Military (& related) obituaries

General Sir George Cooper, who led his men in Korea under deadly mortar fire – obituary
Although he won an MC, he was later reprimanded after a daring rescue of a wounded soldier

General Sir George Cooper, who led his men in Korea under deadly mortar fire – obituary

The Chinese forward positions were only 100 yards away and the subaltern in charge of the working party said that it was too dangerous to try to rescue the man in broad daylight. “I snapped,” Cooper wrote afterwards. “I grabbed the nearest sapper before he had time to protest and we leapt out of our trench and dashed forward and brought in the wounded man.”
The Chinese were too astonished to open fire, but Cooper received a fierce reprimand from his CO for neglecting his duties and unnecessarily endangering lives. “No VC this time,” the young officer commented wryly.
 
Lt Col the Rev Tom Hiney MC

Tom officiated at our wedding when he was at Warminster Garrison, he was utterly delightful yet quite steely. There are not I am sure many Military Padres with MCs or criminal records!

In 1958, as a 22-year-old lieutenant, he was being seen off by some Army comrades at a railway station when he decided to give them a fright. He had a lighted thunderflash in one hand and was trying to pull down the train window but it would not open. In desperation, he threw the device into the WC and jumped out of the way. The explosion blew off the door and wrecked the fittings, He was fined £40 at Darlington court.
 
What a hoot!
In 1955 he was the course officer for a class of sub-lieutenants who decided to have some fun on their last morning parade, on April 1, by bringing a circus elephant on to the island. The duty officer, warned of the elephant’s approach by the bridge sentry, thought that his leg was being pulled and gave the order to let the pachyderm proceed.
Subsequently the class marched on to the parade ground with the elephant in their midst, surmounted by a mahout dressed as a sub-lieutenant. The beast, being well-trained, picked up the band’s marching step nicely, but Captain “Bunjey” Rutherford, the saluting officer in command of Whale Island, was not amused.

Leach had not been party to the April Fool’s joke, but later that morning, when he took the class results to the captain, he had placed Sub-Lieutenant L E Fant at the top. Rutherford was still not amused, demanding “Fant? Fant? Who’s this feller, Fant?” When the news reached the Admiralty, the Second Sea Lord took a personal interest and called Rutherford to announce, somewhat unkindly: “This is a trunk call.”
 
COL (ret) Legendre, Brigade des Sapeurs Pompiers de Paris (BSPP, the Paris firemen, is a military unit) has passed away.

When he led the BSPP R&D cell, he developed, in the early 1980s, the F1 Fireman helmet.

Produced by MSA Gallet, it is now in use in more than 80 countries around the world. He designed this helmet after having been himself severely injured during a BSPP intervention on a gas leak in 1979 during which he suffered severe facial lacerations and lost an eye.

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COL (ret) Legendre, Brigade des Sapeurs Pompiers de Paris (BSPP, the Paris firemen, is a military unit) has passed away.

When he led the BSPP R&D cell, he developed, in the early 1980s, the F1 Fireman helmet.

Produced by MSA Gallet, it is now in used in more than 80 countries around the world. He designed this helmet after having been himself severely injured during a BSPP intervention.

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Our international military family is diverse in way that sometime surprise us RIP mon colonel.
 

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