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One of Berkshire’s oldest ex-servicemen shares army tales at Newbury care home

Added on: 9th August, 2017 by Victoria_29707

One of Berkshire’s oldest ex-servicemen shares army tales at Newbury care home

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Wed, 9 August 2017

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A care home in Newbury invited young cadets and squaddies from the local barracks to listen to a 102-year-old resident share his army experiences from the Second World War.

The team at Care UK’s Winchcombe Place on Maple Crescent organised the talk by resident John Lill who served for six years in the armed forces.

John was a member of the Royal Engineers during the Second World War and spent several years fighting in Libya and Palestine. He retold stories from his time in the middle-east and Italy, and shared accounts from his own self-published memoirs.

John entertained the cadets and serving personnel with stories of how he joined up in 1940 in his home town of Sheffield and was shipped off to Palestine via West Africa. He saw action in the desert with Field Marshall Montgomery against General Rommel and received several promotions, eventually achieving the rank of Staff Sargent and receiving the Desert and Italy Star medals.

Cliff Hutchings, home manager at Winchcombe Place, said: “John is a hugely popular resident and always speaks fondly, and with such passion, about his time serving in the armed forces. The cadets and squaddies really enjoyed hearing about his experiences and seeing photos of John during the war.

“We were delighted to be able to host this talk for John so he could share his memories of the war with the younger generation. As one of the oldest ex-servicemen in Berkshire, it was probably one of the last opportunities for young people to hear stories from a war veteran who served during World War II, so it was a great pleasure to be able to organise this event for John.”

Winchcombe Place provides a range of services from residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, to short term respite and sensitive end of life care.

To find out more about Winchcombe Place care home, please contact customer relations manager, Jim MacLeod, on 01635 899 526 or email

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