Special D-Day recollections for Lowestoft man
PUBLISHED: 15:15 06 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:15 06 June 2014
With the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings being marked today, a Pakefield man has fond memories of his brother's efforts in the Second World War.
Albert Shade, who was nicknamed Friday, was one of the “first wave” of soldiers to launch into battle in the D-Day invasion.
And honouring his bravery this week, younger brother Victor, 85, said: “Today does have special memories for me. Albert was called up to the army in his early 20s, and was one of the first wave of soldiers involved on D-Day. He was hailed a hero after he returned back to London on a hospital train as one of the first to be injured.”
This newspaper cutting and image from 1944, which Mr Shade has kept, was reproduced in the News of the World – and shows Albert Shade “back from the beachhead” with a lift being given “for a hero.”
After the war, Albert Shade lived in Hulver until he died a number of years ago.