WATCH: Royal Navy veteran’s remembrance video

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A Royal Navy veteran who started his service from Portsmouth is featured in a video that urges urge the nation to rethink remembrance.

The Royal British Legion today unveiled four 60-second films feature experiences from the younger generation of the Armed Forces community and will be played on seven monoliths in Paternoster Square, London.

In each clip, a story of conflict or injury of a veteran or service personnel aged between 29 and 34 is narrated by a Second World War veteran aged between 88 and 97.

The older veterans featured in the videos include Roy Miller, 92, from Wallington, London, who served with the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman in the Gunnery Division.

Following training at the gunnery school at Whale Island, Portsmouth, he travelled up to Scapa Flow were he was part of the Arctic Convoys.

In 1943, Mr Miller joined the aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable in Liverpool as part of the anti-aircraft gun crew.

After the ship was torpedoed off Sicily, he was part of a skeleton crew to sail her across to the US for repairs.

Once back in the UK, HMS Indomitable and her crew sailed through the Mediterranean and on to the Far East, joining the East Indies Fleet.

They were involved in operations around Sumatra as part of Operation Meridian.

HMS Indomitable went on to join the British Pacific Fleet and supported the liberation of Hong Kong as the war came to an end.

Mr Miller stayed on in the Royal Navy for a few years following the war before returning to work in advertising in London.

Also featured are Geoffrey Pattinson, 92, from London, who was a sergeant with 9th Battalion The Parachute Regiment during the Second World War, former merchant seaman Jim Radford, 88, from London, who is believed to be Britain’s youngest D-Day veteran and Marsie Taylor, 97, from London, who at the outbreak of war, joined the Mechanised Transport Corps, a division of women drivers to replace men who were being called up.