Major Tony Hibbert, MBE MC (1917-2014)



It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you all that Major Tony Hibbert, who founded the club in 1960, has died at the age of 96. He passed away at his home in Cornwall on Sunday 12th October 2014.

He was an energetic and charismatic man, who made a lasting impression on all who met him,” said his daughter Gill Pipkin.
During the Second World War, he launched an astonishing escape from the Nazi’s, hidden by brave Dutch civilians.

And it was his actions later on during the war, leading an 800-strong team of Commandos in capturing the key German port of Kiel that prevented it from falling into Russian hands.

He persuaded a large German garrison to surrender along with military personnel in Denmark and Schleswig Holstein.

It led to him becoming the first Englishman to receive freedom of the German city – The Great Seal of Kiel, granted in 2010 for his bravery and diplomacy.

Source: West Briton



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