It is with sadness that we have to report the WO2 Melvin "Tiny" Abbott late KOYLI/2LI passed away in hospital on 27 Feb 2018 aged 74. The thoughts and condolences of all members of the Association are with Melvin's daughter Kelly and family at this very sad and difficult time.
As the bugle sounds No More Parades and you take your place in the Final RV, Rest in peace "Tiny". Cede Nullis.
Melvin "Tiny" Abbott enlisted into the KOYLI on 25 Aug 1960 moving to 2LI on vesting day. He was a larger than life Battalion personality who was firm but always fair. The following words come from Dave Manby, a friend and fellow member of the KOYLI/LI who served with Tiny for over twenty years through juniors to battalion.
"‘Tiny’ was an intelligent and inspiring leader who always put those serving with him first. During the period 1966-67 ‘Tiny’ was posted as an instructor to the Light Infantry Depot, Shrewsbury, where “his recruits” were given the benefit of being instructed by a “second to none” KOYLI Instructor and a man the recruits saw as an example of an NCO worth following. In later service with 1KOYLI/2LI ‘Tiny’ lent his undoubted expertise to Signals, Mortars, Intelligence and various administrative posts as well as Company Sergeant Major posts. On completion of his full colour service ‘Tiny’ served on the long service list, primarily I believe in Cyprus. During his service ‘Tiny’ completed Operational tours in Borneo, Malaya, Aden and more than his fair share of Northern Ireland tours.
In addition to living the life of a soldier and leader to the full ‘Tiny’ was a supremely loyal and loving family man. He was also a vibrant and conscientious member of The Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess and most importantly, totally loyal to the Regiment to which he belonged and to those he served with. ‘Tiny’ you really were a one off - they do not make them like you - never did and never will.
A soldier and a leader who did epitomise the best in “the best Regiment in the British Army” - his words as a 17 years old Junior Sergeant Circa 1962. RIP my good friend."
“Soldiers of The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry were no better than soldiers from other Regiments ............. just better for longer”.
Date and Time - 26th March 2018 at 1000hrs
Location - Grantham Crematorium, Harrowby Road, Grantham, NG31 9DT
Bugler Requested - Yes
Standard Bearers Request - Yes
Association members are welcome to attend
Donations to British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support
Association member are welcome after at - Cranwell parish Social Club, Cranwell, Old School Lane, Cranwell Village, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 8DF