Surrey Infantry Museum Medals
Major General FAH Ling CB CBE DSO DL
Commanded 2/5th Bn The Queen's Royal Regiment from December 1943 to December 1944 and the 5th Battalion from March 1954 to March 1957.
Fergus Alan Humphrey Ling was. born on 5th August 1914 and educated at Stowe School and the RMC Sandhurst. He was commissioned in The Queen's Royal Regiment in December 1934 and served with the 2nd Battalion until 1936 when he was posted to the 1st Battalion in India where he was Intelligence Officer. He later became Station Staff Officer and Staff Captain Allahabad Brigade Area. On leave in England in 1939 he was mobilised as adjutant of 165 OCTU. In August 1940 he joined the 2/5th Battalion. He was second-in command at Salerno and commanded the Battalion from December 1943 to December 1944 when he attended the Staff College. He was awarded the DSO for his fine leadership of the Battalion in Italy. In 1945-46 he was GSO I (Ops) GHQ Middle East and after another appointment commanded the Depot. In 1951-53 he was a member of the Directing Staff at the Staff College, Camberley. In March 1954 he was appointed to command the 5th Battalion and from 1957-58 was Assistant Military Secretary at the War Office. He then commanded the 148th North Midland Brigade (TA) from 1958-61. From 1961-65 he was DAG HQ BAOR and from 1965-67 was GOC 54th (East Anglian) Division/District and Commander East Anglian District from 1967-68 and Eastern District from 1968-69.
He retired from the Army on 1st March 1969. He was Deputy Colonel of The Queen's Regiment (Queen's Surreys) from 1969 to 1973 and Colonel of The Queen's Regiment from 1973 to 1977. He was made a CBE in 1964 and a CB in 1968.
In retirement Fergus Ling was also Vice Chairman and Chairman S E TAVR Association and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Surrey from October 1973 to 1st January 1983.
He died on 7th May 1995