A unique way to mark Remembrance Day 2016.
Remembrance Day is a day for reflection on our past – to think about those who have fought and died for others.
This year however, one veteran has marked the occasion in the most futuristic way possible: he’s used virtual reality to return to a community he helped liberate.
Frank Mouqué is a 91-year-old Chelsea Pensioner. He also helped to free the French town of Armentières from Nazi occupation.
Born in Putney, London, he was a ‘sapper’ in the British Royal Engineers, where he was responsible for laying and defusing explosives, and constructing and destroying bridges – as well as participating in combat.
The veteran was part of the D-Day assault on Sword Beach, where, under fire, he managed to clear a path through a mine-littered beach for the rest of the British troops.
With the Allied forces, he then pushed on through France, Belgium and Holland to Germany.
You can hear his thoughts as he uses VR to take a tour of present-day Armentières, see children in a local school and hear from the town’s Mayor.
A moving experience, the French dignitary also virtually presents Frank with the town’s official medal.
Watch Frank Mouqué’s story below…
Kitty Knowles is a Senior Features Writer at The Memo. Kitty previously worked as an online journalist for GQ. She can be found tweeting @KittyGKnowles.