Trooper Harry Barron


Harry Barron was born in Newmarket on the 19th February 1922. He joined the Army in January 1942, and that same year was posted to the Airborne Light Tank Squadron, later renamed "A" Squadron, 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment. In Normandy, Barron may have been a member of the 16-strong Harbour Party, who were amongst the first troops on the ground, landing alongside the pathfinders of the 22nd Independent Parachute Company, and whose task was to locate and secure the Regiment's harbour area in time for their arrival on the evening of D-Day. The group were divided between two aircraft; the first, containing four men and the commander, Lieutenant Belcher, was shot down, killing all six aircrew and nineteen parachutists aboard. The second group, under Sergeant Dillaway, landed safely and successfully secured the harbour area. Barron later served with the Regiment in the Ardennes, the Rhine Crossing and Palestine, from where he was discharged in 1946. After the war he worked for Shell in Venezuela for 35 years. Copyright: Enrique Barron.