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Dereck 'Desi' Boldison Late 2LI

Updated: Apr 28


Dereck 'Desi' Boldison late 2LI passed away on 6 Aug 2019 aged 63 in Leeds surrounded by his family. Our thoughts and condolences are with 'Desi's' wife Uli and his family and friends. Rest in peace Desi your duty done the bugles sound No More Parades as you join your brothers-in-arms in the FRV. Cede Nullis.

Major (Retd) David Jarratt Honorary president of Leeds Branch wrote the following:

Dereck Boldison was born in 1955, and enlisted into the Light Infantry in April 1973. Throughout his career he was known as Desi. He spent most of his service in 2LI, and also had a twelve months posing to 1LI in Munster in the early 80’s. Desi was a popular character in the battalion who had a very colourful career. He was known for a dry Yorkshire sense of humour, and had a no nonsense approach to his duties. The highlight of his career was when he was driver to the Commanding Officer Jim Parker, with whom Desi had a very close relationship. Desi was also the CO’s driver and part of the Crash Crew throughout the Battalions Belfast Tour in 1987. Desi was a staunch supporter of the Leeds Branch of the Association, and was always present with his wife Ulrike at functions and reunions. Desi’s brother Billy also served with him in 2LI in the early 70’s, but Billy transferred to the RCT in the late 70’s. Unfortunately Desi suffered from ill health during his latter years, and he sadly passed away on the 6th of August in Leeds. We offer our sincere condolences to Desi’s widow Ulrike, and their two children Elaina and Wayne.

Funeral Arrangements

Date and time: 23 Aug 19 at 1400 hrs

Location: Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Moor Road, Headingley, Leeds. LS6 4BP

Bugler Requested: Yes

Standard Bearers Requested: Yes

Coffin Drape Requested: Yes (LI)

Association members are welcome to attend and afterwards at the Wake.

Location of the Wake: Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Moor Road, Headingley Leeds, LS6 4BP

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