D-Day veteran, 89, reported missing by care home staff who told him he couldn’t travel to France is found in Normandy after escaping and joining friends

A 89-year-old D-Day veteran who was accounted for missing from his care home has been discovered – in the midst of the 70th commemoration celebrations on the sands of Normandy.

Sussex police got a call from a nursing home in Hove at around 7.15pm on Thursday to say that the old man had gone out at 10.30am that morning however had not been seen since.

The man, who is yet to be named, had gone out wearing a dim rain coat with a sweater bearing his war decorations underneath.

Taking after an unprofitable hunt on Thursday, the nursing home got a call from a more youthful veteran at around 10.30pm to say that he had met the missing beneficiary on a bus station while in transit to France and that they were sheltered and well in a lodging in Ouistreham, France.

Officers said they have addressed the veteran, who is fine, and that his companions are going to guarantee he returns to Hove securely throughout the following couple of days.

In spite of the fact that it was accounted for that the staff had told the veteran he couldn’t go to the 70th commemoration of the arrivals that changed the course of the Second World War, both the care home and Sussex Police denied this.


The house was affirmed by a representative as The Pines mind home, Furze Hill, in Hove.

He said it is “unquestionably not the situation” that the veteran was banned from going to D-Day commemorations.

A Sussex Police representative likewise denied reports that the home kept the veteran going to the occasion.

The retired person is among more than 650 ex-servicemen accepted to have ventured out to celebrate the intrusion, portrayed as the biggest in military history.

The Queen, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, François Hollande and numerous different pioneers are likewise in participation to pay tribute to the 200,000 British, American and Canadian men who partook.

This last years recognitions are especially powerful as it will probably be the last time the rest of the veterans, who are presently in their 80s and 90s, assemble to review the day that “changed the world”.

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