John ‘Jack’ Isaacs, the son of John and Mary Ann Isaacs, of Birmingham, joined the Territorial Army in February 1921. He worked as a mattress maker and married Catherine ‘Kate’ Whelan and they went on have six children.
In October 1939 he was called up for regular service with The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and volunteered for airborne forces on 30 December 1941. He was posted to the 4th Parachute Battalion which was formed in January 1942 and then undertook parachute jump training course 17 at RAF Ringway in July 1942.
He was posted in February 1943 to the 8th (Midland) Parachute Battalion and as the CQMS of C Company he went with equipment by Horsa glider chalk number 222 on Operation Overlord. The glider landed at Landing Zone (LZ) ‘N’.
It is believed that he set off from the LZ in a Jeep that was in the glider and which was ambushed in Herouvillette and the Jeep occupants were killed in action. CQMS Isaacs died on 6 June 1944, aged 39 years old, having served for 23 years and 124 days. He is now buried at Herouvillette New Communal Cemetery, Normandy.
Wendy George with assistance from Dr RA (Tony) Leake.Read More