How many British WW2 Veterans are still around ?

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by 51highland, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    To still be here is enough !

    Best regards

  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Good to hear it Ron
  3. Owen

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  4. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Found this :-
    Darlington veteran Ernie Sedgwick celebrates 100th birthday, couple of weeks late but glad to see he is still around ! Accompanying story is a bit muddled but the reporters sentiment is there.
    Darlington DLI veteran celebrates 100th birthday


    I had the pleasure of meeting a 99 year old merchant seaman last week he worked during WW2 in the engine room . I said that must of been very scarey ? He replied "not really the nearest I came to drowning was when we were rammed by a Polish vessel " Weren't they on our side I asked " Yes they were but I think some bugger forgot to tell them ! " he replied .
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  5. Wobbler

    Wobbler Patron Patron

    Just came to read Kyle’s post and couldn’t help but notice Ron’s now poignant post above from last December. Had a little moment, I’m not ashamed to admit.
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  6. Derek Barton

    Derek Barton Senior Member

    Yet another one gone. Harry Melling 101 years young passed away in his sleep on the 19th September. Harry was the oldest submariner in Great Britain.
    At the going down of the sun ...........
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  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    The Chindit Society is planning to support four veterans in marching at this years Cenotaph parade. Three are now 97 years old and the other 101!
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  8. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    September 2021 Gnr John Graham

    Normandy vet who still grows veg on his allotment celebrates 100th birthday

    Normandy veteran makes it to 100 - still growing veg down on his allotment

    He received the Légion d’Honneur medal a few years ago - France’s highest military honour - after landing on Gold Beach just after D-Day while serving as a gunner with the Royal Artillery Regiment.

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  9. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    I wonder which regiment he served with? Black Beret suggests tanks within Royal Artillery!
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  10. Derek Barton

    Derek Barton Senior Member

    The only Field Regiments I have listed wearing a black beret are the 86th (E Anglian)(Herts Yeo) & the 147th (Essex Yeo) and both these wore their Yeomanry cap badge.
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  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

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  12. BrianHall1963

    BrianHall1963 Well-Known Member

    Ron is sharp as a tack , I’ve been to a couple of talks he has given on his time a true gent .I will give his daughter the details of this site
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  13. Markyboy

    Markyboy Member

    Went to a Shoreham Museum signing today with my daughter (aged 9) and they had four veterans in attendance. Delayed bedtime tonight as she was asking so many questions after we read the first chapter! Andy Andrews is second left on the book pic. CB1F96AF-ED40-4BFC-A6C4-BCC8784EA01A.jpeg B7000F16-1D2B-473E-B759-A662B96A4FA7.jpeg
  14. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

  15. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Last of the known 9th DLI . Dunkirk veteran captured in North Africa . Sadly died 7th November 2021 aged 101 .Rest in peace. :poppy:

    4454582 Pte John Frederick Foster 9 DLI

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  16. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    With the 6th and 9th DLI losing both its known surviving soldiers in the last week . This piece from The Royal Corps of Army Music is very timely being released on 11th November 2021 .

    Thank you for your service

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  17. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    102 year old 10th DLI veteran attended the Festival of Remembrance performance at Durham Cathedral. Harry Oliver. Captured in 1940 spent nearly 5 years as a PoW.

    4458220 Pte Harry Oliver joined 6th DLI before he was transferred to 10th DLI freed 1945 Discharged 1946. Now thought to be the oldest surviving member of the DLI .

  18. Grasmere

    Grasmere Well-Known Member

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  19. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Post #495 last of the known 9th DLI ? Well its great to report the finding of another alive and well in Rochdale. Pte Jim Marland had been mugged of his medals at Rochdale Cenotaph but from the kindness of others has been given a replacement set.

    Jim Marland joined the 9th DLI late in the war and was wounded in the chest by shrapnel during the battles for Germany .
    Veteran whose medals were ripped from his chest in mugging has them replaced | ITV News
    From Rochdale online;-
    Well done Rochdale and well done Major Linehan !

    14605242 Pte J C Marland wounded 9th DLI 8th April 1945.

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  20. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    In a year when we've lost so many, including our very dear friend Ron Goldstein, it was pleasing to see that my Dad's mate and former comrade in the London Irish Rifles, Charles Ward was able to celebrate his 103rd birthday today.

    This year, Charles was able to accept visitors to receive our personal heartfelt best wishes. Thanks to the RBL in Bexhill-on-Sea and Eddie R from the LIR for organising the visit.

    QS. FAB.

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