David Valler


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It is with great sadness that Hawkeye has learned of the passing of Major (Retd) David Valler (16 Mar 34 – 4 Aug 21) following a period of illness. David will be known to many of us as an experienced soldier and a forthright, wise, and knowledgeable Officer who was a source of advice and guidance within our Corps as it grew to maturity. Following a period of National Service in 1954, David enlisted for Regular service with the Royal Tank Regiment in 1958 and moved with the Regiment to Germany. When 5 RTR disbanded in the late 1960s he transferred to the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, serving in Germany, UK, and Sharjah. In the early 1970s, he was seconded to the Army Air Corps for service with 1 Div Aviation Regiment, based in Verden He subsequently transferred to the Army Air Corps as a Groundcrewman and by 1975 he was the RQMS of 3 Regiment AAC, which at that time was based in Netheravon. Shortly after that, he was appointed as the RSM of 7 Regiment AAC, which was also based at Netheravon.

A year later, in 1977 he was commissioned as a Captain and went on to serve in a variety of posts in the Army Air Corps including Quartermaster in 9 Regt AAC in Detmold until it was withdrawn from service in 1984, when he transferred to 4 Regiment, also in Detmold. In 1985 he returned to UK as QM for the AAC Depot Regiment in Middle Wallop before taking up the prestigious appointment as Staff Quartermaster for the Army Air Corps in the Directorate, where his experience and knowledge was put to good use at a time when the AAC was growing in stature. He retired from Regular service as a Major in 1989 but continued to serve our Corps as a Retired Officer in the Directorate and subsequently as a key figure in Aviation Branch Land in Netheravon. He took well-earned retirement in 1999.

Our thoughts are with his wife Diana, their children; Colin, Philip and Hilary and grandchildren; Lewis, Maisie, Lucy & Holly (twins), Jarod and Ruby.

The funeral for Major (QM) (Retd) David Valler will be at Salisbury Crematorium, Tuesday 31 August at 14.00 and afterwards at the Milford Hall Hotel, Salisbury. Please inform RHQ AAC if you intend to attend so that we may keep the family informed


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