UK Salvation Army leader and war veteran, Harry Read, died on Tuesday 14th December at the age of 97. His funeral service was held today at 1 pm at the Winton Salvation Army Hall.
Harry was born in 1929 into a Salvation Army family and was the last few surviving in World War 2. He served as the British Commissioner of The Salvation Army in the UK between 1987 and 1990.
At 95 years old, Commissioner Harry parachuted for the second time into Normandy, France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944, in honour of the people who fought and sacrificed for freedom and peace.
Harry had supported the local Winton community by being an active member of the church and raising more than £20,000 to support The Salvation Army’s work.
He also utilized Facebook as an online ministry where he would post poems and read Bible scriptures to the community. This was monumental and had reached many countries across the world.
The local community said that he is very loved and all his hard work and support will always be remembered and he will be sadly missed.
Harry’s daughter, Margaret Ord, shares her thoughts on her beloved father:
His family are asking for donations to be made in his memory to The Salvation Army’s Survivors Support Fund for survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery and towards the work that Winton Corps undertakes amongst people dealing with homelessness.