The heroism of resident who took part in the D-Day landings in 1944 has been celebrated at a care home for veterans in High Wycombe.
The Royal Star & Garter care home in High Wycombe has thrown a special D-Day party for one of its residents, who took part in the Normandy landings 76 years ago.
On Saturday 6th June 2002, staff at the care home in Hughenden Avenue organised the tea party for George Avery, on the anniversary of the D-Day landings.
The 98-year-old, who is known to friends and family as Bunny, was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and built Bailey bridges throughout Europe to help support the Allied advance into Nazi-occupied Europe.
Bunny was part of the second wave of British troops to land on Sword Beach on Tuesday 6th June 1944. During the landing he was dropped close to the shoreline by his landing craft and as he made his way to the beach he ‘just kept running’. He remembers seeing bodies strewn on the sand and added: ‘I thought, ‘Keep your head down boy!”
In 2016 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest military honour, as thanks from the French government for his role in its liberation.
Today Bunny live at the care home in High Wycombe, which opened in 2019.
Staff arranged the tea party, with other residents also joining Bunny, while observing social distancing precautions. Photos of Bunny in uniform helped decorate the Home and residents ate a special cake with his image on it, listened to music and danced.
Receptionist Cerys Walters said: ‘Bunny and the rest of the residents had such a lovely time. It was a true honour for us all to be with Bunny on such a significant day.‘
Bunny visited Sword Beach on D-Day two years ago and posed for a photo taken exactly 74 years to the hour of his landing on the stretch of sand.
The Royal Star & Garter home provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia.
*Source of article : Press release from Royal Star & Garter.