Obituary: Major Francis George ‘Gwyn’ Minard

Major Francis George 'Gwyn' Minard
Major Francis George 'Gwyn' Minard

The funeral service for Major Francis George ‘Gwyn’ Minard, aged 98 years of Market Rasen was held at Lincoln Crematorium.

His nephew, the Peter Moseling, officiated at the service and arrangements were by J Marshall of Market Rasen.

Gwyn was born in Gelli, Wales and started work as a coal miner in the Rhondda at the age of 14.

His military career began when he joined The Buffs as a bandsman, aged 17.

He fought in France, as a sergeant and in 1940 became a commissioned lieutenant (ex Sandhurst).

He was posted to Gurkha Rifles in India and fought with the Gurkhas in the Middle East and Italy from 1941 until the war ended.

From 1946, Gwyn was in various roles within the Intelligence Corps, until retiring from the army as a Major in 1958.

He then worked for Shell in Venezuela, before setting up a poultry breeding and broiler farm in Sussex.

This business was sold when he retired in the 1970s to the south coast, before moving to live near family in Market Rasen.

Family mourners were: Jackie, Lindsay, Angela (daughters); Geoff (son-in-law); Emrys (brother); Mike, Michael and Peter (nephews) with spouses; Adele (granddaughter, also rep Colin, grandson); Grant (grandson) with wife and great-grandson; Roz (great-niece).

Friends and neighbours attending were: Jose and Derek Grayson; Mrs P Hartle (also rep Mr P Hartle); Viv Hildred (also rep Waterloo House); Mr and Mrs H Jackson; Mr and Mrs Shedden.