Guardsman Walter F Massey

18 Oct 2012

  • General Service Medal Clasp (1962 onwards) medal
  • Queen's Golden Jubailee Medal 2002

Guardsman Walter F Massey began his military career with the 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards in 1965, and served for a year as part of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR).

He transferred to become part of No 1 Guards Parachute Company in 1966. He served three years with the Coy, deployed to Northern Ireland at the start of the Troubles, and earning the GSM.

He returned to his parent Guards unit in 1970, and was deployed to Sharja in the Gulf (now part of the United Arab Emirates), before detachment to the 2nd Scots Guards in 1971. He rejoined the Guards Parachute Coy, before deployment to British Honduras in the West Indies a year later.

In 1973, he was attached to 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) where he travelled to the Far East. Here he spent a further two years with the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery (RNZA), before returning to his parent regiment once more. He was deployed to Hong Kong in 1975 for a year.

Finally returning to the UK, he joined the Army Cadet Force, with whom he spent 30 years, in Greater Manchester. He was an active member of the veteran community, as part of the Guards Parachute Association.

Walter Massey died on 18 October 2012 in Hyde Cheshire.

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Service History

Decorations

  • General Service Medal Clasp (1962 onwards) medal GSM
  • Cadet Force Medal
Walter F Massey

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  • Soldiers from the RNZA at rest in Darwin, Northern Australia before deployment to Singapore, mid-1970s

    Soldiers from the RNZA at rest in Darwin, Northern Australia before deployment to Singapore, mid-1970s

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