In 1956 he went to Cyprus as battalion intelligence officer, working with special branch and military intelligence. He had a battered hire car changed once a week by the army, but he was convinced the Greek owners tipped off EOKA (the terrorist organisation) but paid protection money to keep the car from being attacked..thus he was safe! He also drove a white Jaguar XK 120, the only one on the island, a somewhat arrogant gesture of defiance. He refereed the Sergeant versus Officers football match at New Year in this car wearing a united nations helmet...the Sergeants sandbagged up the their goal and the officers used armoured cars.
He was promoted to Captain in the field after only six months as Lieutenant, becoming the youngest captain in the army. He claims no credit for this as the Governor decreed that all intelligence officers must be captains.
Jeremy had to report to the chief of staff once a week which meant time waiting in the secretary`s office and she was a very pretty young girl...Annabelle Alexander and romance blossomed very quickly, with a full regimental wedding in 1957.
Following a clandestine operation working with Lionel Savoury and a group of surrendered terrorists, the hideout of the last remaining active group in the regimental area was pinpointed. Jeremy drove a milk float at 2am back to base to bring in the battalion who duly captured the entire group. He was awarded a mention in despatches, not just for driving the milk float!