A VETERAN of the Falklands War who was appointed as an Associate of the Royal Red Cross by Queen Elizabeth has died after a battle with Parkinson’s.

Trevor Oldroyd was born in Walton, however moved to Carlton at a young age and grew up on Wood Lane.

He joined the Royal Navy after a stint working at Wharncliffe Woodmoor 123 Colliery, serving in the medical branch as a registered general nurse, before eventually becoming a registered clinical nurse tutor.

During this time he served in hospitals in Malta, Mauritius and Plymouth, as well as the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport where he trained junior members and was responsible for the clinical training of members of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service.

In the Falklands War he was part of a medical team mainly responsible for repatriating injured personnel, and following the war was posted to the Naval Board of Survey which decided on the future of injured and sick soldiers.

Many were unable to continue in the navy following their service, so Trevor helped them readjust to civilian life and make sure they had all the benefits and help available to them from their local services.

In the June 1985 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Trevor was appointed an Associate of the Royal Red Cross - he received his decoration at Buckingham Palace from Queen Elizabeth II.

He returned home to Carlton in 2002, where he lived with his wife Beryl till his death at 88 years old.

Beryl said: “His family - wife Beryl, son Trevor, daughter Tina and their families and his step daughters Vanessa and Ann - will miss him and have been overwhelmed by messages from current and ex Naval personnel remembering how he helped them during his service life.”

The funeral is on 26 April at 10.30am at St John’s Church, Carlton.