It is with regret that South and East Midlands Wing announce the death of one their long serving officers. Flight Lieutenant Neil Liquorish passed away after a long and bravely bourn illness.
Joining the Air Training Corps as a cadet in 1964 Neil’s service was unbroken until illness forced his retirement from uniformed service in September 2007.
Neil participated in the full range of activities including obtaining his Gliding Wings and on completion of his cadet service in 1970 he became a Civilian Instructor. Appointed as a Warrant Officer in 1971 he was subsequently commissioned in 1975 followed by the appointment of Officer Commanding 1947(Birstall) Squadron in 1977. Neil remained there until 2003 when he transferred to 1461 Squadron where his illness forced his retirement.
Both within the former structure of South Midlands Wing and indeed since South & East Midlands Wing was formed in 1999, Flight Lieutenant Liquorish played a key role in maintaining the standards and pursuing the key objectives of the Wing and the Corps. A considerable number of Neil’s former cadets and junior staff are now filling key roles around the Wing, including Commanding Squadrons and Wing Staff appointments, clearly demonstrating how his enthusiasm and motivation for the organisation cascaded down to those who have worked with him. Flight Lieutenant Liquorish gave up innumerable weekends transporting and supervising cadets, not necessarily from his own units, to many events and activities ranging from sports trials and competitions to Flying and Gliding. He was also, until his health deteriorated an enthusiastic attendee at Annual Camp, frequently being the first to volunteer for each camp, often as Camp Commandant. It is testament to his abilities that his camps always proved to be some of the most popular with Staff and Cadets alike. Flight Lieutenant Liquorish was also extremely involved and well respected in the local community and will be missed by all.
Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson added; “Neil did much to enhance the image of his units, the Wing and the ATC generally through his enthusiastic participation in local groups and events. He carried out his role and responsibilities diligently and with professionalism and above all humour. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”