Normandy veteran George Batts pictured at his home in Maidstone Kent in 2014 (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).
Normandy veteran George Batts pictured at his home in Maidstone, Kent in 2014 (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).
D-Day

D-Day veteran George Batts dies aged 97

Normandy veteran George Batts pictured at his home in Maidstone Kent in 2014 (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).
Normandy veteran George Batts pictured at his home in Maidstone, Kent in 2014 (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).

D-Day veteran George Batts has died at the age of 97.

He had led a campaign for a memorial near Gold Beach in Normandy, where he landed on 6 June 1944.

The British Normandy Memorial said Mr Batts was an 18-year-old sapper when he landed on Gold Beach, tasked with clearing mines and booby traps.

In a tweet, the British Normandy Memorial said: "It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our Normandy Veteran Patron, George Batts, at the age of 97.

"George showed unwavering dedication to remembrance and his legacy will live on forever more.

"Thank you, dearest George. We will miss you."

The British Normandy Memorial records the names of the 22,442 servicemen and women from about 30 different countries, inscribed in stone.

The site also includes a French Memorial, dedicated to the memory of French civilians who died during this time.