News article - Leslie Giddings
Mr Leslie Norman Giddings - images by Mrs Lesley K Cunnington [Giddings]
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Les Giddings servered with 147th Essex Yeomanry Regiment RA from October 1940 until demobilisation in 1946.
Although he made no secret of the fact that he did not join the Army voluntarily, he quickly settled to the life and became a very good soldier. As a No3 (Gunlayer) he was unsurpassed and all the members of 'F1', our 25 Pdr. SP Gun, had reason to be grateful for his speed and efficiency in laying the gun and firing the successful shots, whilst under fire, to knock out the german 88mm gun in the Blockhouse at Le Hamel, near Asnelles-Sur-Mer, shortly after landing with the early arrivals on 'D' Day in support of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division.After a short illness (cancer) Les passed peacefully away on 24th April 1981, agend 71 years, and wa laid to rest at Kings Cliffe Cemetery, Peterborough. He leaves a widow, three sons and three daughters, and will always be remembered with great affection by thouse who really knew him well.