Today, the life of our beneficiary and supporter, Bombardier Bill Price, is honoured at a memorial service in Christchurch.
Bill, a WWII Normandy veteran, passed away at the age of 103 years old at the beginning of this year.
He volunteered in 1938 for the Territorial Army, enlisting in to the Royal Engineers, and was subsequently involved in the defence of London during the Blitz.
In 1941, Bill transferred to the Royal Artillery, where he became known as ‘Trigger Bill’ as he was considered quick on the draw, firing Bofors 40mm guns.
In 1944, Bill served on the Merchant Ship Innerton, which became part of a very large convoy of ships that crossed the channel bound for Normandy. During Operation Overlord, on D-Day, he manned an anti-aircraft gun. Bill told us; “This was frightening, I was scared”, he continued, “I felt proud of being part of the landings, guns firing off, rockets… I fought for our freedom.” Bill served through the entire Second World War and was demobbed in November 1945. In 2005, he was presented with the Légion d'honneur medal for his service in securing the freedom of France.
Today we say our final farewell to an exceptional gentlemen. We send our condolences to his wife Helen, and his family and friends.
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