John ‘Jack’ Willdridge served in several Army regiments before volunteering for airborne forces.
He undertook parachute training course 142B, which started at RAF Ringway on 18 November 1944. The course report reads ’V good performer. Keen, cheerful and confident’.
Pte Willdridge was posted to Defence Platoon 6th Airborne Division. The Defence Platoon protected the Headquarters of 6th Airborne Division during operations.
Pte Willdridge saw active service in the Ardennes, on the Rhine Crossing and the advance to the Baltic during the Second World War, before going to Palestine in 1945.