Roll of Honour

Veteran Chevalier Leslie Reeves, Legion d’honneur,

Royal Tank Regiment

16/06/1924– 31/05/2021

It is with the deepest regret and a heavy heart I must inform you of the death of our dear Brother Leslie Reeves who died peacefully at home today at 06:35 on 31st May 2021 at the grand age of 96 yrs. (a couple of weeks short of his 97th).

May we all convey our sincere condolences, our thoughts and prayers now to Les’s family and friends, Les served in the Royal Tank Regiment and saw active service in ww2, first in the Western Desert at El-Alamein 1942, then France during operation “Overlord” “D” Day June 1944 landing on Juno beach on the 6th June 1944, Les also took part in operation “Market Garden” September 1944 then later entering Germany where Les suffered horrific injuries in the latter weeks of the war from which he has suffered throughout the rest of his life, Les was a very active member of many organisations and associations, holding many office’s including the Normandy Veterans Association (later Alliance) Market Garden Veterans Association, (later Commemorative) Royal Tank Regiment Association, Birmingham branch, Royal British Legion, Aldridge branch, Federation of Birmingham Ex- Service Associations, and in later years took up the position of President 1944 Alliance Normandy-Market Garden, the position Les still holds, plus many more groups, clubs and associations, Les played a big part in all the various trips to Normandy and Holland plus other activities, including the fundraising store collections, these are only a few things I know about Les, no doubt we will learn more about him in the coming days,

Les was a very active, genuine, gifted, and caring colleague. He was a most loyal and genuine friend, certainly a gentleman and very popular,

May I as Secretary, offer our condolences on behalf of the 1944 Alliance Normandy-Market Garden to all the many associations, standard bearers and all members, we offer the prayer below for all family and friends.

“Heavenly Father, you are closer to us than we are to ourselves and know the secrets of our hearts. Look with compassion on all who find it difficult at this moment. We give thanks to you for the life you have given to our friend, Leslie, We thank you for the talents he had and used for your service, and we thank you for the influence of his life, take the words of your servant and the expressions of love of friends to comfort Les’s family members and strengthen them for the days ahead, relieve them of their hurt and pain, enable them to live with their feelings, knowing that we all are gathered together in love, whether in this world or the next, and accepted through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Dear Les, our dear friend may you now Rest in Eternal Peace, in the care and protection of our dear Lord, Jesus Christ.                                                                        Rest in Peace, Amen.

Chaplain: Jill Williams, 31/05/2021,

1944 Alliance Normandy-Market Garden,

Jill will officiate at Les’s funeral service Cannock Chase Crematorium, Wednesday 16/06/2021 (note; Les’s birthday, 97yrs.)

Due to Covid-19 restrictions in operation we are restricted to numbers, therefore attendance will be by invitation in compliance with Les’s families wishes,

Principal standards: – Royal Tank Regiment, RBL Aldridge branch, Normandy Veterans Association, Guest standards; – 1944 Alliance Normandy-Market Garden, Royal Warwickshire Foundation, 8th army association, Federation of Birmingham Ex-Service Associations,

Everyone welcome to the reception from 12:30 onwards, due to catering names are required to me asp. Reception; Aldridge Social Club, High Street, Aldridge WS9 8LZ.

Donations in lieu of floral tributes in Les’s memory to Kath Ryan “the cake lady” via her website or on the day, www,cakes4casualties.co.uk

Thank you,

Peter Lloyd, 01214220649, 07710 376 935, pxk@btinternet.com