James French served in the Royal Artillery prior to volunteering for airborne forces during World War II.
He qualified as a military parachutist on course 96, which ran at RAF Ringway in December 1943, and subsequently served with 9 Para Bn HQ Coy Signals Platoon during the campaigns to liberate North West Europe in 1944-45.
'Jimmy' French died on 17 May 2014 aged 92.
Profile photograph courtesy of Richard French.
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