I had the privilege of photographing four Normandy Veterans this week at The Farm Road Social Club. Hidden away in an ordinary looking social club near Sheffield city centre the four men represent an incredible part of our history. These guys were part of the operation to attack German occupied France in 1944. The Normandy invasion is seen as a turning point in World War 2 without which Hitler may never have been defeated.
These men are now in their late 90’s. They were bright, warm and gentlemanly. And very patient as I endeavoured to capture some portraits before they began their meeting. I wondered if I and my children would be here today, or at least here with the freedom we have, without them and what they did. A profound connection to our freedom and past suddenly became very real.