Updated: May 13
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Malcolm Caswell late 4 KOYLI, who passed away peacefully on 3 April 2020 aged 73 after losing his battle with cancer. Malcolm, known to everyone as 'Cas' enlisted into the KOYLI on 31 Mar 1964.
Malcolm leaves his wife Joan, 2 children and 2 grandchildren, and a huge gap where a big character laughed and had fun to the end.
Your duty done and as the duty bugler sounds 'No More Parades' take your place among your brothers-in-arms who are waiting to greet you in the FRV. Rest In Peace. Cede Nullis.
Malcolm was very proud of his time he served with the Light Infantry as a medic. He looked forward every year to the reunion in Shrewsbury; a chance to reminisce over times spent in the Green Army. Below are a couple of tributes from colleagues and friends upon hearing the sad news.
Lt Col Robin Smith OBE - Thank you for conveying the sad news of Cas’s death. He was certainly a fighter, never giving up, and always cheerful and ready with a quick quip. I was there when he became seriously ill on exercise (in Germany somewhere) and was casevaced home. Shortly afterward he had his first kidney transplant. It was a privilege and delight to serve with him. Requiescat in pace.
Major Tony Deighton TD - He was a fighter though and lasted far longer than anyone would have thought - a tribute to his temperament.
He will be greatly missed by the Pontefract Branch of the Regimental Association & all his Light Infantry friends across Yorkshire & Shropshire.
Malcolm will have a small family funeral on the 24th of April and when the current crisis is over, Malcolm's family plan to have a memorial and lively wake afterward, which would be more fitting of his personality. The Association will arrange for Standard Bearers and a Bugler to attend should the family so desire.
In Remembrance of Malcolm, the Duty Bugler on 24 Apr will mention Malcolm before sounding Sunset.
Anyone wishing to send cards or letters of condolence is requested to send them to the Rifles Regional Office at Minden House. Office staff will then forward them to the family.