Gordon Hornsby, 89, from North Shields, North Tyneside, was a Driver Mechanic with 203 Field Ambulance Unit, Royal Army Service Corps. He came ashore at Gold Beach on D-Day, and drove a series of ambulances all the way from Normandy to the Netherlands, where he was himself wounded in the Battle of Arnhem
Mr Hornsby drove a series of ambulances from Normandy to the Netherlands
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The obsession with its climax, for better or worse, tends to mean that the first two days of the John Smith's Grand National meeting can be unjustly overlooked. But some of the sport scheduled at Aintree before Saturday is more than a match for the championship events at Cheltenham last month – not least now that Sprinter Sacre has been diverted there to try two and a half miles on Friday.
There is a big hole in the World Hurdle where Big Buck's used to be and everybody is desperate to fill it.
When Rabbie Burns wrote his poem eulogising the virtues of whisky as the “soul o’plays and pranks” worthy of “a bardie’s gratfu’ thanks”, it is less than likely that he had in mind a spirit distilled in Perfidious Albion.
Man didn't remember what happened and claimed he may have mixed anti-anxiety medication with whisky and slipped into a blacked-out rage
To the extent that he must choose the lesser of two evils, you could say that Nicky Henderson finds himself between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps the expression is better reserved, however, for when Britain's saturated racecourses compound his dilemma by freezing over. For now, conditions are better suited to barges than thoroughbreds – much to the vexation of a trainer trying to navigate a course for perhaps the best string of jumpers in the land. "The whole thing is a complete nightmare," Henderson admitted yesterday. "It's now getting into a no-joke area, and I'm quietly going mad."
'Anywhere in the world I smell hickory, it takes me straight home'
In the latest indication of the changes sweeping through Burma, Chelsea Football Club has agreed what it says is a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with one of the country's leading producers of whiskey.
A rare bottle of whisky has sold for a record-breaking price of £60,000.
Big Buck's made Ladbrokes World Hurdle history with a thrilling fourth successive victory in the stayers' championship at Cheltenham.
It is going to happen some day. And only when it does, perhaps, will everyone truly appreciate what has gone before.
Originally devised to keep the racing and betting industries on the move during exactly this kind of freeze, the all-weather has since evolved into a surface for all seasons. Many trainers nowadays like to start off well-bred young horses on the polytrack rather than on firm, heavy or unevenly watered turf.