Former army colleague pays tribute to St Helens Linkway victim Albert Farrington (From St Helens Star)
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Former army colleague pays tribute to St Helens Linkway victim Albert Farrington
4:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
AN old Army chum of 80-year-old Albert Farrington, who died in a traffic accident last week, is sharing his memories with Star readers of the friend he remembers as a ‘real good guy’.
Mr Farrington had been crossing St Helens Linkway, near Rainhill Stoops, when a Ford Fiesta collided with him in the southbound carriageway. He died at the scene.
Originally from Sutton Manor, Mr Farrington had been living in Rainhill.
Now former service comrade Terry Hanley has penned the following tribute to Albert, who served with him in the 1956 Suez conflict in Egypt.
Terry writes: “I first met Albert in Suez in the 1950s, when I went to his Army camp to collect some Army vehicles as his Regiment had been disbanded and the troops and equipment were dispersed into other RA Regiments.
“Albert was in a heavy AK- AK Regiment Royal artillery, and I was with the 23rd Fld Reg, Royal Artillery, stationed in Gordon Camp at EL Ballah, situated in between the Canal Road and the Treaty roads that ran along side of the Suez Canal.
“Albert was the first guy I met as I entered their camp when I asked him for directions to the Battery office.
“Straight away he noticed my St Helens dialect, and from then on we became firm friends, for he was transferred to our Regiment, and I even asked my Troop Commander if he could swing it for him to be attached to our troop, (this he did).
“I found Albert to be a good guy to watch your back whilst on patrols, always with a joke and a smile to go with it.
“He loved sport, and although a keen rugby league man he played rugby union and cricket for the regiment.
“We came back home on the same ship for demob, and stayed good friends in civvies, going to dances, meeting girls, and even going to the rugby matches when Saints were playing, and to cricket matches at Old Trafford.
“Albert was with me the night I started courting my late wife, and I would set aside one night a week to meet up with him in the Sefton Arms hotel.
“He then met his future wife, and would you believe it, he chose the same day as me to get married, so we could not attend each other’s wedding.
“When he got married, he moved his address and I lost touch with him.
“For years I was busy looking after my five children with my wife and did not get around as much.
“I did try and find out from time to time where he had moved to, but without any success.
“Then last week I sadly read about his accident and death in The St Helens Star.
“After all we had been through in Suez, shot at, spat at and even had stones thrown at us, he had to die this way at 80 years of age.
“A very sad time for all concerned.
“I do not know his present address, so through the Star newspaper, I would like to express my condolences to his wife and family.
“RIP Albert, old friend.”
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