Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour



Major Robin McGregor Ward



was the eldest of two children to his sister Zeyla. He was raised in Glasgow and educated at Kelvinside Academy, Glen Almond, and Glasgow University. Like many men of his generation Robin took part in his National Service, being in the military gave him an enormous amount of satisfaction, that and the fact he loved jumping out of planes. So, when his National Service was complete, he was inspired to sign up with the TA, rising to the rank of Major. Major Robin Ward was OC 300 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers in the late 1950's and early 60's this was one of the highlights of his life.

Robin was a keen sailor all his life, from the early years racing Dragons on the Firth of Clyde to more relaxed cruising on the West Coast. Together Kit & Robin started what his family believe to be the first Yacht Charter Company on the Clyde: Yacht Charter Clyde Ltd. Sport was also part of his life; Robin was a very fit young man. He was a runner, as was his father before him, so he always enjoyed athletics. Robin was Scottish sprint champion and a member of the British athletics team.

Robin was a member of many Learned Societies including the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Historical Society. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and had been a member for over 60 years. He was tremendously proud of his PhD, achieved at a time in life when most others have put their feet up. He also developed a passion for medieval history, which lead to his interest in early Merchant Shipping, culminating with the publication of his book 'The World of the Medieval Shipmaster'. He was rightly proud of his many achievements, they included being a published author a Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, Master's in history, Doctorate in Medieval Maritime History and RYA Yacht Master Offshore. Robin was at his happiest, sitting in the sunshine with a good book or the TLS and a glass of Laphroaig..preferably on a boat with Kit by his side



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