Vale – Kenneth Alfred (Sandy) TOCOCK, MID
Sandy was born on 5 March 1929 in Reading BERKSHIRE ENGLAND. He enlisted in the British Army on 24 Apr 1947 and served with Royal Berkshire Regiment, 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment with the British Army on the Rhine until 4 June 1949.
Sandy enlisted in the Australian Army on 1 August 1951 in the United Kingdom. He was initially allocated to Infantry and was posted to 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. After a posting to Headquarters 3 National Service Training Battalion in 1954/55 it appears that Sandy saw the light and corps transferred to the Royal Corps of Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. After a short stay at 3 Base Workshops, Sandy was posted to 1st Armoured Regiment Light Aid Detachment in June 1960 and essentially remained with Armoured units (1st Armoured Regiment and Armoured Centre) until November 1970.
Sandy served with both C Squadron and B Squadron Sections Light Aid Detachments (LAD) 1st Armoured Regiment in South Vietnam from 22 November 1968 to 5 November 1969.
Sandy was discharged from the Australian Army on 31 July 1978 having completed 27 years full-time service.
Sandy was a guru especially in the areas or armoured vehicle and heavy vehicle recovery. He provided guidance to the younger members of the Corps (RAEME) and acted as a mentor and example for younger officers, non-commissioned officers and younger RAEME soldiers in all of his postings. He was very highly regarded by all with whom he served across all corps. He was also held in high esteem by his superiors, subordinates and indeed with all those with whom he worked.
A true gentleman and considered to be a father to many.
May he rest in the green fields beyond.
Russ James Secretary 1st Armoured Regiment Association Inc