Video: ‘We weren’t scared, we were bloody terrified’ - war veterans remember D-Day as 71st anniversary marked in Sheffield

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Veterans stood shoulder to shoulder to remember their fallen comrades in a solemn service on the 71st anniversary of D-Day today.

The Last Post rang out across Barkers Pool and a wreath was laid at the foot of the war memorial in the emotional event, watched by onlookers.

D Day Memorial Service, Barkers Pool Sheffield'Standard bearers lower their flags as the Last Post is sounded from the City Hall steps

D Day Memorial Service, Barkers Pool Sheffield'Standard bearers lower their flags as the Last Post is sounded from the City Hall steps

The men who stood together were teenagers or young men when they took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Douglas Parker, aged 92 and of Owlthorpe, was with the first wave of soldiers to arrive on Sword Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944.

He said: “We have got to be grateful to the many people who didn’t make it back to England.

“I always remember how lucky I am that I did.”

D Day Memorial Service, Barkers Pool Sheffield

D Day Memorial Service, Barkers Pool Sheffield

Fellow veteran Frank Yates read aloud a speech during the service.

He said: “We did our little bit and I always think that when we did our little bit to get rid of the Nazis in Europe we are now happy that our children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren can go on a beach without a pistol, or a rifle, or a machine gun but armed only with a spade and bucket.”

And Royal Navy veteran Cecil Bader, aged 89 and of Gleadless, remembered having to move bodies on the D-Day beaches so that they would not wash out the sea.

He added: “The cemeteries, there wouldn’t have been all these stories if we hadn’t have picked them up, there would be no gravestones.

D Day Memorial Service, Barkers Pool Sheffield

D Day Memorial Service, Barkers Pool Sheffield

“Some sad things happened afterwards.

“I picked a soldier up who’d got his leg blown off by a mine, I held him while the medics came.”

Leslie Giles, aged 90 and of Woodseats, went to D-Day with the Royal Army Service Corps.

He said: “I remember we weren’t scared, we were bloody terrified.

D Day Memorial Service, Barkers Pool Sheffield'Veteran Frank Yates address the the assembled crowd

D Day Memorial Service, Barkers Pool Sheffield'Veteran Frank Yates address the the assembled crowd

“We used to get quite a big crowd coming to the anniversary events, but we are all dying off now.”

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