Media playback is unsupported on your device

Bedford pacifist served as D-Day medic

6 June 2014 Last updated at 20:51 BST

A 96-year-old former school master, who served on the beaches of Normandy as a medic during the D-Day landings, but refused to fight or even carry a man, has revealed his story to BBC Look East.

David Briggs, who lives in Bedford, was one of 60,000 people in Britain who were known as a conscientious objectors.

Mr Brigg had a strong Christian faith and from the age of 16 years believed this meant he should not take up arms.

But as a medic in the army, he chose to be in the teeth of the battle.

So in June 1944 , with his medic's armband his only means of defence, Mr Briggs disgorged onto a beach in Normandy.

Most watched

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.