Goole’s Part In D-Day Remembered

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From the Goole Times, Monday 17th June 2013

Goole Town Councillors joined a war veteran, who found himself in the midst of the D-Day Landings, to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the most important battle of the Second World War.

With medals pinned across his chest, 92 year old George Smith of Airmyn, paid his respects to the soldiers who lost their lives on Thursday, 6th June 1944 D-Day.

Mr Smith was visiting the memorial on the town’s Normandy Way each year for the past 25 years to remember the soldiers who stormed the beaches in 1944. George was in the Royal Navy as a member of the “Action Guard for the War Sprite”, which struck the French coast in the early hours.

The memorial is set close to where sections of the Mulberry Harbours were constructed for the invasion. (Six caissons were built in Goole and floated out to France.

It was the first time Mr Smith had worn his Arctic Star medal on his chest, which he recently received 70 years after his brave mission in the Arctic Convoys.

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