Lieutenant Colonel WW Leary

Lieutenant Colonel WW Leary

Lieutenant Colonel WW ‘Bill’ Leary BEM died in 1986 aged 72 having given nearly 41 years-service to the Army and Intelligence Corps. When war broke out he enlisted in the ranks of the Royal Engineers, serving in Africa and Italy.

His service with the Intelligence Corps began as Quartermaster in Maresfield. Later he was the Project Liaison Officer for the move of the Corps from Maresfield to Templar Barracks in Ashford, Kent where he became the first Intelligence Corps Lieutenant Colonel (QM), also acting part-timing as Corps Secretary and Treasurer.

On retiring from the Army in 1968 he became full-time Corps Secretary and the first Intelligence Corps Museum Curator.

His miniature medals are, left to right: British Empire Medal, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 1st Army Clasp, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, General Service Medal with Clasps for Cyprus and Malaya and the American Legion of Merit.