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War Widows’ Association Member Doreen Everitt-Hughes remembers her late husband Sapper John Everitt.

“Thank you for this lovely opportunity to write about my beloved husband Jack.

Jack came home in November 1943 after N. Africa Sicily Italy Campaigns. We married in May 1944. Being apart letters were precious. September, Jack in battle again. Arnhem. Jack was reported missing and it was over 70 anguished days until the Red Cross informed me of Jack’s captivity and Stalag address in Germany. Thankfully letters and warm clothing parcels from me were quickly posted, none of which Jack received. He had died at the time I had heard he was alive. Jack lies far from his Airborne mates in Oosterbeek which deeply troubles me. I pray beloved Jack you are with your comrades somewhere.

2090772 Sapper John Everitt, 2Platoon, Royal Engineers 9th Field Coy, 1st British Airborne Division.

Burial Plot4, Row E, Grave 10, Becklingen CWGC, Soltau, Germany.”