Tommy Vale MBE

Please DO NOT raise New Bereavements in this Forum, inform Admin of the details: hussar1420@gmail.com
Post Reply
User avatar
Bob_H
Site Admin
Posts: 1661
Joined: Wed Jul 07, 2004 11:09 pm
Service Details: DLOY from 1961 to 1966. Joined 1420H at Perham Down in 1966 to 1978. RAOC from 1978 to 1988.
Real Name: Bob Harrison
Location: Lytham St Annes
Has thanked: 100 times
Been thanked: 40 times
Contact:

Tommy Vale MBE

Post by Bob_H » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:17 pm

The Association have informed us of the following:

MAJOR T VALE MBE
14TH/20TH KING’S HUSSARS 1938-1972

We regret to inform you of the death of Major Tommy Vale MBE, on Monday 14th October, aged 96.

Tommy joined 14/20H in India in 1938 as a Band Boy aged 15, he became a Trooper at RD on reaching Mans Service. He served with distinction in every rank up to Major and was awarded an MBE in 1971. He qualified as a glider pilot and served with the Glider Pilot Regiment 1944 - 1947.

A cremation service will be held on Thursday 31st October at 11:45 am at Carleton Crematorium, Stocks Road, Poulton-Le-Fylde, FY6 7QS, followed by a reception at Singleton Lodge, Lodge Lane, Poulton-Le-Fylde, FY6 8LT.

All are welcome. If you are attending the service, please inform HHQ by Monday 28th October, either by email ao2@krh.org.uk or telephone 01962 828521.

Tommy (left) with Eddie Sheen
valesheen.jpg
valesheen.jpg (18.8 KiB) Viewed 280 times

User avatar
PINKY
Posts: 2498
Joined: Fri Jul 30, 2004 9:32 pm
Service Details: Ex 1420H,left as a Sgt in March 2003 after 23 yrs service.
Real Name: John Pinkerton
Location: Born in Salford now living in Alberta, Canada
Has thanked: 29 times
Been thanked: 25 times
Contact:

Re: Tommy Vale MBE

Post by PINKY » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:25 pm

RIP Sir,
A remarkable Hussar.
Pinky

Bill Bentley
Posts: 858
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:12 pm
Service Details: 1970 - JLR RAC, 14/20KH, Para Sqn RAC, 2 Para, DLOY- 1990
Real Name: Martin W.L. Bentley
Has thanked: 15 times
Been thanked: 66 times
Contact:

Re: Tommy Vale MBE

Post by Bill Bentley » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:31 pm

I think, or perhaps I like to think, that I met a Major Vale, either in Tidworth or Herford. I can't say that I paid much attention back then. Having read Bob's comments above, my loss I should say !
Has it dawned on anybody else, 1938 ... throughout WWII, and being a Glider Pilot 1944 ... every bit as daring as the early parachutists ! Not just because of Arnhem (September 1944) and their losses there, remembering that a great many Para's went 'in' in a glider as opposed to by parachute and about 75% of the force was effectively lost.

A few notes from Wikipedia:

Allied Airborne Units[204]
......................................KiA / died of wounds. Captured or missing. Safely withdrawn..........Total
1st Airborne:.................1,174..........................5,903.........................1,892..........................8,969
Glider Pilot Regiment.....219.............................511............................532.............................1,262

I am not suggesting that he actually flew into Arnhem, I simply do not know, but to have been a part of that organization during that period must have been, for a soldier, very special indeed.

I should like to take this opportunity to salute Major Tommy Vale MBE, may he Rest in Peace amongst friends.

User avatar
Bob_H
Site Admin
Posts: 1661
Joined: Wed Jul 07, 2004 11:09 pm
Service Details: DLOY from 1961 to 1966. Joined 1420H at Perham Down in 1966 to 1978. RAOC from 1978 to 1988.
Real Name: Bob Harrison
Location: Lytham St Annes
Has thanked: 100 times
Been thanked: 40 times
Contact:

Re: Tommy Vale MBE

Post by Bob_H » Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:20 pm

Alongside a good few others I attended Tommy Vale's funeral service today. A good Regimental turnout including some senior Officers (Smales, Vickery, Garbutt). Tommy was given a good send-off.

Within the Order of service was this:

There's a little bit of good in the worst of us.
And there's a little bit of bad in the best of us
So it behoves that none of us
Should criticise any one of us.
tommy.jpg
tommy.jpg (80.8 KiB) Viewed 196 times
I don't often do this - but I shed a small tear writing this :(

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests