Trib­utes for war vet­eran Ed­ward

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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