Skip to content

GUMPTION: 89-year-old D-Day veteran escapes rest home to attend D-Day memorial in France

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/9/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The former mayor of his British town, veteran vows he'll do it again

Eighty-nine-year-old Bernard Jordan was informed by his care facility, the Pines in Hove, Great Britain, that he would not be able to attend D-Day memorials held in France. The former mayor of his Hove was having none of it. Jordan up and sneaked out of his facility and made it all the way to France for the ceremonies. He's vows to do it again.

'The former Royal Navy officer told reporters that he hoped he would not be in trouble when he returned. Speaking in Normandy, he told the broadcaster: 'Because I wanted to go to this show here that was on today that was the main reason I came over here.'

"The former Royal Navy officer told reporters that he hoped he would not be in trouble when he returned. Speaking in Normandy, he told the broadcaster: "Because I wanted to go to this show here that was on today that was the main reason I came over here."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/9/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: D-Day, rest home, escape, Bernard Jordan


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Donning his war medals he received while in the Royal Navy under a raincoat, he joined his comrades. A younger veteran called Jordan's facility to assure them he was there safe and sound - but there was the expected hue and cry.

By the time staff realized Jordan was missing the Royal Navy veteran was already in Normandy. Jordan stood proudly among world leaders and old soldiers in marking the audacious assault 70 years ago that cost more than 4,000 Allied lives.

Come browse our collection of military medals by going here --

D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan, 89, returned to Britain on a ferry after sneaking onto a coach to Norm

D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan, 89, returned to Britain on a ferry after sneaking onto a coach to Normandy, declaring: "I expect I will be in some trouble with the care home, but it was worth it."


Jordan had left Hove in East Sussex last week and checked in to a hotel in Ouistreham, near Arromanches, that night.

Police began searching the area around his home and checked with hospitals, bus firms and taxi companies.

Bernard Jordan waves on deck with Captain Olivier Macoin (left) and ship duty manager Jim Crilley.

Bernard Jordan waves on deck with Captain Olivier Macoin (left) and ship duty manager Jim Crilley


The phone call placed by the younger veteran assured officials that Jordan would be coming home when he was ready. Police found the story highly amusing and Brighton commander Nev Kemp tweeted: "Love this: 89-yr-old veteran reported missing by care home who said he can't go to Normandy for DDay70 remembrance. We've found him there!"

The former Royal Navy officer told reporters that he hoped he would not be in trouble when he returned. Speaking in Normandy, he told the broadcaster: "Because I wanted to go to this show here that was on today that was the main reason I came over here.

"It's a first class show because I have been here last year and I have been here obviously this time and I'm going to - touch wood I'm still with us - and I will be 91 then, but if I am still about I shall try next year's as well.'

"I just wanted to go over and join in with the commemorations,

"I just wanted to go over and join in with the commemorations,' he said. 'Being a veteran myself this was important to me and it meant the world. I met some great characters from old veterans to dancing girls."


In response, the care home was at pains to stress that Jordan had not been banned from attending the commemorations.

A spokesman for the Pines said their "wilful and determined" resident had been spurred in to action after staff had failed to get him on to the accredited trip with the Royal British Legion.

Staff on board the ferry said Mr Jordan had been a hit with the ladies - and it emerged his wife Ire

Staff on board the ferry said Mr Jordan had been a hit with the ladies - and it emerged his wife Irene, who lives in the same care home, knew all about his mini adventure before he set off.


The spokesman said he had moved to the home in January when his wife Irene was admitted and was able to come and go as he pleased. "Bernard is quite a character and certainly knows his own mind. We fully celebrate his participation in the D-Day commemorations."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted.
That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.


Comments


More Europe

Shocking footage captures horrifying moment pregnant woman is launched from ambulance and SURVIVES Watch

Image of Pregnant woman thrown from ambulance in Russia.

A dashcam caught the horrifying moment a car accident led to a pregnant woman being flung from an ambulance on a frozen Russian road. LOS ... continue reading


Pope meets writers of Jesuit magazine 'Civilta Cattolica' Watch

Image of

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Thursday with Jesuits who write for the 'Civilta Cattolica' magazine, currently celebrating its 4000th ... continue reading


'In the Name of Peter' reveals NEW VATILEAKS - But is it as dubious as Chaouqui would have you believe? Watch

Image of Francesca Chaouqui leaks more information in her latest book.

Francesca Chaouqui, famous for being part of an 8-person Auditing Commission COSEA who released confidential Vatican information in what ... continue reading


Preacher chased by youths arrested for being threatening and aggressive in disgusting abuse of police authority Watch

Image of Gordan Larmour was cleared of all charges.

Gordon Larmour, a street preacher, has been spreading the Word of God for seven years. He was handing out flyers when a gay teen and his ... continue reading


The battle wages on - Vatican v. Knights of Malta result in new statement from the Holy See Watch

Image of The Knights of Malta continue their feud with the Vatican.

In the latest development in an ongoing feud between the Vatican and the Knights of Malta, the Holy See has issued a statement affirming ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.