Alan was a Nurse in ITU AND CCU for many years. He was unstinting in his compasion and encouragement to his staff and more so to his patients. His 'bedside' manner was legendary in the units he worked in. Alan is from a poor working class family (of 13 children) background with limited formal education. This did not stop him qualifying as an SRN.He showed others with similar circumstances that they could do better. He was also a member of the Territorial Army for 42 years. Alan started as a 17yr. old Bugle Boy and was working in the mines at the time. He retired as a Major in 2006. In that time he had many many roles but the one that set him aside was his Position as Recruiting and Training Officer. Whenever we meet anyone who Alan recruited or help to train thay all say the same..if it had not been for you setting the example, inspiring us, cajoling us, telling us ..WE COULD, we would not be the people we are today. There are many many other examples but far to many to squeeze in. He organised the Unit Childrens Xmas Party - Pantomime for 20 years. Every year he invited 20/30 needy children from the locality to the party free. He raised thousands of pounds to make sure they had a memorable time. Some of the children went on the join the TA and H.M. Regular Forces and who do they thank..Alan. He really is an inspiring and such an enthusing person with the most devilish sense of humour. Now a retired but fit man who lives for his family, children and grandchildren.He also organised many Humanitarian Aid convoys to Orphanages in Eastern Bloc Area. He raised £0,000s Because of his benevolence aid is still being taken to there.His reward the absolute look of pleasure and happiness on the faces of the children.