This Remembrance Sunday was particularly significant for Eddie as he commemorated 75 years since D-Day.
Eddie always plays a prominent role in his local Remembrance Sunday commemorations and remembering those he served with in liberating France, particularly those who never returned. This year was particularly special for him as he was featured in The RBL Festival of Remembrance.
"I was so honoured to be representing Blind Veterans UK and all the D-Day veterans at the Festival of Remembrance."Eddie
Eddie joined the Royal Navy in 1943 and was on Omaha Beach on D-Day.
He was a petrol stoker on landing craft and, along with four other crew members on his Landing Barge Vehicle, he set off from Poole on June 4 in preparation for the Allied invasion of France. The Landing Barge Vehicle was initially transporting 35 tonnes of TNT and a bulldozer.
They continued to work on Omaha Beach, transporting ammunition, equipment and men, for several months and he served in Normandy until Christmas Eve 1944.
Eddie was told about Blind Veterans UK after attending an exhibition at Poole library and has since received support, training and equipment to allow him to continue to live as independently as possible.