Jeff Eggleston enlisted into the Middlesex Regiment and volunteered for airborne forces in 1942.
He was posted to the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment and undertook the 4th advanced training course at RAF Ringway 3 to 7 February 1942. The fourth advanced training course involved a night descent from a balloon and aircraft descents with arms containers.
L/Cpl Eggleston went on Operation Torch in North Africa and is likely he jumped into the assault on the Primosole Bridge in Sicily (although 30 of the aircraft had to return with men still on board).
On 17 September L/Cpl Eggleston jumped into Arnhem, where he was eventually taken a Prisoner of War and sent to Stalag 11B in Fallingbostel, Germany.
When the camp was liberated in 1945, L/Cpl Hope returned to the UK and returned to the Middlesex Regiment in August 1945.
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