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Subject: One of the Men that fought for us: rss

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QOR D-Day Veteran Sgt Bill "Boots" Bettridge, passed away on Thursday November 22nd, 2012.

"Our part of the beach was clear but there were mines buried in the sand. On the dead run you just chose the path that looked best. Bert Shepard, Bill Bettridge and I were running at top speed and firing from the hip. To our left we spotted a small gap in the wall. They had placed a belt-fed machine gun there as part of the defence and only one man was on it. We knew from our training that you cannot be on the move and fire accurately at the same time. If you stop you become a target. In any case, Bill did stop for a split second. He took his aim and that seemed to be the bullet that took the gunner out, although Bert and I were firing too. We got to the wall and over it, then raced across the railway line." Charlie Martin Battle Diary
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Larry Brien
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It's ashame there so few of them left. I've dedicated CC to several vets that I had talked too and was going to send them a copy once it was published.

May Bill rest in peace. His service will never be forgotten.

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