Plymouth, British Honduras
and Singapore and then with 3 LI. in Malaysia UK and
Cyprus. He retired from the regular army in 1972 and
then went on to serve in the TA (5 LI ) until December
Raymond Palfreyman -
died 30th. January 1998 aged 60yrs. He enlisted in December
1959 and was posted following training to 1 KOYLI. Between
1960 and vesting day he saw service with the Bn. in
BAOR, Malaya, Borneo and Aden. When the Bn. became 2
LI. he completed a further tour of Germany this time
in Berlin. He retired from the army in 1968. His rank
at the time he left is not given.
Mick Belsom - died 1997
- 1LI Recce platoon passed away in Cornwall 1997, all
the best love his wife, daughters and grandchildren.
If anyone has any photos of him and pals would love
it if they could put them here so we can see them thanks.
- Pat Belsom
Col. Michael McBain -
died December 1997 aged 67yrs. from cancer. He was educated
at Richmond School, Yorkshire and the RMA Sandhurst.
He was commissioned into the DLI. in February 1951 and
joined the Bn. in Berlin and serving with them in Korea
and Egypt. From February 1956 to August 1959 he was
seconded to the Royal Malay Regt. returning to England
to become Adjutant of the 8th (TA) Bn.DLI in Durham.
He later returned to 1 DLI in Borneo as a Coy. Commander
and then later he became 2 i/c of 1 LI.
These postings were interspersed with various staff
appointments in BAOR and HQ Command JUT. In October
1973 he was promoted to Lt.Col. and appointed to Command
the Northumbrian Volunteers (TA) and later formed 7
In 1976 he was appointed Colonel (TA) HQ North East
District and subsequently appointed ADC (TA) to the
Queen. His appointment as Deputy Secretary NE TAVRA
brought him back to Durham where his TA experience rounded
off a lifetime of military service.
Alan England - died 1997
aged 54yrs ( date of death not given in Silver Bugle
) He enlisted into the KSLI in 1964 and following training
was posted to and served in 1 KSLI and a latterly with
3 LI. He saw service in Munster, Minden, Singapore,
Malaysia and Cyprus. He also took part in 5 operational
tours of duty in Northern Ireland. He retired from the
army in 1978. His rank at the time he left is not given.
Roger Beavan - died 31st.
January 1997 from cancer. ( age not given in Silver
Bugle ) He was a former Bugle Major. He enlisted initially
into the RAF, then the Parachute Regt. before transferring
to 1 KSLI in the early 1960's. He served in 1 KSLI and
then 3 LI. in a series of overseas postings which included
British Honduras, Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius.
After a brief period with 1 LI. he transferred to the
ACIO in Hereford where he recruited successfully for
the Regt. from 1969-1976.
Larry David Merchant, C/Sgt.
- died 5th September 1996, aged 37yrs. Enlisted into
the army as a junior leader on 21st. August 1975. On
completion of his basic training he was posted to 2
LI. in Lemgo, West Germany. He also saw service in Kenya,
Canada, America, Gibraltar and seven tours of duty in
Northern Ireland. In the twenty years he spent in the
Regt. he served initially in a rifle company and the
following promotions to the rank of Sgt and then CSgt.
he worked within the administrative side of the Bn.
as the Clothing Sgt. Officers Mess Manager and Accommodation
SNCO. He was an extremely popular member of the Bn.
and will be sadly missed by everyone.
Mark ( Cozy ) Powell, Sgt.
- died 16th. September 1994, aged 34yrs. His death resulted
from a fatal gun shot wound whilst serving in BATUS,
Canada. Born in Weston-Super- Mare he enlisted into
LI .in August 1976 and following training was posted
to 1 LI. He served in 1 LI. for most of his career including
several tours in Northern Ireland. He attended many
Infantry courses and by June 1993 had reached the rank
of Sgt. His main strength was in gunnery which led him
to serving 2yrs. at Lulworth as a gunnery instructor.
He joined 2 LI. after the merger and worked in the gunnery
wing, where he ran regular cadres and many soldiers
have gained from the knowledge and experience he has
passed on to them. He was buried at the Aldershot Military
Cemetary by a Burial Party from 2 LI. and a Firing Party
from 1 LI. A Memorial Service was held on Monday 17th.
October 1994 by the Bn. at which his wife was present.
Maj.Gen. Peter F.A. Sibbald
CB OBE - died 5th. July 1994 aged 66yrs. He was
commissioned into the KOYLI.on 15th. July 1948. He was
one of two officers to be commissioned into the KOYLI
at this time, who were the first post-war Sandhurst
officers to join the Regt. He joined the 1st. Bn. in
Malaya as a Plt. commander and was recorded with a mention
in despatches in 1951. After returning to England and
a spell in Germany he went to Korea as a Staff Captain
in 29 Brigade. When he later rejoined his Bn. it was
on anti-Mau Mau operations in Kenya, and he became 2
I/C of B Coy. From 1955-57 he was an instructor at the
School of Infantry in Hythe. This was a post in which
he developed his interest in infantry weapons.
He married in 1957 and later took over as Adjutant
of the Bn. which was now stationed in Germany. It was
here that the Bn. celebrated the bi-centenary of the
Battle of Minden and as Adjutant, reluctently, he mounted
a horse for the parade. In 1961 he graduated from Staff
College and became Brigade Major of 151 Brigade (TA)
at Yarm. This was followed by JSSC before again rejoining
the 1st. Bn. as OC D Coy.in Tidworth and Aden. From
1966-68 he was GS02 in Singapore. He moved from there
to become Commanding Officer of 2 LI. in Berlin and
Colchester. In 1970, during his period of command he
was appointed OBE. In 1972 he was appointed Col. GS
at HQ BAOR but was soon promoted again to command 51
Brigade in Hong Kong. He returned to England in 1974
as Divisional Brigadier, the Light Div. Winchester.
On promotion to Maj.Gen. he took over as GOC NW District
and from 1980 until his retirement was Director of Infantry.
During this time he was heavily involved in a major
re-organisation and re-equipment programme for the Infantry.
This included the design and procurement of the new
fleet of APC's, consisting of both tracked and wheeled
From 1977-80 he was the Deputy Colonel (Yorkshire) this
was folowed by becoming from 1980-83 the Colonel Commandant
of the Light Division.
Capt. John Michael Kilburn
- died 22nd. November 1993, aged 53yrs, cause of death
heart attack. He enlisted into the KOYLI in 1958 as
a Pte. When the Bn. was stationed in Malaya he had by
this time been promoted to Cpl. In 1968 he had risen
to the rank of Sgt. and was serving in A Coy. After
Berlin he was posted to the Jnr.Infantry Battalion at
Shorncliffe. In 1971 he returned to the Bn. which after
vesting day had become 2 LI. In 1973 he was promoted
to WO2 and following a spell as RQMS in 2 LI. he was
posted in 1977 to the Regt. Depot as the RSM and in
the same year he was awarded his LS & GC medal.
In 1979 he was posted to Sandhurst and on retirement
he moved to 7 LI. When a vacancy arose he was commissioned
as the Capt. (QM) of 223 Field Ambulance in Newton Aycliffe,
he was still serving as such at the time of his death.
Col. John Patrick St Clair Ballenden,
OBE MC. - died 15th. June 1993 aged 64yrs. He
died aboard his yacht off the French coast. He was commissioned
into the KSLI and won his MC in Korea. As a Lt. aged
22yrs, he led a Pltn. of A Coy 1 KSLI up the steep,
densely wooded slopes of Hill 227 at Kowang San to help
capture a Chinese position at the top. Despite being
wounded in the arm 50yds from the summit, he pressed
on with his men, supported by a lone Centurion tank,
while stick grenades rained down on them from above.
His arm was broken after being hit a second time.
His citation referred to his 'personal bravery and coolness
which were an insperation to his men and were in the
highest traditions of service'. He continued to serve
in British Honduras, Malaya, Mauritius, Northern Ireland,
Hong Kong and West Germany over 30yrs. He also spent
3yrs in the late 50's in the Army's Glider Pilot Regt.
He was the last CO of the KSLI ( and briefly the youngest
CO in the British Army ) and the 1st. CO of 3 LI. In
the same year he took 3 LI. to Mauritius when it not
only put down race riots ( Muslim versus Creoles ) but
won the the Wilkinson Sword of Peace for hearts and
minds operations among the local people. Then in 1969
shortly after the Bn. returned to the UK it was rushed
to Ulster where it became the first on the streets of
Belfast in the early days of the provinces troubles.
He was made military OBE for the valour he again showed
in action. He retired from the army in 1975.