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‘Ricky’ Rix honoured during Remembrance Day commemorations at Griffin Park

Flight Lieutenant Archibald Vincent ‘Ricky’ Rix enlisted in the RAF at the age of 20 on the outbreak of World War Two

11 November 2019

Our Match and Matchball Sponsorship had special significance for Huddersfield Town’s visit to Griffin Park last Saturday.

Coinciding with our Remembrance Day commemorations, Club Brentford Members Wendy and Chris Turner took up Match and Matchball Sponsorship in memory of Archibald Vincent ‘Ricky’ Rix, Wendy’s father, who enlisted in the RAF at the age of 20 on the outbreak of World War Two.

Ricky rose through the ranks to become a Flight Lieutenant in 605 Mosquito Squadron and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal “for courage”.

In February 1945 his squadron was part of Operation Clarion, a major daytime bombing raid over Germany. Ricky’s aircraft had its undercarriage shot away and he belly-landed on his return. His Mosquito was damaged beyond repair but his skills as a pilot meant that he and his navigator escaped the wreck unharmed. Ricky was demobbed in May 1946 and became a commercial captain with British Overseas Airways Corporation. He died in 1991 at the age of 72.

Among Chris and Wendy’s guests were volunteers from the Royal British Legion and the Battle of Britain Bunker and representatives from the Band of the Royal Yeomanry, RAF Cosford and First Battalion Irish Guards.

The Club would like to thank Chris and Wendy for their terrific gesture last weekend, as the football community remembered all those brave souls who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty during both World Wars and more recent conflicts.

Speaking about the day, Wendy said: "The Remembrance match was a very emotional and special day. The Club did an amazing job in inviting servicemen and ex-servicemen as our guests for the day, dedicated to and in memory of my late father Ricky Rix D.F.M."

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