The Scarborough News

Tributes to ‘French knight’ war veteran

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A Scarboroug­h war veteran who received a French knighthood earlier this year has died at the age of 98.

Paddy Fox passed away at Rivermead Nursing Home in Norton surrounded by his family.

Born in Belfast, Paddy grew up in Cahir, Tipperary, before being posted to Scarboroug­h during the war, when his unit the 15th/19th Kings Royal Hussars - was based at the Clifton Hotel.

Mr Fox, the eldest of 12 children, met his wife Kathleen in Scarboroug­h, which brought him to the town for good. The couple went on to have two daughters and five sons.

Mr Fox worked with horses since the age of nine, following in his father’s footsteps to become a groom.

When he was in the Hussars he was in cavalry at first, later moving into tanks.

His love of horses continued throughout his life and he retired from his last role of looking after a local man’s horse in Cloughton at the age of 78.

Earlier this year, Mr Fox was awarded a French knighthood for his efforts during the liberation of France in the Second World War.

He received a letter from the French Embassy in London informing him that he had been appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur.

His daughter Lindy Rowley said her dad’s reaction to the award was “That’s a bit of all right isn’t it?”

Lindy added: “He was a brilliant dad and a proper Irishman - very family orientated.

“He loved to hear how the kids were getting on and he was well respected by all who knew him.”

A funeral service will be held at Octon Crematoriu­m on Friday October 30 at noon.

Resting at Bainbridge’s in Malton. Family flowers only and donations to SSAFA Military Charity.

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