John Fairweather was the son of George and Mary Fairweather, of Glasgow. He enlisted in the Royal Artillery and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Fairweather successfully completed his parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 103 from 15 to 28 February 1944. His course report stated “Popular with section, very high morale”. He was posted to S Company, 5 Platoon, 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).
Pte Fairweather was killed in action on 18 September 1944, aged 21, and was given a field burial in a group of 11 graves in the garden of De-Vergarde House and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 25 August 1945.
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