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Much-loved Cornish veteran helps raise thousands to remember fallen D-Day comrades

The veteran raises money in St Austell several times a week. Credit: ITV West Country

A 94-year-old D-Day veteran from St Austell has raised £25,000 to go towards a British World War Two memorial in France.

Harry Billinge was in the first wave of troops to land on Gold Beach in Normandy in 1944.

He fundraises at Par Market three times a week and originally hoped to raise £1 for every soldier who lost their life during D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy.

He's now well beyond his target and hopes to see the memorial when it's finally completed.

Harry is determined to see the memorial in France once it's completed. Credit: ITV West Country

The thing that inspired me more than anything was D-Day. I lost beyond measure good friends, young men, the cream of my generation.

– Harry Billinge

Harry started collecting money for the memorial in July this year.

It will be etched with the name of fallen men and women from D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

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