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    That is one of the sweetest stories,touching and moving and tender..a real HUMAN story.Thank you,Pappy ,for the smile and the tear...
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    I love it! Good for him, and obviously one of the best days he has had in a long time.
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    They covered the story here and it was a little different. They said that he had missed the deadline to register for the group trip and that is why he couldn't go - not that the home wouldn't let him. Glad he got there anyway.
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    At least, that's their story.

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    I'm sure that given the age of the travellers, that there needed to be inbuilt flexibility. Were they supposed to give 3 weeks cancellation notice if they died too?
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    RIP.


    Farewell to the Great Escaper: Bernard Jordan, the D-Day veteran who broke out of his care home to attend Normandy commemoration, dies aged 90


    • Hero war veteran Bernard Jordan has died peacefully in hospital, aged 90
    • Mr Jordan hit headlines last year when he escaped from Sussex care home
    • He secretly travelled with his medals to France for D-Day commemorations
    • The war hero said on his return: 'When I set my mind to something, I do it'
    • One tribute today said he 'brought a huge amount of joy to a lot of people'

    By EMMA GLANFIELD FOR MAILONLINE
    PUBLISHED: 13:31 GMT, 6 January 2015 | UPDATED: 18:48 GMT, 6 January 2015
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    A war veteran who broke out of his care home to attend the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in France has died aged 90.
    Bernard Jordan - dubbed the Great Escaper after his cross-Channel adventure last year - died peacefully in hospital.
    His death was announced in a statement by Gracewell Healthcare, which runs The Pines care home in Hove, East Sussex, where Mr Jordan - known as Bernie - lived.
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    Bernard Jordan, the 90-year-old war veteran who broke out of his care home in East Sussex to attend the D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France, has died. His death was announced by Gracewell Healthcare



    Staff at Pines Care Home in Hove, East Sussex, gave Mr Jordan a special welcome on his return from France



    The war hero sparked a nationwide search after escaping from his care home and sneaking to France for the Normandy commemorations. He was later applauded for his escapade and received a welcoming return


    Tribute: Bernard recalling his 'Great Escape' to Normandy









    Mr Jordan hit headlines globally when he disappeared from the care home to embark on a trip to the D-Day anniversary events in Normandy wearing his war medals under his grey mac.
    His disappearance sparked a police search on June 5 last year and his whereabouts was only uncovered when a younger veteran phoned later that night to say he had met Mr Jordan and he was safe.
    He was later inundated with more than 2,500 birthday cards from around the world following his adventure to Normandy.
    Officials at the care home said Mr Jordan would be 'much missed' by his wife and all his friends at The Pines.
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    Amanda Scott, managing director of Gracewell Healthcare, said: 'Bernie caught the world's imagination last year when he made his 'surprise' trip to France and brought a huge amount of joy to a lot of people.
    'He will be much missed by everyone here and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife.
    'Bernie was always insistent that what he did during the war was nothing unusual, and only what many thousands of others did for their country.
    'That may well be true, but the little bit of excitement he gave everyone last June was typical of his no-nonsense attitude to life and is how he will be remembered by thousands of people.'
    Meanwhile, Brian Fitch, the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, said: 'Whilst he was elderly, he seemed in good health and had a lot going for him.
    'I will remember Bernie as a hard-working politician, as a great mayor of the city, and as someone who helped people.
    'Last year, when he made that escape from his care home to go to Normandy because he wanted to be part of the D-Day anniversary celebrations, it gained him worldwide coverage.
    'What I think he did that day was show a determination to achieve one of the things he believed in. He was a very lovely guy who cared about people.'



    Mr Jordan's disappearance sparked a police search on June 5 last year and his whereabouts was only uncovered when a younger veteran phoned later that night to say he had met Mr Jordan and he was safe








    The pensioner sneaked out of his care home and boarded a ferry to France before anyone had even noticed. He was given a hero's welcome on his return (pictured), having hit national headlines for his adventures

    Mr Jordan, a former Royal Navy veteran, had vowed to return to Normandy this year.
    Asked by reporters last June if he would go back, he said: 'Yes, I expect so, if I am still here, definitely.'
    Brittany Ferries, which carried Mr Jordan on his trip across the Channel, had offered him free crossings to D-Day events for the rest of his life.
    A spokesman for the ferry company, which adopted Mr Jordan as its honorary veteran, said: 'We're particularly sad to hear this news.
    'It was a real honour to carry Bernie back to the beaches of Normandy in June, and during his time on board our ships he made many friends amongst our crew.
    'We had been looking forward to welcoming him back on board again this coming June when we were planning to roll out the red carpet for him.
    'Sadly, that's not now to be. Our thoughts are with Bernie's wife, family and friends.'
    Several high-profile celebrities also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Mr Jordan.
    Journalist and TV presenter Susanna Reid wrote: 'Heartbroken to hear of the death of D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan. It was an honour to meet him, after he 'ran away'. The best of the best.'
    Newsreader Kay Burley said: 'RIP Bernard Jordan, the WWII who left his care home to travel alone to Normandy for D-Day commemorations. He was 90.'
    And DJ and television personality Lauren Laverne said: 'Sad to hear of the death of Bernard Jordon.'
    A Royal British Legion spokesman said: 'It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Bernard Jordan, as it is when any of our Second World War heroes pass away.
    'Mr Jordan's determination to attend last year's D-Day commemorations captured the imagination of the public and highlighted the spirit that epitomises the Second World War generation.
    'Our thoughts go out to Mr Jordan's family and friends.'



    Mr Jordan got a friendly reception when he arrived in Normandy from Adele Leatham and Julie Maguire






    A month after his escapade in France, Mr Jordan was made an honorary alderman of Brighton and Hove during a reception at Brighton Town Hall.
    The honour was to mark his 'exceptional contribution to the work of the newly-formed Brighton and Hove Council and the former Hove Borough Council and to the community'.
    He joined a select band of more than 30 men and women who have been made honorary aldermen or women of the city since 1997.
    Others include Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, Olympic champion Steve Ovett and First World War hero Henry Allingham, who became the world's oldest man before his death aged 113 in 2009.
    Asked at the reception why he travelled to Normandy, Mr Jordan, a former local borough councillor and mayor of Hove, said: 'My thoughts were with my mates who had been killed.
    'I was going across to pay my respects. I was a bit off course but I got there.'
    He added: 'Britain is a smashing country and the people are smashing, and if you have to do something a bit special, then they are worth every effort.'



    'I went because it was the right thing to do. That's what Normandy veterans are like': Bernard Jordan on his 'Great Escape' D-Day exploits

    Bernard Jordan made international headlines after escaping his East Sussex care home last June and secretly travelling to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations.
    Hiding his war medals under a raincoat, Mr Jordan told carers he was going for a walk before boarding a coach to France for the 70th anniversary - sparking a frantic missing person search.
    The former Royal Navy officer summoned the spirit and determination of June 6, 1944, when he hatched his cunning plan to join old comrades and world leaders in remembering the assault that cost more than 4,000 Allied lives.


    He had originally planned to attend D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth, so took a train along the coast, but decided spontaneously to join friends and comrades on the ferry to France.







    Mr Jordan was a Royal Navy officer (right) and married his wife Irene in 1946 (left). She also resides at the home where lived in Hove, East Sussex, up until his death. Staff said Mr Jordan died peacefully in hospital



    Upon his return to the UK following his trip to France, Mr Jordan received thousands of cards and gifts

    He bought a 30 Brittany Ferries ticket to Caen, boarded and settled into his berth for the night a welcome change from the conditions he had experienced aboard the Endeavour.

    By the time staff at the care home in Hove realised he was missing, the veteran had already checked into a hotel in Ouistreham, Normandy.
    The alarm was raised at 7.15pm and police began searching the area around The Pines care home, checking with hospitals, bus firms and taxi companies.
    Eventually the care home breathed a sigh of relief when they received a phone call from another veteran, who said he had met the former Mayor of Hove - and he would come home when he was ready.
    Although he had no accreditation for the main 70th anniversary event, Mr Jordan was allowed in and ended up sitting within 100 yards of the Queen and other world leaders at the poignant commemoration.
    By the time the war veteran arrived back in Portsmouth a few days later, he was front page news.
    Brittany Ferries agreed to take him back across the channel and gave him star treatment, with crew members desperate to pose alongside the war hero for photographs.
    Upon his return, the Royal Navy veteran said it 'meant the world' to be part of the anniversary.
    'I just wanted to go over and join in with the commemorations,' he said.
    'Being a veteran myself this was important to me and it meant the world to be there. I met some great characters - from old veterans to dancing girls - and I loved every minute.


    After attending the D-Day anniversary events, Brittany Ferries agreed to take Mr Jordan back across the channel and gave him star treatment, with crew members desperate to pose alongside him for photographs



    Just weeks later, on his 90th birthday, the former Navy officer was inundated with gifts, including more than 2,500 birthday cards from around the world. At the time, he said: 'I'm just one man and I'm nothing special'

    'It was such an exciting experience - it was a smashing event but it is marvellous to be back. I will have to face the music at the care home now but that is just one of those things in life.
    'You have good and bad things - you just get on with it and do your best.'
    Staff from Brittany Ferries said Mr Jordan was a pleasure to have on board and called him a 'charmer' with the ladies.
    After returning from his cross-channel adventure, Mr Jordan said: 'I expect I will be in some trouble with the care home, but it was worth it.
    'When I set my mind to do something, I do it. This is what Normandy veterans are like.'
    Just weeks later, when he celebrated his 90th birthday, Mr Jordan was inundated with well-wishes and gifts, including more than 2,500 birthday cards from around the world.
    At the time, he said: 'I just can't believe it. It's quite overwhelming to be honest.
    'I want to thank everyone who sent me a card or a gift. Sadly I can't thank everyone in person so I hope they get this message.
    'I'm just one man and I'm nothing special. Anyone would think I'd defeated Hitler on my own.
    'There were a lot of other people on the beaches of Normandy that day, this lovely attention is for them really, not me.'
    Following his rise to fame, Mayor of Brighton and Hove Brian Fitch said the war veteran should be honoured with the freedom of his home city - which has previously been given to a select few including First World War hero Henry Allingham, Olympic champion Steve Ovett and Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi.

    The honour was to be awarded to Mr Jordan for his 'spirit and determination' after his audacious trip 'captured the imagination of all generations'.


    The hero enjoyed posing with fans following his fame but remained humble throughout, insisting: 'There were a lot of other people on the beaches of Normandy that day, this lovely attention is for them really, not me'



    He was clapped and cheered by staff at Pines Care Home in Hove, East Sussex, after returning from France

    'A WAR HERO': BERNARD JORDAN SERVED ON DESTROYER HUNTING 'WOLF PACKS OF NAZI U-BOATS ATTACKING ALLIES DURING SECOND WORLD WAR



    Mr Jordan, a former Royal Navy officer (pictured), served on a destroyer in the Second World War

    Bernard Jordan said he served on a destroyer in the Second World War hunting the 'wolf packs' of Nazi U-boats attacking Allied shipping convoys.
    'I was once on a mission to recover one of the Enigma machines from a U-boat which we'd forced to the surface by dropping depth charges, and crippling it,' the 90-year-old Royal Navy veteran told friends.
    'We boarded the submarine and recovered the machine.'
    Exactly which ship he was serving on at the time was not clear, but the successful British mission to seize the German code machines and their codebooks has been credited with changing the course of the war.
    The first machine was seized by HMS Bulldog off Iceland in May 1941 when U-110 was forced to the surface and a boarding party seized the machine.
    In another incident a few months later, HMS Petard sent a boarding party on board a U-boat, but two British sailors were drowned when the submarine sank.
    Captured machines were taken to codebreakers at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire where they were able to intercept reams of encrypted German signals for years.
    Up until his death, Mr Jordan - who captured the nation's hearts after sneaking out of his care home and boarding a coach to France to join in D-Day anniversary events - proudly wore his Atlantic Star medal.


    The first German code machine was seized by HMS Bulldog off Iceland in 1941 when U-110 was forced to the surface and a boarding party seized the machine. Captured machines were taken to Buckinghamshire



    Mr Jordan proudly wore his medals every day up until his death and spoke fondly of his time in the Navy





    Read more: D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan dies aged 90 | Daily Mail Online
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    I'm so glad he got to take his trip.
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    awwww RIP
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    Good on him. Glad he had a nice adventure. Reminds me of this book: The hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. So very similar to what has happened here that I wonder if he read the book and was encouraged by it.
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    He seemed like a jolly, lively guy, shame he didn't get to attend a few more D-Day celebrations.
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    What a life, he deserved all the attention and love from around the world. He looked like such a happy man, and I'm glad for that. All his birthday cards! He made the right decision to escape and go to the celebrations.
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    RIP, bernie.
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