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xAtkinson, Frank

Frank was born in County Durham in May, 1924 and was called up into the army when he was eighteen years old.He became ď14366076 Private Atkins...
Landed in normandy: Juno Beach, Courseulles sur Mer, D-Day +1, 7TH JUNE 1944


xBush, George

George Bush, Sargeant B Coy, 2nd Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment, (Vickers Machine Gunner)

At the start of the war the 2nd Battal...
Landed in normandy: Gold Beach, June 6th 1944


xCaldwell Gray, Louis

D-Day - The very first to arrive

Harbour Defence Motor Launch 1383

Of the vario...
Landed in normandy: coast of Arromanches


xCarpenter,Tom (Chippy)

xde Leeuw, Hans

Twee jaar voor de oorlog uitbrak was ik in BelgiŽ werkzaam. Na de Duitse invasie belandde ik na een moeizame vlucht in Engeland, waar ik me prompt aan...
Landed in normandy: Arromanches, 7 August 1944


xDunkley, Richard R. 14426694

                

I had with the rest of a 3 inch mortar tea...
Landed in normandy: 8th June 1944 Ranville


xFigg, Albert -890390

I was born on June 12th 1920 at Chiseldon nr. Swindon Wiltshire youngest of eleven, I had a normal village C of E school education, left in 1934, a...
Landed in normandy: 24th of June


xGraham, James Henry (Harry)

We landed on Gold Beach 7 June 1944. The guns landed on the 6st of June.The regiment belonged to: 5 AGRA (Army Gramp Royal Artillery) so the 5.5" g...
Landed in normandy: Gold Beach, D-Day +1, 7TH JUNE 1944


xJeffery, Edwin D/JX3585116

I was born on 24.2.1923 in Mousehole Cornwall.
When the Second World War began on 3rd September 1939 I was 16 years and seven months old. On rea...
Landed in normandy: Escorted ships on D-day


xLinden, Joe

The first thing I remember of Normandy was being pleased to be on dry land again after the rough Channel crossing. We began the task of Flailing the b...
Landed in normandy: Sword Beach, 7-30 AM, D-Day 6TH JUNE 1944


xNelson, Ernie

Visit to Normandy 2009 for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings


Ernie Nelson visited Normandy, France in 2009 fo...
Landed in normandy:


xSedgley, Harry

Harry Sedgley ex Buffs Royal East Kent Regiment, (6292840), and Royal Engineers. 

Born 23 May 1921 volunteered 20th june 1940. Had tr...
Landed in normandy: Coast of Arromanches D-DAY - JUNE 6TH 1944


xSowerby, Bill

"I volunteered for the army at the age of 17. After four weeks of initially training and 8 weeks warfare training with the regiment, including manoeuv...
Landed in normandy: Sword Beach, Arromanches, D-Day +1, 7TH JUNE 1944


xWilson, Frederick (Fred)

Fred Wilson (T/293590) was born 31 March 1922. He enlisted 23 October 1941 at the age of 19 and got his training in Chesterfield and Eckington. In 19...
Landed in normandy: Gold Beach, Arromanches, 12 JUNE 1944


xWood, Dennis

The war began on 1st September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. I had my fifteenth birthday two weeks before the war began. I  was...
Landed in normandy: -



THEY WERE THERE

Members of the Isle of Wight Branch (closed)

As the Allied nations of the Second World War commemorated the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Normandy campaign that led to the liberation of Nazi- occupied Europe, Isle of Wight veterans of that operation looked back with pride and some sadness on those momentous events of 1944.
Some of the veterans were Island born; some made their homes on the Island later in life; some are no longer with us. Over the years a good number of them have kept in touch through the Isle of Wight branch of the Normandy Veterans Association.
Here are some of their recollections.
(Compiled by Veteran Ian Gordon from personal interviews carried out for the Isle of Wight N.V.A. branch newsletter)