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Appeal for public to attend World War Two veteran’s funeral

December 7th, 2015

Eric Gill died aged 99 at his home in Edlington, Doncaster, on November 30, and his carer and friend Gwen has launched a Facebook appeal for members of the public to attend his funeral.

Mr Gill was part of the 49th West Riding Infantry and was one of six D-Day veterans from Yorkshire to receive France’s highest military honour, Legion d’Honneur, in April.

The award was given to all surviving British veterans of the 1944 Normandy landings for their efforts in the liberation of France.

“Eric served in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry … he took part in the D-Day and Operation Market Garden and was recently awarded the Légion d’honneur by the French,” says the Facebook appeal.

“Eric only had a small circle of friends and family, some of which are unable to attend his funeral, either due to illness or location.

a great man always talked about his medals and the royal family on the 15 bus when he used to get on, i was thinking…

Posted by Darren Paul Sables on  Monday, 7 December 2015

What a gentleman, will miss all the stories from you, RIP eric,,xx

Posted by Anne Mccormick-green on  Monday, 7 December 2015

“We call upon the entire nation to consider attending his funeral in Doncaster.

“Let us show the world how much respect we have for Eric and the men who helped keep this great nation of ours free!”

His funeral will take place at the Rosehill Crematorium in Doncaster but a date has yet to be set.


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Kim Jong-un agrees to attend Vladimir Putin’s war commemorations

January 14th, 2015

The invitation was extended by Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and will be the young dictator’s first overseas trip since he became head of state after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December 2011.

Korea was under Japanese rule before and during the Second World War. The Soviet Union declared war on Japan in August 1945, after Japan’s ally Adolf Hitler had been defeated, and launched an invasion of northern Korea.

South Korean government sources have confirmed that Mr Kim will travel to Moscow in May, according to Yonhap News, as Pyongyang tries to simultaneously build better trade and security links with Russia and to convince Beijing to drop its recent hard-line stance against the regime.

China has distanced itself from the rulers of the hermit state since the regime carried out a third underground nuclear test in February 2013.

Despite sanctions and unprecedented international pressure, North Korea has since carried out a series of ballistic missile tests and demanded that United Nations sanctions be lifted.

Beijing will be keen to ensure, however, that Moscow does not step into the breach and provide the isolated North Korea with the trade and diplomatic and security support required to keep the regime functioning.

Leaders from around the world will have been carefully considering their invites from Mr Putin to the May 9 ceremonies, even before Mr Kim’s acceptance. The international community is still putting up a united front over Moscow’s actions in the Crimea and Ukraine.

Learning that they will have to share a podium with Mr Kim – who is likely to be named in a resolution put to the United Nations Security Council for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity – is likely to convince the vast majority to mark the occasion of the end of the war elsewhere.


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War veteran who fled care home to attend D day celebrations honoured by home city

July 23rd, 2014

Asked why he travelled across to Normandy, Mr Jordan, a former local borough councillor and mayor of Hove, said: ”My thoughts were with my mates who had been killed.

”I was going across to pay my respects. I was a bit off course but I got there.”

He added: ”Britain is a smashing country and the people are smashing, and if you have to do something a bit special then they are worth every effort.”

Brighton and Hove City Council officials said the honorary alderman title is a mark of respect for the work and commitment given by a former councillor.

Mr Jordan’s honour was to mark his ”exceptional contribution to the work of the newly-formed Brighton and Hove Council and the former Hove Borough Council and to the community”.

Mr Fitch described Mr Jordan – affectionately known as Bernie – as ”a hero and an inspiration to all ages”.

He said: ”It’s grey power. What it shows is that where you have commitment and where you are determined, you can find a way, and that’s what Bernie has done.”

Mr Jordan hit headlines globally when he disappeared from his care home to embark on his cross-Channel trip to the D-Day anniversary events in Normandy wearing his war medals under his grey mac.

His disappearance sparked a police search on June 5 and his whereabouts was only uncovered when a younger veteran phoned later that night to say he had met Mr Jordan and he was safe.

Last month he was inundated with more than 2,500 birthday cards from around the world following his adventure to Normandy.


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