Tributes for war veteran Edward
Amersham-born Edward Chidwick, known to friends and family as Robin, died on Wednesday August 23 after suffering from stomach cancer.
Mr Chidwick featured on the front page of the Examiner on Thursday August 24 after he received the Legion d’Honneur from the French government in June for risking his life in the Normandy landings.
To say thank you to the thousands of soldiers who took part in the battle, the French awarded their highest order of merit to those who fought.
Born on July 21 1922, Mr Chidwick spent the majority his life in Amersham. He left school aged just 14, when he joined Station Garages as an apprentice mechanic.
Called up to the army aged 20, he joined REME 59th Infantry as driver mechanic during the war and on his return resumed working at the garage, where he stayed until 1970.
He then moved to TT Broughtons engineering where he worked until his retirement in 1986. Mr Chidwick cared mother until 1978.
Throughout his more than 30 years of retirement, Mr Chidwick enjoyed a number of activities, including photography, growing his own vegetables and ‘pottering in his small workshop’.
He was heavily involved in the Gower’s Social Club and was his family said he was well liked by everyone who knew him, calling him a ‘real gentleman’.
Nephew Gordon Cyster said: “He was very generous to me and the wider family. He never forgot birthdays and anniversaries. It was his contentment that amazed me, which I believe gave him the longevity that he enjoyed.”
Mr Chidwick’s funeral will take place on Tuesday September 12 at St John’s Church, Amersham at 10.30am. The burial will be at Stanley Hill cemetery at 11.30am. for his