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The Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry


6 October 1959 - 10 July 1968



Osnabruck

Osnabruck 1959/61


Plymouth Sept/61

Gibraltar

Gibraltar 1961/63

Osna

Tobruk 1961/63

Berlin

Berlin 1963/65

Gravesend

Gravesend 1965/68

Aden

Aden 1966

SCLI Obituaries

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2014-2019


Lt Col Eric Herrington MBE – died on Thursday 21 November 2019 aged 89

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.


Pte. Robert (Bob) Paul – died on Tuesday 5th November 2019 aged 80

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.


Pte. 23809709 Malcolm Francis Bale – died on Saturday 9th November 2019 aged 80

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.


Captain Christopher Church – died on Friday 21st June 2019 aged 78

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.