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Green Howards stalwart dies, 93.

Colonel Michael Roberts, the only officer to have commanded both the 1st and 2nd Battalions of The Green Howards, has died at the age of 93.

Born in Cornwall, Michael Williams Temple Roberts joined The Green Howards as a Second Lieutenant in August 1933 and by the outbreak of World War Two he had been promoted to Captain.

He served with distinction in several major actions, including in Burma towards the end of hostilities.

He was appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Green Howards in 1948.

In 1952 a decision was taken to re-form the 2nd Battalion, which had been disbanded after the War and Lieutenant Colonel Roberts was asked to take command.

He relinquished the post in 1955.

His subsequent Army career was wide-ranging, including time at the School of Combined Operations and at the War Office, as well as Academic Registrar at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He was awarded the OBE in 1956.

In the mid-1990s, the 2nd Battalion Branch of the Green Howards Association asked him to take the post of Life President, which he accepted.

One of his proudest moments came in 1999 when his son Patrick followed in his footsteps as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Green Howards.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2005
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