Devon

Devonshire Regiment holds last WWII veterans service

Exeter Cathedral
Image caption Some veterans have been part of the association since 1945

A group of World War II veterans, who have been meeting for decades to remember those who were killed of injured, have met for the last time.

The 12th Battalion of The Devonshire Regiment was formed in Exeter at the outbreak of the war.

Ten veterans, the youngest of which are in their mid 80s, have attended a service at Exeter Cathedral.

The association, which some veterans have been part of since 1945, has ended because few members are left.

During the service the battalion's colours were laid and those who died or were injured during the war were remembered.

The unit was originally formed to provide coastal defence in Dawlish, Budleigh Salterton and Seaton.

However, by the end of the war about 900 men, from towns and villages across Devon, were trained as airborne troops.

In turn, they helped to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation, an army spokesman added.

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