Geoge Kay. Arnhem Veteran.

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  1. It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of George Kay on Wed 23 Aug 2011. He was 91 and had been suffering with cancer for some time. His funeral will be held at the HITHER GREEN CREMATORIUM, Verdant Lane, London SE6 1TP at 1245 on Tues 23 Aug 2011.

    George had a peerless record of service to this country. He jumped into Arnhem with C Company 3 PARA on 17 Sep 1944. He was captured during the battle and escaped from the Germans just before the end of the War. He was one of the first volunteers to join the newly formed 21 SAS (Artists Rifles) early in 1947. He emigrated to Southern Rhodesia in the early 60s and fought in the war against the ANC - he was the Sgt Major of the Rhodesian Special Forces. He had to leave Rhodesia when the new Government was given power and moved with his family to South Africa. He joined the South African Army and finished up as WO1 in the 44th Parachute Brigade of the SADF.

    When he returned to this country he became very involved with Action For Armed Forces where he was constantly a thorn in the side of successive Governments, managing to get as far as meetings with the Minister of Defence , that is when he wasn't chaining himself to the railings outside Buckingham Palace. He was well known to all the Policemen in the West End of London who always greeted him warmly.

    George did not do "negative thoughts" - he was badgering me to get him a tandem with the Red Devils even though he was seriously ill with the disease that killed him. REST IN PEACE George, you will be sadly missed by all your family, friends and admirers
    RIP George Forever Young
     
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  2. Been done.

    Still, legend all the way.
     
  3. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    Had the privelidge of meeting this chap in Arnhem a couple of times over the past few years.

    Humble, funny, eccentric and truly passionate about after care for today's wounded (his own sun included)

    A very very sad loss however, not a day of life wasted, stories of a sea captain, all true, no bullshit and a fascinating story teller.

    September 17 th at Oosterbeek just won't be the same without him

    Go easy old timer, a better man than me
     
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  4. George told me he was captured by the Germans THREE times and escaped...knowing the man in later years I could see why - he was a legend. I met him when he served in The Rhodesian Special Forces - he was a regular guest at our home in Rhodesia...until last year he called me weekly. He'll be much missed. Condolences to his boys and to "Mouse"
     
  5. They don't make em like that anymore , someone I am sorry I will never get to meet.
    Good that he left some record of his life & times.
     
  6. I can't really add anything to what has already been said but with a career like that you have to.

    Absolute f*cking nails. By the sound of it a true warrior.

    RIP
     
  7. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    Was over in Arnhem and Oosterbeek a couple of weeks ago, sat at the cross roads having a brew and tipping my had to my grandfather, it crossed my mind that George wouldnt be there on the 17th, his stories made the place even more special. Thankfully those stories were told that many times they'll live forever.

    Total and utter bon euf and nails bastard!
     
  8. I often used to meet him on the way back from Remembrance Day at The Cenotaph, as PG says, good bloke, always had a story to tell, he even used to have civvies hanging on his every word on the train back.
     
  9. Good bloke met him in Arnhem and at Pompy Paras he will be missed RIP George