Chart-topping D-Day veteran who was facing sex charges against two young girls dies from Covid aged 92 – a year after his ballad about ‘Shores of Normandy’ reached Number 1
- Jim Radford, 92, from London, was charged this year over alleged sex offences
- He denied charge of incitement to commit gross indecency and indecent assault
- He was Britain’s youngest Normandy veteran, at 15, when he took part in D-Day
- His own ballad ‘The Shores of Normandy’ topped the download charts last year
A chart-topping D-Day veteran who earlier this year was charged over alleged sex offences against two girls has died after contracting Covid 19.
Second World War veteran Jim Radford was aged 15 when he took part in the Normandy landings in 1944.
Last year he topped the download charts with his ballad ‘The Shores of Normandy’, which received a standing ovation and a raft of praise from celebrities when he performed it at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
In September this year Radford, of Lewisham, London, appeared in court charged with historical sex offences against two young girls. He denied the allegations at a follow-up court case.
However it has now been revealed that Radford died on November 6, after a three-week stay in Lewisham Hospital due to Covid-19.
Second World War veteran Jim Radford was aged 15 when he took part in the Normandy landings in 1944. In September this year Radford, of Lewisham, London, appeared in court charged with historical sex offences against two young girls – which he denied
Typically in cases were a defendant dies during criminal proceedings, the court ends proceedings and declares the indictment of no further effect.
A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it did not have any update on the case, but confirmed that the usual procedure is to drop cases when a defendant dies.
In 1944, Radford was a 15-year-old ‘galley boy’ with the Merchant Navy and probably the youngest to take part in the landings.
On the morning of June 6, his first deep sea trip took him to Normandy to help build the Mulberry Harbour.
This allowed the Royal Navy to transport personnel, vehicles and supplies on to the beaches as the liberation began of Western Europe from the Nazis.
In October 2015, the singing peace campaigner was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur by the French Republic ‘in recognition of his steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War.’
In 1944, Radford was a 15-year-old ‘galley boy’ with the Merchant Navy and probably the youngest to take part in the landings (left). He was accused of seven offences between 1992 and 1998 involving two girls, which he denied (also pictured right appearing on This Morning)
Last year, TV viewers were moved when Radford performed his ballad ‘The Shores of Normandy’ at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside the BBC Orchestra.
The performance, to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, received a standing ovation and was praised by a host of big names including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Sir Rod Stewart.
Sir Rod tweeted : ‘If this doesn’t pull on ya heart strings, nothing will. ‘On The Shores of Normandy’ sung by Jim Radford, one of the surviving heroes of WWII. God Bless Him. – Rod xx’
Recently on a phone link to Caernarfon Crown Court he had denied seven offences between 1992 and 1998 involving two girls.
They alleged incitement to commit gross indecency and indecent assault.
He was awaiting trial. Today, a Mold Crown Court judge was told of his death on November 6.