Friends mourn village veteran Jack Chew

A CHEDDAR war veteran has passed away this month, aged 92. Jack Chew hardly left the village he loved and his last house was just 50 yards away from the cottage where he was born in Redcliffe Street. During World War II Jack served in the local Home Gua

A CHEDDAR war veteran has passed away this month, aged 92. Jack Chew hardly left the village he loved and his last house was just 50 yards away from the cottage where he was born in Redcliffe Street. During World War II Jack served in the local Home Guard and was part of Churchill's 1940 resistance operation. The agency, affiliated to MI6, had to carry on a guerrilla war if England was invaded. In Somerset 50 secret bases were set up in caves and mines, stocked with ammunition and supplies ready for battle.Jack and his team were given orders to head straight to the base if the church bells started ringing. Speaking about the bases lack of drinking water Jack said: "We got a place up the gorge, Great Oone's Hole. You had to get over a ledge to get into the cave. Arthur Cavey [Jack's colleague] fixed up a tank for us to catch drips from the ceiling and he had a pipe coming down with a tap on."After the war, Jack was a mechanic and owned his own business in Norville Lane. Together with his wife Gwen he brought up four children in the village and was always active in Cheddar life. Jack's children went on to give him 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Jack Chew was born in July 1914 and passed away on October 7. A thanksgiving service was held at St Andrew's Church in Cheddar.


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