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Old Jul 2, 2013, 5:31 AM   #1
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Default Jack Cornwall - D-Day Veteran

Hi guys,

Below is a photo of a D-Day vet that I recently met. He served with the Gloucester's as a heavy gunner in the infantry. He assaulted Sword beach as a second gunner, only to be quickly promoted to first gunner within moments of hitting the beach - the previous 1st gunner was caught in razor wire disembarking from the boat and was mowed down by machine gun fire.

Jack fought to the beach head where he eliminated a German machine gun nest.

His regiment subsequently advanced to Bayeux a few days later, where Jack was seriously wounded by a German grenade. With his leg in tatters he was sent back to England.

When landing on Sword beach Jack was 17 years old:

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Great looking picture of a man that did a great job for us all.
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G'day mate

Agree with Cal ^ .... but it also shows the futility of war where one side sets out to kill the other side - it leaves many, many victims [and these days especially does not seem to resolve anything]

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An excellent portrait of a very brave man. With so many World War two veterans passing on, he looks to be in good shape. Thank him for his service from one infantryman to another.
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Great photo, great story.
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Wonderful capture
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