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Pictures found in father’s old box of D-day landings

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

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THE son of a Burton man who was part of the D-day landings has come forward with a selection of never-before-seen pictures.

Malcom Bennett, of Dalebrook Road, Winshill, got in touch on the 70th anniversary of events in Normandy to bring to life the contribution of his father Ronald Bennett.

He was a an able seaman gunner with the Royal Navy and a selection of photos that he kept hidden from his family until his death six years ago have now been handed to the Mail.

Mr Bennett said: “The pictures were in a box with my father’s medals and other war related items.

“As a child we were never allowed to see them as he did not discuss his time in the Royal Navy as it upset him too much.

“During the D-day landings, he was a gunner and was stationed aboard HMS Warspite and played an active part in the events in Normandy.

“He lived in Burton all his life and was born and raised in and around Stanley 

“He was married to Beatrice and had three children, me, Alan and daughter Gloria.

“After the war he returned to the town and worked here until his retirement.

“He was very secretive about his time in the war, as I think a lot of people were at the time.

“However, when he died at the age of 83, we found his box of war medals and photos and this was when we found out about what he did.

“With today being the anniversary, I thought it only 
right to share these photos 
and show what my father was 
a part of all of those years 

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