War hero laid to rest

Drummond Window, is one of many veterans outraged at the council for banning the flying of their standard whilst on parade on the Queens birthday. Picture: Michele Cutts
Drummond Window, is one of many veterans outraged at the council for banning the flying of their standard whilst on parade on the Queens birthday. Picture: Michele Cutts

THE FUNERAL has taken place of a highly-regarded serviceman who died following a battle with cancer.

Divisional Sergeant Major Drummond ‘Spike’ Window MBE ended a glittering 56-year career in the Forces serving in the Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard.

Mr Window, who lived with wife Isabel in Hatfield, had a son Gordon, as well as a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, died in Doncaster Royal Infirmary aged 85.

He was a loyal member of the Dunscroft, Hatfield and Stainforth branch of the Royal British Legion. This year he stood down as Parade Marshal of Hatfield’s Remembrance Sunday parade after 44 years.

Tributes to Mr Drummond who received the MBE in 1982 and Royal Victorian Medal in 1994, have flooded into the RAF Police Association’s website.

Ron Sutcliffe said: “I have known Spike for over 60 years and we served together several times. I shall miss him very much, a nice man and one of the old school characters.”

Alan Millership added: “So sorry to hear of the sad passing of Spike W, a friend I have known for over 50 years since our first meeting at Bawdsey in 1960/61.

Mr Window began life in uniform as a boy messenger in 1940 for the Air Raid Patrol during the Blitz in Portsmouth.

He joined the Home Guard and received commendations for his part in the rescue attempt of the crew of a downed Wellington Bomber.

By 1943 he served in the Royal Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic and took part in the D-Day landings in Normandy. He also saw the Japanese surrender at Singapore and the Royal Indian Naval Mutiny in Bombay.

He was sent to Germany at the end of the war working as a civilian. He then joined the RAF Police and served in Malaya, Cyprus and Suez receiving more commendations.

He became a member of the Special Constabulary in Thorne, was divisional commander of the ‘A’ Division in Doncaster and in 1974 was selected for the Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard.

His funeral took place at St Lawrence Church on Monday.