Archive photo of World War Two veteran Harry Billinge. See SWNS story SWPLharry. One of Britain's last surviving D-Day heroes returned home from France after completing his 'final mission' - and got straight back out collecting for the 68th consecutive year. Harry Billinge, 96, has completed what he described as his 'last duty' to pay tribute to his fallen friends who died on the Gold Beach during the landings in 1944. He travelled back across the Channel to support a tribute recording the names of all 22,442 service personnel who died under British command on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. And after collecting at least £50K towards the construction of the memorial, he said he was incredibly moved to see the names of his fallen friends carved in stone during the unveiling last month.