A war hero from Northampton has revisited the area where he escorted vital convoys, as a result of a veterans’ grant scheme.
Dennis Green, aged 89, from Parklands, was a radar operator on ships that protected supplies to the frontline in Mediterranean countries during World War Two.
Thanks to a Big Lottery Fund Heroes Return grant, he has been back to Sicily, where he helped deliver troops for planned landings in 1943.
Mr Green said: “It’s a great scheme for some of us who served, particularly the soldiers who can visit places where they landed.
“The opportunity is something we really appreciate. Very few of us could ever afford to revisit these places ourselves.”
Mr Green served on the destroyers HMS Haydon and HMS Jervis, whose duties included escorting other ships and bombarding land targets for Allied troops.
In 1946, he was also on the cruiser HMS Ajax when it repatriated German sailors stranded in Uruguay who had been aboard the infamous General Graf Spee, which had scuttled itself in 1939.
Ironically Ajax had been a member of the squadron six years earlier that had duped the German pocket battleship into sinking itself during the famous Battle of the River Plate, after its captain believed superior forces were on their way.
The Chron is running a series of features showcasing the good causes that benefit from Big Lottery Fund money.
The fund has now extended its Heroes Return 2 programme to enable veterans to apply for accommodation and travel funding to make second trips.
The programme deadline for closure will now be the end of 2015.
For details, call 0845 00 00 121 or visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/heroesreturn