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Bolton veteran remembers major second world war battle

It is 80 years since one of the first major battles of the Second World War - the Battle of the River Plate.

It took place in the Atlantic Ocean, when a group of Allied warships chased the German pocket battleship Graf Spee into a harbour in South America, before the German crew sank their own ship to stop it being captured.

As we know all too well, the number of war veterans is, sadly, falling all the time.

But we are honoured to say that 101 year old Victor Burgess from Westhoughton has been telling his story to ITV's reporter Ryan Dollard, after we were contacted by historian and author Gary Bridson-Daley, who has carried out more than 100 interviews with Second World War veterans as part of a project called ''Debt of Gratitude''.