A Second World War veteran from County Durham has visited Malaysia to retrace the steps he took during his service.
89-year-old Raffaello Moscardini, from Stanley, made the visit to mark the 69th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan).
Raffaello was born in the UK to Italian parents. He was 15 years old when his two older brothers were called up to fight in 1939.
When Mussolini entered the war on the side of the Nazis, Raffaello's father was arrested and taken to the Isle of Man.
Villages in our region where all the men who served in WWI returned home safely are being officially remembered.
The so-called 'thankful' villages received memorial plaques from two motorcyclists who are travelling the country ahead of the 100th anniversary of WWI next year.
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The three villages in the North East and Cumbria where all the men who fought in WWI returned safely will be officially recognised today.
Two bikers from Wales are travelling up and down the country, presenting plaques to all the so-called 'thankful villages'.
There are 51 in total across the country.
The villages in the North East and Cumbria are:
- Meldon, Northumberland
- Hunstanworth, Durham
- Ousby, Cumberland
The nine-day charity ride is raising money for the Royal British Legion.
A special service was held at the Angel of the North to remember villages in the North East where all the men who fought in WWI returned safely.
Two bikers from Wales are travelling the country, visiting all 51 so-called 'thankful villages'.
After the service this morning, they travelled to Meldon in Northumberland where they presented a plaque recognising the sacrifices made by the men from the village almost 100 years ago.
The 9-day trip across the country is also raising money for the Royal British Legion.
Villages where all the soldiers who fought in WWI returned home safely are being officially commemorated.
Two bikers from Wales are travelling the country, visiting all 51 'thankful' villages, including Meldon in Northumberland.