British Troops Land at Gold BeachOn June 6th 1944, during the height of World War II, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, as part of Operation Overlord. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of one of the deadliest battles in history.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is home to a number of veterans who took part in the D-Day Landings and operations in Normandy in the days and weeks after. To commemorate the historic events that took place on that fateful day, which would go on to change the course of the war, we highlight the stories of three Chelsea Pensioners who each landed on the beaches 75 years ago and who overcame all odds to survive the horrific events on the French coast.

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Pat Mcgurk
The Chelsea Pensioner who drove everyone from the SAS to popstars and a princess

Pat McGurk joined the Army at 17 and never looked back. As a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport, he worked with close protection and the SAS, before driving dignitaries, VIPs and royalty. 

Dewi Treharne
Meet Chelsea Pensioner Dewi Treharne

Chelsea Pensioner Dewi Treharne served for 27 years in the British Army. During that time, he was posted all over the world and grew particularly attached to Germany, where he spent 15 years of his military career. 

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