D-Day: Dumfries and Galloway veteran James Churm recalls that fateful day

James Churm served as a medic on landing craft, moving tanks from Newhaven to Sword Beach on D-Day. He is among the 300 veterans returning to Normandy today. (Pic: Wattie Cheung)
James Churm served as a medic on landing craft, moving tanks from Newhaven to Sword Beach on D-Day. He is among the 300 veterans returning to Normandy today. (Pic: Wattie Cheung)

A 94-year-old from Castle Douglas is among the 300 veterans who are making their way to Normandy today.

Royal Navy Medic James Churm served as a medic on landing craft, moving tanks from Newhaven to Sword Beach on D-Day.

James was still in his teens when he took part in the D-Day landings. So it's little wonder he felt "terrible trepidation" on that first journey to Normandy.

James was still in his teens when he took part in the D-Day landings. So it's little wonder he felt "terrible trepidation" on that first journey to Normandy.

Prior to setting sail on the MV Boudicca to Bayeux with Poppyscotland today, he posed for a stunning portrait to highlight his own personal story of that fafetful day, 75 years ago.

James recalled: “My overriding feeling was one of terrible trepidation. Nobody knew what was happening until we got there.

“The amount of shipping in the Channel was fantastic, though; every type of vessel you could think of was there.”

After the War, James became a physiotherapist, including a stint as the physio at Blackburn Rovers.