Fred Glover Called to a Higher Service

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Fred Glover passed away this weekend. Fred was a legend amongst the 9th Battalion veterans, known across the Merville community for his character, mischievous humour and his engaging story-telling. He was always popular with the media – and somehow managed to grace the front pages of the newspapers whenever he made a trip to Normandy – including the famous shot of him standing in the wheat-fields of the DZ at Ranville from the 70th Anniversary. He never failed to be the centre of attention wherever he went, and his fan-base was considerable.

A wonderful man, he will be sorely missed.

British D-Day veteran of the Normandy campaign Fred Glover, 88 of Brighton poses while watching a display by 300 multi-national paratroops in Ranville, France June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
Fred and Richard Glover
Fred Glover and Geoff Pattinson share a laugh. Picture taken by Robin Savage.
Fred Glover with his dear friend Nathalie Vee, who was instrumental in achieving the Legion D’Honneur for the 9th Battalion Veterans
Fred and Richard Glover. Picture by Paul Hill
Fred Glover reads a commemoration, flanked by Tony Lea and the Mayor of Gonneville-en-Auge
Fred Glover
Early in the morning of ‪June 6th 2016‬, a group of us from the 9th Battalion reunion club, with some other friends of the 9th, walked from the RV point at Gonneville-en-Auge, to the Merville Battery – retracing the steps of the 9th Battalion as they prepared to attack it.
It was very special, not least because we were joined by a veteran of the operation, Fred Glover.
Robin Savage was there to accompany us – and photograph the group for posterity.


  1. Very sad news. But he had a full life and made a great impression on all who met him. He,like all the other battalion members who have left us, he will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Fred

  2. My dear Friend,
    In the 18 years we’ve known each other, we shared a lot.
    We talked, we laughed, we hugged, we cried.
    You were a Friend, but not only… You were so much more.
    YOU are the reason I committed myself fully, as a volunteer, to the Veterans.
    You will always be in my heart, always, till I die.
    I miss you and your beautiful blue eyes already.
    Dans mon coeur à jamais.

  3. we were saddened to hear of the passing of fred what a wonderful man .we remember him from our trips to normandy and all the talks he did; little did we ;know on the 75th aniversary would be the last time we woud see him; and we feel very blessed to have known him. now at peace with his mates.

  4. I had the honour of meeting and talking to Fred in 2018 in Wageningen during a Taxi Charity for Military Veterans trip. My Grandmother’s single name was Glover, and that’s how we got talking. He then did a brilliant interview with me at the start of the Parade through Wageningen, where he spoke from the heart, as ever! You can see the interview at the start of my Live broadcast on Facebook from the time if you wish..
    Here 👇🏻

    RIP Fred, a remarkable man
    Always remembered, never forgotten 🙏🏻

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