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9th November 2018.

World War Two veteran awarded Ethos' Hero of the Day ahead of Remembrance Day

Cambridge United's Remembrance Day Commemorations remembered all those who fought and died protecting our freedom during the First World War.  

Cambridge United Football Club was joined by a number of serving and ex-serving military personnel from the Royal Anglian Regiment, including a very special Ethos Community Hero of the Day in the form of World War Two veteran Ken Hay, 93.

Ken is a member of the Royal Anglian Association having been a member of one of the predecessor regiments of The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Essex. In 1944 he was transferred over to the Dorsets to go over to Normandy where he was unfortunately captured and then submitted to slave labour in a Polish coal mine. Ken also endured the 'Long March to Freedom' from Katowice to Bavaria between 23rd January and 20th April 1945. He was liberated on 22nd April before returning to England by Lancaster Bomber on 4th May 1945. 

He and his companion Pat joined the club in hospitality and prior to kick off he laid the wreath of poppies on behalf of the Football Club as part of their commemoration. 

The match referee Nicholas Kinseley conducted the coin toss with a 100th Anniversary Royal British Legion Commemorative Coin and the players wore black armbands adorned with poppies.

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