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Tribute paid to veteran George

Remembrance Day at Wisbech War Memorial'George Bettinson ANL-151111-123012009
Remembrance Day at Wisbech War Memorial'George Bettinson ANL-151111-123012009

Tribute has been paid to a Second World War veteran who died last week.

Friends and family of George Bettinson have warmly honoured the 93-year-old following his death on February 8.

Mr Bettinson served in Burma and India during the Second World War. He had volunteered for the RAF.

His friend Mavis Fox has paid tribute to Mr Bettinson.

She said: “He was such a lovely man and never had a cross word with anyone.

“Although, he did tell some terrible jokes at times!

“He was so happy, even to the end.

“I will miss him terribly.”

Mr Bettinson had been born in a cottage in Walsoken and attended the village school along with Ramnoth Road in Wisbech.

After leaving school, he worked on a farm for a short while before volunteering for the RAF.

He gave five-and-a-half years’ service and helped to maintain planes.

On his return from the war, Mr Bettinson worked with his father before branching out on his own as a farmer with an orchard.

He married his late wife Joan in 1948 and they had two children.

Mr Bettinson enjoyed going to church. He had attended services in Walsoken, Emneth and finally Marshland St James Methodist churches.

Mr Bettinson also enjoyed church coffee mornings.

He had been involved with the Burma Star Association, along with the Royal British Legion.

Bill Durrant, who is a member of Wisbech’s Legion branch, has paid tribute to Mr Bettinson

He said: “We will never find another one like George again.

“You could not wish for a better person. He was a really nice man.”

Stan Farley, chairman of the Wisbech branch of the Burma Star, also paid tribute to be Mr Bettinson.

He said: “He was an extremely social sort of chap. He could be the life and soul of the party.

“George was a member of the 14th Army, which was the largest army in the Second World War.”

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