My Dad is Sidney John Bruton. In 1941 he joined the Somerset Light Infantry at the age of 30. Just before the Normandy Landings were due to take place he was transferred to the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry to prepare for the invasion. During the D-Day period the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry was assigned to the 185th Infantry Brigade which was a part of the 3rd Infantry Division.
His regiment gathered on the South Coast of England and boarded their craft at Newhaven along with the thousands of other troops. After the delay due to the weather, his regiment landed on Sword Beach, at 8.00am on the 6th June 1944.
Each soldier was given a bicycle to ride, but due to the nature of the tide and the beach, the water was much deeper than intended and many bikes were lost. Over 600 men were lost that day on Sword beach.
My Dad was one of the older soldiers on that day, being 33. He left home leaving behind a wife, my Mum, and three young children in Bristol. I was born in 1947. Thankfully my dad survived the landings and the fighting all the way to Germany.
My father never spoke about what he did during the war, a lot of information I discovered since his death in 1992.
Story provided by Bob, his son