In September 1942 he was with the 261st Fieldpark Company Royal Engineers. He had by this time acquired a badge showing that he had parachute ability and a red beret. I only know this by talking to folks he saw when he returned home to Lingfield. Mum also had said when he was home and they were out together, people in the street remarked about the red beret the word airborne was heard, making her proud to be on his arm.
Dad was leaving behind his pregnant wife, as I said "I didn't arrive until January".
Our flight took one hour forty minutes, arriving in Norway at midday I found a taxi that took me to the First Hotel Alstor in Tjensvolle a suburb of Stavanger. Dumped my bags and asked directions for the Gravland Eignes. A walk of about two miles round a lake into town, found a foot bridge over a road and saw a statue that I remember from 1985 where a small ceremony was held marking the liberation of Stavanger by British forces in 1945. I was a little lost at this point as in 1985 we had been transported by mini bus around town driven by a Norwegian national service man, so had to ask the way. As it turned out I was 100 yards away from where I needed to be came round the corner to see the tower of the small chapel/crematorium and knew the way.