Tributes to war veteran Edward
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