David Briggs
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Bedford pacifist served as D-Day medic

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.

  • 06 Jun 2014