Geoffrey Ross Mallock



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Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with great sadness that Hawkeye has learned of the untimely death of Colonel (Retd) Geoffrey Ross Mallock AFC (12 Dec 40 -27 May 22). Many will know him as Ross Mallock, a larger than life character who was a talented musician, an amusing writer and a likeable entrepreneur who could organise and enthuse others to assist him in delivering ideas and events. He was born in in India, the son of a Cavalryman who was charged with the unenviable task of converting his fellows onto armoured cars. Small wonder that Ross chose the Royal Tank Regiment when he graduated from Sandhurst in 1961 and joined 5 RTR. He took advantage of the Integrated Flight Scheme to qualify as an Army Pilot on Light Aircraft Course 168. From there he joined 3 RTR Air Troop at Detmold in 1965. He remained with the Flight until late 1966 when he was selected for training as an Instructor and qualified in 1967, with a promotion to Captain.
Following a brief period as an Instructor at Middle Wallop Ross was posted as Second in Command and QHI of the UN Flight operating out of Nicosia in Cyprus. His Flight Commander at that time was the Late Major David Craig GM, who went on to be the first AAC Secretary, who almost immediately put Ross in harm’s way by sending him to observe a clash between EOKA and UN Troops on the ground. His appearance overhead in a UN Sioux immediately drew gunfire from the malcontents, probably to the relief of the Green Jackets who were facing them. Ross later recalled his time with the UNFICYP Flight in verse form, which was published in the AAC Journals of 1967 and 1968. He returned to Middle Wallop in 1968 for a brief period before being posted to his own 5 RTR Air Squadron but that drew to a close quickly when he was approved for transfer to the permanent cadre of the AAC in late 1969 and became a volunteer display pilot with the Blue Eagles team. It was during this period that his work in Aviation was recognised and rewarded with the award of the Air Force Cross.

1971 was an important year for Ross for it was then that he married Vivien. Shortly after that important event he graduated from Staff College and was promoted to Major, taking post as a Staff Officer in the HQ Director Army Aviation at Middle Wallop for a two year tour until taking command of 663 Squadron, which was a sub unit of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. His promotion to Lieutenant Colonel followed in 1979 and command of 9 Regiment AAC, which was based in Detmold at that time. From Regimental Command he went on to be an SO1 at what was known at that time as Personnel Branch 14, responsible for the career management of AAC Officers and then onto a post at HQ UK Land Forces. He was Commandant of the Army Air Corps Centre at Middle Wallop in 1988 and retired in 1994. He did not go quietly into retirement. His connection to and with the Army Air Corps continued through a number of ventures. As a member of the Tactical Doctrine Branch of HQ DAAvn he was also the amusing and skilled editor of the annual AAC Journal, persuading such renowned cartoonists of the time to illustrate the publications. He was also heartily involved in the AAC Air Days and the Museum’s Music in the Air events, acting as compare and getting involved in their organisation. He was also a skilled writer, with a wry humour, who published a number of amusing books including, Telling Tales, Botanic Verses, Many a Slip, Tales for Beginners and The Likes of Leicester.
Colonel Ross Mallock AFC embraced the Army Air Corps when he chose to cross the floor as a young RTR pilot and it was the AAC who drew benefit from that. He is survived by his wife, Vivien (Vivi), his son Toby and daughter Sarah and their children. It is worth mentioning that Vivi is a talented artist in her own right who sculpted busts of the HRH Prince of Wales and HM The Queen Mother, and, more recently created the magnificent bronze eagle that tops the Army Air Corps Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.


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