Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

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Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Bob_H » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:44 pm

We've received news tonight of the retirement of John Cornish.

JC has been a great service to our Regiment and we wish him all the best in retirement.
Owfen born and Warburtons bred :lol:

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Bill Bentley » Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:30 am

I feel lucky to have spotted this thread first and so I am privileged to be able to be the first to reply.

John, JC, has been an exceptional Regimental Secretary and while dealing with his fellow officers and commanders he has never forgotten that he was himself a common soldier, and he has never lost the common touch. For me personally JC was a great moral support when I was unwell and it was JC that put me in touch with Noah's Arc and so reunited me with old friends. Thanks John !

My memory of JC, while serving together in the regiment, was always positive and respectful and he has continued to earn my personal respect throughout his long service. John, I wish you a long and happy retirement with your family, take care, stay happy, healthy, and lucky.

Bill & Rahi Bentley and family

PS Maybe Kipling had you in mind when he wrote this: 'If'

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Sam » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:36 am

I cannot top that Bill, Enjoy your retirement mate as I am

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by bryanlythgoe » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:37 am

A few of us met up with JC in a local pub in Preston for a send off. John is in good health and would gladly have carried on with the good work but for the commuting to Preston. If anyone knows of a easy driving job going he will be interested to keep him busy. All of my family are grateful for JCs work and we wish him well for the future, he has been a credit to the Regiment and has always kept his sense of humour when things were tough. thanks again John put your feet up for a while before you go hitting the motorways. Geraldine,Bryan, Stephen,Michael and Samantha.

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by kevman » Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:14 pm

Mandy & I wish you all the very best in your retirement John. I have many memories of our time together with A Squadron in Paderborn , Singapore and N.I. All the best to your family also....enjoy and many thanks for your comradeship over the years.

Kevin& Mandy Whittaker


Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:21 pm

I reckon that all of us that served at the same time as John has a tale to be told. Mine was some time after I had left the Regiment and long before I was guided to Noah's Arc by my old friend Stiches.
I read an obit in the annual newsletter it was a lad that had worked for/with me when he was a young Tpr. A bright lad with a good future ahead of him. I wont go into details but when I phoned John at HHQ and told him how close we had been he filled me in on what had happened to end this young life so tragicley . This helped a lot as at time I had no contact with my old friends.
Than you again JC.

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Shep » Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:20 pm

One Hell of a soldier one hell of a Hussar
Even better one of the Best friends you could have
Has done a fantastic Job and will be a hard act to follow

Enjoy your retirement John

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by PINKY » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:07 pm

Proud to of had you as my troop Sgt at Juniors. Proud to of served with you in the Regiment.
Proud to call you a friend.
Total respect.
All the best JC.

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by DRAC » Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:52 am

JCs retirement is a sad occasion, which will effect us all at Noahs Arc, he has been a great source of information, and his loyalty to the 14/20H and the KRH has been an inspiration to us all.
I have had the honour of serving with JC in many roles and theatres of the world starting in the sixties, He was a real regimental character in his service, well renowned for his hard work , his fantastic dry wit and ability to liven up any Regimental party. We we have all benefitted from his very important role as the Regimental Secretary N.
Enjoy your well deserved retirement John, It will be hard to find a replacement to fill your shoes.
Very best wishes from Denny and myself.
(Bill , enjoyed the poetic tribute!)

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Brian Moulton » Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:00 pm


Best of luck in your retirement, hope the next incumbent can do as well as you did.

That's another free watering hole gone in Preston.

I'll let you know when the project is finished. We'll meet again I'm sure.

Best of luck again.

Brian & Jeanette

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Mac McNulty » Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:02 am

Hi John,

Enjoy your retirement mate known you for years and always had time for a chat and a laugh.

I remember when I was a young Lcpl in Cyprus on Duty Cpl you phoned me up pretending to be the Squadron Leader had me running ragged around the Office looking for a none existent important document fell for it until I heard the roars of laughter at the other end of the phone.

Have a long and healthy retirement and hopefully we will meet again soon

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by tigger » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:15 am


Cath and I wish you all the best in your retirement

Thanks for your help and support when it was needed and your advise when given was allways taken to heart.

It was a pleasure to serve with you and an even bigger privlage to know you

Best wishes for your future

Trev and Cath

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by charley » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:38 pm

Thanks for every thing and your hard work that many times went unsung I think bill said it all good luck with what ever you do.

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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Bulldog » Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:54 pm

Total respect thank you

Dave & Diane
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Re: Retirement of JC, Regimental Secretary (N)

Post by Paul Keller » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:44 am

JC, Regimental Legend !!!
Nuff said !!!
Have a very happy retirement John, was a privilege and a pleasure to serve with you.
Then it's Trooper this, an Trooper that
And Trooper how's yer soul?
But it's "Hawks are bloody 'ero's"
When the tanks began to roll!

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