Bench unveiled in memory of Welwyn Garden City war hero
PUBLISHED: 06:25 14 October 2011
A BATTLE of the Atlantic war hero has been honoured with a memorial bench in Welwyn Garden City.
Ralph Parkes-Pfeil, who died on March 16, aged 86, will be remembered by all who sit and reflect on the bench, which was unveiled last Thursday.
Active in the Royal British Legion and the WGC Society, Mr Parkes-Pfeil was also awarded the Key to the City of Buffalo for his role in World War Two, while serving with American sailors on US-loaned HMS Gardiner.
An obituary of the former Meadow Green, WGC, resident appeared in the US Navy’s DESA News – the official publication of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association – which bade a fond farewell to its “Limey shipmate”.
Proud widow Robin told the WHT how her husband was awarded the Royal British Legion’s 30 Year Award Emblem for his fundraising efforts in collecting Poppy Appeal money for 35 years.
And the father-of-three and grandfather-of-three was honoured with the US naval accolade The Lone Soldier.
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