Ron Pendry, a resident at Goatacre Manor Care Centre, near Calne, joined the 9th Lancers in Bushley Green, Tewkesbury, at the tender age of 18. He worked across Europe, including Scotland and Germany, as a driver and tank instructor.
Despite enjoying his time in the army, Ron left in 1960 when he married his wife, Violet, with the couple recently celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary (25th October).
After leaving the army, Ron worked as a lorry and delivery driver for Oldacres in Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire, before joining a mill working for cattle feed.
However, despite living a fulfilled life as a family man, Ron had always dreamed of getting back in a tank, heralding the highlight of his former career.
Ron’s bucket list wish finally came true as he criss-crossed through fields near Bicester on Friday (1st November) thanks to the efforts of care home staff and the team at SWB Motorsport.
The tank was an armoured personnel Alvis Spartan APC carrier of the British Army. It was built in 1979 and spent 37 years in service where it most likely operated in Iraq and/or Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In honour of this wonderful opportunity for Ron to ride in a tank, he's raising funds for Help for Heroes. To help support those and give Giving wounded veterans, servicemen and their families a second chance at life.
Any donation you are able to contribute is greatly appreciated by Ron and his family.