News 2017

Death of 2627498 Harry Cyril West

1 December 2017


Sadly, I must report the death of 2627498 Harry Cyril West, who was a member of the East Kent Branch.

Harry was born in Canterbury, Kent, England in 1927 and joined the Grenadier Guards in March 1945. At the time of joining, Harry was a little underweight and so was sent to the Hendon Police College Physical Training School to improve his physique. One month later he joined Sgt Eastwood's squad at Caterham, Surrey, England and continued basic training both at Caterham and at Pirbright, Surrey, England.

After basic training he was posted to Windsor Berkshire, England where he undertook an Infantry Signals Course. By December 1946 he had progressed on to the Signals Instructors Course at Catterick, North Yorkshire, England and instructed Signalers at Pirbright before joining the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards on their return from Germany in 1947.

Harry remained a serving Grenadier until March 1948. During the early 1950's in Canterbury, he gained a commission with the Territorial Army as a Signals Officer in 'The Buffs' (his local Regiment now incorporated into the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment).

On leaving the Grenadier Guards he returned to Canterbury where he took a job in the same shoe shop where he had initially started work as a boy of 14 years old, in 1941. He married Doris, a Windsor girl, in June 1948 and became a partner in the shoe shop (Kennedy's, only 60 yards from Canterbury Cathedral) in the early seventies and retired from there in December 1996.

His hobbies were golf, cricket, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, music, enjoying good food and wine.

He was elected as Honorary Secretary of the East Kent Branch, Grenadier Guards Association in February 1998 and retired from post in March 2009.

During that time, not only was Harry able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the East Kent Branch, but he was also able to celebrate his Golden Wedding anniversary with his wife Doris.

Due to ill health, Harry moved to Norfolk, so that he was closer to his Son, Daughter-in-Law and their family.

Harry died on 30 November 2017, aged 90.



Bob Goodson,


East Kent Branch