Normandy Veteran Patron, George Batts MBE
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 while many of his friends and comrades tragically died.
He eventually became the National Secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association and has long held an ambition that a defining monument should be built on a single site in France to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Battle of Normandy.
This is George at the site of the Memorial after its inauguration on 6 June 2019
This is George recalling his D-Day story back in June 2016, ahead of the construction of the Memorial