Walter David Odey,husband to Rubie and son of Walter Ernest and Ellen Odey, of Great Hockham, Norfolk, enlisted into the General Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces in 1945.
Private Odey undertook parachute training course B167 from 10 to 24 June 1945 at RAF Ringway. The course report states: ‘Average. Keen, workes [sic] hard. Well disciplined.’' Pte Odey went to the Holding Battalion and was later posted to the 2nd Parachute Battalion.
He died aged 20 years in Palestine on 25 October 1947 when the lorry he was travelling in collided with another military vehicle, killing fourteen military personnel.
Pte Odey is now buried in Khayat Beach War Cemetery, Israel.
NB Four other members of course B167 were killed in the same accident as Pte Odey.