Funeral of Normandy Veteran Patron George Batts



Normandy Veteran Patron, George Batts, passed away on Monday 7 November, at the age of 97.

George’s funeral will take place at 11.30am on Monday 12 December at St Margaret’s Church, Barming. It will be available to join via live stream and the Trust will share the link ahead of the date.The family kindly requests that donations dedicated to George’s memory be made via this link. All donations will go to the Normandy Memorial Trust for the future Education Centre project.


George was an 18-year-old Sapper when he landed on Gold Beach on the morning of 6 June. Tasked with clearing mines and booby traps he survived the horrors of the beaches and went on to campaign for a defining monument to commemorate his fallen comrades. Finally, in October 2021, he visited the completed British Normandy Memorial for what would be his first and only time.

George touched so many lives with his unwavering dedication to remembrance and efforts to ensure future generations would never forget the ultimate sacrifice his comrades made all those years ago.

His daughter Linda Barbour, said: “I couldn’t be prouder of my Dad and his achievement in realising the Memorial which will keep alive the memory of all the veterans and their fallen comrades.”

George’s legacy will live on forevermore thanks to his extraordinary work in helping to turn his long-held dream into a reality.

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