Eric was called up for National Service in 1948 joining the 1 SOM LI located at the newly formed LI Training Centre, Bordon, In January 1951 the battalion moved first to Munster, BAOR and sometime later to Wuppertal. The Bn were then posted to Malaya where he was awarded a MID, he was also promoted to MT Sjt. On the Bn’s return to the UK he became an instructor at the Regt Depot, Taunton. This led to promotion as a CQMS and a move to 1SCLI in Osnabruck. Moving from there via Plymouth to Gibraltar saw a promotion to WO2 as CSM B Coy. In 1964 the Bn moved to Berlin from where he was posted as RQMS to the LI Depot, Shrewsbury. Later promoted to WO1 he remained at Shrewsbury as RSM. He was subsequently commissioned and posted to 1 LI, serving in Northern Ireland, Lemgo and Colchester. In the mid 1970’s he was posted as QM to 2 RGJ, serving in Gibraltar and Tidworth. His final posting was to HQ 1st Division at Verden, whilst in BAOR he was promoted to Lt Col (QM) and appointed MBE. Having retired from Regular service in June 1985 he became a PSAO with 6 LI (V) at Bath as QM, a post he held for several years. He later became Chairman of the Bristol Branch of the Association taking on at the same time the duties of Secretary and Treasurer. He also became a Trustee of the Association, from which he stood down at the end of 2018. His service to the Regt spanned 71 years. He pre-deceased his wife Thelma who sadly died 8 weeks later.
He was called up for National Service in September 1960. Following training at the Regimental Depot at Bodmin he was posted to 1SCLI in Osnabruck where he served in a Rifle Company. During his service he had subsequent postings with the Battalion to the UK, Gibraltar and Tobruk. On demobilisation in September 1962 he returned to his home in Ilminster where he continued with his trade as a bricklayer until his retirement. His funeral service, which took place at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Monday 18th November, was well attended by his family friends and colleagues from the building trade. Our condolences go to his wife Marion and family.
He was called up for National Service in September 1960. Following training at the Regimental Depot at Bodmin he was posted to 1SCLI in Osnabruck where he served in a Rifle Company. During his service he had subsequent postings with the Battalion to the UK, Gibraltar and Tobruk. On demobilisation in September 1962 he returned to his home in Watchet where he continued with his trade as a bricklayer until his retirement. His funeral service which took place at St Decumans Church, Watchet on Friday 29th November was extremely well attended by his family, friends and many from the scouting community, in which he had been a member from the age of 8 up until his death, at which time he was the Group Scout Leader for the Watchet area. Our condolences go to his wife Glenda and family.
Capt. Church was commissioned into the SCLI in 1963. He served in all postings with the Battalion and later the Light Infantry before becoming an instructor at Sandhurst Military Academy. His prior postings included amongst others, Gibraltar, Aden, Ballykinler and Lemgo. Unfortunately cancer cut short his military career and he retired from the Army in 1974. His funeral service took place at The Sacred Heart Church, Hook, Hampshire, on Friday 12th July. It was attended by his family, friends and former Officers of the Regiment. Our condolences go to his wife Tita and his daughters.