Private Kenneth Wadsworth

 

3779182 Private Kenneth Walker Wadsworth of No.3 Platoon, "A" Company, 2nd Parachute Battalion, standing just right of centre, smoking a cigarette next to the wheel of the Jeep. Wadsworth enlisted on the 26th June 1940, and was serving with the 70th Battalion The King's Regiment when he volunteered for the Airborne Forces, completing course No.17 at Ringway from the 5th to 13th July 1942. By 1944, he was acting as Lieutenant McDermont's batman. He was taken prisoner during the fighting at Arnhem Bridge, and was sent to Stalag XIIA, IVB and finally IVD at Torgau, from where he escaped and was hidden by villagers until the arrival of US troops, which this photograph depicts. The location of the village is unknown, any help in identifying it would be most appreciated. On the 2nd August 1945, Wadsworth was transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps. Copyright: Mary Woolley.

A playing card showing Wadsworth's overseas service, and signed either by fellow prisoners or paratroopers. Copyright: Mary Woolley.