Green Howards Sunday 50 & 25 Year Badge Recipients

50 Year Badges


Tom Morkill is the son of a former Green Howard officer. He enlisted for National Service, doing basic training at the Richmond depot. He then went for officer training, returning with Neil McIntosh. Posted to Hong Kong, his fellow platoon commanders were 2nd Lieutenants Peter Inge and Ian Homersham. He saw little military action in Hong Kong, apart from his platoon quelling a spirited riot on Chinese New Year. A keen sportsman, he played cricket for the Battalion and won the Combined Services golf tournament. On leaving the Army he joined the brewing industry as a management trainee. Later, as a director of Bass Charrington, his company sponsored the Tercentenary programmes. For over 25 years Tom Morkill has been an active member of the Regimental Board and Investment Committee. In 2015 he was appointed MBE for services to education, having been a school governor for 15 years. Tom will retire at the end of the year. We thank him for his lasting dedication and unstinting support.


Michael Staunton joined the Regular Army in 1963 and retired in 2004. He was commissioned into The York and Lancaster Regiment in 1966. On its disbandment he joined the Green Howards as a platoon commander in Colchester, also serving in Belize, Cyprus and as Chief Instructor of Army Mountain Training Scotland. He later joined 21 SAS. Having qualified as a doctor, he was commissioned into The Blues and Royals and the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Germany, Hong Kong, Nepal, Canada, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Scotland, Bosnia, and MOD. His final appointment was in Washington DC on the staff of the US Army Surgeon General. He continues to practice medicine.


Geoff Milner enlisted in 1966, completing his basic and band training at Strensall. He then served and completed Band engagements in Colchester, British Honduras, Canada, Belgium, France, Minden, Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall, Chester, Berlin, Cyprus, Kenya, Osnabruck, Bovington - where he was one of the first instructors to join the Army Junior School of Music - Londonderry, and Catterick where he was demobilised after 26 years, having achieved the position of Band Sergeant Major. In civilian life Geoff was the Senior Central Administration Officer at Barnsley College. He is the Treasurer of Barnsley Branch GHA and is a member of the Friends.