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Capt Edward Charles Wolton

The Corps of Royal Engineers

Known as Ted

Service No: 510509

Unit: 30 PC Sqn. part of 3 PC Regt.

23 May 1936 - 17 Oct 2014

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Remembered by: Eric Wolton

Date added: 25 Oct 2014

510509 Aged 78 Edward Charles Wolton, "Ted". Starting as a Sapper at the Mill Hill barracks in Sept. 1954, to retiring as a Captain in May 1985, having served in Thailand, Cyprus (twice), Germany (twice), Hong Kong, and the UK.
After being in charge of a small post office in Dusseldorf in 1956, working with best friends, Eric Miller and Norman Williams, Ted briefly left the Army to explore civvy street, only to re-join the Royal Engineers and re-train in 1961. Deciding that blowing up bridges and square bashing weren't for him, Ted moved to the Depot at Mill Hill, soon making Corporal. He had to travel a little further to Thailand to land an acting-sergeant rank, where he supervised the running of two FPO's, one in Bangkok the other "up country".
Following two more years at Mill Hill, Ted (and family this time!) was posted to Cyprus, working at FPO's in Dhekalia and Limassol from 1968 - 1971.
Promoted to Warrant Officer (WO2) Ted was next posted to Dortmund to run a predominately Artillery Garrison FPO where he very much enjoyed working with his very good staff, and enjoying the German way of life, making many local friends as well as enjoying the army social life.
A return to the UK and a promotion to RSM of 2 Regt REPCS at South Cerney, Gloucestershire followed in 1975 until 1978, where the job of being in charge of the sorting office in Kowloon BFPO 1 was impossible to turn down! Two hot, humid and noisy years were rewarded with an offer of a Short Service Commission, bringing Ted back to Mill Hill to be the Military Transport Officer a role that saw him making a court appearance when a wheel came free from an army vehicle!
Relieved to be offered a return posting to Germany in 1981, (this time Dusseldorf) where his area of responsibility included FPO's in N Germany and Belgium as OC 30 PC Sqn. part of 3 PC Regt.
Back to Cyprus as a Captain, in 1983 until 1985 as 2ic FPO in Dhekalia, Ted's military career ended with voluntary retirement on 18th May 1985.
He had many fond memories of service life, the responsibilities and the people he shared them with.
His funeral service will take place on 7th Nov. 2014 at 2.45pm at Weeley Crematorium, Essex.

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