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An 89-Year-Old British Veteran Escaped His Nursing Home To Attend D-Day Celebrations

Article about: Ben Farmer, The Telegraph Jun. 6, 2014, 1:08 PM Bernard Jordan, former mayor of Hove, was identified as the veteran who absconded from his care home and made his way to Normandy An 89-year-o

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    Ben Farmer, The Telegraph
    Jun. 6, 2014, 1:08 PM

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    Bernard Jordan, former mayor of Hove, was identified as the veteran who absconded from his care home and made his way to Normandy

    An 89-year-old Second World War veteran told he could not attend today’s D-Day events in France went AWOL from his care home and was found 12 hours later in Normandy with comrades police have confirmed.

    The unnamed veteran decided to disregard his carers’ orders, put on his medals under his raincoat and set off to join events on the beaches of Northern France for the 70th anniversary of the landings.

    After the alarm was raised at the care home in Hove, Sussex, police searched the area and checked hospitals and bus and taxi companies.

    But the extent of the veteran’s resolve became clear on Thursday evening when police were informed by another veteran that the missing man had joined a coach party and made his way to Ouistreham.

    Ch Supt Nev Kemp, police commander for Brighton and Hove, said the man was “reported missing to us by a care home who said he can't go to Normandy for D-day remembrance. We've found him there!”

    A spokesman for Sussex police said: “We were called at 7.15pm yesterday (Thursday 5 June) by staff at a nursing home in Hove who said an 89-year-old who lived there had gone out at 10.30am that morning and had not been seen since.

    “The nursing home received a phone call from a younger veteran from Brighton at 10.30pm who said he had met the pensioner on a coach on the way to France and that they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham.

    “We have spoken to the veteran who called the home today and are satisfied that the pensioner is fine and that his friends are going to ensure he gets back to Hove safely over the next couple of days after the D-Day celebrations finish.”
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Bloody good on him!

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    Read this earlier.. Absolutely fantastic! The carer that said he couldn't go needs his/her arse kicking! Good on him!

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    He's gonna be in the crap with Matron when he get's back! Care homes take a dim view of residents disappearing on their own....

    I can see it now:

    "JORDAN!!.....COOLER!!!"

    Has anyone got a baseball mitt to lend the old bugger???
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Saw that on the news - gotta admire his determination. They also showed one vet who couldn't go because his name was wrongly spelled on his passport...

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    I bet he had to think twice when the coach attendant wished him "Good Luck....."
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    He's gonna be in the crap with Matron when he get's back! Care homes take a dim view of residents disappearing on their own....

    I can see it now:

    "JORDAN!!.....COOLER!!!"

    Has anyone got a baseball mitt to lend the old bugger???
    The geriatric version of the "Great Escape".
    "police were informed by another veteran that the missing man had joined a coach party and made his way to Ouistreham".
    Sounds like he had some help on the outside. I'm glad he made it.

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Looks like he's been wasting no time playing on his new found infamy......

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    The jammy old git.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by AZPhil View Post
    The geriatric version of the "Great Escape".
    "police were informed by another veteran that the missing man had joined a coach party and made his way to Ouistreham".
    Sounds like he had some help on the outside. I'm glad he made it.

    Semper Fi
    Phil
    I wonder how he got out??? Through Tom, Dick or Harry or maybe just through the front door and down the wheelchair ramp???
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    I wonder how he got out??? Through Tom, Dick or Harry or maybe just through the front door and down the wheelchair ramp???
    Bangalore under the front door. He said, "F you, I wasn't asking permission!" Good for him!

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