A VETERAN paratrooper from Herne who fought at the Battle of Arnhem in the Second World War has died at the age of 90.
Philip Letchford served with his twin brother Arthur under General Frost at the famous encounter in September 1944 in which Allied forces suffered heavy losses.
The pair were both in the First Parachute Brigade, 2nd Battalion C Company, and had also fought in North Africa and Sicily.
Mr Letchford’s daughter Patrice Estey said he had died on Thursday, March 5, after a short illness.
“He joined the Army – the Royal Rifles – when he was 17, having given the wrong age so he could get in, and went on to join the Parachute Regiment, in which he served from 1941-45,” she said.
“He lost his wife Joyce and will be dearly missed by his son Colin, daughters Patrice and Elaine, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.”
The Battle of Arnhem inspired the film A Bridge Too Far, in which General Frost was played by Anthony Hopkins.
There will be a military funeral, with regimental honours, at St Martin’s Church in Herne on Friday (March 27) at 11am.
Mr Letchford’s brother Arthur will read The Paratrooper’s Prayer during the service.