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Sad loss: Arnhem Vet John Edgar

Article about: Hi Guys, I have just had some sad news. A Veteran friend of mine has just passed away. His name was John Edgar. John served with the XXI Indep Para Coy and fought at Arnhem as a Private in N

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    Default Sad loss: Arnhem Vet John Edgar

    Hi Guys, I have just had some sad news. A Veteran friend of mine has just passed away. His name was John Edgar.

    John served with the XXI Indep Para Coy and fought at Arnhem as a Private in No.2 Platoon.

    John was born in Manchester in April 1922. He joined up in October 1940 and served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He served in the Med and then joined the unit in January 1944 as a trained Parachutist. After Arnhem he served in Norway and Palestine as a Lance Clp and was Batman to Capt Spivey in Company HQ. He was also Coy Bugler.

    I first met John at the XXI reunion about 10 years ago. John never missed a reunion. He was always known as "Little John", as he was not a tall man. John was always a regular in the bar and was always proud to be the "last man standing" at the end of the night! Which was always a late night! He will be greatly missed by his old comrades and friends.

    He is a photo of John taken in 1945 and another which I took in May this year. John was rightly very proud of his service in the XXI.

    RIP John.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Sad news! RIP.

    Reg

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    That special group of veterans shrinks a little more Ade , condolences to you and John`s family ,

    Al

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    RIP John !
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Very sad news Ade. He sounded like a fun, young at heart gentleman! Your very lucky to have known him.

    RIP John

    "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them"

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