Military tribute for proud Gerry

Royal Engineers Association, Wakefield branch, founder Gerry Fielding who has died.

Royal Engineers Association, Wakefield branch, founder Gerry Fielding who has died.

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A ROYAL Engineer who made front page news when he found an unexploded German bomb is to have a military funeral held in his honour.

Gerry Fielding, of Flanshaw, was serving with the 9 Bomb Disposal Unit when he, his fellow sappers and German prisoners of war discovered the device in a field near Macclesfield.

Gerry Fielding, third from right with blonde hair, and his fellow comrads and prisoners at the site where they found an unexploded bomb

Gerry Fielding, third from right with blonde hair, and his fellow comrads and prisoners at the site where they found an unexploded bomb

Their picture ended up on the front page of the Congleton Chronicle in May 1947.

Mr Fielding, 85, only served in the forces for three years, but after retiring from jobs as a mechanic and working for Yorkshire Water, he formed the Wakefield branch of the Royal Engineers Association in 1989.

The grandfather-of-two was also chairman of the Combined Services Association, based in the city, and received an award for being a Poppy Appeal organiser - raising thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion (RBL) through collections in Sainsbury’s.

He died at his Denhale Avenue home last Wednesday.

Gerry Fielding, back row, third from left with blonde hair, and his fellow comrads and prisoners with the unexploded bomb they found

Gerry Fielding, back row, third from left with blonde hair, and his fellow comrads and prisoners with the unexploded bomb they found

His daughter Yvonne Scales, of Thornes, said: “He was a very proud man - the association was his life after retiring.

“He was a generous man who would do anything for anyone.

“There will be lots of friends and comrades at his funeral.”

The RBL will form a guard of honour and his coffin will be draped with a union flag during a military funeral service at Crigglestone Crematorium at 12.40pm on Tuesday.

Mr Fielding leaves behind wife Joyce, three children and two grandchildren.