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Stafford says farewell to veteran of desert battle

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

By Kerry Ashdown

Stafford says farewell to veteran of desert battle

AT EASE . . . Bill Silvester

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THE FUNERAL of a much loved old soldier responsible for many Stafford landmarks has taken place.

Bill Silvester passed away peacefully at Weston House Nursing Home on November 22, aged 93.

His funeral was at Stafford Crematorium yesterday. Donations were in aid of the Royal British Legion – a charity he was devoted to for more than 65 years.

The Colwich-born great grandfather built houses across Stafford and several well-known establishments including Berkswich School, St Anne's Church, Oakridge School, NatWest Bank and some of the structures that form Stafford College during his career. Silvester Way, in Wildwood, was named after him.

Mr Silvester entered the building trade at just 14, but during the Second World War served in the Staffordshire Yeomanry cavalry regiment.

He saw action in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Egypt, where he fought in the Battle of El Alamein in 1942 – a turning point in the war and a victory for Allied forces.

He became a member of the Royal British Legion in 1946 and over the years helped raise thousands of pounds for the annual Poppy Appeal. He was presented with a vase for his long and dedicated service.

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