Raaid Ted Carrington, who was OC HQ Sqn SOPR from 1983 to 1987 during David Baxter’s time in command, died on 23 September 2018 in Lancaster Royal Infirmary. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s for some 7 years and bore his illness with dignity.
Ted was a TA soldier, turned Regular in Oman, and had previously commanded a Company of the 7th Battalion The Cheshire Regiment in Stockport. He took to life in Rostaq as the first OC HQ Sqn during a time of expansion for SOPR. He completed his parachute training, gained his wings and was an avid Jebel walker/climber. He tried to find a north face route to Jebel Shams from Balad Sayt and just failed to reach the summit.
In Oman he met his wife Christine Bewsher who was a nurse at the Armed Forces Hospital. They decided, with regret and happy memories, to leave Oman in 1987 as their family had increased with the birth of Lucy. After a short spell in London they settled in Lancaster.