Bob died on 9 October 2008, aged 84.

Tpr RL Edwards
Tpr RL Edwards

He enlisted into the TA General Service Corps on 5 November 1942 and was posted to 69 Primary Training Wing. He was transferred to the RAC on 16th December 1942 and joined 61st Training Regiment RAC. From there he was posted to the Westminster Dragoons from 8 June 1943 to 17 February 1944.

He was transferred to the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars on 18 February 1944, joining them at West Tofts Camp near Thetford. Six days later the Regiment was visited by His Majesty King George VI.

Bob landed in Normandy on 8 June 1944 and served throughout the campaign in North West Europe, including the Victory Parade in Berlin. He left Lingen to return to the UK on 7 September 1946 and took his discharge on 13 August 1947, going on to the Reserve until 10 February 1954.

He had the 1939/45 Star, France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal.

He joined the Regimental Association on 29 April 1995. He married on 26 June 1947 and had four children, Barry, Stephen, Janet and Julie.

Bob worked as a tram conductor, bread man and at the waterworks. He then became a long-distance lorry driver for Birdseye. Until shortly before his death he never had a day’s illness.

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