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D-Day veteran dies aged 96

John Hutton, known by his friends as Jock, was 19 when he served in the 13th Lancashire Parachute Battalion during the Second World War.

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Veteran Jock Hutton after taking part in a commemorative parachute descent over Sannerville, France, during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Veteran Jock Hutton after taking part in a commemorative parachute descent over Sannerville, France, during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Veteran Jock Hutton after taking part in a commemorative parachute descent over Sannerville, France, during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings (Gareth Fuller/PA)

A D-Day veteran has died at the age of 96, the Ministry of Defence said.

John Hutton, known by his friends as Jock, was 19 when he served in the 13th Lancashire Parachute Battalion during the Second World War.

The MoD said the “courage and spirit” of Mr Hutton, from Stirling, Scotland, “must never be forgotten” after he died on Wednesday.

In 1944, he parachuted into Normandy and descended to the famous Pegasus Bridge on D-Day.

Mr Hutton replicated his descent in June last year when he parachuted into France alongside fellow ex-serviceman Harry Read.

They took off from Duxford in Cambridgeshire, landing in fields overlooked by poppies – which was also the original drop zone for the 8th (Midlands) Parachute Battalion.

The MoD posted on Twitter: “We are saddened by the passing of D-Day veteran John ‘Jock’ Hutton who served in the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion.

“Last year, Jock touched the hearts of many, parachuting over Normandy at the #DDay75 commemorations.

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Mr Hutton completed a tandem parachute jump over France during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings (Jane Barlow/PA)

Mr Hutton completed a tandem parachute jump over France during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Mr Hutton completed a tandem parachute jump over France during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings (Jane Barlow/PA)

“His courage and spirit must never be forgotten.”

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