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Major (Retd) Les Ingham BEM
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For those who do not know Les this is his service record
Early Days: Born in Bury in 1946. I joined Junior Tradesmans' Regiment (JTR) Troon then as a boy soldier on enlistment into the XX Lancashire Fusiliers in Manchester. On passing out joined the Bn in BAOR before moving to Worcester, Norton Barracks with the Signals Platoon. Served in BG, Hong Kong with 1 LF XX. On disbandment of 1LF XX at Weeton Camp in 1968 joined 2RRF at Norton Barracks before being immediately being transferred to 2 QUEENS Signals Platoon in Palace Barracks in 1969. Served a number of years in Catterick and Northern Ireland with the award of British Empire Medal being granted in 1972 for operational duty as Acting Sgt Platoon Commander. Midway through an operational tour joined the DS Staff as a SSgt Instructor at RMA Sandhurst in 1981. Returned to 2RRF and appointed RQMS then RSM under the command of Col Mike Hayley in Berlin.
Commissioned into 2RRF at Catterick as 2Lt in 1983, then Capt and promoted Major in September 1989. Held various appointments such as UFO, Company 2IC A Company 2RRF in the Falklands Islands, QM Tech 3 R ANGLIAN in Minden and two tours of duty with 7/10 UDR and later with 7 R IRISH as QM. Assumed post of OC HQ Company in Ballykinler, 2RRF then appointed SO3 G4 (N) HQ 39 Inf Bde before Retiring from the Army in 1991. 6 RRF (V) and Training Officer Bangor Grammar School CCF
On leaving the Army I have held various civilian appointments; Housing Manager, Aberdeen University in 1992 and Positively Belfast in 1994 acting as Project Manager before joining the Civil Service as a Retired Officer Grade 2, in the appointment of SO2 G3 O & D HQNI in late 1994. Responsible for the drawdown of military structures under Pattern proposals. Retired from Civil Service in 2009. Currently administer a 45-bedded Care Home as part of fshc Group. Retired in Feb 2012.
As you can see a true product of the Queens Divisonal System!
I trust this helps provide a flavour of my military background for collegues who I have yet to meet in Lancashire.
THE CHAIRMAN - FUSILIERS ASSOCIATION LANCASHIRE - A FAREWELL NOTE
CAPT (RETD) JOHN OGRADY - CHAIRMAN 2008 - 2012
John relinquished the post of Chairman Fusiliers Association Lancashire prior to Gallipoli Weekend 2012 having assumed the role in 2008. From 2008 to the present day Johns contribution to the well-being of his beloved Fusiliers Association Lancashire has been immense. Throughout his tenure events have unfolded that required a steady hand, clear mind and an effective approach. Under Johns stewardship the Fusiliers Association Lancashire has developed, membership increased and fund raising extended. His plans for improved welfare for all Fusiliers in Lancashire are now taking shape having personally laid the foundations for further work. Johns vast knowledge of Lancashire and his popularity among young and old have without doubt enabled the Association to prosper and grow. He has developed a first class volunteer team of Association Members which implement regimental policy and ideas articulated by Colonel Lancashire. His involvement in Fusilier Association events will be a lasting testament to his efforts, personal contribution and achievements. The list of achievements and successes is many and numerous; too many to list here. John has set the standard a challenging time lies ahead for any new incumbent!
It would be remiss not to mention both John and Normas joint personal contribution to the Fusilier Association family. I am reminded that in June 2008 John took part in a 10k sponsorship run for a very worthy cause and substantial funds raised. A truly worthy effort!
I speak for all Fusiliers Lancashire Association members by personally wishing John, Norma and immediate family circle the very best of health and good fortune for future years to come. You will of course be sadly missed by your colleagues and personal friends, both serving and retired.
I note with interest that Johns retirement might well be short lived as he maintains a watching brief on the Fusiliers Memorial due to be unveiled at the National Arboretum in 2013.
FUSILIERS ASSOCIATION LANCASHIRE OPENING ADDRESS BY MAJ (RETD) L. INGHAM BEM
It is a privilege and honour to be appointed Chairman Fusiliers Association Lancashire vice Capt (Retd) J. OGrady. I look forward to working alongside many former serving and retired colleagues with a view to keeping Fusiliers Association Lancashire at the fore front of our endeavours. As many of you will know I have been based in Northern Ireland for a number of years and returning to Lancashire at this time is a great thrill for me! Challenging times lie ahead and I would appreciate your continuing support as you have mine!
November 4, 2009
John O' Grady
I was, to-day, sitting down to write to you all of all of the good things that has happened within the Association over the past months, only to switch on the Television and learn that once more we have lost a beloved son of the Regiment in Afghanistan, his details are not yet known but no doubt all will be availed in due course once his parents have been informed, in the mean time I am certain that you will all want to join me in sending to his parents our sincere condolences and prayers at this very sad time in their lives.
I have received many telephone calls and letters of thanks for the fantastic turn out at Cpl Etchells Funeral service on Tuesday of last week, as his mother remarked what a good family we are in the way we honour our deceased, to all of you who made the day such a memorable one for the family thank you so much.
There is also on record a very warm thank you letter from WO2 Sean Paine in regards to all who turned up for the service of the late R.Q.M.S. Andrew Whilton, Tony Harrop(Oldham Branch) gets a special mention for his efforts, again to you all a very big thank you.
As you will see from the Website notice board that we now, at last, have a Welfare Officer for the Association Lancashire and I very much welcome on board Ex 2RRF Warrant Officer Phil (Jack)Horner who has now settled in Bury and has offered his services to the Association. Branch Chairmen will still be the first port of call within their respective areas, however Jack will be in place to take on the more complicated problems of after care ect, neither will this interfere with the outstanding work that Alan Noble continues to do with the R.B.L and SAFFA Organisations. Jack has many other skills that will be a bonus to the organisation.
I am also very pleased to announce that next years Galliploli's Dinner will take place on Saturday the 24th April 2010 at the Radcliffe Civic Hall this will be held in conjunction with the Mayor of Bury's St Georges Day celebrations, we are hoping to sit down some 250 people as I feel it will be a very good occasion to come together with the people of Bury and remember those who were lost at Gallipoli and the famous ;Six before Breakfast; following the Dinner will be the normal Gallipoli Sunday Morning service and lunch, as you are all aware next year's Gallipoli Sunday falls on the 25th April. Please get it in your dairies now.
Thank you all again for the magnificent turn out at the Osnabruck/RRF reunion, Minden Day closure of the RHQ at Wellington Barracks and both services, it was all a great credit to every member of the Association.
As I have always preached the only way we will be heard is to turn up in numbers.
Best wishes to you all and your families.
John O' Grady
Letter from the Chairman.
19th March 2009
The Association Chairman's Responsibilities.(My
Membership of the Association
4th July 08
Opening letter to the members
Dear Members of the Association (Lancashire)
I write to you all as your new Chairman and would like to say what a privilege it was to have been appointed to the post by our present Deputy County Colonel, Colonel Brian Gorski M.B.E. I would like to record my sincere thanks to Eric Davidson for all of his hard work whilst in the chair over the past three years or so.
My intentions are not to mend a wheel that is not broken
but to take a careful look at our present situation and with the help
of my committee set out a strategy programme that will take the Association
through our present time and lay the foundation for the next fifteen years
or so. My Committee will be tasked to raise the membership by 25%, to
continue to track down and enlist the 1960's generation and increase the
number of present R.R.F. members leaving the army, increase the I.T. awareness
to all members' young or old by October this year, which in turn will
help to play a very large part in the recruiting programme in Lancashire.
My committee will also be asked to look at and improve the payment of subscriptions with an aim of achieving an 85% payment by direct debit to allow forward planning in the further, such as The Fusilier Gatherings, Gallipoli weekends, Battle Field Tours, days out ect.
I am very impressed with what is going on in our outlying branches and the hard work that is being put in by the sectaries' and I look forward to meeting up with then all shortly to discuss my ideas and theirs, ensuring that we must never loose sight as to why the Regimental Association was implemented in the first place, it is where Past and Present members of our anti cadent Regiments and present Regiment can meet and discuss old times and be updated by our younger members as to how times have changed over the years in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This will, I am sure be borne out in the forth coming year in Lancashire with the opening of the new Regimental Museum in April 2009 (The biggest shot in the arm the XX The Lancashire Fusiliers will have had in the past fifty years or so,) plus the past forty years of our present Regiment, this museum will be a sight for sore eyes and will be a magnificent credit to all of those people who have contributed to its creation.
In all a very busy year ahead with many challenges for the Association in Lancashire which I am confident will be met with the true spirit of its members.
Message from Colonel Eric Davidson :-
Now that my tenure of appointment as Chairman of the Association in Lancashire has almost terminated. I wish to take this opportunity to express my personal thanks to my team at Headquarters namely Major Jennifer Hindshaw, Stehpen Fitt, John Scotson and Linsay Walsh for their support. Also the members of the Secretariat not
listed above namely Don Kilgallon and Alan Noble. Ronnie Owen for his unstinting work on the recording of Association Members. Dennis Laverick for his professionalism in setting up the Association Web Site.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chairman and derived much pleasure from the office and occasionaly the sadness it has brought. However time marches on as we all do and I wish my successor
Captain John ( Ginger ) O Grady every happiness in the post.
I thank all the Members of our local branches together with those in Central Branch for their support during my time as Chairman and offer them good wishes for the future.
I am looking forward to the new challenge as Director of Operations and a Trustee. Good Luck and God Bless You All.
Col Eric Davidson is Assoc Chairman and with John Scotson and Steven Fitt (joint Secs}
For simplicity I will number them 1 to 4 from the left.
Number 2 is The XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers Tie which is in the Regimental Colours of The XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers ( only worn by the ex serving members of the XXth).
Number 3 is the old Regimental Tie of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Number 4 is the new Regimental tie of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (worn by current serving members of RRF).
Since The Regimental Colours of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are adopted from the Regimental Colours of the XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers it will be very difficult to distinguish between numbers 2 and 4.
That is why many of the young men on the Celle pics appear to be wearing LF ties, they are not,they are wearing the new Regimental Tie of RRF.