Richard Entwistle was born in Blackburn and lived in Leicester and was the son of Joseph and Mary Entwistle.He enlisted into The Royal Army Service Corps and later volunteered for Airborne Forces.
Lance Sergeant Entwistle successfully completed parachute training on course number 84 at RAF Ringway from 20 September to 1 October 1943, his course report stated ‘keen, alert and very reliable, parachuting excellent, a very good NCO’. He was posted to 12th (Yorkshire) Parachute Battalion.
He fought in the Normandy campaign and took part in the 6th Airborne Division response to the German counter-offensive in the Ardennes, during Winter 1944-5.
L/Sgt Entwistle was killed in action on 5 January 1945, aged 37, and had a field burial at Waveveille, north of road between the church and cross roads. He was later reinterred in Hotton War Cemetery on 21 May 1947.
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