Jack Dillon Ricketts (known as John) was commissioned from R.M.C. Sandhurst, on 29th August 1935, and saw his first service until January 1937, at Aldershot. He was then posted to the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment at Sialkot, India. From March to November 1938, he was Station Staff Officer, Jutogh Hill Station, near Simle, India.
He was on leave in England on the outbreak of the Second World War 1939-1945 and mobilised at the Regimental Depot, Norton Barracks, where he was appointed Assistant Adjutant and signalling Officer, I.T.C., The Worcestershire Regiment. From May 1940 to December 1941, he was Adjutant of the 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in Northern Ireland, and a Company Commander in that Battalion from January 1942 to July 1944.
In September 1944, he was re-posted to the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and commanded a Rifle Company in that Battalion (‘B’ Company) with the rank of Temporary Major.
He served in North West Europe from October 1944 to July 1954.
He was awarded the D.S.O. (for the action at Tripsrath on the 18th November 1944) whilst serving with the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment in North West Europe.
From August to December 1945, he was a Company Commander with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Belgium and Palestine.
He was appointed D.A.A.G., H.Q.3 Infantry Division, Palestine in December 1945, and this was followed by a course at the Staff College, Quetta from June to December 1946. After leaving the Staff College he was successively Brigade Major to 6th British Independent Para. Brigade., India and then to 3rd Para. Brigade, Palestine.
From March 1948 to March 1951, he was G.S.O. II, Ministry of Supply in London.
In 1949 he married Dorothy Patterson in Surrey, and they had a son Harry.
Lieut.-Colonel J. D. Ricketts
(known as "John")