WW2 veterans hold book signing on Armistice Day

On Armistice Day, a group of veterans will be signing a new book which details their memories of the

On Armistice Day, a group of veterans will be signing a new book which details their memories of the second world war. Photo: Justin Jones. - Credit: Archant

A group of World War Two veterans, whose memories of the war have been made into a book, will sign copies for the public on Armistice Day.

Straight after the two minute silence on November 11 the group of veterans, whose words have been brought together by Justin Jones of Felmingham, will sign copies of the book at Jarrolds book store in Norwich.

The book, titled Courage, Honour, Friendship...Remembrance. Memories of D-Day and Beyond, shares the men's stories of courage, comradeship and terror during one of the most difficult times in British history.

Victor Keech, 91, of Wymondham, and David Johnson, 91, of Thorpe St Andrew, are two of the veterans whose memories are detailed by the book.

Mr Keech, who spent his 19th birthday on a beach in Normandy as part of the 1944 D-Day invasion force, said: 'My main memory of that day is thinking, 'Am I going to get through this?'.


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Mr Johnson said: 'We were faced with it and we had to deal with it as best we could.'

In February the two men, along with three others, received the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour, for their part in the D-Day landings.

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Mr Jones, a bugler for the Royal Norfolk Regiment living history group, travelled with veterans to Normandy beaches on the 60th anniversary of D-Day travelled with veterans to Normandy beaches.

After hearing their stories he decided to write the book.

Mr Jones said: 'I had all these personal accounts in my head, and i wanted to make sure that their stories were not forgotten. At first, I only intended to get a few copies of the book printed for members and friends, but the project grew.'

The book also includes pictures, some recent, some taken during the war of tanks, soldiers and buildings destroyed by war.

Courage, Honour, Friendship...Remembrance is on sale at the Cafe Britannia Mustard Shop and Jarrold's in Norwich for £10.

All profits from the book go towards military charities.

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