Tributes after Shifnal war veteran Les Cherrington dies at 101

Tributes have been paid to a Second Word War veteran from Shifnal after he died aged 101.

Les Cherrington who was a member of the famous Desert Rats, died on Saturday.

Originally from Albrighton, Mr Cherrington was a soldier in the Staffordshire Yeomanry Queen’s Own Royal Regiment.

He was injured during a battle in North Africa in 1943 when his Sherman tank was wrecked by a German field gun.

Les singing with Shifnal & District Male Voice Choir.

He managed to clamber free despite being badly burned and shrapnel nearly severing his left arm.

After he recovered he continued to serve his country for a further 40 years in the RAF police.

Looking back:

Mr Cherrington was a member of Shifnal's Carnival Committee and a volunteer at the event, a member of the town's Male Voice Choir and a volunteer at RAF Cosford.

RAF Cosford said it was "saddened" to hear of his death, while Shifnal mayor, Councillor Robert Harrop said: "I had the privilege and pleasure of being with him on a number of official occasions and he always astounded me with his natural confidence, even at that age he would speak freely and very eloquently.

"He was an excellent example to everyone."

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