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The Death of Robert Hale - Glosters

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Members of The Gloucestershire Regiment will wish to be aware of the recent death of Mr Robert (Bob/Ginger) Hale who died on 11th June 2019 aged 78.

Bob joined 1 GLOSTERS at Dover in 1960 having originally enlisted at Topsham Barracks Exeter. Cinderford was his birthplace and home before moving to Lancashire. Training in Libya was one of his early recollections. Playing in the Regimental Polo Team while serving in Cyprus was a further highlight and fond memory. In time he was feted for his skill. Amongst the praise he received was: ‘Polo Playing Private Makes History’; and, ‘Army's Number One Polo Player’. He also became a Battalion boxer.

Bob Hale also focused on soldiering gaining Corporal rank before enjoying a long spell in the Families Office. At a time when Army Welfare and Social Services were not so prescient Corporal Hale, often supported by his wife Carol, were widely respected for their work and contribution to Battalion life. Carol had also been a soldier and met while at Saighton Camp, Chester.

Bob Hale’s final year in the Army was spent at Fulwood Barracks, Preston. Subsequently he worked there as a civilian security guard before transferring to Weeton Camp. At Weeton he became the Senior Storekeeper within the Accommodation Stores, a post he held for fifteen years before retiring in 2002. Concurrently Carol worked as the administrative and finance focal point at Weeton Camp Primary School. Bob Hale lost his wife to cancer in 2017. They are survived by two children.

The Funeral Service of Mr Robert (Ginger) Hale will take place at 1.00 pm on Friday 21st June 2019 at the Elswick Memorial United Reform Church, Lodge Lane, Elswick, PR4 3YN. The Service will be followed by a gathering at the Boot & Shoe Inn, Beech Road, Elswick, PR4 3YB. Should you wish to write to Bob’s son, Mr Lee Hale, the address is:
1 The Meadows, Elswick, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 3US.

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