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100-yr-old war hero Frank in passport rush for palace date.

Byline: OLIVIA KELLEHER

A 100-YEAR-OLD veteran of the Second World War had to fast track the renewal of his passport so he could travel to a reception at Buckingham Palace.

Frank Denvir, who lives in West Cork, attended a reception in the London Barracks and was a guest at the Trooping The Colour ceremony to mark the Queen's birthday celebrations at the weekend.

His daughter Adela Nugent said she was very proud of the achievements of her father.

She added: "He is very good. We had no passport for him as it was up in 2013 and we didn't think he would ever travel again.

"Then the word came through about the plans to honour him and we had to get one.

"He and my mother "He and my mother celebrated their 74th anniversary yesterday.

"She is in Clonakilty now in care but my dad is home with me in Union Hall. My daughter went to London with him. We are very proud."

Frank, whose grandfather emigrated from Lurgan, Co Armagh, to Glasgow in the 1800s, joined the Irish Guards in 1939. He spent the early war years training tank drivers before joining the Normandy landings.

In 1944 he was dispatched to Normandy 10 days after the Allied invasion. A sergeant in the 2nd Armour division, he was leading soldiers through an orchard at Arnhem in the Netherlands when the Germans struck, leaving him with shrapnel wounds to his head.

He was flown to London where he remained unconscious for a week. However, after months of rehabilitation he made a full recovery. He learned to walk again and went on to have eight children.

Frank received the Legion d'Honneur medal last October when the French ambassador to Ireland pinned the medal on his chest at a special ceremony in Cork.

"It was up in 2013 and we didn't think he would travel again ADELA NUGENT YESTERDAY

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Date:Jun 14, 2016
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