We read so many features about people and the word hero and legend are often banded round quite easily. We saw a feature recently about the former Squadron Sergeant Major of the Rhodesian Special Air Service – Jock Hutton. Jock tried to join the British military during World War Two but was initially too young. He joined at 18 and was involved in the D-Day landings. Despite being injured and evacuated back to the UK he returned again to fight as soon as he was declared fit. He carried on with the military after the war and took part in many other military campaigns.
In 1955 he participated in the first selection course for the Rhodesian SAS and remained in Rhodesia. In 2014 Jock again parachuted into Normandy but this time to help with the 70th Anniversary commemoration of those landings. He wore his famous red beret but this time was strapped to a member of the Red Arrows display team. Together they were able to drop into the same zone that he had all of those years before. He still had that same fighting spirit which enabled him to do this at the age of 89.
As the years go by fewer and fewer of these heroes remain and it is important that the things they did never get forgotten and those that survived and indeed those that didn’t were the true heroes and legends that we owe so much.
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