Trib­utes to war vet­eran Ed­ward

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TRIB­UTES have been paid to a Sec­ond World War vet­eran with a lust for life who died two days be­fore the 70th an­niver­sary of VE Day.

Ed­ward Scott, 94, from Prest­bury, spent the first part of the con­flict at home tak­ing charge of beach de­fences, re­cruit train­ing, moun­tain war­fare and air trans­port.

But in 1944 he saw ac­tion at the battle at Arn­hem, ar­riv­ing in a glider dodg­ing Ger­man gun­fire.

He spent a long time holed up at the di­vi­sional head­quar­ters in Ooster­beek which was un­der con­stant bom­bard­ment and was in­volved in as­sault cross­ing the river Scheldt in Hol­land and the cam­paign to cap­ture Bre­men.

Speak­ing to the Ex­press in 2012 Ed­ward de­scribed shak­ing hands with Field Mar­shal Bernard ‘Monty’ Mont­gomery as one of his proud­est mo­ments from the war.

On his re­turn home Ed­ward’s mil­i­tary ca­reer con­tin­ued as com­man­der of the 7th Bat­tal­ion The Cheshire Reg­i­ment (TA) 1960-63 and later as Colonel and deputy com­man­der of 126 In­fantry Brigade (TA).

Pay­ing trib­ute Ed­ward’s son Rick said: “He was a very hum­ble man. Although he was a Colonel, he never used the ti­tle in ev­ery day life.

“Dad lived life to its limit. He had a real lust for life. You could see that in the twin­kle of his eyes.

“He had a keen in­tel­lect and loved a good de­bate.

“We have been touched by the lovely trib­utes from his many friends call­ing him a true gen­tle­man, which he was. He would re­spect ev­ery­one he spoke to re­gard­less of their sta­tus or back­ground.”

Af­ter the war Ed­ward worked as a solic­i­tor at Bar­clay May and Co in Macclesfield, ris­ing to be­come se­nior part­ner un­til his re­tire­ment in 1993.

He was mar­ried to his wife Beryl for 63 years and had three chil­dren Rick, Anne and Sally, as well as four grand­chil­dren.

Ed­ward loved walk­ing and would go reg­u­larly to the Lake Dis­trict with his fam­ily. He was also a mem­ber of the Thurs­day Walk­ing Club in Prest­bury and took regular out­ings to the Peak Dis­trict into his late eight­ies.

Ed­ward was a proud of his mil­i­tary ac­com­plish­ments and was a proac­tive mem­ber of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

He died af­ter a short ill­ness on May 6.

The fu­neral takes place at St Peter’s Church, Prest­bury, on May 21 at 11am where the Prest­bury branch of the Le­gion will give a guard of hon­our.

●● VE Day cel­e­bra­tions at Street­wise Cheshire

●● Ed­ward Scott in his mil­i­tary days

●● Ed­ward Scott at home in Prest­bury

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