D-Day - 75 Stories: Boatswain Thomas Milligan

Today’s┬ástory is about Boatswain Thomas Hardwyre Milligan, one of the oldest people to be named on the British Normandy Memorial.

He was a merchant seaman, who served on one of the hundreds of civilian vessels requisitioned by the war time government to support the invasion of Normandy.

Merchant Seafarers like Boatswain Milligan played a vital role in ‘Operation Neptune’, the Cross Channel convoys which kept D-Day and the Battle of Normandy going.

Boatswain Milligan’s story is read by Andrew Choong, Curator of Historic Photographs & Ship Plans at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Images courtesy of the Council of the National Army Museum.

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