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Ray Almond's story

Ray Almond was 15 when he found out the man he called dad was not his real father.


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Sgt George Robert Schofield

Ray Almond was 15 when he found out the man he called dad was not his real father. Ray's real dad was killed in 1944, shot by a German bullet while on a mission during World War Two.

His mother was so traumatised by her husband's death she couldn't bring herself to talk about it or tell her son about his real father.

After the death of his stepfather Ray decided to try and find out more about his dad.

What followed was an emotional journey which took him first to Belfast.

There he found out more about his dad and met the men who served with him, they told him how his father leapt from trench to trench, dodging bullets, when he got the letter telling him he had a son.

Ray went on to find his dad's grave in Holland and after visiting it for several years a bizarre coincidence helped him find the family he never knew he had.

Ray's story culminates in an emotional reunion with the man who was with his father when he died.

Ray Almond will return to Normandy with 200 veterans and their families to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

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