Academy Sergeant Major Ray Huggins MBE

#1
May be of interest to those ARRSE members who were at Sandhurst in the 1970s that former Academy Sergeant Major Ray Huggins MBE is now back in uniform as an In Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
 
#2
May be of interest to those ARRSE members who were at Sandhurst in the 1970s that former Academy Sergeant Major Ray Huggins MBE is now back in uniform as an In Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
I dunno how to respond to this: he was a most impressive WO1 - probably the most impressive I ever met (bearing in mind the narrow perspective of youth). Yet there is something sad about learning that he has chosen to end his days living in single accomodation, even in an institution as hallowed as the Hospital.
 
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I dunno how to respond to this: he was a most impressive WO1 - probably the most impressive I ever met (bearing in mind the narrow perspective of youth). Yet there is something sad about learning that he has chosen to end his days living in single accomodation, even in an institution as hallowed as the Hospital.

Here is the man in question
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Just wanted to make sure he was in good hands. A fine fellow.

Edit. I'll re-phrase that. I just wanted to make sure he was in good company.
 
#10
As I recall he had at least one daughter. Luckiest girl in Surrey at the time I reckon..!

Good on you Mr H! Nice to see you fit & well!
 

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#11
I dunno how to respond to this: he was a most impressive WO1 - probably the most impressive I ever met (bearing in mind the narrow perspective of youth). Yet there is something sad about learning that he has chosen to end his days living in single accomodation, even in an institution as hallowed as the Hospital.
I think I know what you are trying to say but it is almost inevitable that in any couple one of them will end up single. I would not be eligible to be a Chelsea Pensioner but I hope that should I be the surviving singly that I end up somewhere half as decent rather than being home alone. More likely I hope that the widow BA doesn't end up home alone!
 
#12
I find this rather sad reading, At the factory, although rarely seen,there were Mrs H and her two lovely daughters. To find Mr H flying solo is somewhat wrong and belittling: he should be drilling the schoolchildren of his local village or sizing off the cricket team.....
 
#13
He may have done all those things, Rick, before he decided to become an In Pensioner. He was one of the most decent men I've ever met and a soldier through and through, perhaps he wanted to spend his remaining years among like minded people.
Although the epitome of a Grenadier Guardsman he was very proud of the fact his Great Grandfather had served in the old 90th (Perthshire) Light Infantry which became 2nd Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) - he always had a soft spot for Scottish regiments.

I wish him many happy and healthy years in the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
 

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#16
I found this online ...

"Mr. Raymond P. Huggins, MBE, MSM, CdeR, was our Master of Ceremonies at the World Premiere Benefit Performance and Banquet. Mr. Huggins, well known in British military circles, joined the Grenadier Guards in 1945 at the age of 17. He saw duty in Germany, the Middle East, North and West Africa and South America. In 1965, he was promoted RSM and in 1970, appointed Academy Sgt. Major at Sandhurst (Senior RSM post in the British Army) where he served until his retirement from active duty in 1980. During his career, in recognition of his service, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1973, received the Meritorious Service Medal in 1974, was awarded the Cross of Recognition by the French Army in 1976 and appointed Admiral in the Texas Navy by the Governor of Texas in 1978! He represented his regiment in Rugby (1946 to 1965); swimming and water polo, sword fencing and was Regimental Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1950 ...

At the conclusion of Mr. Huggins' military career, he and his wife, Sheila (ex WRNS) moved to apartments in Blenheim Palace where he served as Deputy Administrator and she served as the Blenheim Gardens Secretary until they both retired in 1993. "


So apparently it's the French "Cross of Recognition", though I haven't been able to turn up any other information about it.
 
#17
He looks in bloody good fettle for his years!
 

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