Patrick O'Keeffe served as a private in the 1st battalion Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment).
Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Newham, Sqn Ldr Pujji was an Indian pilot who flew Hawker Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain, he also flew combat missions in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East during the war. He survived several crashes and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for services in Burma.
By Robert Rogers
My Dad and Operation Overlord (D-Day) - My father was John Arthur Rogers, born in Forty Acres Lane, Canning Town in May 1924. He went to Rosetta school in Custom House. He left school at 15 and got a job in a Greengrocers and Butchers shop, and two weeks after his 20th birthday, my Dad stormed the beaches of Normandy to free Europe from the Yoke of Nazi rule! He did not do this on his own, a couple of his mates came with him and a few other lads from around the world, plus some friendly Americans he met on the way. Sadly he left some of them forever on the Battlefields of Europe.
As yesterday was the 65th Annivesary of the D-day landings, and today is the 65th Anniveary of my Dad landing on the Beaches of Normandy, I have updated his Story, Canning Town Lad At War and have added these photos taken during World War Two. The coloured photo is that of my Uncle Jack and his Crew graves in the Reichwold War Graves in Germany.
Posted on Sun 7 June by Robert Rogers