Charity event to honour Arnhem veteran

Actors including Jeremy Irons and Jenny Agutter will be honouring the service of one of the last surviving veterans of a major World War Two military operation.

They will be joined by The Archers star Paul Copley as well as former head of the British Army, General Sir Mike Jackson, and current Army Sergeant Major WO1 Gavin Paton, in reading a poem written by Corporal Sid Sallis about his experiences during the Battle of Arnhem.

Now aged 96, Mr Sallis is the last surviving Royal Army Service Corps Air Despatcher (RASC) to serve during the operation, which proved to be a costly failure for the Allied forces.

His poem, ‘Arnhem 1944’, is one of the highlights of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s Evening of Spoken Word event, which is organised by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, a client of book PR agency Palamedes PR, and which takes place tonight in London (October 2nd).

One of the UK’s most popular over-50s websites, Silversurfers, has featured a spotlight article on Mr Sallis, which you can read here.