Lt Col G W Rothband TD

Geoffrey Rothband joined the Lancashire Fusiliers in December 1938 and was commissioned shortly afterwards.

He joined the 1/5 Battalion XX The Lancashire Fusiliers (TA), and in early March 1940 the 1/5th embarked with the BEF at Southampton for Cherbourg in France.

Following the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk the Bn regrouped in England.

He left England in December 1940 and joined the 1st Bn in India and served in the Far East in Burma and with the Kings African Rifles in 14th Army, before arriving back in the UK in May 1945.

After demobilisation, he rejoined the 5th Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers when the Territorial Army re-started in 1947.

In 1959 he took Command of the 5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers, a command he held until 1962 when he finally ended his service.

Dennis Laverick's dad 3rd from left front row

WO and Sgt Mess Lt. Col Rothband center of front row