Veterans

WW2 Veteran Receives Over 40 Cards From Public On 103rd Birthday

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity put a call out on social media asking followers to send Roy Harland cards and messages.

One of the Royal Navy's oldest veterans has received more than 40 cards from the public on his 103rd birthday.

Roy Harland, who served during the Second World War, received the letters after an appeal by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

The RNRMC described the response as "fantastic".

Mr Harland also received a selection of online wishes, messages from the First and Second Sea Lords and a special video from the Royal Marines Band Service.

The 103-year-old served in the Royal Navy's Radar Branch during World War Two and is one of the few surviving members of HMS King George V.

He was on board the ship during the Bismark chase and was also serving on HMS Malaya when the aircraft carrier Ark Royal was hit.

Mr Harland has been awarded the 39-45 Star Medal, Atlantic Star Medal, War Medal 39-45, Arctic Star Medal and Defence Medal.

Last year, the RNRMC arranged for Mr Harland to visit Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales for his 102nd birthday but was unable to do something similar this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Cover image: Roy Harland (Picture: Angus Rosier/Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity).