Veteran Lewis shares his memories of war
●● A Normandy veteran Lewis Banham visited 2nd Rossendale Cubs to recount his experiences and make Remembrance very real A NORMANDY veteran visited 2nd Rossendale Cubs to recount his experiences and make Remembrance very real.
Lewis Banham, who has just celebrated his 95th birthday, attended the Bacup Pack.
The member of Haslingden-based Veterans In Communities was treated as a VIP as he inspected a line of Cubs standing on alert and saluting.
He had been married to his sweetheart Bessie just three weeks before he was conscripted.
Lewis answered the Cubs’ many questions about his time in the Second World War when he was a despatch rider and he crossed Europe delivering vital messages to the battalions on the front line. Lewis, who had been a Cub himself in Shawforth, said: “I really enjoyed meeting the Cubs, it was lovely. I hope they never have to go to war; it’s terrible.”
He recently received the Dutch Liberation Medal and Legion d’Honneur, the highest military medal in France. The Last Post was played by former Cub now Scout Enfys Dwyfor-Jones.
The Cubs concluded the meeting by writing messages on poppies and adding them to a frieze, which is on display in the Scout Headquarters on Burnley Road.