Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Veterans, taxi drivers and volunteers from the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans joined family and friends on 2 December for the cremation of WWII veteran Fred Glover, 94, at Downs Crematorium in Brighton.
During WWII Fred Glover was in the 9th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. On D Day his battalion was charged to assault and silence the guns of Merville Battery which could have fired on the troops landing on the beaches and the ships in the Channel.
Brian Heffernan, London Cabbie and Taxi Charity Volunteer, said: “Today it was my pleasure to pick up veterans Tom Schaffer and John Pinkerton in Brentwood to take them to say their final farewells to Fred Glover in Brighton. Fred was a legend, and it is not often that you can say you knew a real hero. We shouldn’t forget what these guys did for us all those years ago and I’d like to think that they made the world a better place.”
Dave Hemstead, London Cabbie and Taxi Charity Volunteer, said: “It was an honour to have known Fred. I always loved to see that on Taxi Charity trips to The Netherlands, he was always surrounded by Dutch school children who loved to spend time with him. Everyone involved with the charity will miss him greatly.”
Patrick Granger, Ex Para, London Cabbie and Taxi Charity Volunteer, said: “I have been volunteering for the charity ever since I did The Knowledge 18 years ago. On days like today it is so important to join the other Para’s who have gathered here, from all over the country, to pay their respects to this hero.”