D-Day

D-Day veteran to be awarded World War Two medals

A Cumbrian veteran of the D-Day landings will be awarded his World War Two medals today.

Like many soldiers, 95-year-old Derek Whitfield, from Carlisle, didn't apply for the medals at the time.

He was prompted by a suggestion from his son after seeing events held to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The medals will be formally presented during a ceremony this morning at Carlisle Castle.

Derek says he has mixed feeling about receiving them.

You don't feel as though you've earned the medals. You don't feel as though you've done anything else, anything different to what the others did. You just happened to be lucky and come through, that's all. I know what I went through and to be terrified once in your life is enough."

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