Happy 100th Birthday Sir! WO2 Elder Bishop
BDF Media Release| 5 Sept 19
Photography credit: BDF Media
It was a special privilege for the whole Barbados Defence Force and the Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess in particular, as they had the very rare privilege to host the 100th Birthday Ceremony in honour of 7920003 Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) (retired) Elder Bishop.
The event was held under the patronage of The Governor-General of Barbados, Her Excellency, Dame Sandra Mason, GCMG, D.A, Q.C. The Chief of Staff (COS), Colonel Glyne Grannum, Warrant Officer Bishop’s relatives, several ex-servicepersons, many friends and members of the Mess were also in attendance.
Warrant Officer Bishop enlisted in the Barbados Volunteer Force (BVF) in 1937. He transitioned into the South Caribbean Force (The Caribbean Regiment) during the period 1941 to 1946 and subsequently went on to join the Barbados Regiment in 1952. On the formation of the BDF in 1979 Warrant Officer Bishop continued his military service to Barbados and retired in 1991. Among the many highlights of his career were his function as a Company Sergeant Major (CSM), as a Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant (RQMS) and in the training, mentorship and development of many of the BDF’s leaders, past and present. He also played a role in the expansion of the Barbados Cadet Corps in the early 1980s. The Barbados Defence Force continues to benefit from his fine example, his loyalty and dedication.
Warrant Officer Bishop is fondly remembered for his attention to detail, strong sense of military discipline, camaraderie and vast knowledge of military subjects. Happy 100th Birthday Sir!