John was educated at Bedford School. After 6 years in the Regular Army serving in the UK, Germany and Northern Ireland, he joined B Coy 6th Bn R Anglian Regiment in September 1974. After re-joining the TA in 1986 he served in a number of headquarters and in 1996 he was posted to 1 Coy 5th Bn R Anglian Regiment in time to manage the re-rolling to a RLC Transport Regiment. During his service with the TA he held a full time appointment with the Civil Service in the MOD serving in a number of departments the last two being DISC Chicksands as SO2 Trg Pol and RAF Henlow as OC Contract Monitoring Team before retiring in 2012.
He is Chairman of Bedfordshire Reserve Forces and Cadet Forum (RFCA), is a member of Bedford Borough Council's Community Covenant Forum, a member of the committee arranging the Army Vs Bedford Blues Rugby Club bi-annual Mobbs Memorial match and is Chairman of the Bedford Branch of the Royal Anglian Regiment Association.
John is married to Carole, with two grown up sons, and lives in a North Bedfordshire village.
Mr Basil Hirniak
18 Maltings Way,
Great Barford, Bedford,
Watford and Hemel Hempstead Branch
Lt Col Peter King
The Old Forge,
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regimental Museum
Wardown Park Museum, Old Bedford Rd, Luton LU2 7HA
Church of the Transfiguration, 132 Bedford Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8BQ