A tribute to Ken Oakley – D Day veteran

65 years ago on Saturday, my dad’s cousin, Ken Oakley, stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of Royal Naval Commando assault at D-Day. Sadly, he passed away in October 2007, a smashing bloke and fondly remembered by our family. It’s chilling to think that this very day 65 years ago he was camped out in the woods at Cowplain, ready to embark from Portsmouth for D- Day, probably within throwing distance of where my daughter goes to school.
It was Ken’s experience that subconsciously inspired me to write the concept album ‘Freed from the Anguish’, http://www.cosmograf.co.uk/.
The album is dedicated to all those brave souls who died that day and a celebration of the good lives that the survivors went on to lead.

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