Life President

Eddie Hillery

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.