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Obituary: From private to top TA officer in distinguished 35-year career

Colonel William Edmund "Ned" Falloon, who has died aged 81, was born on June 28, 1933 at Warrenpoint, eldest of five children of William and Mary Falloon.

He attended Newry Grammar School and Queen's University Belfast. He taught at the William Foote Memorial School in Lisburn and Lisnagarvey High School before becoming a transport manager.

For almost all of his adult life Ned Falloon was intimately and passionately involved with the Territorial Army. He enlisted in 1951 as a private soldier and ended his military career in 1986 as Northern Ireland's senior territorial soldier, the "Colonel TA".

He enlisted into the 6th Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (RUR) in 1951 before transferring to Queen's University Officer Training Corps in 1954. He was subsequently commissioned into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1960 and served with them for 10 years before transferring to the Royal Corps of Transport.

In 1983 he was appointed Colonel TA for Northern Ireland and also ADC (TA) to Her Majesty the Queen. He was also appointed Honorary Colonel of the Queen's OTC. As Colonel TA Ned Falloon played a pivotal role in ensuring the efficiency of the Territorial Army during troubled times. He led the NI TA contingent at the Queen's Silver Jubilee parade at Wembley Stadium in 1977 and commanded the parade for the 75th anniversary of the Territorial Army at St Patrick's Barracks, Ballymena in 1983 before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

He was appointed a CBE (Military) in 1983. He is survived by his wife Irene (nee Carson) and his son Andrew.

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