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Eileen Ash.
England cricketer.
110 years!

Peter Cundall has died. Who TF is Peter Cundall? Well he presented Gardening Australia on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) for 18 years, per this link:

Now I happen to remember that he was at some time a member of the Parachute Regiment and here is a clip from his page in Wikipedia:

Cundall was born into an impoverished home, "the poorest of the poor", in Manchester, England on 1 April 1927, as the second of six children. Two of his brothers died when he was young. His father was an alcoholic and battered his mother. This put Cundall off alcohol forever.[5] He was sent to a Catholic school, but never believed the dogma he was taught.[6] His Head Teacher called him a "steady lad who tries hard".[5] He left school at age 12 after only three years of formal education, but straight away had a love for knowledge, books and reading.[5][7] He worked as a milk boy and a tram conductor. Near the end of World War II, Cundall joined the British Army's Parachute Regiment. He was stationed in various countries in post-war Europe in France, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Yugoslavia; and in the Middle East in Egypt and the British Mandate for Palestine. During these travels, he had visited many private and public gardens and parks in order to add to his knowledge of plants and landscaping practices covering a wide range of climatic conditions.[6][8][9] He was also stationed at a liberated concentration camp and has said that the things he saw and heard had a deep impact on him.[5]
In 1946, Cundall was stationed in south-east Austria at Sankt Paul im Lavanttal where he was guarding captured Nazi Waffen-SS troops. He was enticed across the border into Yugoslavia by a beautiful girl named Angela, and was arrested by Marshal Tito's forces after she disappeared. He was sentenced (without trial) to four years' imprisonment for espionage, but was released into Trieste, Italy after six months in solitary confinement in a prison in Ljubljana, after pressure from the British government led to his release.[6]
Eager to hasten his emigration to Australia, Cundall enlisted in the Australian Army in 1950, believing that he was enlisting for a non-combat role as a librarian. He was immediately posted to Korea, however, with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and once again saw action overseas as a machine gunner during the Korean War.[10] During a year-and-a-half based in Japan he studied Japanese garden design and rock garden construction. He also gained access to many famous gardens and bonsai nurseries and regularly went to observe new gardens being created in Hiroshima, which was being rebuilt after the atomic bombing in 1945.[8]

RIP Peter Cundall


Edwards Shames, oldest surviving member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. (aka band of Brothers).

Bugger, beaten me to it. I saw it this morning in my news feed. I believe he's the last surviving member or Easy too.

Went to work for the NSA and became a Middle East expert after the war.



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He is survived by his dog, his childhood sweetheart, his old pappy and his trusty pickup truck.
They made good veehickles in the 1950s


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