Nursing home denies WWII veteran trip to Normandy; he packs medals and goes anyway

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LONDON (AP) — Police say an 89-year old World War II veteran who was reported missing from a nursing home in England has been found in Normandy after traveling to attend D-Day commemorations.

Bernard Jordan was last seen at The Pines home in Hove, southern England, on Thursday morning. That evening staff called police.

Sussex Police said Friday that another veteran later called to say he and Jordan were at a hotel in Ouistreham, France. Officers also spoke to Jordan and determined he was fine.

The force said Jordan left the home wearing his service medals and joined a group of veterans heading to France by bus.

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp tweeted: “Veteran reported missing by care home who said he can’t go to Normandy for D-Day remembrance. We’ve found him there!”

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8 comments

  • Carrie

    In america, the nursing home is the patient’s home. And as it is their home, they have the same rights as anyone else does. And that includes going on vacation or anywhere else they wish. Why would they be held prisoner in their own home?

    • Bob

      Maybe it had something to do with funding and/or health care regulations. Once you put yourself in the hands of the government, God only knows what rights you sign away. Or maybe the guy just left. Good for him. I think he’d rather die in Normandy at a ripe old age that sit in a nursing home. If the nursing home doesn’t take him back, I volunteer to take him into my home.

  • Kate

    The story was updated on British news Friday as The Pines nursing home didn’t deny him the right to travel. Both he and his wife are allowed to come and go as they please. The staff of the home had tried to get Mr. Jordan a place on a Royal British Legion trip and all the places were filled. While his raincoat did hide his medals it was cool and rainy when he left. He met up with a group of veterans also travelling on their own and they all took a ferry to France. The ferry staff treated them with a visit to the ship bridge and a full breakfast. I think the twitpic is on the ferry with some of the staff. They stayed at a hotel in Ouistreham France where one of his fellow travellers called The Pines to tell them he was safe and where they were staying. It wasn’t the nursing home at fault. Apparently the Legion didn’t plan on very many people who actually part of D-Day landings to need transportation. The ferry company has extended free service to Mr. Jordan for any future travel. And Mr. Jordan is known by his family for his ability to travel around the country by himself. His 90th birthday is this coming week. The full story is very sweet and funny and fox4 should have posted all of it not just a few lines. Haven’t read much about his wife Irene and it made me wonder if she has health issues and perhaps didn’t realize that he was going to France and didn’t tell the staff. Mr. Jordan is a former mayor of Hove.

  • Stefan Kamsky

    Thank you for this article. It explained some misnomers that i did not understand in my study of history. I like the Brits (as i am not one myself), but this shows that every country to day has a dark history or skeleton in their closets. But throughout my international study i have never read about what actually happened in Greece during these times. Like i said it explains alot (e.g. the onset of the Truman doctrine had to be a reaction not an action and to think that this was the cause). Basically this is what happens when the winners divide the world into their own individual playgrounds. Because they are the winners they carry the flag of just case (causa justa) which gives them a Blank Cheque to perform whatever they wish. Kinda sad that the UN SC is so incompetent because of national politics when it was suppose to represent an international body.