He was a colourful character whose military career took in Egypt, Palestine and Kenya.
And Derek Dyson was given a special send off when Royal Military Police personnel formed a guard of honour at his funeral at Huddersfield Crematorium.
Mr Dyson, 89, of Waterloo, was president of the West Yorkshire branch of the Royal Military Police Association.
He joined the Army in 1945 and after initial training with the Green Howards was accepted into the Military Police, training in Surrey.
He was then posted to Cairo where he was instrumental in forming the ‘Bar None’ motorcycle club, made up mostly of Military Police and Royal Signals personnel.
The club performed various events in Cairo including speedway, trials and hill climbs and was a valued source of entertainment to the Cairo garrison.
He built his own trials bike and took it with him when posted to Palestine during the last days of the British Mandate.
His last posting was to Kenya and he was demobbed in 1948.
He then served in the reserves and after leaving the army was involved in the transport industry, eventually going into business for himself, supplying spares for diesel engines.
He was also a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Group, and over the years he owned, among others, eight Daimler Dingo scout cars and 21 military motor cycles.
Mr Dyson died peacefully at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary after a short illness.
A widower, he leaves a son and daughter, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
His son David said: “For someone of 89 to get such a turnout at his funeral made me very proud.
“Having a full guard of honour was very special.
“There are so many stories about his days in Egypt. They tried to make themselves as comfortable as they could out there and tried to have some fun.
“He did so much to help others and the turnout at the funeral was an acknowledgement of that and of what he did for the West Yorkshire branch.”