M.B.E., Military Issue, 2nd Type, Defnce Medal, War Medal, 1953 Coronation Medal, Army LS and GC, Major District Officer Stanley Edwin Toghill, Royal Artillery, Military Experimental Officer, Shoeburyness Range.
An unusual grouping to a man who went from Private to Major and District Officer in an Army Career spanning 35 years, with 25 of them on the Experimental Shooting Ranges, who had to be almost forced into retirement by reaching the age limit at 54.
Awarded in the New Years Honours 1959 for his service from 1946 to 1958 as Military Experimental Officer, Experimental Range, Shoeburyness
Citation: “Major Toghill is responsible for the planning and co-ordination of all trials and proof firings on these ranges. This task requires a comprehensive practical and technical knowledge of range work, good organising ability and the tact to reconcile the conflicting demands of trial officers, who are often senior to himself.
He had discharged those duties within outstanding success and must be given much of the credit for the ability of the Establishment to undertake, and complete on schedule, a programme of work of every increasing complexity.
He had shown a single minded devotion to the interest of the Establishment and remains cheerful and ruffled in the most trying circumstances.
When he reaches the age limit for retirement in September 1958 he will have completed a total of 25 years service on the Ranges.”