War veteran dies days after receiving medal for his work

A war veteran has died while making a return trip with his comrades to some of the places they had been stationed during the second world war.

Kenneth Moore from Bacton, who was a member of 5 Kings/ 2 T Force - a secret task force which helped capture Nazi scientists for interrogation during and after the second world war, was making a return trip to Germany and Denmark when he was taken ill.

According to local police, the 86 year old collapsed, suffering a heart attack, on Tuesday, May 10, around 5.30pm on Ernst August Platz in Hannover, Germany, following a visit to the minister president of Lower Saxony, David McAllister.

Mr Moore, who founded and was chairman of the 5 Kings/ 2 T Force OCA Old Comrades Association, was taken to hospital where he later died.

During his visit Mr Moore had been to Kolding in Denmark, where he had been stationed for three months in 1945 as part of the British Liberation Forces.

Whilst in Kolding, he was presented with the Danish Home Guards Medal of Merit medal for his work in Kolding at the end of and after the war, taking part for many years in the commemorations remembering the fallen members of the Danish resistance movement.

According to newspaper reports in Denamrk and Germany, Mr Moore, who had one daughter Inge - who is her 60s, from his first marriage, on receiving the Danish Home Guards Medal had said how overwhelmed he felt and that he was lost for words.

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During his trip he also went to Bad Nenndorf in Germany to re-visit the place the T-Force regiment was stationed from 1946-48 when they were involved in the re-organisation of civil and economic structures in the town. In Bad Nenndorf he commemorated the lasting friendship with the town and its people through the presentation of a stone plaque.

His wife, Margrete Thorsen-Moore 53, who he married in 1984 after meeting her in Denmark in 1980, is currently waiting for Mr Moore's body to be returned to the UK. As yet no funeral arrangements have been put in place, but the plan is for Mr Moore's ashes to be placed in his mother's family's grave in Sheffield.

She said: 'Denmark and Germany were the first two foreign countries he came into contact with for any long period of time. The people who came to Denmark during the liberation were given a big welcome. I do not think anyone who was there at that time ever forgot that.

'The most remarkable thing has been that what started as such a black time turned into lasting friendships; Ken was keen to pass that message onto people, that it was possible.'

Mr Moore, who was born in Norwich, had originally worked as a gunner in the Royal Artillery and was sent to Normandy during the war. After the D Day landings the gunner regiments were broken up and he was sent to work as a gunner with the 5 Kings/ T Force.

After the war Mr Moore remained in the army and later worked for NATO.

In 1978 after leaving the army he went to work for the Danish Tourist Board as a liaison officer, before moving to Norfolk to retire in 1994.

Anyone wishing to pay their respects, is welcome to make a donation to Help for Heroes ref KVG Moore, either directly or with cheques issued to Help for Heroes and forwarded via his wife at The Granary, Church Road, Bacton, NR12 0JP.

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