Henry McDowell Wales was the son of James and Catherine Wales, of Belfast, Northern Ireland, he enlisted in the Royal Pioneer Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Wales successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 114 from 1 to 12 May 1944. His course report stated “Good all round performer, very keen”. He was posted to A Company, 7th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, and took part in Operation Varsity (Rhine Crossing).
Pte Wales was killed in action on 26 March 1945, aged 24, whilst taking part in operation Varsity and was given a field burial at Raesfeld, Germany and was re-interred to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, on 26 February 1948.
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