Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Shearer (Rtd)

#1
Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Shearer

Collapsed and died while playing golf. Former Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Shearer, 60, who survived an IRA bomb blast 25 years ago, suffered a heart attack.

He had been competing in an Army tournament in Stirling
Mr Shearer, who celebrated his 60th birthday two weeks ago, survived being blown up by a 200lb IRA bomb while serving in County Fermanagh, during the height of the troubles in 1982. Despite the blast, he still managed to chase off the six IRA gunmen who tried to ambush his mates.
Latterly, he worked in the Army careers office in Inverness and as a guard at Fort George, Ardersier.
He was awarded the British Empire Medal for his recruitment work.

He started the Scots Guards Association and was instrumental in organising the Inverness Tattoo over a number of years.
Mr Shearer was also at the forefront of organising a cairn memorial for local Falklands War veterans

(Extracted from todays P&J)

One Hell of a man he will be missed by many.
RIP and thanks .
 
#2
wheelchairwarrier said:
Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Shearer

Collapsed and died while playing golf. Former Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Shearer, 60, who survived an IRA bomb blast 25 years ago, suffered a heart attack.

He had been competing in an Army tournament in Stirling
Mr Shearer, who celebrated his 60th birthday two weeks ago, survived being blown up by a 200lb IRA bomb while serving in County Fermanagh, during the height of the troubles in 1982. Despite the blast, he still managed to chase off the six IRA gunmen who tried to ambush his mates.
Latterly, he worked in the Army careers office in Inverness and as a guard at Fort George, Ardersier.
He was awarded the British Empire Medal for his recruitment work.

He started the Scots Guards Association and was instrumental in organising the Inverness Tattoo over a number of years.
Mr Shearer was also at the forefront of organising a cairn memorial for local Falklands War veterans

(Extracted from todays P&J)

One Hell of a man he will be missed by many.
RIP and thanks .
Like all ex - Scots Guardsmen of my age , I knew Harry. Great bloke.
R.I.P. Harry. You will be greatly missed.
 
#5
RIP Sir,

I have this man to thank for starting my career, and although he made some comments about my choice of regiment he gave nothing but support.
You could never meet a finer WO1.
 
#6
Have never met the man, but would have been proud to.
RIP Sir. I wished I had known you.
 
#7
Loved his golf and loved the bookies too. He gave Ladbrokes a few red faces.

He will be sorely missed around Inversneck.

RIP Harry.
 
#8
RIP Harry, Pleasure to know you. Condolences to Family and friends.
 
#9
There was a Harry Shearer drill instr at Bovington in 1983 - same bloke?
 
#11
Must be begbie - outstanding bloke. Never saw him bollock anyone without reason - not like that RMP tosser. Think he took far too much pleasure in beasting 16 yr olds.

Really sorry to hear about this
 
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BOMB SURVIVOR DIES PLAYING GAME HE LOVED
Date : 06.09.07

A former Scots Guards hero from Inverness has collapsed and died while playing golf.
Former Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Shearer, 60, who survived an IRA bomb blast 25
years ago, suffered a heart attack.
He had been competing in an Army tournament in Stirling.
The father-of-three's family said the larger -than-life character died playing the game he
adored.
At their Culloden home, Mr Shearer's partner removed..... said: "Golf was Harry's passion.
"He wouldn't have wanted to die anywhere else but on a golf course."
Mrs Shearer added: "Harry was some character. We have received so many cards from
people in the military and golf worlds who knew and loved him."
Mr Shearer, a forces veteran of 37 years, originally from Turriff, Aberdeenshire, joined the
Scots Guards on his 17th birthday and went on tours of duty to Northern Ireland, Germany,
Hong Kong and Kenya during a long and distinguished career.
Mr Shearer, who celebrated his 60th birthday two weeks ago, survived being blown up by a
200lb IRA bomb while serving in County Fermanagh, during the height of the troubles in
1982. Despite the blast, he still managed to chase off the six IRA gunmen who tried to
ambush his mates.
Latterly, he worked in the Army careers office in Inverness and as a guard at Fort George,
Ardersier.
He was awarded the British Empire Medal for his recruitment work.
He started the Scots Guards Association and was instrumental in organising the Inverness
Tattoo over a number of years.
Mr Shearer was also at the forefront of organising a cairn memorial for local Falklands War
veterans.
Removed...................................

Removed.... said: "He was some character.
"No one would forget my dad in a hurry."
Former colleague Charlie removed......, who joined the Scots Guards at the same time as Mr
Shearer, said: "He was a great guy.
"He loved the Army and lived for the Army. Even when he retired he continued doing his
work at the recruitment office encouraging youngsters to sign up.
"There will be a full Scots Guards funeral at Fort George next week.
"Members will be coming from all over the country to pay their respects.
"Their will be a lot of high -ranking officers.
"His partner removed...... wants to help carry his coffin, and there will be a piper and bugler.
"Harry was bigger than life in more ways than one.
"He was always playing golf. It was a shock when I heard he had collapsed and died on the
golf course.

"He was a fit man who was still working."
Neil removed........, of the Loch Ness Golf Club in Inverness, said: "It was a real shock to hear the
news about Harry.
"He was a very popular guy here and around many Scottish golf clubs. Our thoughts go out
to his family."
From the Press and Journal.

He was a bit of a character was harry. He stayed a lot with me when I was a wee boy during the summer holidays before he joined The Scott's Guards.
He had not long celebrated his 60th birthday at a surprise party in Inversnakey.
I was led to believe he did not like to bully, but help new recruits and was known for it. I on the other hand would not like to have been on the receiving end if he thought you were coming it!
My son loved him as he always had time to stop for a quick talk with him, even when he was in a hurry to go and play gulf!
They broke the mold though and there was only one Harry Shearer!


May I say thanks on behalf of the Family for your kind thoughts.

I think knowing Harry there are a few stories out there :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
#15
Heard quite a few little snippets while I was at the funeral of stories about Harry (which I won't repeat).
There was a big turnout and not only from the Scots Guards, but from other regiments.
There were a lot of his gulfing buddies and betting mates there as well.
Also a lot of friends he had made along the way.



R.I.P. Harry Shearer.

If you were there, thank-you for coming :D
 

JINGO

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#16
Only just caught this thread, My condolences to his family and friends. I met him at Bovington where he educated me in the ways of the real Army in a few hours far more than any other intsructor did in 15 months. He was a top man, a Soldiers Soldier and i am proud to have known him however briefly. Rest in Peace, Stand at Ease, Stand Easy.
 
#17
Wollyjumper said:

May I say thanks on behalf of the Family for your kind thoughts.

No need :) I'm Darryl Geegan, Harry's grandson. I have been the Lone Piper at the Inverness Tattoo for the last four years, but was not able to attend this year's Tattoo. I was told by Harry's daughter-in-law to search Google for his name. Never had I expected such a buzz to be created. Trust Harry, eh? :p

Big thank you from me and the whole family to everyone who has posted in this thread for your kind words. My grandad (or "Pops", as I've called him all my life) will be sorely missed and these times are the most difficult I have ever had to face in my whole 16-year life so far. The funeral was amazing; that is, the chapel at Fort George was full to bursting point of family, friends, colleagues and guests from all over. The service was very well presented, and there were many laughs and tears<---(mostly from me!)

As I said, he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him, but he is not gone. He still walks beside us all, with his hand on our shoulders aiding us through these difficult times. :)

Wollyjumper said:
I think knowing Harry there are a few stories out there :lol: :lol: :lol:


Haha, I could tell you a fair few stories about the goings on at his home in Culloden! A very funny man and it has been an honour to have him as part of my life. A big part of me has been taken away from me, but I keep my chin up and try to do the best I can to support the rest of the family. :)

Thank you once again, to all, for your kind words and sympathy. It is greatly appreciated by all of us. Feel free to email me if you'd like to further discuss the life of the legend that is Harry Shearer.

Much love from us to you,
Darryl Geegan & Family
xxx
 
#18
i think everyone that joined the Army from the Highlands and Islands during the 90's will have fond memories of WO1 Shearer. Before we even took our oath he made such a strong impression and gave us all something to aspire too.
Deepest sympathy to your family darryl
 
#19
:) He's that kind of guy! A man of trust and slight bonkersness (e.g. asking me to be the Lone Piper when I was 12, on day 2 of the Inverness Tattoo when the Lone Piper from the pipe band failed to be ready behind the gate on time!) The trust he put in people was unbelievable, but it got him far, and I never doubted a word of what he said. :)

Thanks for your kind words, vandyke! :)

x
 

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