D-Day veteran, 94, issues appeal to find wartime mementos after losing them at 75th commemorations

D-Day veteran, 94, issues desperate appeal to help find his wartime mementos after losing them at 75th anniversary commemorations in France

  • Derek Ordish, 94, served in RAF Air-Sea Rescue during Allied Normandy invasion
  • The veteran lost a folder full of photos and memories at D-Day 75th anniversary  
  • The blue folder was left in a marquee in Bayeux, France, last Thursday, June 6 
  • Can you help find the book? Email: milly.vincent@mailonline.co.uk

A humble veteran who insists he was just doing his duty on D-Day has lost his book of wartime photos and documents at the 75th anniversary in France.

Derek Ordish, 94, served in RAF Air-Sea Rescue and on June 6, 1944 his job was to pull stricken comrades from the water during the Allied invasion of Normandy.

Three-quarters of a century later he attended events to mark the anniversary but left his blue folder in a marquee in Bayeux last Thursday, June 6.

It contains photos of himself and wartime friends, plus documents including his call-up papers and medals records. 

Derek Ordish, 94, from Subrooke, Lincolnshire, served in RAF Air-Sea Rescue during the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944

Mr Ordish, who lives in Subrooke, Lincolnshire, said: ‘It’s only a folder with some old photos and some paperwork but I’m hoping that someone has found it and sends it back to me.

‘I lived through D-Day and the war and I cannot really make a fuss about this.’

The dad-of-five, who has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, added: ‘I was an airman in a boat and on D-Day we were rescuing people from the water.

Derek Ordish (centre) seen with the blue folder of photos at the 75th D-day anniversary commemorations in Bayeux, France

Derek Ordish (centre) seen with the blue folder of photos at the 75th D-day anniversary commemorations in Bayeux, France

‘It was just your job and you did it. You were just part of a big organisation.’

This time around the former British Gas salesman crossed the Channel to France with other veterans on board MV Boudicca, which was chartered by the Royal British Legion.

Granddaughter Emma-Jayne Parker, 42, has launched a Facebook appeal to find Mr Ordish’s folder.

Granddaughter Emma-Jayne Parker, 42,  launched a Facebook appeal reading 'please share let's get this viral and reunite Derek with his book'

Granddaughter Emma-Jayne Parker, 42,  launched a Facebook appeal reading ‘please share let’s get this viral and reunite Derek with his book’

She said: ‘He’s left it behind in Bayeux and everyone has helped to look for it but with no luck so far.

‘They even emptied out the bins from the marquee. It’s been missing since last Thursday and we are so desperate to get it back.’

Mr Ordish’s daughter Janette Phillips added: ‘Apart from losing the folder, he had a good trip. The folder is of huge sentimental value.’

Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch by emailing milly.vincent@mailonline.co.uk. 

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