A regular column from Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn.
Eric Ormond enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals and was subsequently posted to Germany in 1947 and then Singapore in 1948, when he was promoted to corporal.
Eric’s military career led him to many destinations over the years, including Egypt. After seven years of soldiering, Eric was given leave to go back to England and marry his fiancé Margaret Burns, a couple of years before being made staff sergeant. During his time as chief clerk in Aden in late 1959, Eric became a Class 1 football referee.
Eric returned to Germany and by 1968 had risen to assistant station staff officer, responsible for looking after the married quarters. In 1972, Eric was back in England where he stayed (with the exception of a few years) to complete his service while serving as chief clerk at HQ Regiment UKLF, Wilton.
After leaving military service, Eric was a cadet administrative assistant with the Lincolnshire Cadet Force, and retired in August 1994. You can see Eric marching in South Holland’s official parades. He now enjoys all the pleasures of retirement, but still manages to pop over to The Cayman Islands as often as possible to visit his son, David. The couple also have a daughter, Christine.
Listen to Eric’s story on the podcast section at tulip-radio.co.uk