Roger Waters finds out the truth about his father’s death. The English musician and co founder of the rock band Pink Floyd finally figured out the truth that his father, who was Lieutenant Eric Fletcher Waters, died during World War II when he just a young boy of five years of age.
Until now Roger had known little else about his death, but another British veteran of the Italian conflict, Harry Schindler, has tracked down a wartime intelligence documents, which shed more light on Lt Waters’ final hours.
In the documents uncovered at Kew House in London, it describes how on February 18, 1944, the area where Lt Waters, commanding officer John Oliver-Bellasis and their Z Company was attacked by German forces.
After describing various skirmishes, the report records: ”Further attack on Z coy. This time in greater strength than previous attack. Enemy in close contact with forward positions. Unable to send assistance as Z coy having trouble on their rt [retreat].
The diary then later records:
”Z coy reported enemy all round their positions, very stiff fighting going on.”
A final entry adds:
”Lt Waters killed and Lt Hill wounded, situation now critical. Message received over air that assistance would now be too late.”
Waters was excited now knowing about his father, that he even visited the site of his father’s death.
He told The Times newspaper:
”I think it is extraordinary. There is a possibility I may be able to visit the spot where my father died. I learned Harry Schindler has a list and on Schindler’s list is my father’s name. I am moved to tears by the fact.
Harry Schindler also served at the battle of Anzio with the Sherwood Foresters. He said: ”We were saved by some British infantry units who held back the Germans. He [Lt Waters] was right up there.”
Water’s father had been influential in many of his hits, including the Wall.