War hero search for kind stranger

A WAR hero who helped defuse a bomb on Burnham beach is trying to track down the person who awarded him for his efforts with an ice cream.

A WAR hero who helped defuse a bomb on Burnham beach is trying to track down the person who awarded him for his efforts with an ice cream.

Albert Homes, who now lives in Kent, will be visiting the seaside town in June to try and trace the kind stranger.

He was sent on an urgent mission to Burnham in 1943 when a bomb was found sticking upright out of the beach.

The UXB bomb was defused by Albert and his team, who then dragged it off the beach.


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Albert, aged 82, said: "We heard the sound of cheering and clapping and there seemed to be hundreds of people there. I remember we all got a very large ice cream and people saying well done.

"That will always remain with me. We never stayed the night in Burnham as we had to move on so I never got to see the town or meet people."

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Albert is now planning to visit the town around June 18 and hopefully meet people who have been on the beach.

* Do you remember the incident on Burnham beach? Email newsdesk@thewestonmercury.co.uk or call 01934 422500.

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