Born: Waterloo, Central London, 1936
Early Years: Lived Walworth, SE London - throughout WWII and beyond.
Military Career: In 1954, Eddie was called up under the National Service Act, aged 18. He joined the Royal Signals at Catterick in Yorkshire and trained as a wireless operator. He volunteered for airborne forces, transferred and trained as a parachutist and served the remainder of his service with 16th Independent Parachute Brigade Signals Squadron until 1956.
Civilian Life: Eddie returned to London and held a variety of jobs in the transportation sector, ie HGV driver, London bus driver, coach driver and finally chauffeur. He signed up for The Knowledge in 1965 and became a qualified taxi driver in 1966.
Taxi Career: Eddie spent 42 years as a London taxi driver and was a founder member of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA). During his many years as a London taxi driver, Eddie's path crossed the Taxi Charity on numerous occasions, mainly through his trips to Worthing and Normandy as a driver for veterans.
Charity Work: Eddie retired from driving in June 2008 and became one of the team of regular collectors for the Taxi Charity. In 2013, he was approached to become a committee member; in December 2013, he became a vice president; and in November 2018, he became president of the charity. You can usually find Eddie at all the fund raising collections, looking after the charity's wonderful team of collectors, and at all of our events.
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