Lance Corporal Brian Oldfield

Brian Oldfield began his Army service at 15 Physical Training Centre, Winchester in May 1945, before joining the new Parachute Infantry Training Centre based at Newport, on the Isle of Wight in July 1945. After three months he moved to Hardwick Hall, in order to prepare for his Parachute Course (No 190) which he passed at Ringway on 3 February 1946.

After a spell in the Holding/Reserve Battalion at Piddlehinton, he was sent to join 3rd Parachute Battalion, then part of 6th Airborne Division, in Gaza, Palestine in June 1946. After being deployed for 2 years, he returned after earning the GSM for Palestine.

Returning to the UK as part of the short-lived 2nd/3rd Battalion, he joined the newly raised 2nd Battalion in Summer 1948. He served in Germany as part of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) and was later deployed to the Canal Zone in Egypt as part of 16th Independent Parachute Brigade He was awarded a second Clasp to his GSM before leaving the Battalion in December 1952.

Profile photo at Aldershot, 1950

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  • Section of group photo of A Coy 2nd Parachute Battalion, RAF Abingdon, 1950

    Section of group photo of A Coy 2nd Parachute Battalion, RAF Abingdon, 1950

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  • Group photo of A Coy 2nd Parachute Battalion, RAF Abingdon, 1950

    Group photo of A Coy 2nd Parachute Battalion, RAF Abingdon, 1950

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  • Paras ready for a practice drop to Jordan, at RAF Kabrit, Egypt, 1952

    Paras ready for a practice drop to Jordan, at RAF Kabrit, Egypt, 1952

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  • 2nd Battalion, 16th Independent Parachute Brigade, arrive at Aldershot from Germany, 1949.

    2nd Battalion, 16th Independent Parachute Brigade, arrive at Aldershot from Germany, 1949.

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  • Soldiers of 3rd Parachute Battalion rest on camp, Gaza, Palestine, 1946

    Soldiers of 3rd Parachute Battalion rest on camp, Gaza, Palestine, 1946

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  • En-route from Egypt to Jordan for parachute exercise, 1952

    En-route from Egypt to Jordan for parachute exercise, 1952

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  • Men of 2nd Para Battalion fly to Jordan from RAF Kabrit Egypt for an exercise, 1952

    Men of 2nd Para Battalion fly to Jordan from RAF Kabrit Egypt for an exercise, 1952

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  • Aftermath of a terrorist attack on Oil Storeage facility, Haifa, Palestine

    Aftermath of a terrorist attack on Oil Storeage facility, Haifa, Palestine

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  • Soldiers of 3rd Para Battalion relax during the 'Donkey Derby', Gaza, Palestine, Christmas 1946

    Soldiers of 3rd Para Battalion relax during the 'Donkey Derby', Gaza, Palestine, Christmas 1946

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  • 3rd Parachute Battalion 'Donkey Derby', Gaza, Palestine, Christmas 1946

    3rd Parachute Battalion 'Donkey Derby', Gaza, Palestine, Christmas 1946

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  • Official letter, and address, from HM King George VI for presentation of Parachute Regiment's First Colours, 19 July 1950.

    Official letter, and address, from HM King George VI for presentation of Parachute Regiment's First Colours, 19 July 1950.

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