Peter served in the RAF for two years and trained as a wireless operator and air gunner. In 1942 Monty was short of wireless operators in the desert, so he transferred from the Royal Air Force into to the British Army as a wireless operator in a tank regiment.
Peter served in the East Riding Yeomanry, Yorkshire Regiment that was equipped with Crusader tanks and ultimately swopped over to the American Sherman tanks which were in general use.
On 6th June 1944 Peter landed on Sword Beach not far from Ouistreham.
‘It is comical, it is the humour, it is always there in the background. However serious your position is and your life in danger, you will always get some clown come up with some comment about something which is hilarious. It breaks the tension.’
‘We fought from D-Day to VE Day. Eleven months in battle, including the Ardennes supporting the Americans in the breakout there. A long time ago now, memories still there, some as fresh as ever, others fading…. I am a lucky man that I have lived this long.’