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Clive Valentine Ferrey

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Clive Valentine Ferrey (1908-1943)

1945 Obituary [1]

Lt.-Colonel CLIVE VALENTINE FERREY, R.A.S.C., was born in 1908 and educated at Trent College and at the Leeds Central Technical College. He entered Sandhurst in 1928 and a year later he received his commission. After attending courses in mechanical transport at the R.A.S.C. Training Centre, Aldershot, he began a further course of technical study, which lasted from 1932 to 1934, at Birmingham Central Technical College and Battersea Polytechnic.

His apprenticeship, of which he had served nine months in 1926 with Messrs. J. Booth Brothers, Ltd., of Leeds, was resumed in 1932; he spent one year with Messrs. Wolseley Motors, Ltd., Birmingham, and concluded in 1934 with a similar period in the heavy repair shop at Feltham. After holding the appointments of officer commanding a mechanical transport company, a mobile workshop unit in the Saar, and the same company again in the Home Forces, he was posted in 1935 to the command of a workshop unit of the Mobile Force in the Western Desert, Egypt, where he was responsible for the maintenance of some 200 vehicles. His next command, which dated from the following year, was that of workshop officer to a special unit in Palestine with direct responsibility to the O.C. for the maintenance of a large number of vehicles. Subsequently he became chief instructor of the Army Technical School for Boys in Jersey.

Colonel Ferrey, whose untimely death as the result of a flying accident, while on active service in New Guinea, occurred during the year 1943, was elected a Student of the Institution in 1932, and was transferred to Graduateship in 1934, and to Associate Membership in 1936.

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