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George Ralph Treadgold

the RAF Benevolent Fund

of Durrington, Wiltshire

15 Mar 1923 - 5 May 2013


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Remembered by: Rachel Treadgold

Date added: 14 Jan 2014

Dad was born in Astwood Bank, Worcestershire in 1923 and passed away in Durrington, Wiltshire in 2013.

He joined the RAF on August 23rd 1938 - entry 38 at RAF Halton.  He trained as a fitter armourer and passed out in July 1940.

He was posted overseas in May 1941 and served in Syria, Egypt, Palestine and the Western desert.  He was repatriated in May 1945 and posted to RAF South Cerney.  It was there that he met and married Cpl Elizabeth Fowler, his wife of 67 years.

George was invalided out of the RAF in 1953 to his eternal regret; the Air Force was his life.  He moved with his family to Calstock in Cornwall and, after a brief spell in Devonport dockyards, worked as a design draughtsman for Bush Radio until 1965.  He was made redundant and went on to retrain as an art teacher.  He then moved to Durrington in Wiltshire to become the Head of the Art Dept at Upper Avon Comprehensive School.  He retired in March 1988.

Dad always loved things that went bang and took out an explosives licence in 1957, he would then use his skill to blow up things for people in the village.

In 1962 he was commissioned in the RAFVR(T) and enjoyed working with the lads of Tavistock ATC, passing on his love of the Air Force and his sense of loyalty and discipline.

When he moved to Wiltshire he took up gliding, but health problems meant that he couldn't achieve his solo pilots licence, so he took up parachuting instead and enjoyed many jumps from the army base at Netheravon.  He also enjoyed clay pigeon shooting on Salisbury Plain at Larkhill Camp. 

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