6:57pm Friday 6th June 2014
VETERANS gathered at an Oxfordshire churchyard to pay their respects to Major John Howard, one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War.
Major Howard led 180 troops from the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry’s 6th Airborne Division to capture Pegasus Bridge on June 6, 1944.
A ceremony took place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Clifton Hampden, where Major Howard is buried.
Among those paying tribute were Brian Cox, from Wheatley, Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Lawrence, from Iffley, Oxford, D-Day veteran Sam Langford, from Didcot, and Major Howard’s cousin Derek Chivers.
The service was conducted by the Rev Anne Ilsley, and those gathered sang the hymn Abide With Me, and a bugler played The Last Post.
Listen to participants at the commemoration, plus the playing of the Last Post and singing of Abide With Me.
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