Major John Manley MBE TD (Bar) RE

Major John Manley was unfortunately taken from us on the 29th October 2013. John was one of those larger than life characters and we first met when he was brought in from the TA to 33 Engr Regt EOD to help with the build up to Gulf Pt 1. I worked really closely with him for nearly 4 years and irrespective of the rank difference we became firm friends. He personally requested that I was posted to Engr Br at HQ UKLF to work on EOD things with him, and I can honestly say that I would have followed him anywhere. He had a vibrant personality, a wicked sense of humour, and I don't think I will ever find a truer friend. We lost contact for a while but "found" each other through social media 5 years ago and regularly talked on the phone and via Facebook. John lived part of the year in Turkey and we made plans early last year that I would go over to stay this summer. Unfortunately he had to come home in June last year due to headaches which, when investigated, turned out to be inoperable brain tumours. Sadly he lost his battle in October 2013. He was a man amongst men, a true leader, a friend, and a giant in my life. He is very sorely missed by me, and everyone in the EOD community.
Date of death: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013