Brigadier R N Thicknesse

(The Royal Ulster Rifles)

Brigadier R N ThicknesseCommanded 1/6th Bn The Queen's Royal Regiment from March to August 1943.

Ralph Nevill Thicknesse was born on 12th February 1902 and educated at Uppingham School and the RMC Sandhurst. He was commissioned in The Somerset Light Infantry in December 1921. He transferred to The Royal Ulster Rifles in 1932 and was adjutant of the 1st Battalion from 1933 to 1936. He was attached to Sudan Defence Force in June 1938 and served in Palestine in 1938-39. He served on the staff in World War II except for the period from March to August 1943 when he commanded 1/6th Bn The Queen’s Royal Regiment in North Africa. He was twice Mentioned in Despatches.

From 1947 to 1950 he was Military Attaché in Cairo after which he was appointed Commandant of the Army Apprentices School Harrogate. He retired from the Army on 22nd July 1954. From 1957 to 1966 he was Army Liaison Officer, Dublin.
He was awarded the Bronze Star (USA).

He died in February 1974.

For obituary, see The Queen's Royal Surrey Regimental Association Newsletter No.15 May 1974 page 14.


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