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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden

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Major General Jack Dye CBE MC DL (Hon OF)

13 December 1919 – 10 June 2013

Based on an Obituary published in the Daily Telegraph :
 
Jack Bertie Dye was born at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on December 13th 1919 and educated locally. He joined the Royal Norfolk Regiment and took part in the D-Day landings in June 1944. In March 1945 he was in command of a company which led a battalion night infiltration near Kapellen, a few miles west of the Rhine. There followed a period of three days and nights of inspired leadership with scarcely any sleep which was recognised by the award of an immediate MC.
 
In the 1950s Dye served in regimental and staff appointments in Egypt, Hong Kong, Cyprus and Germany and was an instructor at the School of Infantry, Warminster. From 1962 to 1965 he commanded the 1st East Anglian Regiment and, subsequently, the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment. He took the battalion to Aden in 1964 and, under his direction, it quickly mastered its role on internal security operations in the Radfan and the border areas. Major-General Dye commanded the South Arabian Federation’s Regular Army (FRA) from 1966 to 1968 – the most difficult period of its existence. He had the daunting task of carrying out policy decisions against the background of the impending British withdrawal from Aden, tribal rivalries within the Army and virtually no support from the weak federal government to whose ministers he was responsible.
 
His force was the single stabilising factor in the fluid and volatile state of affairs in South Arabia and played a vital role in helping to restore order. The welding of the FRA into an effective force was achieved at considerable personal risk. Deprived of the support from above and below which a commander could normally expect, Dye lived a lonely and at times dangerous existence. He was appointed CBE at the end of his tour.
 
He was GOC Eastern District from 1969 to 1971 and Colonel Commandant of the Queen’s Division from 1970 to 1974. After leaving the Army, Dye was a governor of Framlingham College for 38 years and for almost 20 years chaired the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
 
Once settled in Suffolk, he farmed strawberries and asparagus. Until the end of his life he ran two shoots and enjoyed fly fishing in Scotland. He was also an accomplished picture framer. He was Colonel of the Royal Anglian Regiment from 1976 to 1982 and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk from 1983 to 1994.
 
Jack Dye married, in 1942, Jean Prall, who survives him with their two daughters.
 
The College was privileged to hold the Memorial Service for a man who had devoted so much time to its interests. The following report appeared in the local press:
 
Thanksgiving Service for Distinguished Army General
 
The Chapel at Framlingham College was packed on Friday 27th September for a service of thanksgiving for Major General Jack Dye who died aged 93 earlier in the year. Over 450 guests attended, including his widow Jean and over 40 family members, The Lord Lieutenant and Lady Tollemache, a number of Deputy Lieutenants of Suffolk, many representatives of the Royal Anglian Regiment, current and former Governors of Framlingham College and many friends and colleagues. The service was led by chaplains from the Regiment and the College and moving tributes were given by Andrew Fane, Chairman of Governors, the Revd. Canon William Sayer and General Dye’s grandson Christopher Pattinson, a former College pupil. His great granddaughter Annabel Pattinson sang a moving solo of ‘God be in my head’ and the College Chamber Choir sang Purcell’s ‘Thou knowest Lord’.
 
In the words of Headmaster, Paul Taylor: “He was a truly remarkable man, having shown great bravery in his Army career, and a great ability to bring out the best in everyone and was held in great affection by all who knew him.”
 
div>The number of guests who attended the service was testament to Jack’s popularity and although he is sadly missed, so many have benefited from his wisdom, kind nature and advice and we shall remain eternally grateful for all that he did throughout his long life for his Regiment, Framlingham College and the County of Suffolk. It was stressed that “General Jack” would always look to the future. In that spirit we show a picture of some of the College cadets at the service, young people of whom he would have been proud.

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