We have been informed by his family of the extremely sad news that Phil Ward passed away this weekend.
Phil was a wonderful man who seemed forever young – always with a twinkle in his eye and such a wonderful sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Phil kept active and involved with the Parachute Regiment right up until the last – only last month he was at the National Memorial Arboretum for the PRA service, where he gave the dedication.
Phil’s passing is also extremely poignant for the 9th Parachute Battalion Reunion club, as he was the last living veteran to land in Normandy as part of the 9th Battalion; he is survived only by Peter Lovett, who was transferred into the 9th Battalion after D-Day, during the Normandy campaign.
It remains just as important as ever for the family and friends of those who served in the 9th Battalion to uphold the memory of their achievements, and to ensure these wonderful men and their brave actions are not forgotten. We will remember them.
Rest in Peace, Phil.