Remembrance trip for World War II commando

Henry Teasdale who Joined No.4 Commando in 1943 from his Regiment the Lancashire Fusiliers, he was amongst the first of Britains Commandos and went on to serve in the Korean war. ''7th November 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

Henry Teasdale who Joined No.4 Commando in 1943 from his Regiment the Lancashire Fusiliers, he was amongst the first of Britains Commandos and went on to serve in the Korean war. ''7th November 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

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Across South Yorkshire, final preparations are being made for a host of ceremonies taking place tomorrow to pay respects to the area’s war dead.

But one World War Two veteran’s plans have taken more organising than most.

Henry Teasdale who Joined No.4 Commando in 1943 from his Regiment the Lancashire Fusiliers, he was amongst the first of Britains Commandos and went on to serve in the Korean war.   7th November 2013 Image � Paul David Drabble www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

Henry Teasdale who Joined No.4 Commando in 1943 from his Regiment the Lancashire Fusiliers, he was amongst the first of Britains Commandos and went on to serve in the Korean war. 7th November 2013 Image � Paul David Drabble www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

Henry Teasdale, aged 88, set off from his home in Intake, Sheffield, to head north of the border for a special event dedicated to the sacrifice of the British Commando Forces.

Henry was a member of the original commandos – known today as the Royal Marines Commandos – and he wanted to attend the Remembrance ceremony at the Commando Memorial, near Fort William, Scotland.

Before he set out Henry, who joined up in 1942 when he had just turned 18, told The Star: “I am going there to remember my friends.

“I joined up just before Christmas in 1942, when I was old enough and became a member of the Commandos in 1943.

“I served in France and Germany.”

Although his experiences are now from almost 70 years ago, Henry prefers not to talk about what it was like taking part in the Allied invasion to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

Henry, who served in the Korean War after World War Two ended, was being taken to Scotland by son-in-law Paul Shepherd.

Paul, from Handsworth, said: “We will attend the Remembrance Day parade in Fort William then attend the ceremony at the Commando memorial.”

The memorial is to the north of Fort William and overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle.

The bronze sculpture was unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother.

The Commandos were formed in June 1940, following a request from Prime Minister Winston Churchill for a force that could carry out daring raids against German-occupied Europe.

Remembrance Day events tomorrow will include the Sheffield Civic Service in Barker’s Pool, from around 10.45am with a parade, wreath laying by dignitaries and service. Hundreds of members of the public are expected to attend.

Other ceremonies are at the York and Lancaster Regiment memorial in Weston Park, and Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster centres.

n See Monday’s Star for full coverage of Sheffield Remembrance Day.

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