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Peter Smoothy - a D Day Hero

6th June 2024

At 07.45 on 6th June 1944- eighty years ago to this day and hour - LST (Landing Ship Tank) 215, carrying 28 tanks and Leading Hand and rear gunner Peter Smoothy from Herne Bay, hit Juno Beach in Normandy. The rest, as they say, is history!

Peter Smoothy, now in his 100th year, was born on 19th November 1924. He had a couple of jobs after leaving Simon Langton school and when called up at the start of the Second World War he joined the navy.

After his de-mob he helped out at the Railway Hotel, better known as the Four Fathoms, an establishment that he became the proprietor of and ran for forty years until 1988.


Peter, a well-known and respected figure in The Bay became the President of the Herne Bay Branch of the Royal British Legion and it is a huge pleasure to know that he will be spending today, proudly wearing his campaign medals and the Legion D’Honneur burnished and remounted with the help of the Kent County Branch RBL, back in Normandy to commemorate those of his comrades that did not come home.

I salute you, old warrior, together with those with you today who still survive. And we remember all of those who have given their lives in the service of our Country and its freedom.


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