D-Day farce: war hero's family asked to fill out 18 pages of forms to attend celebrations in Normandy

Bournemouth Echo: TRIPLICATE: D-Day veteran Ted Young with daughter Irene Richards, son-in-law Paul and the sheets of paperwork TRIPLICATE: D-Day veteran Ted Young with daughter Irene Richards, son-in-law Paul and the sheets of paperwork

THE family of a war hero attending the D-Day celebrations in Normandy have had to fill out 18 pages of security clearance forms.

Ted Young, 90, of Parkstone, served with the Royal Engineers during World War II and landed on Juno beach in June 1944 faced with a sea of enemy gunfire.

For the last six years Ted’s family have travelled to Normandy to mark the anniversary, but unlike on the previous occasions, have this time been faced with extensive amounts of paperwork to fill in before attending.

Ted’s daughter, Irene Richards, said she was forced to spend hours filling in the documents for him and each of his eight guests, including his nine-year-old great-grandson.

“I am a typist so for me it was quicker, but for those who are not it could have been much more difficult,” she said.

“There are nine of us going and I had to fill out the reasons for each of us attending on every form.

“They needed things like his army number, the medals he was awarded and the colour of the car we would be using.”

The forms were sent to the family by the Ministry of Defence, which requires the information to satisfy the French government-imposed travel restrictions in the Normandy area for the duration of the event.

When printed off, Irene was confronted with two sides of A4 with space to fill in the answers to an array of questions for each person attending.

Ted, who waded through waters up to his shoulders and dodged bullets before helping to build a strategically pivotal new airfield at Beny-Sur-Mer, has attended the memorial services in each of the last 30 years.

Irene said she worries for other veterans, who unlike her father may not have family members or carers able to fill out the forms for them to such a tight deadline, with the French government requiring the information no later than April 30 for the event which starts on June 5.

“The veterans are not being thought of. Instead it seems to be all about the dignitaries and not those who fought for us,” she said. “The D-Day services are for the veterans, not just a show.”

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8:17am Wed 23 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

DISGRACEFUL,
DISGRACEFUL, pete woodley
  • Score: 22

8:34am Wed 23 Apr 14

Upkeep says...

The irony is that when Ted was sent over there first time around the only bit of paperwork he had to sign was a will !
The irony is that when Ted was sent over there first time around the only bit of paperwork he had to sign was a will ! Upkeep
  • Score: 33

9:00am Wed 23 Apr 14

Bluegolf says...

Awful I think it's really unfair on all the veterans who don't have anybody to fill in these forms for them
Awful I think it's really unfair on all the veterans who don't have anybody to fill in these forms for them Bluegolf
  • Score: 18

9:17am Wed 23 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Upkeep wrote:
The irony is that when Ted was sent over there first time around the only bit of paperwork he had to sign was a will !
And not even a passport was required.
[quote][p][bold]Upkeep[/bold] wrote: The irony is that when Ted was sent over there first time around the only bit of paperwork he had to sign was a will ![/p][/quote]And not even a passport was required. Lord Spring
  • Score: 19

9:40am Wed 23 Apr 14

elite50 says...

This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical! elite50
  • Score: 27

9:44am Wed 23 Apr 14

Phixer says...

elite50 wrote:
This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
Never was a truer word said ...

The attitude of the French is insulting - but they have always given us a good reason to hate them!
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical![/p][/quote]Never was a truer word said ... The attitude of the French is insulting - but they have always given us a good reason to hate them! Phixer
  • Score: 19

10:47am Wed 23 Apr 14

retry69 says...

It never ceases to amaze me the way the elderly and indeed the now elderly are treated that actually fought for what we have now and what is often forgotten is that most of us would probably not be here if it wasn't for the courage and comradeship these people showed, so surely they deserve an easy ride for the rest of their lives.
It never ceases to amaze me the way the elderly and indeed the now elderly are treated that actually fought for what we have now and what is often forgotten is that most of us would probably not be here if it wasn't for the courage and comradeship these people showed, so surely they deserve an easy ride for the rest of their lives. retry69
  • Score: 20

10:57am Wed 23 Apr 14

delta3 says...

shame there were no Frenchies about to check his passport last time he ran up the beach.
shame there were no Frenchies about to check his passport last time he ran up the beach. delta3
  • Score: 21

11:17am Wed 23 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

elite50 wrote:
This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
err, they did

that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical![/p][/quote]err, they did that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk Bob49
  • Score: -8

11:28am Wed 23 Apr 14

billy bumble says...

How come the French can't keep the Roma out then????

btw I am flying the flag of St George - I borrowed it from my French neighbour






I just had to paint on the cross
How come the French can't keep the Roma out then???? btw I am flying the flag of St George - I borrowed it from my French neighbour I just had to paint on the cross billy bumble
  • Score: 10

11:37am Wed 23 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Bob49 wrote:
elite50 wrote:
This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
err, they did

that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk
I suggest you check your facts. The B.E.F were outflanked and out gunned because they had to defend too wide a front with too few forces because the French relied on their Maginot Line. and would not back up the British.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical![/p][/quote]err, they did that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk[/p][/quote]I suggest you check your facts. The B.E.F were outflanked and out gunned because they had to defend too wide a front with too few forces because the French relied on their Maginot Line. and would not back up the British. elite50
  • Score: 13

12:03pm Wed 23 Apr 14

burgerboy says...

Phixer wrote:
elite50 wrote:
This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
Never was a truer word said ...

The attitude of the French is insulting - but they have always given us a good reason to hate them!
And i wonder just how many french ex military will be there dressed in their military uniforms with the wide yellow stripe up the back holding their government issue regimental white surrender flag............
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical![/p][/quote]Never was a truer word said ... The attitude of the French is insulting - but they have always given us a good reason to hate them![/p][/quote]And i wonder just how many french ex military will be there dressed in their military uniforms with the wide yellow stripe up the back holding their government issue regimental white surrender flag............ burgerboy
  • Score: 13

12:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

How disgraceful, so all this EU free movement works one way but not the other, especially for war heros?

So perhaps a good idea to copy all those documents and forms and send them as an idea to our own so called UK border control people.........
How disgraceful, so all this EU free movement works one way but not the other, especially for war heros? So perhaps a good idea to copy all those documents and forms and send them as an idea to our own so called UK border control people......... muscliffman
  • Score: 13

2:43pm Wed 23 Apr 14

coster says...

Ah!,the benefits of the EU, open borders (one way) and freedom of movement for all?. And the rest of the benefits are?.
Ah!,the benefits of the EU, open borders (one way) and freedom of movement for all?. And the rest of the benefits are?. coster
  • Score: 9

2:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

So, in actual fact, everyone had to have to pages of documentation, where the headline is trying to make it sound like a single veteran needed to fill in 18 pages to attend the event.

I agree that excessive paperwork is a blight these days, but so are misleading headlines!
So, in actual fact, everyone had to have to pages of documentation, where the headline is trying to make it sound like a single veteran needed to fill in 18 pages to attend the event. I agree that excessive paperwork is a blight these days, but so are misleading headlines! speedy231278
  • Score: -4

3:29pm Wed 23 Apr 14

perthsteve says...

here is a link too the paper work, i am going to normandy this june and have just filled out the form, as a 50 plus year old lorry driver it took me a bit of time, a whole 2 mins to fill out and email off to the MOD.

http://dday70.files.
wordpress.com/20...a
tion-form.doc
here is a link too the paper work, i am going to normandy this june and have just filled out the form, as a 50 plus year old lorry driver it took me a bit of time, a whole 2 mins to fill out and email off to the MOD. http://dday70.files. wordpress.com/20...a tion-form.doc perthsteve
  • Score: -1

3:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

perthsteve says...

perthsteve wrote:
here is a link too the paper work, i am going to normandy this june and have just filled out the form, as a 50 plus year old lorry driver it took me a bit of time, a whole 2 mins to fill out and email off to the MOD.

http://dday70.files.

wordpress.com/20...a

tion-form.doc
sorry the link in my last post was to a word doc and not an website, but if you go to this website and scrool down a bit you will come across a link to the forms. once again sorry
[quote][p][bold]perthsteve[/bold] wrote: here is a link too the paper work, i am going to normandy this june and have just filled out the form, as a 50 plus year old lorry driver it took me a bit of time, a whole 2 mins to fill out and email off to the MOD. http://dday70.files. wordpress.com/20...a tion-form.doc[/p][/quote]sorry the link in my last post was to a word doc and not an website, but if you go to this website and scrool down a bit you will come across a link to the forms. once again sorry perthsteve
  • Score: -2

3:38pm Wed 23 Apr 14

perthsteve says...

here is the website link
http://hmvf.co.uk/fo
rumvb/showthread.php
?43807-MOD-DDay70-Ac
creditation-Form

and they let me drive 44 ton trucks
here is the website link http://hmvf.co.uk/fo rumvb/showthread.php ?43807-MOD-DDay70-Ac creditation-Form and they let me drive 44 ton trucks perthsteve
  • Score: 2

5:38pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

elite50 wrote:
Bob49 wrote:
elite50 wrote:
This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
err, they did

that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk
I suggest you check your facts. The B.E.F were outflanked and out gunned because they had to defend too wide a front with too few forces because the French relied on their Maginot Line. and would not back up the British.
What !

Absolute nonsense !

A concise and true description can be found here - http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=w6C5P-AYG
dY

Peddling these myths, that owe more to the scriptwriters of the Simpsons than any basis in fact is not only an insult to history but to the thousands of Allied soldiers who gave their lives.

I do have a further an interest as one of my distant relatives was killed (murdered in cold blood) at La Paradis. I have spent much time reading up and studying those days leading up to and including the Dunkirk evacuation.

It's a shame others don't, rather than spouting the offensive and grossly innaccurate tosh in this thtread that owes more to Holywood than the true events of those battles.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical![/p][/quote]err, they did that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk[/p][/quote]I suggest you check your facts. The B.E.F were outflanked and out gunned because they had to defend too wide a front with too few forces because the French relied on their Maginot Line. and would not back up the British.[/p][/quote]What ! Absolute nonsense ! A concise and true description can be found here - http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=w6C5P-AYG dY Peddling these myths, that owe more to the scriptwriters of the Simpsons than any basis in fact is not only an insult to history but to the thousands of Allied soldiers who gave their lives. I do have a further an interest as one of my distant relatives was killed (murdered in cold blood) at La Paradis. I have spent much time reading up and studying those days leading up to and including the Dunkirk evacuation. It's a shame others don't, rather than spouting the offensive and grossly innaccurate tosh in this thtread that owes more to Holywood than the true events of those battles. Bob49
  • Score: 7

7:13pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

burgerboy wrote:
Phixer wrote:
elite50 wrote:
This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
Never was a truer word said ...

The attitude of the French is insulting - but they have always given us a good reason to hate them!
And i wonder just how many french ex military will be there dressed in their military uniforms with the wide yellow stripe up the back holding their government issue regimental white surrender flag............
I can't understand why you can make a joke about all of this ,, the French suffered a lot more than the British did , why don't you stop making a joke of something that killed over 50 million people ..
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical![/p][/quote]Never was a truer word said ... The attitude of the French is insulting - but they have always given us a good reason to hate them![/p][/quote]And i wonder just how many french ex military will be there dressed in their military uniforms with the wide yellow stripe up the back holding their government issue regimental white surrender flag............[/p][/quote]I can't understand why you can make a joke about all of this ,, the French suffered a lot more than the British did , why don't you stop making a joke of something that killed over 50 million people .. Nat1234
  • Score: 1

7:57pm Wed 23 Apr 14

X Old Bill says...

The Accreditation form is two A4 pre formatted pages for each person attending.
This can be done on a computer and sent via email to the MOD.

Veterans have until 30th April to send the form but, as from 10th April, non-veterans have to apply direct to the French authorities and a photo will be required. So, unless they have already sent them then they will have to get some fresh forms for the guests - and fill them in.

And people, please remember that in 1944 French passport control was being handled by the Germans.
The Accreditation form is two A4 pre formatted pages for each person attending. This can be done on a computer and sent via email to the MOD. Veterans have until 30th April to send the form but, as from 10th April, non-veterans have to apply direct to the French authorities and a photo will be required. So, unless they have already sent them then they will have to get some fresh forms for the guests - and fill them in. And people, please remember that in 1944 French passport control was being handled by the Germans. X Old Bill
  • Score: 2

10:23pm Wed 23 Apr 14

elite50 says...

Bob49 wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Bob49 wrote:
elite50 wrote:
This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
err, they did

that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk
I suggest you check your facts. The B.E.F were outflanked and out gunned because they had to defend too wide a front with too few forces because the French relied on their Maginot Line. and would not back up the British.
What !

Absolute nonsense !

A concise and true description can be found here - http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=w6C5P-AYG

dY

Peddling these myths, that owe more to the scriptwriters of the Simpsons than any basis in fact is not only an insult to history but to the thousands of Allied soldiers who gave their lives.

I do have a further an interest as one of my distant relatives was killed (murdered in cold blood) at La Paradis. I have spent much time reading up and studying those days leading up to and including the Dunkirk evacuation.

It's a shame others don't, rather than spouting the offensive and grossly innaccurate tosh in this thtread that owes more to Holywood than the true events of those battles.
Simpsons?
Hollywood?
YOU are the one eyed "know all" who takes his que from U-tube (just after you have watched all the other rubbish that is put on there I suppose).
I lost close relatives from the B.E.F.
Suggest you go and check out the real story before you flap your mouth off (again).
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical![/p][/quote]err, they did that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk[/p][/quote]I suggest you check your facts. The B.E.F were outflanked and out gunned because they had to defend too wide a front with too few forces because the French relied on their Maginot Line. and would not back up the British.[/p][/quote]What ! Absolute nonsense ! A concise and true description can be found here - http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=w6C5P-AYG dY Peddling these myths, that owe more to the scriptwriters of the Simpsons than any basis in fact is not only an insult to history but to the thousands of Allied soldiers who gave their lives. I do have a further an interest as one of my distant relatives was killed (murdered in cold blood) at La Paradis. I have spent much time reading up and studying those days leading up to and including the Dunkirk evacuation. It's a shame others don't, rather than spouting the offensive and grossly innaccurate tosh in this thtread that owes more to Holywood than the true events of those battles.[/p][/quote]Simpsons? Hollywood? YOU are the one eyed "know all" who takes his que from U-tube (just after you have watched all the other rubbish that is put on there I suppose). I lost close relatives from the B.E.F. Suggest you go and check out the real story before you flap your mouth off (again). elite50
  • Score: 0

3:18am Thu 24 Apr 14

billd766 says...

Bob49 wrote:
elite50 wrote:
This is to satisfy the French government?
Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place!
Typical!
err, they did

that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk
There were actually more French soldiers rescued at Dunkirk than British soldiers. Many were repatriated back to France via Algeria na dso did no more fighting. A large number however DID stay and help us out.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This is to satisfy the French government? Maybe, if the French had shown some guts in defending their country he would not have needed to go in the first place! Typical![/p][/quote]err, they did that's why so many allied soldiers escaped at Dunkirk[/p][/quote]There were actually more French soldiers rescued at Dunkirk than British soldiers. Many were repatriated back to France via Algeria na dso did no more fighting. A large number however DID stay and help us out. billd766
  • Score: 0

8:43am Thu 24 Apr 14

Carolyn43 says...

X Old Bill wrote:
The Accreditation form is two A4 pre formatted pages for each person attending.
This can be done on a computer and sent via email to the MOD.

Veterans have until 30th April to send the form but, as from 10th April, non-veterans have to apply direct to the French authorities and a photo will be required. So, unless they have already sent them then they will have to get some fresh forms for the guests - and fill them in.

And people, please remember that in 1944 French passport control was being handled by the Germans.
If you're a veteran with no friends/relatives to help you and have no computer or don't know how to use one, what do you do then?

I don't know how anyone can say what went on at Dunkirk. Very few alive today were there and most, like my father-in-law, say they won't talk about it because they don't want to relive the horrors. Any history is only retold from the perspective of the person writing it, so it's never unbiased.
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: The Accreditation form is two A4 pre formatted pages for each person attending. This can be done on a computer and sent via email to the MOD. Veterans have until 30th April to send the form but, as from 10th April, non-veterans have to apply direct to the French authorities and a photo will be required. So, unless they have already sent them then they will have to get some fresh forms for the guests - and fill them in. And people, please remember that in 1944 French passport control was being handled by the Germans.[/p][/quote]If you're a veteran with no friends/relatives to help you and have no computer or don't know how to use one, what do you do then? I don't know how anyone can say what went on at Dunkirk. Very few alive today were there and most, like my father-in-law, say they won't talk about it because they don't want to relive the horrors. Any history is only retold from the perspective of the person writing it, so it's never unbiased. Carolyn43
  • Score: 2

9:02am Thu 24 Apr 14

Pomeroy says...

speedy231278 wrote:
So, in actual fact, everyone had to have to pages of documentation, where the headline is trying to make it sound like a single veteran needed to fill in 18 pages to attend the event.

I agree that excessive paperwork is a blight these days, but so are misleading headlines!
I agree all are required to complete forms not just my Dad. See the Daily Mail on Tuesday. These brave men fought for what we have and should not be required to complete forms. Never before when Prince Charles and other Presidents have been. On the 65 we stood as near to HRH as anyone and no security was required.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: So, in actual fact, everyone had to have to pages of documentation, where the headline is trying to make it sound like a single veteran needed to fill in 18 pages to attend the event. I agree that excessive paperwork is a blight these days, but so are misleading headlines![/p][/quote]I agree all are required to complete forms not just my Dad. See the Daily Mail on Tuesday. These brave men fought for what we have and should not be required to complete forms. Never before when Prince Charles and other Presidents have been. On the 65 we stood as near to HRH as anyone and no security was required. Pomeroy
  • Score: 2

11:34am Thu 24 Apr 14

X Old Bill says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
X Old Bill wrote:
The Accreditation form is two A4 pre formatted pages for each person attending.
This can be done on a computer and sent via email to the MOD.

Veterans have until 30th April to send the form but, as from 10th April, non-veterans have to apply direct to the French authorities and a photo will be required. So, unless they have already sent them then they will have to get some fresh forms for the guests - and fill them in.

And people, please remember that in 1944 French passport control was being handled by the Germans.
If you're a veteran with no friends/relatives to help you and have no computer or don't know how to use one, what do you do then?

I don't know how anyone can say what went on at Dunkirk. Very few alive today were there and most, like my father-in-law, say they won't talk about it because they don't want to relive the horrors. Any history is only retold from the perspective of the person writing it, so it's never unbiased.
Re Computer: The words in the report 'When printed off' suggest that they do have a computer. They did not need to 'print it off' because it can all be done with a word processing program on the computer and returned via email.

Re Dunkirk: I agree, all history is subjective. - This event is about D-Day. Why are people even discussing Dunkirk?
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: The Accreditation form is two A4 pre formatted pages for each person attending. This can be done on a computer and sent via email to the MOD. Veterans have until 30th April to send the form but, as from 10th April, non-veterans have to apply direct to the French authorities and a photo will be required. So, unless they have already sent them then they will have to get some fresh forms for the guests - and fill them in. And people, please remember that in 1944 French passport control was being handled by the Germans.[/p][/quote]If you're a veteran with no friends/relatives to help you and have no computer or don't know how to use one, what do you do then? I don't know how anyone can say what went on at Dunkirk. Very few alive today were there and most, like my father-in-law, say they won't talk about it because they don't want to relive the horrors. Any history is only retold from the perspective of the person writing it, so it's never unbiased.[/p][/quote]Re Computer: The words in the report 'When printed off' suggest that they do have a computer. They did not need to 'print it off' because it can all be done with a word processing program on the computer and returned via email. Re Dunkirk: I agree, all history is subjective. - This event is about D-Day. Why are people even discussing Dunkirk? X Old Bill
  • Score: 1

5:06pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Pomeroy says...

You may be a 50 year old, 44 ton wagon driver but we are talking about Veterans of Normandy who are aged 90 plus, some with dementia and some without the knowledge of computers or printers not a 50 year old.
You may be a 50 year old, 44 ton wagon driver but we are talking about Veterans of Normandy who are aged 90 plus, some with dementia and some without the knowledge of computers or printers not a 50 year old. Pomeroy
  • Score: 3

6:39pm Thu 24 Apr 14

X Old Bill says...

Pomeroy wrote:
You may be a 50 year old, 44 ton wagon driver but we are talking about Veterans of Normandy who are aged 90 plus, some with dementia and some without the knowledge of computers or printers not a 50 year old.
I am a good deal older than 50, I have in the past driven armoured fighting vehicles but not recently - So put me somewhere in between.

I agree that it is unfair to expect a 90 year old veteran, with dementia and no access to a computer, to even know that the accreditation forms even exist.
I would sincerely hope that such a gentleman would have some family or friends to assist him in even getting to the Normandy beaches and not leave him to get there on his own.
In this case I gather that such family does exist. In the case reported by the Daily Wail it was the organiser of a large group that was actually complaining - So probably no problems with computers there.
[quote][p][bold]Pomeroy[/bold] wrote: You may be a 50 year old, 44 ton wagon driver but we are talking about Veterans of Normandy who are aged 90 plus, some with dementia and some without the knowledge of computers or printers not a 50 year old.[/p][/quote]I am a good deal older than 50, I have in the past driven armoured fighting vehicles but not recently - So put me somewhere in between. I agree that it is unfair to expect a 90 year old veteran, with dementia and no access to a computer, to even know that the accreditation forms even exist. I would sincerely hope that such a gentleman would have some family or friends to assist him in even getting to the Normandy beaches and not leave him to get there on his own. In this case I gather that such family does exist. In the case reported by the Daily Wail it was the organiser of a large group that was actually complaining - So probably no problems with computers there. X Old Bill
  • Score: 1

10:04am Fri 25 Apr 14

Pomeroy says...

Thank you "Old Bill" for your explanation. I care for my Dad full time and he is lucky to have me otherwise he would not have known. I appreciate everyone who has responded. I only found the accreditation forms by chance. At least I completed the nine forms for four generations and will enjoy the last NVA one.
Thank you "Old Bill" for your explanation. I care for my Dad full time and he is lucky to have me otherwise he would not have known. I appreciate everyone who has responded. I only found the accreditation forms by chance. At least I completed the nine forms for four generations and will enjoy the last NVA one. Pomeroy
  • Score: 2

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