Popular among residents and staff alike, Roy is a resident at the Weston Acres Estate.
Born in Hove, Sussex, in 1923, Roy joined the Royal Navy aged 18 and was based at HMS Royal Arthur in Skegness where he took diverse roles, including gunner and Morse code interpreter. Roy also spent time as a naval guard in Sri Lanka, protecting members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS).
During the D-Day landings in 1944, Roy was actively involved in laying ramps to help Allied tanks to cross the beaches while fighting was going on all around. He remembers vividly clearing the bodies of fallen comrades after the area was hit badly by mines.
Since the war, Roy has continued his support of those in the armed forces and retired seafarers. He sold poppies for more than 30 years and has attended numerous commemoration events in Trafalgar Square.
In 2003, Roy and his wife moved to Weston Acres where they lived together until she sadly passed away seven years later.
Today, he continues to share his wartime memories with other residents and has led a number of talks to raise awareness of the war with local school children. In 2014, Roy was awarded an exclusive ‘Lest We Forget Award’ to honour contributions and sacrifices made by him and his fellow servicemen on D-Day.
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