The Taxi Charity was saddened to hear that veteran Jim Knox had died on Wednesday 29 December
Jim Knox, from Upminster, was a much-loved member of the Taxi Charity family who attended many of their events across the UK and the continent. On 2 December, Jim was one of the many veterans who enjoyed the Charity’s Christmas party at Millwall and in the summer he had joined a group of much younger veterans for a day’s Go Karting. Jim surprised everyone when he refused to sit and watch but got in a Kart and completed a very impressive time on the circuit.
Jim Knox was born in West Ham in 1924 and having lied about his age, joined the Buffs Royal East Kent Regiment when he was 16. A year later he volunteered for the parachute regiment and during WWII was assigned to Brigade HQ and spent his time in Italy in a small troop interrogating prisoners and gathering intelligence.
Brian Heffernan, London Cab Driver and Taxi Charity for Military Veterans volunteer, said, “Jim was a lovely man who always had a smile on his face. He was one of the first veterans that I got to know when I began volunteering for the Taxi Charity and we shared a cabin on my initial trip to Holland. I didn’t get much sleep that night as Jim was up and down all night turning the lights on and off each time he went to the bathroom. I was on the top bunk having given Jim the bed and kept waking up with a start worrying I was going to bang my head. On 2 December I picked him up and took him to the Charity’s Christmas lunch at Millwall and drove him home afterwards. He told me that he had had a fabulous time and was looking forward to eating and drinking the contents of the Christmas stocking that all the guests went home with!”
Ian Parsons, Chairman, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said, “We were shocked and saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was 97 but he always remained young at heart. In July, we organised a Go-Kart race day for younger veterans – or so we thought. Jim surprised everyone after climbing into a kart and speeding around the track – and in doing so became the oldest person to compete at Capital Karts’ 1,000 metre circuit. We were equally delighted Jim enjoyed our Veterans Christmas Lunch at Millwall earlier this month. He will be greatly missed by us all.”
Dennis Hayes, London Cab Driver and Taxi Charity for Military Veterans volunteer, said, “Rest In Peace Airborne Brother. See you in Valhalla. ‘Utrinque Paratus’.”
Jim’s funeral is to be held on Monday 24th January at 12.40pm at Upminster Crematorium.
To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers veterans visit www.taxicharity.org
Notes to Editors
Watch an interview with Jim Knox about the war www.legasee.org.uk/veteran/jim-knox
About the Taxi Charity
The Taxi Charity is run by volunteer London black taxi drivers and has been supporting thousands of veterans of all ages since 1948. The charity arranges free trips to the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, for acts of commemoration and days out to museums, concerts, or fundraising events in the UK, to catch up with friends and comrades.
The Charity worked tirelessly during the pandemic to ensure veterans received regular contact by sending out a greeting card each month, gifts to mark the 75th anniversaries of VE and VJ day, stockings at Christmas and arranging Guards of Honour at veterans’ funerals. Volunteers have also helped with regular phone calls, food shopping, transport to hospital appointments, and more recently taking veterans for their Coronavirus injections.
The charity was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2021.
To fund and facilitate their work, the charity is reliant on generous donations from members of the public, businesses, and trusts.