D-Day

Meet The Man Who Has Devoted His Life To Fallen Soldiers

William Moody has been maintaining war graves for more than 50 years.

A man has devoted his life to maintaining the Commonwealth's largest Second World War cemetery. 

The Commonwealth Wars Graves Commission (CWGC) cemetery in the French City of Bayeux will be one of the focal points for this years D-Day commemorations. 

Hundreds of veterans will visit the cemetery to pay their respects to fallen comrades. 

William Moody, the Normandy supervisor at CWGC, says working in cemeteries is something he has been doing from a young age:

"When I was five years old I would go with my father on his bike and help clean up cemeteries with him."

Mr Moody recalled that "every Thursday" he go and work in cemeteries because he was off school on that day.

He said he started "to enjoy himself" and thought "why shouldn't I carry this on after?".

Mr Moody has now been caring for CWGC cemeteries for 51 years.

Commonwealth Wars Graves Commission cemetery in the French City of Bayeux D-Day Credit BFBS 310519

Mr Moody's son also works for the CWGC - something he says he is "proud" of.

"We all know... that we must maintain our cemetery to a level of excellency - that's quite important.

"We do everything to achieve this task.

"It's a big challenge."

Mr Moody says 6 June is the "most important" day of the year for the cemetery when many veterans visit and pay their respects.

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