Happy 100th Birthday Eric
Warmest Congratulations to Major Eric Goldrein RA who celebrates his 100th Birthday today.
Eric volunteered immediately on declaration of war at age 18, but was sent instead to take his place at Cambrigde University. Determined to get in the fight and in short order, Eric was serving as a Troop Commander in the 11th Armoured Division Anti-Tank Regiment preparing for the invasion of Europe. He landed on Gold Beach on D-Day + 4 and went straight into the fight with the retreating Germans. During the seven weeks he took part in the Normandy campaign he was badly wounded, but at the same time took the surrender of a German Colonel and his men. After recovering from his wounds back in the UK, Eric volunteered for further service overseas, and fought in the Italy campaign at Salerno and celebrated VE Day in Florence before ending up in Germany as part of the Army of occupation. He demobilised as a Major, returned to Cambridge to read law and has since married his wife Inge, who escaped the Nazi's as part of the Kinder Transport, and raised a family. Eric was later called to the bar in Liverpool and on retirement was elected as the Lord Mayor of Hale where he still lives with his wife Inge.
A little known fact is that Eric was on the front cover of the GUNNER magazine in September 1944, Vol XXVI, No 6 with a short piece 'The Tables Turned!' The story of his war is a cracking read at: https://bit.ly/MajorGoldrein
On behalf of all members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery we would like to wish you a very Happy Centenary Eric.