Queen’s D-Day hero John Jenkins given grand send off as veteran laid to rest

D-Day veteran John Jenkins MBE was given a grand send-off yesterday as more than 100 people attended his funeral.

The World War Two platoon sergeant had celebrated his 100th birthday in November but died ­last month following a short illness.

He received a standing ovation from world leaders including the Queen and US President Donald Trump during the D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations in Portsmouth last June.

The centenarian, who served in the Pioneer Corps, was one of the last surviving veterans of the Normandy landings and was awarded the Legion d’Honneur.

His funeral in Portsmouth yesterday passed the D-Day Story Museum at which he volunteered, with staff in the museum’s cafe reserving his regular table with a plate of his favourite biscuits for a final time.

Museum boss Dr Jane Mee said: “John was a huge and valuable asset to the D-Day Story Museum.”

Andrew Whitmarsh, D-Day Story curator, added: “Over the years, thousands of visitors learnt first hand from John what it was like to be at Normandy.

“He wasn’t just telling glorious war stories but talking of his experiences with a sense of humour and a wise perspective.”

John has been awarded with numerous accolades in recent years, including Portsmouth Volunteer of the Year in 2016 and National Museum and Heritage volunteer of the year in 2019.

Mr Jenkins and his late wife Peggy are survived by their daughter, two granddaughters, five great grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

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