Brigadier David Baines MBE

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Brigadier David Baines MBE, who died yesterday 1st March 2018. He was National President of the Normandy Veterans Association (NVA) and also served as President of the Wiltshire Branch of the NVA and a former Trustee of the Spirit of Normandy Trust. David was a passionate and outstanding ambassador for the Normandy Veterans and was rightly determined that the Normandy campaign should always be properly remembered. It is expected that there will be a private family funeral and a memorial service to be held at Salisbury Cathedral. Details will be announced as soon as possible. Our condolences go to Mrs Baines and the family.

Hector Duff’s recent school visit

Hector Duff MM, BEM , Leg;d’hon , continues to visit the schools on the Isle of Man to interact with the pupils about his WW2 experiences.

The photographs were taken at a recent Open Evening for year 6 & 7 Pupils at Ramsey Grammar school. Hector now in his 99th year and despite a “hiccough” with his health just before Christmas, and being advised to slow down a little by his family is apparently still on great form.

Last year Hector received an honour from the National Association of Retired Police Officers he was then described “as probably the most remarkable Manxman alive today”.

Ed Slater MBE

It is with great sadness that the Trust learned of the death of Ed Slater MBE, Leg.d’hon, former National Chairman of the Normandy Veterans Association. In recent months his health had deteriorated and he died peacefully in a Colchester nursing home this morning (23 January 2018) aged 94.