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Joan remembers father Billy Patterson during Normandy Landings commemorations

For Coleraine woman Joan Dunn, Thursday evenings, commemorations for the Normandy D-Day Landings brought back special memorial of her late father Billy Patterson, who was one of the tens of thousands who landed in beaches across Normandy to liberate Western Europe.

Sgt William Patterson lived on the Strand Road, Coleraine, and served with RA Unit 122/56 from 6.4.39 to 19.5.46 and was part of Normandy Campaign under Field Marshall Montgomery. He also served in Africa with the 8th Army and in Italy and France He was awarded seven medals including the Normandy medal. Billy also led Coleraine Fife and Drum Band for 25 years

Friday evening was the first time her father’s Normandy medal had been worn.

Field Marshal Montgomery with men of C Troop, The Coleraine Battery, 6 LAA Battery, Royal Artillery. The photograph was taken on November 29th 1942 when the men were on Anti-Aircraft duties at Benghazi harbour. William Patterson is rear right of the picture in which there are three Simpson Brothers. (Thanks to Lee Millican, The Second World War in Northern Ireland).

Pic: Maurice Bradley, Causeway Chronicle

The Normandy Medal awarded to Sgt. Billy Patterson and 8th Army Veterans’ pin which Joan wore for the first time on Friday evening.

Pic: Maurice Bradley, Causeway Chronicle

Joan Dunn wither her father’s Normandy Medal awarded to Sgt. Billy Patterson which Joan wore for the first time on Friday evening.

Pic: Maurice Bradley, Causeway Chronicle

William and Joan Dunn who attended Friday evening’;s D-Day Commemoration held in Portrush.

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