J.D. Aldridge

Lt.Col. John Derek Aldridge, MBE
Died aged 75
Born in Edinburgh and educated at Rossall School in Lancashire. In 1933 he joined the Army and served with the Royal Tank Regiment during World War 2. He was twice wounded in Egypt, but went on to serve in North Africa, Italy and Palestine. In peacetime he continued to serve with the Regiment at Catterick as a staff officer, and in the War Office in London. In 1949 he received the MBE for his war services.

After retiring from this service be became Secretary of the Fife Territorial Army until 1964. He was factor of Strathallan School, Forgandenny, 1966-77. As Chairman of the Perth and Kinross Scouts, he was awarded the "Silver Acorn" for distinguished service.

In 1984 he received the "Welchman Award" for the most outstanding services to the British Field Sports Society during that year. He also took a kindly and helpful interest in the local branch of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, and he was Chairman of the Vestry of St. Paul's Church, Kinross.

Colonel Aldridge was a very quiet and self-effacing person, but was highly respected and much loved. He was survived by his wife Ada whom he married in 1937, and their son Alastair.

MEMBER OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

1939-45 STAR

AFRICA STAR, 8TH ARMY BAR

DEFENCE MEDAL

GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1918-62, PALESTINE (1945-48) BAR

ITALY STAR

WAR MEDAL

MEDAL RIBBON GROUP

MINIATURE MEDAL GROUP