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Tears of veteran, 97, whose dad won the VC

Pride: Mr Ockendon with his medals and his dad’s PICTURE: SOLENT

A WORLD WAR II veteran from a family of heroes wept at an emotional Normandy landings memorial service in Portsmouth.

Jimmy Ockendon, whose father James was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in World War I, was among thousands of people paying their respects at the Southsea D-Day Stone yesterday. After wiping away tears, he said he had been mainly thinking of his uncle, who was killed in the second war.

Highest honour: Jimmy’s father James

‘His wife had died just beforehand and he left two young children and my father and mother adopted them,’ he said.

The Royal Navy veteran, of Portsmouth, was on a ship off France during D-Day but did not directly take part. At the service he wore his medals and those of his father, which also included the Belgian Croix de Guerre.