The Corps of Royal Engineers

(1948 - 2011)


24290480 WO2 SSM Leo Walsh (retd) died at home on 1st December 2011 surrounded by his family and where he wanted to be. A fine man and a very good friend. He served with 873 Movement Light Squadron (RE)(V) then with 111 Engineer Regiment (V) Not content to retire he took on the mantle of Branch Secretary of the West London REA for a number of years. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him - 0nce a sapper always a sapper.


Added by: Philip Webb on 4 December 2011.




Phill Mccormack writes [13th June 2014]:

As the PSI at the time he was SSM I have fond memories of us often sharing an after work/ exercise drink just laughing at some of the things you lot had done.
How can I forget my fist Wk/End exercise when as a 'Sprog' PSI I was about to set off at the stated Departure time with more than half the Sqn having not yet arrived from their day jobs. Your advice about changing to more realistic timing's was put across as only you could!
As has already been stated "A Professional" who was always"First ... [read more from Phill Mccormack]



Larry Hayward writes [26th February 2013]:

I was saddened to hear that Leo Walsh had died – it only seems like yesterday we were in Germany together with 873 Movement Light Sqn RE V. He was a very professional soldier, dependable and unflappable. He never took any nonsense from any of us young Sappers during our training but equally he could have a good laugh with us in the bar afterwards. In Germany I remember having a meal with him and a few others while I was just a Sapper but there was never any kind of ‘them and us’ with him. ... [read more from Larry Hayward]



Michael Cope writes [2nd January 2013]:

A sadly missed friend



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