Waterloo Day 1982 and Major Jimmy Lattimore

Major (QM) J Lattimore MBE
Major Jimmy Lattimore leads the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers in the 'March Past' at the Waterloo Day Parade in 1982 at Wavell Barracks, Berlin.

The Waterloo Day Parade held by the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers in Wavell Barracks, Berlin in 1982 marked the end of almost 38 years service by Major (Quartermaster) J Lattimore MBE.

Major John Hare was the only officer left standing at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. It became a Waterloo Day Parade tradition for all the Ranger officers, bar one, to ‘fall out’ before the ‘march off‘. The companies were commanded by the Company Sergeant Majors, thus reflecting the situation at the battle of Waterloo in 1815.

The parade in 1982 was the final parade for Major Jimmy Lattimore and marked the end of 37 years and 10 months service. He joined the Inniskillings in 1945 and was the last Regimental Sergeant Major of their 1st Battalion and the first Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers when he was awarded the MBE. He was commissioned as Captain (Quartermaster) on 21 May 1972 and promoted to Major (Quartermaster) on 20 May 1979. In 1976, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He had previously served with The Ulster Defence Regiment and The Duke of Wellington's Regiment as well as The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and The Royal Irish Rangers. He retired on 3 September 1982.