How many British WW2 Veterans are still around ?

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts.' started by Ron Goldstein, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. Seroster

    Seroster Desert-mad!

    Hehe, that's really funny. :) I enjoyed Paul's interview with Wilf on his podcast.
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  2. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron


    Just by chance I was also out yesterday at my local U3A monthly meeting.

    I was chatting to someone about a talk I hope to give next year and was asked what the title of the talk would be.

    When I replied " I was a D Day Dodger" I was asked if that meant I was a conscientious objector !

    If nothing else, it has confirmed my original feelings that it will be a story worth telling.

  3. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member Patron

    Former WW2 Flight Lieutenant Douglas Newham, LVO, DFC has been in the news because he was caught in what is effectively a hospital car park charges 'trap' recently, as reported here:

    War veteran's parking fine for over-running Carlisle hospital appointment

    The mean-spirited characters issuing and upholding the the ticket for the overrun are evidently not interested in any extenuating circumstances!

    I gather Mr Newham was a navigator with 156, 150 and eventually No 10 Squadron (Lancasters). On a happier day in June 2015 he was presented with one of a replica WW2 secret pencil kit that was issued to airmen during the war, as reported here:

    Second World War Bomber Command veteran honoured
  4. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member


    For the misdeed of being a D Day Dodger (for which there are no excuses), I know you were sentenced to another 11 months of hard labour in Italy..with no parole possible..I hope you learnt your lesson.

    best wishes
  5. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron


    Whilst writing about my visit to the U3A I realised that it would have been better to have placed my comments on a "I was a D-Day Dodger" thread so I am going post haste to find a suitable one and continue my musings there.

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  6. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I hope that you put the person well and truly in their place
    (Son of another "Day Dodger")
  7. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member Patron

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