Lord Bramall: D-Day veteran and former military chief has died

12 November 2019, 17:28 | Updated: 12 November 2019, 18:37

Lord Edwin Bramall, the highly decorated war veteran who fought on D-Day, has died aged 95.

He passed away at his home in Crondall, Hampshire.

Born in 1923 in Kent, he rose through the ranks of the military and eventually became the head of the British armed forces between 1982 and 1985.

From the Second World War, up until his retirement in 1985, he was part of almost every major UK military campaign.

He was made a life peer in 1987 and became Baron Bramall of Bushfield, but later retired from service in the Lords in 2013 - but retained the title.

As part of his time in the Lords, he spoke out against UK involvement in the second Iraq war, instead calling for "positive diplomacy".

In his career he was also awarded an OBE and a military cross, as well as being made a Knight of the Order of the Garter.

Despite his successes, his later years were marred by false accusations that he was involved in the alleged "VIP paedophile ring", which led to him being questioned twice, and his house being raided.

Those claims were levelled at him by Carl Beech, who under the pseudonym of "Nick", was later found guilty on 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud at Newcastle Crown Court, and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

He later said of his ordeal: "I can honestly say however I was never as badly wounded in all my time in the military as I have been by the allegations made by [Beech] that formed the basis of [the operation]."

His wife, Lady Bramall, passed away in July 2015, after suffering from Alzheimer's.