We lost a Great Man … WW2 Veteran Frank Pendergast

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 31, 2020

Category: General

It still hasn’t sunk in that yesterday we lost a truly Great Man; World War 2 Veteran, 7th Battalion Parachute Regiment Frank Pendergast…

In the time I’ve been working on my 39-45 Portraits Project I’d met Frank on quite a few occasions; in Normandy, at Taxi Charity For Military Veterans lunches, at his home and when he came along to the exhibition where his portrait stood proudly on display.


A wonderful man who told a great story and would always answer the phone…”That is you, this is me…hello” 


Huge thanks to Frank’s close friend Chris Willmott for sending me this picture from when received his portrait parcel

At the exhibition, at one point when I was talking to my dear friend Nathan Black, Frank came up clutching the one and only copy of the 39-45 Portraits Project Book. He was crying and saying how much he loved what had been done and if he could have this copy to take home.

Unfortuantely that book, being the only one, had to stay at the museum but I am so glad that I ordered a new one and sent it to Frank a few weeks ago. His friend Chris Willmott told me Frank had received it (unexpectedly) in the post and was overjoyed. We spoke on the phone and I could hear Frank was crying…but tears of happiness.

A truly lovely man that will be so dearly missed by so many.

Below are a couple of videos from when I first met up with Frank and took his portrait at his home and then sat and recorded a chat.

Also you can also see Frank in Guy Martin’s D-Day Landing programme as he appears throughout being interviewed; wonderful viewing and typical Frank.

God Bless and Rest Easy Soldier x

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  1. lisa

    Bless him, a real hero…. I had the honor to meet him on a few occasions in Normandy for D-day over the past 5 years. He loved his gin, lol. we had some lovely chats about his life. He had never gotten over the war. x RIP Frank x

    • Glyn Dewis

      Thanks for commenting Lisa.
      Frank truly was a wonderful man and loved by so many. A real character. A Gentleman. A Hero.

  2. Doreen Pendergast

    Frank was my husbands uncle. A remarkable man who will be truly missed.Thankyou for sharing this as he was a lovely man who was a real Hero.

    • Glyn Dewis


      It was an absolute pleasure to get to meet and to know Frank from having started my 39-45 Portraits Project. A truly wonderful man who made a big impression on so many and will be very much missed but NEVER forgotten.

      Best wishes to you

  3. Doreen Leadley

    Frank was my next door neighbour for over 30 years. He was more than a neighbour he was a friend. He was such a great carer for his wife for years as her illness developed but he never compained.

    I knew about his parachuting on D Day when he was only 18 but I didn’t know his earlier history as a footboot supporter! I wonder how many 18 year olds of today woud be as brave as he was. I admired him greatly.

    He is a great loss and will be very much missed. My condolences to David and family

    • Glyn Dewis


      Thank you so much for commenting and for the kind words.
      I only got to know Frank over the past couple of years from first photographing him for the 39-45 Portraits Project and then through my connection with the Taxi Charity.

      A truly wonderful man that now gone leaves a void in so many peoples lives.

      Glyn x


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