John Ient

IENT Major John Ient of the Royal Signals. Passed away peacefully on March 30, aged 85 years. Dearly loved father of Gary, dearest father-in-law of Karen and devoted grandad to Greg and Glen. Due to the current circumstances, a small Funeral Service will be held for his family. Donations in memory of John may be sent, for Cancer Research UK, care of John Blenkiron & Sons Funeral Directors, Victoria House, 21 Queens Road, Richmond, DL10 4AJ.


  • Victor Ient

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    Tribute to Maj John E Ient: It is with great sadness that I write in remembrance of my dear older brother John. He was a very successful career soldier in the Royal Signals before his retirement some years ago. Born in 1934 in Malta where our father was serving in the Royal Signals. They soon moved back to England on a new Army posting and ultimately the family moved to Hong Kong where dad had been posted in 1938. With the war in the Far East getting closer and closer mum and brothers John and George were firstly evacuated to the Philippines and then on to Australia where they spent the war. The family was separated from our dad from 1940 to 1945. In July 1945 mum and my brothers returned to England and by this time John was 11 years old. When he was 15 he joined the army boys service rising to the rank of boy Regimental Sergeant Major. After transferring to the regular army he joined the Royal Signals and his army service included postings to Egypt, NATO headquarters, Singapore and Northern Ireland. John finished his career as a Major Quartermaster and lived many happy years in Richmond, Yorkshire with his wife Dorothy who sadly died a few years ago. My condolences to his son Gary and his family who live at Northallerton. With a heavy heart and fond memories from many decades ago, sincerely, John's brother, Victor Ient (the photo is of John when he was servicing in Singapore in the early 1960s)
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