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Jim Radford

October 1, 1928 – November 6, 2020

Jim Radford was an English folk singer-songwriter, peace campaigner and community activist. He was also the youngest known participant in the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

Radford was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England in October 1928. He became a member of the Merchant Navy at 15 and later joined the Royal Navy upon turning 18.

He later became active in various peace campaigns. He retired after a varied career which included time as an Engineering Worker, in the press and in various roles in Community Work and Social Action initiatives.

Radford performed his song, “The Shores of Normandy”, at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the 70th anniversary year of the invasion in 2014. In October 2015 Radford was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur by the French Republic “in recognition of… steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War”.

He died from COVID-19 on 6 November 2020, after spending three weeks in intensive care. He was 92.

“And those of you who were unborn, who've lived in liberty, remember those who made it so on the shores of Normandy.” - Jim Radford (lyrics from "The Shores of Normandy")

Submitted by our members in 2020.