Veterans sign book of D-Day memories

Bill Holden, 93, Kenneth Mason, 97, Victor Keech, 93, and David Johnson, 91, at the signing of their

Bill Holden, 93, Kenneth Mason, 97, Victor Keech, 93, and David Johnson, 91, at the signing of their new book which details their memories of D-Day and beyond. Photo: Jennifer Hudson - Credit: Archant

Four Second World War veterans marked Armistice Day by holding a signing of their new book which chronicles their memories of the war.

Author Justin Jones, right, and Bill Holden, 93, and Kenneth Mason, 97, held a book signing of their

Author Justin Jones, right, and Bill Holden, 93, and Kenneth Mason, 97, held a book signing of their new book at Jarrolds bookstore. Photo: Jennifer Hudson - Credit: Archant

The four veterans, who are part of the First Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment D-Day Veterans Association, have had their memories made into a book with the help of Justin Jones of Felmingham who wrote down their stories.

The veterans signed the book, Courage, Honour, Friendship...Remembrance. Memories of D-Day and Beyond, straight after the two minute silence on Friday at Jarrolds bookshop.

David Johnson, 91, Victor Keech, 93, Kenneth Mason, 97, and Bill Holden, 93, all fought in the 1944 D-Day landings to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.

Their memories of the landing, and beyond, have been recorded by Mr Jones who first became interested in the war after hearing on the radio that there was a shortage of people able to play the last post at veterans' funerals.


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His wife subsequently taught him to play the bugle and he accompanied the veterans to the beaches of Normandy on the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

Mr Jones said: 'A lot of books are about big wars, this is about the little personal stories, the funny stories and how it affected them.'

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'All the services are men and women willing to put themselves in harm's way so we don't have to.'

Chris Rusby, Buyer at Jarrolds bookstore, said: 'We love selling local, interesting books and this is a particularly moving one.

'It's a unique occasion and we are delighted to have them on this day, we're delighted they could all be here.'

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