Who knew that Pink Floyd masterpiece, 1079’s The Wall, was inspired by daddy issues? Thankfully for Floyd’s musical maestro, Roger Waters, he finally found his war veteran father after a lifelong search.
Waters’ father–Lieutenant Eric Fletcher Waters–was a World War II whom Waters never met. While he’s always been very supportive of veterans and have encouraged fans to include their own veterans in live performances of the Wall, Waters was always “very angry” having grown up without a father.
A 93-year-old man named Harry Shindler tracked down Waters’ father after meeting waters at a veterans event and found out where Waters’ father was killed.
“Waters didn’t know where his dad was killed. But nobody had lifted a finger. I knew there had to be a war diary, but I never thought it had been kept for 70 years,” said Shindler to the Guardian via Classic Rock Magazine. “I’m talking to the council in Aprilia about unveiling a plaque and holding a ceremony next February 18, to which Waters could come.” Water wrote a poem for Shindler called One River and dedicated it to him with “gratitude.”
Waters’ father died on February 18, 1944 at 11:30am in an open-field in Anzio, Italy which now serves as the town center of Aprilia. But just knowing where Waters father was buried was not the sole intention of Shindler. He wanted to help quell Waters’ grief. “He might think his war is over now,” said Shindler.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles