Vet­eran Lewis shares his mem­o­ries of war

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●● 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.

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