Richard George Ashley Leman was born on the 26th April 1927 at Worcester. Son of Lieut.-Colonel Leman, D.S.O. (who also commanded the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from August 1931 to 1935).
Richard Leman joined the Army as a private soldier on 1st February, 1945 and was commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment, from 164 O.C.T.U. (Officer Cadet Training Unit), in March, 1946. He first joined the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment in 1947 and served with that Battalion at Trieste, Pola, Luneberg, Berlin and Gottingen into early 1950. From 1950 to 1951 he was Brigade Intelligence Officer to 31 Lorried Infantry Brigade at Goslar, B.A.O.R., in which Brigade at one time both 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment served alongside each other.
He married Margaret Wynter at the Priory Church, Malvern, on the 20th September 1952. Afterwards a reception was held at the Regimental Mess, Norton Barracks.
Following a tour at the Regimental Depot at Worcester from 1952 to 1954, he again joined 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment at Bulford and Iserlohn, B.A.O.R., first as Weapon Training Officer and later as Second-in-Command of a Company. It is interesting to note that Richard Leman was Battalion W.T.O. (Weapons Training Officer) in 1955, in which year The Worcestershire Regiment won the K.R.R.C. Cup for the first time.
Following qualifying at the Staff College, Camberley in 1957 he was Staff Captain then D.A.Q.M.G. at the War Office from 1958 to 1960. From 1961 to 1962 he again served with 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment at Worcester, British Honduras and Minden, B.A.O.R., first as Adjutant and then as a Company Commander. From 1963 to 1964 he was D.A.A G. at H.O. Mercian Brigade at Lichfield and from 1965 to 1967 he returned to 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment at Lydd, Gibraltar and Libya, first as a Company Commander and then as Second-in-Command of the Battalion.
Lieut.-Col. R. G. A. Leman