John Hampden Grammar School

Harold Skelton

Harold was a Corporal in the 7th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (A.A.C.) He died, aged 20, on April 10th 1945. He is buried at Becklingen War Cemetery. His listing with the CWGC can be found here.

The site of Becklingen War Cemetery was chosen for its position on a hillside overlooking Luneburg Heath. Luneburg Heath was where, on 4 May 1945, Field-Marshal Montgomery accepted the German surrender from Admiral Doenitz.

Burials were brought into the cemetery from isolated sites in the countryside, small German cemeteries and prisoner of war camps cemeteries, including the Fallingbostel cemetery, within a radius of about 80 kilometres.