The photograph above shows the planting of a whitebeam to celebrate the Queens Silver Jubilee in 1977.
Whilst a POW in solitary confinement he carved a celtic stone cross which following his return he presented to Gloucester cathederal.
When the Colonel first returned home to Cranham he asked the rector if there was anything he could usefully do in the church. On being told the basement could do with a spring clean, the rector later said you could have eaten off the floor once the Colonel had finished.
The Colonel was in his private life a quiet retiring personality and the above photograph was one of the few times he undertook any public activity. In his ethos of service he undertook many useful parish activities he was a church warden,school govenor and a parish councillor. He died aged 80 in 1986, his wife Jean continued to live in the village until her death in 1992.
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