Jean-Pierre Dupont died on 30 July 2017 aged 83. He was a loyal French supporter of the Green Howards for over 20 years. In addition to his special help in the purchase of the hut on Gold Beach, since handed back to his village of Ver-sur-mer, he also coordinated our annual commemoration on the beach. Colonel and Mrs Mantell attended his funeral, as did Alison Young, daughter of the late Major ‘Bolo’ Young MC who was known to many Green Howard veterans.
Jean-Pierre was born in Paris in 1933 but soon after the outbreak of war was evacuated to his godmother’s house in Ver. In January 1944 the occupying German forces started to construct concrete gun positions near his temporary home which was within sight of the sea. Soon afterwards their house was requisitioned and the family expelled. The gun positions were then subjected to intensive aerial bombardment.