The Tank Museum | Recipient

Percy William Chattaway

His daughter writes:

Born: Bradford, West Yorkshire, 16th March 1917
Died: Bradford, West Yorkshire, 5th April 1996

Corporal Bill Chattaway, 7887821, joined the Royal Tank Corps just before his 20th Birthday in March 1937 and hoped that the Army was going to be his career.
Serving with Royal Tank Corps and Royal Tank Regiment March 1937-June 1944 in the U.K. and Egypt as a Driver/Mechanic.

Unfortunately after an accident, over time his health suffered and played its part in his discharge in June 1944. I don't think he ever got over the disappointment of not being able to fulfil his dream.

After a whirlwind romance of only 3 months my Dad married my Mum (Renee Baxter on 6th July 1940 but it took until August 1953 for myself (Janis) to come along.

In the late 1940's/early 50's he joined Bradford City Waterworks (now Yorkshire Water) in the Distribution Department as an Emergency Turncock (listening for leaks) and made that his career for the next 20 years until his health deteriorated and had to take early retirement.

The one thing that always put a smile on his face was when he spoke about his time in the Army so I feel it is fitting that all his personal effects come home.

1939-45 STAR