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 their passion for Italy. It was just after visiting Naples last year that Richard became ill.
Richard had the regiment and countryside pursuits deeply embedded in his heart and will be much missed by his many friends in both walks of life. Our sympathy and best wishes go to Maggie.
Major TB Andrews MBE
Major Terence Brian Andrews, who has died aged 89, was a career soldier who served in Malaya, Singapore, Germany, Canada, Rhodesia and the UK.
Terence was born in 1927 in Ambala, In- dia into a military family. He spent his childhood in India, Jamaica and Hamp- shire. Terry attended Churcher’s College
in Petersfield and the University of Edinburgh, where he stud- ied Geography and discovered his life-long love of maps, naviga- tion and interpreting terrain. He was a keen athlete and excelled at rugby, playing for the Petersfield First XV and later boxing, which he competed in for the regiment.
Aged sixteen, Terry volunteered for the Royal Navy and after training was awarded an Emergency Commission in the RNVR, later serving as a Sub Lieutenant in Algerine class minesweep- ers until 1947. In doing so, he joined a long line of military men in his family, his grandfather served in the Boer War and the First World War; his father, uncle and brother served during the Second World War.
On December 23, 1947, Terry transferred from the Royal Navy to the 12th Royal Lancers, his uncle’s regiment, as a Second Lieu- tenant. Terry was part of the advanced party of the 12th Royal Lancers that arrived in Malaya in July 1951. Apart from a one year period in the UK Terry was to remain in Malaya until 1958, completing two operational tours. From 1951 to 1954 he saw service in Malaya on counter-insurgency operations as a Troop Commander, and excelled at jungle patrolling and ambushing. He was awarded a Mention in Despatches towards the end of this time. Fortunately, Terry’s duties took him to the Cameron Highlands where he met his future wife, Edwina, who was serv- ing as a Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corp Sister. They married in 1955 in Hampshire before returning to Malaya. Terry, by then a Captain, was seconded to the Federation Ar- moured Car Regiment. In 1957, Terry led his men at Malaysia’s Independence Day parade in Kuala Lumpur.
On return to the UK Terry spent several years in the gunnery world. In the late 1960s, he and his family, Edwina and chil- dren Brian and Claire, moved to Singapore, where Terry served alongside the Royal Air Force, before returning to Gunnery in Germany and UK.
Terry’s expertise in Gunnery allowed him to be seconded to Suffield in Canada. His work was summarised by Major Gen- eral Robin Brockbank in a history of the regiment as follows: “It should be recorded that a significant part of the design and layout of the battle runs at Suffield (Canada) had been done by Major Andrews on secondment from the Gunnery School at Lulworth. This included the use of missile-firing helicopters. In recognition of this work he was awarded the MBE.”.
Terry chose his final tour to be with the Royal Air Force, he be- came the Ground Liaison Officer with 33 Squadron and this saw him in Rhodesia as part of the UK force deployed there. His only regret was that he was unable to take part in the Falklands campaign. He retired from the Army in March 1982.
In retirement, Terry enjoyed cycling across Scotland and through the New Forest. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather to his four grandchildren. His Catholic faith was of great importance to him and he was known, loved and respected for his complete integrity and unswerving loyalty.
He is survived by his wife Edwina and children Brian and Claire.
Major W Grant
After leaving school Bill was employed by cabinet maker Dykes of Glasgow. He had his National Service deferred until he had finished his apprenticeship. One of his favourite pastimes was hiking around the Scottish countryside and climbing with his brother Donald and his best friend Ian. He once walked all the way around the Isle of Skye – an experience he still
remembered with great fondness many decades later.
Bill started his army career at Catterick Barracks for his ini- tial training in February 1955. On completion in June 1955, he joined the 9th Lancers in Detmold and was assigned to B Squadron.
Within two years Bill was promoted to Sergeant and won the Troop Shield in 1957. He loved Detmold and the warmer cli- mate, the food and the beer. He met his future wife Sieglinde (Lini) in July 1957 – they married in November 1958.
After the Amalgamation of 9th and 12th Lancers, Bill was post- ed to the Yorkshire Yeomanry for two years – a posting that Bill and Lini very much enjoyed. Bill re-joined the Regiment and B Squadron in Aden and spent most of his time in Sharjah, the desert and training in Kenya.
In autumn 1963, the Regiment returned to Germany and Bill was reunited with his family in Osnabruck and was on regimen- tal duty until 1969. Bill was posted to 7 Armoured Brigade in Soltau for two years and re-joined the Regiment and B Squadron in Detmold. Once more he enjoyed hiking with his family in the Teutoberger Wald. Whist in Detmold he did tours in Northern Ireland, training in Canada and the usual exercises in Germany. Bill was extremely proud to be promoted to RSM in 1975 – he served as RSM in Detmold and Omagh.
A new experience beckoned when he was commissioned into the regiment, soon going on a tour with the United Nations in Cy- prus. After time spent in Tidworth and Munster the Regiment was posted to Hohne Bergen. In 1984 Bill was posted to North- ampton to command the Cadets at Simpson Barracks. However, this was the shortest posting in his army career when he was recalled to the Regiment to command HQ Squadron in Wolfen- büttel after just six months
Bill’s final 18 months in the army were spent with the regiment in Saffron Walden after which he retired after 33 years of ser- vice. In 1990 Bill was offered the post of Regimental Secretary at Home HQ and worked there till 1998, enjoying the opportunity to connect with old comrades.
On retirement Bill enjoyed many holidays in Scotland – camp- ing and hill walking in Glencoe and Skye and in Achmore in Wester Ross. Bill was very proud of his achievements in his army and Regimental career and he spoke often and with great affection about the men he served with. The family was deeply touched and comforted by the wonderful comments made by of- ficers and soldiers who served with Bill – about his immense courtesy, wisdom and tact, his skills as a soldier and the lasting impression and impact he made on so many.

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