Private Thomas A Skellett

{ Tommy }

14 Apr 1925 - 06 Jun 1944

Thomas Anderson Skellett was the son of Thomas Henry and Anne Skellett, of Edinburgh, he enlisted in the General Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Skellett successfully completed his parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 96, from 16 to 30 December 1943. His course report stated “Good Performer, talkative pupil, but diligent”. He was posted to 12th (10th Battalion, The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regiment]) Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

Pte Skellett was killed in action on 6 June 1944, aged 19, and was buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

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