19/04/2024
Norwich, GB 7 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

DESMOND STANFORD, aged 101

ON THE BEACH Born in the North Norfolk village of Walsingham, Desmond’s father was Victor, the village blacksmith. His mother, Kate, was a nurse and Desmond had a younger brother. For some reason, Desmond was […]

MAUREEN SWEENEY, aged 100

An Irish post mistress, she also took weather readings. It was her reports that persuaded D-Day to be postponed because of a storm – thus ensuring its success.

MURIEL ENGELMAN, aged 101

A nurse in the US Army, she worked in a field hospital experienced D-Day and The Battle of the Bulge and was often in great danger and had a Christmas nightmare

PIPPA LATOUR, aged 102

The longest surviving female SOE agent working in occupied France, she paved the way for D-Day, but was never acknowledged by her male colleagues.

NORTON LEE, aged 98

After surviving the Arctic Convoys and wartime missions to Sicily, Salerno and Malta, he played a key role in D-Day. He was present at the Nazi surrender in the Netherlands and retired to be a huntsman.

LORNA COCKAYNE, aged 97

Recruited to Bletchley Park during the war she became one of the first ever computer operators – and read Hitler’s messages.

CAROLYN GRACE, aged 71

The world’s only qualified female Spitfire pilot who flew her own plane at airshows, she tragically died in the same manner as her husband.

The original Band of Brothers (courtesy Daily Mail)

EDWARD D. SHAMES, aged 99

Part of the ‘Band of Brothers’ he fought in many significant battles in the Second World War, liberated Dachau concentration camp and captured Hitler’s lair , the Eagles Nest.

Fake Tank

GILBERT SELTZER, aged 106

Later to be an accomplished architect, Gilbert’s war service was particularly unusual. He belonged to a military unit that officially never existed: The Ghost Army.