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Funeral of D-Day veteran John Jenkins MBE

The funeral of D-Day veteran John Jenkins MBE took place at Portchester Crematorium on Wednesday afternoon.

John died on 17th December 2019, just weeks after his 100th birthday.

John served with the Pioneer Corps and landed on Gold Beach in 1944.

Family, friends and local residents attended John Jenkins' funeral on Wednesday afternoon.

The Last Post trumpet call was performed at the ceremony to honour the veteran.

  • The Last Post was performed at the funeral:

Fans of Portsmouth FC lined the street outside Fratton Park and clapped as the hearse drove past.

  • The hearse drove past Fratton Park this afternoon:

John spent his 100th birthday in November, with family and friends at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth.

The Pompey legend also celebrated his birthday at Fratton Park, where he had spent years as a boardroom steward.

Milan Mandarić and former football manager Harry Redknapp were among those who wished John a happy birthday.

The Normandy veteran served with the Pioneer Corps and landed on Gold Beach in 1944.

John fought alongside his comrades in France, Belgium and Germany.

  • John spoke to ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage about his D-Day experience in an interview in June last year. This clip includes footage from Pathè.

I don't know if it was fate, luck or what. It makes you think about all those lads who came over and never made it back. I suppose it's one of those things. Wars cause these distressing moments. All I can say is that I'm very thankful that I got through it all and I'm here today."

– John Jenkins MBE
John was a guest of honour at the 75th anniversary D-Day event in Portsmouth.

John was a guest of honour at a D-Day event in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary invasion of France.

In June, the veteran spoke on stage and received a standing ovation from The Queen and President Trump.

  • John's interview with Fred Dinenage at the D-Day event in June 2019:

It's very important indeed. This is going to go on and on and always be remembered. Remember those who fought on that beach and didn't come back."

– John Jenkins MBE

After the war, John was in the naval services for 35 years.

Later, he was a volunteer guide at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth.