Fam­ily pay trib­ute to D-day veteran Vic­tor

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day. @Et­ben­truslove

THE fam­ily of a D-day veteran who died last week have paid trib­ute to a man who “loved life”.

Vic­tor Howard (88), of Ad­der­ley, Bret­ton, died on Sun­day, May 6, af­ter a long ill­ness.

The life­long Peter­bor­ough man fought on the Nor­mandy beaches on June 6, 1944, when the Al­lies launched the Euro­pean in­va­sion in the Sec­ond World War.

He did not like to talk about his ex­pe­ri­ence, which earned him a clutch of medals, but re­mained proud of his ser­vice through­out his life.

Daugh­ter Anne Howard (59), who lived with her dad, said: “He loved life, even to the end.

“And he was a mil­i­tary man, through and through.

“He was in­vited to sev­eral gar­den par­ties at Buck­ing­ham Palace and other events, it was a huge hon­our for him.”

Vic­tor was born in Glad­stone Street in 1924 and grew up in Peter­bor­ough and Cas­tor, the son of a rail­way man and the great­grand­son of the city’s last lamp­lighter.

He en­listed on Novem­ber 5, 1942, as a sap­per in the Royal Engineers and served un­til 1947 when he was de­mobbed.

Af­ter train­ing and post­ing in North Africa, Vic­tor was sent to the Nor­mandy beaches for the Al­lied in­va­sion of Europe.

Speak­ing to the Evening Tele­graph in May 2005, he said no­body knew where they were go­ing un­til they ar­rived.

He awoke that morn­ing, came up on deck and saw a fore­arm float­ing past.

His ser­vice earned him the France and Ger­many Star, the 1939 - 45 Star, the War Medal and the Gen­eral Ser­vice Medal.

Anne said: “He never re­ally spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ences but he was proud and we went back to Nor­mandy for an an­niver­sary.”

Af­ter the war he mar­ried his sweet­heart Kath­leen in St Paul’s Church on The Tri­an­gle.

The pair set up home in nearby Vere Road and had daugh­ter Anne and son Richard.

He worked for the coun­cil be­fore mov­ing to Perkins En­gines, where he worked for 30 years.

Vic­tor en­joyed gar­den­ing and hol­i­days to Hun­stan­ton, Mablethorpe and later Malta.

Af­ter re­tire­ment he was ac­tive in the Nor­mandy Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion, the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and he was vice pres­i­dent of the Royal En­gi­neer As­so­ci­a­tion Peter­bor­ough branch for five years.

His fu­neral is at St Paul’s Church on Tues­day, May 22, at 1pm fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion at Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium, where the Last Post will be sounded. Do­na­tions in mem­ory are to the Royal En­gi­neer As­so­ci­a­tion.

Vic­tor leaves daugh­ter Anne, son Richard, three grand­chil­dren and five great-grand­chil­dren.

TRIB­UTE: Vic­tor Howard died at the age of 88 af­ter a long ill­ness.

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