British war veteran John Jeffries died at the age of 98. That’s what the Airborne Memoirs organization reports on Facebook. Jeffries jumped out of a plane at Operation Market Garden 76 years ago. He did it again in 2017, then at the age of 95.
Check out the parachute jump Jeffries made in 2017:
“I did it for my fallen comrades at the war cemetery in Oosterbeek”, he said afterwards to Omroep Gelderland. “It was very emotional. It’s a way for me to process.”
He served with the Royal Corps of Signals, which was part of the 4th Parachute Brigade. Jeffries jumped on 18 September 1944 above the Ginkelse Heide near Ede. The British fell into the hands of the Germans during the war and stayed in prison camps. He tried to escape and was eventually liberated by the U.S. Army.
For a long time he couldn’t talk about the war and the atrocities he’d experienced. For 20 years he came to Gelderland every year to talk about that time. Omroep Gelderland writes that he likes to share his experiences with school children.