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.