William Charles Facer was the son of Charles William and Edna Doris (Banzhaf) Facer, of Brixton, London; husband of Peggy (Fuller) Facer, of Redditch, Worcestershire, married 1942. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Facer successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 114 from 1 to 12 May 1944. His course report stated “Reliable and cheerful pupil – confident in aircraft. High morale”. He was posted to 9th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, and took part in Operation Varsity (Rhine Crossing).
Pte Facer was killed in action on 24 March 1945, aged 26, whilst taking part in the daylight parachute drop into Germany as part of the Rhine Crossing during operation Varsity and was given a field burial at Hamminkeln, Germany and was re-interred to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, on 14 November 1946.
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