Residents and colleagues at HC-One’s Lothian House Care Home, in Spennymoor, County Durham, have commemorated the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces this Armed Forces Day, taking place on June 29, 2024.

Resident George Robson, aged 97 years old, has lived at the home since September 2023, and he has been reflecting on his time in the Royal Navy. George joined the Royal Navy at the age of 17 years old in 1943, where he spent three years serving until he left in 1947.

On June 6, 1944, at the age of 17-and-a-half years old, George served in the historic D-Day war time efforts with the invasion of the beaches at Normandy by Allied troops during World War II.

Whilst in the Navy, George travelled to Australia and New Zealand, and travelled home on the Black Prince. George recalled attacking Tokyo and his biggest relief was when the bombing stopped and he had survived, however that also came with a sadness to the comrades he lost.

After leaving the Navy, George worked in the family butchers with his father for two years. He subsequently went on to secure a contract working in construction, building roads and working outdoors.

George and his wife had two children, a daughter called Diane and a son called Phillip. Sadly, Diane died at the age of 30 and George recalled this as one of the saddest moments in his life.

George Robson, resident at Lothian House Care Home, stated: 

“My fondest memories are of the men I served with and getting up to mischief and sharing lots of laughter. Coming home to my family after the war was over made me very happy.

“I think people should attend services on Armed Forces Day as it’s important to show your respect for the men and women who served for our country, not only those who survived but those who lost their lives.”