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Prince Harry hails 'forgotten' heroes of Monte Cassino

Prince Harry has paid tribute to the veterans of one of the Second World War's bloodiest battles, and told ITV News it "makes no sense at all" that it is often referred to as the "forgotten campaign".

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'I thought we were forgotten,' says 90-year-old veteran

Prince Harry at today's memorial service on the battle's 70th anniversary. Credit: BR/Dana Press Photos/Press Association Images

A 90-year-old veteran has spoken of how he faced the horrors of Monte Cassino aged just 18.

Ivor Gaskill, who served with the Royal Hampshire Regiment as a private, said: "I remember trying to get up the hill - we were up to our waists in mud and water, soaking wet, hungry and full of lice.

"We were being shelled and shot at constantly but it was just a case of keep going. What else was there to do? You couldn't run away.

The veteran who returns each year to the site where so many of his friends died - welcomed Prince Harry's visit, saying: "I thought we were forgotten.

"It's great to see him here. It's marvellous of him to do it."

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