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‘We must never forget’: D-Day hero’s message

‘I was terrified’: Mr Jenkins spoke to crowd

A HEROIC former platoon sergeant aged 99 urged ‘we must never forget’ as he addressed the Normandy Landings commemoration in Portsmouth.

John Jenkins landed on Gold Beach on D-Day as part of the Pioneer Corps.

As the veteran took to the stage, the whole crowd, including the Queen, Prince Charles, Donald Trump and Theresa May stood to applaud.

Honoured: A photo of the veteran appears on a big screen as he stands on the stage PICTURES: AP

Recalling the landings, he said: ‘I was terrified, I think everyone was.

‘I look back on it as a big part of my life. I was just a small part in a very big machine. I’m honoured to be stood here today in front of so many veterans. You never forget your comrades because we were all in it together. It is right that the courage and sacrifice of so many is being honoured 75 years on.’

After the invasion, Mr Jenkins joined the push to drive Hitler’s forces out of France and helped liberate Germany’s Fallingbostel concentration camp.

He served in the Territorial Army after the war and was made an MBE.