Commemorating Calderdale’s role on D-Day 75 years on - tell us your stories

The 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings is on June 6 - and we would love to feature the stories of any heroes from Halifax and our surrounding towns involved in the operation to liberate Europe.

Thursday, 30th May 2019, 9:24 am
Updated Thursday, 30th May 2019, 10:24 am
Operation Overlord (The Normandy Landings): D-Day 6 June 1944, The British 2nd Army: Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade, making their way from LCI(S)s (Landing Craft Infantry Small) onto 'Nan Red' Beach, JUNO Area, at St Aubin-sur-Mer at about 9 am on, 6 June 1944. (Photo by Lt. Handford/ IWM via Getty Images)

On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France.

By the end of D-Day the Allies had put 156,000 troops ashore, although an estimated 2,500 Allied troops died on the day of the invasion.

To mark the 75th anniversary, the Courier is seeking any surviving service personnel from Calderdale who took part in the landings, so we can tell their stories.

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People walk on Sword Beach in Colleville-Montgomery, on June 5, 2018 near Caen, France. Getty Images.

If you took part, or know anyone who did, then get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] or via Twitter or Facebook, and help us commemorate the part Calderdale played on that historic day.

Normandy veteran, Ken Scott 98, who was an infantry sergeant with the Durham Light Infantry on Gold Beach on D-Day looks at headstones in the cemetery following a service at Bayeux Cemetary during D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations on June 6, 2014 in Bayeux, Getty Images
A piper plays a lament on Gold Beach as landing craft from the Royal Marines arrive at Arromanche on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. Getty Images.