During this week of Celebration and Gratitude to Volunteers, we also mark the 75th. Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. So, our unique volunteer member, George Thompson, for a case study fits both categories.

George was little more than a boy when he joined the Royal Navy just before World War Two.

By the time of the D Day Landings he was a Royal Marine Commando and one of the first service personnel to arrive on the Normandy beaches to clear and secure them prior to the landing craft’s arrival.

In 2016 he was one of those honoured by the French Government, when he was awarded the Légion d’Honneur, the highest French order of merit for military service. A very proud moment for his wife and family and also for the Wounded Police and Families Association.

Gordon Thompson

After the war, George worked in America before returning to Northern Ireland where he joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary and continued his service to the community. He was one of the first members of the Bomb Squad when The Troubles began.

A great organiser and motivator, he was a founding Board member of WPFA and continued to Volunteer within the group for as long as he was able and not long before his death.

He had a wealth of knowledge and every problem was an opportunity for him to offer sterling advise.

He often shared stories of his war and police stories with the children and young people in the group. His great escape from a lavatory on a moving train when under arrest for not returning to base after a period of leave, left the smaller kids in awe and wondering if George was the ‘’real superman?’’.

George was the hero who we all looked up to. He gave his time and efforts freely to WPFA and was so proud of the group he had helped to establish. We miss him and that standard of service that he represented .

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