Veterans remember D-Day loss

Normandy Veterans D Day''Pictured: Les Cooke, Bill Rice and Jim Palfrey

Normandy Veterans D Day''Pictured: Les Cooke, Bill Rice and Jim Palfrey

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THEY are dwindling in number but determined to pay their respects to comrades lost on D-Day, June 6 1944.

Normandy veterans Jim Palfrey, Les Cooke and Bill Rice laid a wreath on Wednesday in a ceremony, led by the Rev David Crofts of St Mary’s Church, in Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens on the 68th anniversary of the landings.

Jim, a committee member of Bury’s Normandy Veterans’ Association, said: “We all come here every year as we said we would do, as long as one of us is still standing.”

Jim, 92, landed with Suffolk Yeomanry’s 55th Anti Tank Regiment, Les, 86, was on the cruiser HMS Bellona and Bill, 91, crewed a Royal Navy landing craft taking Canadians to Juno beach. Patrick Adams, who served in the Ambulance Corps, joined them at lunch.