Unexpected gift from a warehouse customer . . . . . . . .
back in the late 90's once a week a older couple used to visit our warehouse to stock up with products for their store, they had been coming for years on a regular basis and both of them were always very friendly but there was never really time to have a lengthy conversation with there being a continual flow of customers.
Every week they would arrive and Mrs Greet would come inside and choose what they needed, Mr Greet would stand outdoors and enjoy a smoke while waiting to load their vehicle. When Mrs Greet had been booked out I would pull the carts out to Mr Greet to load, we would pass pleasantries and I would return indoors to help other customers.
This particular day I pulled the carts out to their vehicle and he reached into his vehicle and pulled out a plastic sack and handing it to me he said that this was their last week and that they would be retiring in the next few weeks. I looked in the sac and there were two items in there, the armband seen below and a wartime British two inch mortar which had been made into a table lamp, he said that he had seen my military vehicles and knew that |I was interested in militaria. I asked how he had acquired them, and in an understated comment stated that he fought in the British Airborne at Arnhem and taken the armband off a dead German officer, never in all the years did he ever tell me what he did in the war, and fifteen minutes later they were gone and it was too late to find out anything further. Its been a sad memory for me that I knew this gentleman for many years and never got to learn his life's story.
Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, March 16 2018.
Hi Ken, to me this shows how humble most of the veterans are/were. For most of us who have never experienced war in the way that they did it is indeed sad that they didn't share their stories more freely. On the other hand I can imagine some of them didn't like to talk too much about it.