10th Battalion Worcestershire Officers- Belfast (Oct. 1940)
Left to right: Capt. R. D. Holland, Captain G. P. Griffiths,
Major J. G. Player, Major C. P. G. Wills, Capt. J. H. L. Burnett,
Capt. J. D. Ricketts, Major A. R. Harrison.
He was not only joint Editor of "The Green 'Un," the forerunner of "FIRM," from its first number in November, 1922, until October, 1925, but he was also Editor of its hereditary successor, "FIRM," the Regimental Magazine, from April, 1933, until July, 1934.
He was an outstanding organiser and trainer of men in peace and war and as such was awarded the O.B.E. in 1944. But it was a cruel blow to him when his Battalion as part of the 61st Division did not after all go to France.
Highly successful and respected soldier as he was, perhaps he will be remembered best for his work as Secretary for eighteen years of The Worcestershire Regiments' Association (W.R.O.C.A.).
He took over the old W.R.O.C.A. from the late Sir John Reddie in June 1947 to 31st March 1966, and transformed it to meet the needs of the post-World War 2 era into an organisation representative of all the various Army Units raised in Worcestershire. He encouraged the formation of Branches in many different parts of the United Kingdom as well as overseas in such places as Malta where old soldiers were to be found. These branches, and so far as the County of Worcestershire is concerned, the Rifle Clubs associated with them, are a living memorial to his work. Very many ex-soldiers in need have benefited over the years from the work of the association and have good reason to remember him with affection and gratitude.