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Ernest Foard, the 104 year old Dunkirk veteran, say's he never feared danger

It's Remembrance Sunday this weekend- day to pay tribute to the fallen and to honour those who have fought or been affected by conflict and war.

One person taking part is Ernest Foard - who is 104 - and one of the last survivors of Dunkirk.

Ernest, a former Royal Engineer was awarded the Military Medal for bravery during the many campaigns he fought in during the Second World War.

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Ernest has trouble getting about these days and his sight and hearing isn't what they used to be, but his mind is still bright and his memory sharp.

He's outlived all his old comrades in the Royal Engineers, despite having one of the most dangerous jobs in the Army.

Ernest says he was the go-to man if mines were found.

Ernest outlived all his old comrades in the Royal Engineers

Ford, send for Ford, that was the call. Send for Ford, he knows what to do. I did know what to do. I'd studied it.

– Ernest Foard

In fact Ernest was a self taught expert.

It was while he was in Egypt preparing for the British retreat over the Suez canal - that never came - that he learnt how to de-fuse mines.

For his bravery Ernest was awarded the Military medal which was presented to him by Field Marshall Montgomery.

Ernest was awarded the Military medal for bravery

Except for special occasions, Ernest's medals are on permanent show at the Military museum in Aldershot.

He feels they're safe there and it's good to know they're kept together.

Ernest is pleased to see that Remembrance Sunday events are still so well attended.

He's not sure where he will be on Sunday but wherever it is, he's sure to receive an especially warm welcome.

He feels they're safe there and it's good to know they're kept together. Credit: ITV Meridian