Lieutenant-Colonel John ‘Jock’ Woodhouse joined the Special Air Service Regiment in 1950 and saw active service in Malaya before returning to command the 22nd SAS Regiment in Hereford.

During his period with the SAS the then Major Woodhouse was responsible for introducing what became known as ‘selection course’ in 1952 which is now reputed to be one of the most demanding military training courses in the world. Before that troopers had earned their credentials in the field.

Lt-Col Woodhouse retired in 1965 after a distinguished military career.

His funeral will be held tomorrow at St Andrew’s Church, Bingham’s Melcombe, for which family flowers only are requested.

A memorial service is planned and those wishing to make a donation should do so to the British Red Cross Society.

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