World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

                      Austin Brookfield 

D-Day Shuttle Service

By Actiondesk Sheffield

People in story: Austin Brookfield
Location of story: England, France and Italy
Background to story: Royal Navy


This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Frances Read of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Austin Brookfield.

I was in the Royal Navy in the D-Day landings at France. I brought our lads across and German prisoners of war back – so we provided a shuttle service between France and England. We were called ‘LCTs’ - Landing Craft Tanks. We would have to avoid mines and have to go to Le Havre, Cherbourg, and Dieppe. The German POWs would then be put in concentration camps in England.

After the war, I was transferred into the army, as they didn’t need LCTs anymore, and I was part of the KRYLIs - Kings Royal Yorkshire Light Infantry. We were transferred to Italy. I had to dig the British bodies up in Italy – we took them to military cemeteries to make a grave for them with a name and a cross - so the parents could visit.