D-Day 80

The Last Veterans

To coincide with the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a team from ITV Meridian tracked down and interviewed more than 80 survivors of that operation. Here is a living archive of memories from Normandy and wartime veterans recorded between June 2023 and May 2024.

Our Veterans

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Albert Barnes

Royal Army Service Corps

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Alec Penstone

Royal Navy

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Albert Gibbs

General Service Corp

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Albert Westgate

RAF

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Alfred Guenigault

Airborne Division

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Bernard Morgan

RAF

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Bert Hammond

RAF

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Betty Webb

Auxiliary Territorial Service

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Betty Withers

Women's Royal Naval Service

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Bill Gladden

6th Airborne Armoured Recce Regiment

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Bill Johnston

Royal Field Artillery

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Bob Gravells

Royal Navy

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Bob Piper

Royal Signals

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Bryan Samain

Royal Marine Commandos

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Cecil Newton

Royal Dragoon Guards

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Charles Giles

Royal Navy

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Christian Lamb

Women's Royal Naval Service

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David Teacher

Beach Units

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Denis Lanham

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

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Don Sheppard

Royal Engineers

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Dorothea Barron

Women’s Royal Naval Service

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Dorothy Marsh

Women’s Royal Naval Service

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Elizabeth Green

Evacuee

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Eugeniusz Niedzielski

Polish 1st Armoured Division

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Geoffrey Weaving

Royal Navy

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George Chandler

Royal Navy

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George Harmer

Royal Navy

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George Worroll

Royal Army Service Corps

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Gilbert Clarke

RAF

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Gordon Barrett

RAF Maintenance Unit

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Harry Garthwaite

RAF

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Harry Howorth

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

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Harry Rawlins

King’s Royal Rifles

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Henry Leach

Royal Hampshire Regiment

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Jack Gledhill

Royal Engineers

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Jack Hemmings

RAF

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Jack Mortimer

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Jack Quinn

Royal Marines

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Jake Larson

US Army

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James Belcher

Royal Marines

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Jim Grant

Royal Marines

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Joan Johnson

Auxiliary Territorial Service

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Joe Randall

RAF

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John Dennett

Royal Navy

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John Evans

Southampton Docks

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John Haddock

RAF

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John Roberts

Royal Navy

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Joyce Wilding

Special Operations Executive

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Ken Benbow

Royal Navy

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Ken Cooke

The Green Howards

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Ken Hay

Dorset Regiment

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Les Budding

Royal Marines

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Les Underwood

Royal Navy

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Marie Scott

Women's Royal Naval Service

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Marion Loveland

Women's Royal Naval Service

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Mary Holley

Royal Navy spouse

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Mary Papworth

Auxiliary Territorial Service

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Mervyn Kersh

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

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Mick Jennings

Royal Navy

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Mildred Shutz

Special Operations Executive

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Norrie Bartlett

Royal Navy

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Patricia Owtram

Women’s Royal Naval Service

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Pam Harding

Women’s Royal Naval Service

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Peter Belcher

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

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Peter Kent

Royal Navy

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Peter Lovett

Beach Unit

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Peter Orlando

US Navy

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Peter Smoothy

Royal Navy

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Poppy Butcher

Schoolgirl/Dockyard worker

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Reg Charles

Ox and Bucks Light Infantry

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Reg Pye

Royal Engineers

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Richard Aldred

Royal Armoured Corps

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Richard Brock

East Lancashire Regiment

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Robbie Hall

Womens’ Auxiliary Air Force

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Ron Parker

Royal Engineers

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Roy Hayward

Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry

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Ruth Bourne

Women’s Royal Naval Service

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Simeon Mayou

Royal Navy Patrol Service

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Stan Ford

Royal Navy

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Ted Rutland

Royal Armoured Corps

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