I'm pleased to announce that Sir Mike & Lady Palmer have accepted the position of "Honorary Colonel of Noah's Arc
Sir Mike called me today and we had a lengthy chat. Having attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the 14th/20th King's Hussars as a second lieutenant on 22 December 1948. He was given the service number 400011. Promoted to lieutenant on 22 December 1950, he was Adjutant of 14th/20th King's Hussars from 1953 to 1955, and was given the acting rank of captain on appointment. Promoted to captain on 22 December 1954, he served as Adjutant of the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry from 1956 to 1959.
He attended Staff College, Camberley in 1960 and, having been promoted to Major on 22 December 1961, he attended the Joint Services Staff College in 1965. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 30 June 1969 and between 1969 and 1972 he was commanding officer of the 14th/20th King's Hussars. He was promoted colonel on 30 June 1973. He went on to be Commander Royal Armoured Corps at Headquarters 1st (British) Corps in 1974 and, having been promoted to brigadier on 31 December 1974, he became Assistant Chief of Staff at Allied Forces Central Europe in 1976. He became Director Royal Armoured Corps on 8 December 1978 and was promoted to Major-General on 19 February 1980. He was Defence Services Secretary from 1982] to 1985, when he retired. On 21 March 1985, General Palmer was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO). Throughout his career he was supported by wife, Jilly.
Sir Mike is now aged 85. But don't think age has stunted his capacity - he's still as sharp as a razor!
He tells me that he is writing his memoirs (on computer). Now that is something for us all to look forward to.Our Committee are honoured and delighted that Sir Mike & Lady Palmer have joined us. He tells me that he wants the name and memory of the 14th/20th King's Hussars to live on forever.
There cannot be a more fitting appointment.My thanks to John Molloy - John was batman to Lt Colonel Palmer and he has helped broker the appointment.
Sir Mike sends his best wishes to everyone who remembers him - I guess that will be a lot of you
Our letterhead will now show "Honorary Colonel: Sir Mike & Lady Palmer".
If you want to send a welcome message to Sir Mike leave it below and I'll send them on to him.