MP gets Glimpse of WW2 History

Crewe & Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan enjoyed a glimpse into the history of WW2 when he visited 98 year old RAF veteran and Crewe resident Bernard Morgan at his home-aptly named a WW2 Museum by his grandchildren. 

Crewe & Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan with 98 year old RAF veteran and Crewe resident Bernard Morgan

Bernard has a vast collection of belongings from his time in service which he has meticulously kept and loaned to museums and exhibitions. 

Bernard signed up when he was 18 and was 20 when he landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day in 1944. He followed in the footsteps of his uncle, an RAF pilot who flew in WW1. He met Churchill who visited his unit in Normandy with General Montgomery. He has met the Queen twice as part of memorial events. 

Bernard made the news a couple of years ago when he revealed, for the first time, that he was told about the end of the war 48 hours before the rest of the world – and still has the very telegram to prove it. He was previously unable to reveal this due to secrecy laws. Kieran got to see the telegram amongst the huge collection of Bernards belongings from his service. His belongings have featured in collections like those of the Imperial War Museum. He also has his Legion D’Honneur, Frances highest military honour awarded to him for his part in the liberation. 

During the visit Bernard showed him the collection and Kieran thanked him for his service and for sharing his stories and experiences with the world. 

Kieran commented “Bernard is one of the few remaining voices left from a generation of heroes who bravely defended and fought for the liberty and freedom of Europe and the world. It is amazing privilege to be able to speak to Bernard about his life.  

“Thank you, Bernard, for sharing your stories with us. It is so important that we learn about history, from those who were still there, while we still can. The lessons from history should never be forgotten, nor should the stories of bravery of veterans like Bernard.”