One of the Last Surviving Normandy Landing Veterans Dies at 94

One of the Last Surviving Normandy Landing Veterans Dies at 94

A heroic D-Day veteran honoured for helping to liberate French families in the Second World War has died.

Daniel Lyons, who was one of the last surviving Normandy landing veterans, passed away at the age of 94.

He trained with the 6th Airborne Division and landed in Ranville, Normandy – the first French village to be liberated by Allied forces on June 6, 1944.

The great grandfather-of-two, from the Isle of Wight, was praised for his bravery during the invasion and later honoured with the freedom of the community of Ranville.

He remained in the army until 1950 before working as a peacekeeper in the British Mandate for Palestine.

Returning home to the UK, he was stationed in Birmingham where he trained the next generation of army recruits.

London-born Mr Lyons, who joined the Home Guard aged 15 and the army aged 18, retired to the Isle of Wight in 1990 with wife Mary.

Mary died of cancer in 2007 after 62 years of marriage.

Veteran Mr Lyons became a popular member of the Caledonian Scottish Dancers, Medina Mariners and Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea.

He is survived by children Stephen, Phillip and Kathleen, grandchildren Robert and Amy, and great-grandchildren Thomas and Jack.

Loved ones will come together to bid farewell to the war hero at St Thomas’ Church, Cowes, Isle of Wight, on January 9.

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