Records of the York Normandy Veterans Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs, meeting minutes, and the personal archives of members of the York Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association, along with DVD copies of broadcasted interviews with the veterans on local radio and television as well as coverage of the D-Day commemoration events in France, June 2014. Also includes a VHS copy of 'A day in my life in the 1940's', as well as pamphlets and souvenir booklets of events the veterans attended in England and France.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Normandy Veterans Association was formed initially in Grimsby in 1981. Following this many local branches were developed with the York Branch coming into being in 1994. The first member was Herbert Atkin who lived in Lowther Street, York. By 1996 there were 63 members after which numbers started to decline with the last and 91st member joining the Branch in 2009. The National Association closed down in November 2014 following the 70th anniversary of D Day celebrations after which many local branches folded but the York Branch wish to continue for as long as possible. The group are now known as the York Normandy Veterans.

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Francesca Taylor, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, April 2015.

Conditions Governing Use

Images are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.