Wilfred Downes was the son of Wilfred and Kate Elizabeth (Hickton) Downes; husband of Martha E (Shaw) Downes, married July 1938. He enlisted in the Royal Armoured Corps, and volunteered for airborne forces.
Lance Corporal Downes successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway and was posted to 6th (Airborne) Armoured Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, and took part in Operation Varsity (Rhine Crossing).
L/Cpl Downes was killed in action on 3 April 1945, aged 36, and was given a field burial at Osnabrook, Germany and was re-interred to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery on 23 May 1947.
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