Brother pays his moving tribute to war veteran Warrant Officer Albert Petyt

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A brother has paid his own tribute to a decorated war veteran and long serving Royal British Legion member.

Former Warrant Officer Albert Petyt died at Pinderfields Hospital, at the age of 79, on August 8.

Mr Petyt, of Thornhill Close, Walton, served in the RAF for 31 years. He rose through the ranks from an engine mechanic in 1952 to warrant officer, training flight engineers, before retiring in 1989.

His brother, Frank Petyt, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “He served his country and was a dedicated family man.”

The former warrant officer saw active service in Egypt during the Suez crisis, Aden and Cyprus.

And he was also part of the Falklands Campaign in 1982 as a flight engineer on a Nimrod aircraft.

He received campaign medals for his service in Egypt, Cyprus, the Falklands and Aden. As well as service medals for Aden, Egypt, Germany and a good conduct medal.

Outside of the military Mr Petyt devoted a great deal of his time to the Air Cadets and he was secretary to his local branch of the Royal British Legion.

He was extremely passionate about poetry and read and collected many books.

Mr Petyt was one of 17 children. He attended St Michael’s Junior Boys School and was also educated at Ings Road Secondary Modern.

He left school at the age of 15 and got a job as a game keeper in East Yorkshire. He joined the forces when he was 17.

Mr Petyt added: “He was very intelligent, well spoken, well mannered, well read and had a great sense of humour.

“We had a great childhood together, he wasn’t just my brother he was my childhood friend.

“He will be sorely missed by all of his family.”

Mr Petyt is survived by his widow Janet. His daughters Jane, Gillian and Michelle and four grandchildren.

His funeral takes place at Walton Methodist Church on Shay Lane at 1pm on Thursday, August 21.