Royal Hampshire Regiment’s last surviving D-Day officer dies

Alan Norman
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THE LAST surviving Royal Hampshire Regiment officer to have taken part in D-Day has died at the age of 90.

Alan Norman was a platoon commander with the Royal Hampshire Regiment who sailed out through the Solent with thousands of other Allied troops bound for occupied France in June, 1944.

His death comes just weeks before the 70th anniversary of the landings and he had planned to attend commemorations in France.

The Hampshires were the first British regiment ashore in France and, within two hours of landing on Gold Beach, he had been shot in the arm and stomach and was shipped back to England.

After the war Mr Norman married Lilian, who was his nurse when he was recovering.

Originally from Petersfield, Mr Norman and his wife moved to Nottingham and he was later made an OBE for his service in the Territorial Army.

Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum curator Colin Bulleid said there might be some soldiers from the regiment still alive, but Mr Norman was the last officer.

Mr Bulleid said: ‘He was desperately keen to get to the beaches this June for the 70th anniversary, so it’s a real shame that he won’t be there.’

Son, Adrian Norman, said his father worked as an engineer before spending his final years in Guildford.

He said: ‘It’s probably true to say there was one of his designs under every road in Britain.’