Major General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

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Major General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

Post by Paul W. Baker » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:48 pm

It is with great regret that we have to inform you of the Death of Maj. Gen. Sir Michael Palmer KCVO, Who Passed away on 21ST February 2017 aged 88.

Maj Gen Mike was Patron of Noah's ARC

We send our heartfelt condolences to his Wife Jilly, and Children, Jeremy, Deborah, and Jonty.


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Re: Major General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

Post by Bob_H » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:25 am

The saddest of news to hear of the passing of our club Patron.

A commander who will be remembered fondly by many.


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Re: Major General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

Post by lawrie salkeld » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:58 pm

RIP Sir. Condolence to all the family
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Re: Major General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

Post by PINKY » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:16 am

Condolence to all your family and friends.

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Re: Major General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

Post by xnsman » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:06 am

Mike Palmer was the first officer of the Regiment that I ever met. He was the 'conducting officer' who shepherded my draft from the 65TR RAC Catterick to the Regiment at Haig Lines, Crookham, in September 1952. We were told off to be interviewed on the train south, and each man went from his 3rd. Class compartment to the 1st. Class compartment where Mr. Palmer sat in solitary splendor, and I think he assigned us to our squadrons right there.

Sometime in 1953 he was transferred to B Sqdn. as 2IC, after Capt. Gowlett went off to the Malayan Armoured Car Ragt., and I got to know him a little bit better. Later in 1953 or early 1954 he was appointed adjutant, and later was promoted to captain.

In May 1954 I was demobbed. In June 1956 I emigrated to Canada.

In 1969, while watching CBC news , I was astonished to see him in front of the camera , saying something to the effect that " it had cost the Regiment a couple of bloody good men". I now presume he was commenting on the N.I. incident, covered elsewhere on this forum.

He was a good guy, and I'm sorry to hear of his death. However, I'm only four years younger than him, so I can appreciate the reality of the situation.

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Re: Major General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

Post by Bill Bentley » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:03 am

While I never had the good fortune to serve under General Palmer, on a one to one basis, I also feel the communal loss at his passing. Strangely I recall his name more so than the various Commanding Officers under whom I actually served. This is because when I joined the regiment in 1972 it was Colonel Palmer who the common soldiers were still talking about and how much they missed him in that position. Over the years and now right up to his passing General Mike has been amongst us, somehow managing to do what Kippling, in his poem 'If' made so appealing:

If you can walk with Kings - nor loose the common touch ...

Bless you General, you shall be missed but not forgotten !


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: Major General Sir Michael Palmer KCVO

Post by Hawk195 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:46 pm

General Mike had good sense of humour, I remember once he came into the mess for a end of the week drink he
was stood next to Mike Young at the bar. I shouted to mike if he wanted a drink, to which the Colonel replied " you are not shouting to me are you. You will be missed. My condolences to Lady Jilly and family.
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