Captain Terry J Freelove
enlisted in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment in 1960, and it
became apparent at a very early stage that this soldier was destined for
the top. It was at Tidworth in 1961 and in Malta the following year when
he served in the Signal Platoon, whilst in the Platoon he was promoted to
Corporal. He was an excellent shot, and was a member of the record
breaking Smallbore team.
a Sgt, 1965-68 he was a permanent Staff Instructor with both County
Territorial Battalions, 4th Wiltshire Regiment and the 4th/6th
Royal Berkshire Regiment. In 1970 he was selected for that prestigious
posting for senior non commissioned officers, as an instructor at the
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. During this tour he was promoted to
was ‘A’ Company Sgt Major, and here his strengths were clear for all
to see, confidence, bearing, intelligence and efficiency. During the long
tour in Ballykinlar he served with distinction and natural authority,
tempered with good humour and sound professional knowledge, borne out by
the affection shown to him by his soldiers.
promotion to W.O.1 in 1977, Terry was appointed Regimental Sgt Major to
the 2nd Battalion Wessex Regiment; here his adaptability, and
flexible attitude of mind, won him the respect and admiration of the T.A.
Soldier. He was selected to be the R.S.M. of the 1st Battalion
D.E.R.R., but a family illness prevented him taking up this appointment.
He was instead posted to the 4th Battalion Ulster Defence
Regiment, where his strong personality, good humour and enthusiastic
participation in all aspects of the Battalions and community life,
combined with an uncompromising demand for a high standard of performance
from his N.C.O.s earned him wide respect.
in 1980 Terry became the Families Officer for the 1st
1986 he assumed the appointment of O.C. H.Q. Company at the Depot,
Whittington Barracks, and it was here that his illness was first
passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich on the 29th