We will remember: Harrow’s World War II heroes share stories of D-Day to mark 75th anniversary


Hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds turned out in Harrow on Sunday to mark 75 years since D-Day and show their respect to the brave, young military heroes who helped free Europe.

They heard from two of the borough’s veterans - Harry Nodder, 97, and Edward Bentley, 99 – who shared memories of that historic day in 1944 at a special multi-faith Civic Service at St Mary’s Church, Harrow.

Mr  Nodder, a painter and decorator who joined the Royal Engineers at 20, met his wife while serving in France, while Mr Bentley joined the Navy at 18 and recalled having to captain his boat when his newly married skipper snuck off for the night to meet his wife.

Harrow Council Leader Graham Henson said: “To hear accounts from two of the brave young soldiers who helped deliver the world’s dream of freedom, three-quarters of a century ago, is a humbling experience.

“What all of our war heroes went through to free Europe must never be forgotten and it is wonderful so many young people were present to acknowledge this, too.”

The event was organised by Simon Ovens, HM The Queen's Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Harrow with Harrow Council and St Mary’s Church, Harrow. Mr Ovens  said: “Our D-Day commemoration brought together old and young, officials and residents, past and present – and ultimately peace and hope. This multi-faith service brought together the many different religions of our wonderfully diverse borough. It was a proud day for Harrow.”

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