On 24th December 1944, he was posted to 1st Battalion the Royal Berkshire Regiment, which was another Battalion in the 2nd Infantry Division, as its Commanding Officer, with which Regiment he remained until the fall of Rangoon. He again returned to the 7th Battalion, now stationed in India, as Commanding Officer.
After the war he returned home and was appointed D.A.A.G., H.Q. Western Command. He graduated at the Staff College, Camberley, in 1947, following which he was appointed D.A.A.G., Central Malayan Sub District, Sereban—where he was awarded the M.B.E.
In 1951 he came home to Command the Regimental Depot, which now re-opened again as the recruit training centre for the Regiment. In 1953 he was posted to the 1st Battalion at Bulford Camp, Wiltshire, as 2/I.C. (for the 9th time during his military service!)
In January, 1955, he left the 1st Battalion on being appointed Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, the King's African Rifles at Nanyuki, Kenya. For the next 2 years he commanded this Battalion in the Mau Mau operations. At the conclusion of his command he returned to England, where he assumed the appointment, for the next 4 years, of Army Recruiting Officer for Worcestershire.
Colonel John Brierley retired from the Regular Army after 28 years' service with the Regiment on 1st June, 1962.
Colonel John Brierley died suddenly on the 22nd August 1984 (age 72) at Christchurch, Dorset.