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Illicit D-Day Diary Unveiling Raw Soldier Experiences donated to Keep Military Museum

The poignant reflections of one soldier’s journey through the tumultuous events of D-Day are set to be unveiled to the world, thanks to a generous donation by the family of Terry Parker. This extraordinary diary offers a rare and emotive account of the experiences endured by soldiers in the lead-up to, during, and after the historic D-Day landings.

Soldiers were not meant to write down anything about D-Day for security reasons, therefore the small diary was concealed in Private Terry Parker’s chest pocket and hidden from view. The contents offer a raw and rare insight into the harrowing experiences of the day.

“We are delighted to add Terry Parker’s diary to the museum collection. It’s an important piece of Dorset Regiment history, narrating one of their most famous battles from the private soldier’s perspective. The diary and Terry’s touching story is available for all to see at The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester.” Said Elliott Metcalfe, Director at The Keep Military Museum

An excerpt from the diary will be read aloud at the D-Day 80th Anniversary Beacon lighting Commemorative event on 6th June 2024 at 8 pm. All are invited to attend the event to hear the reading, along with songs from local school children and the beacon lighting itself at 9:15 pm. This event is being coordinated by Dorchester Town Council.

Themes from Private Terry Parker’s diary, along with other local memories and recollections of D-Day and the build up to D-Day in Dorchester are being transformed into an immersive theatre trail on Saturday 8th June 2024 in Dorchester town centre from 1 pm. Wander through seven different locations in the town centre and witness captivating performances that bring history to life. From humorous anecdotes to thought-provoking stories, each performance is based on real memories and historic accounts of Dorchester during wartime. Maps and performance timings will be provided for an unforgettable journey through the past.

Visit www.discoverdorchester.co.uk for more information on the D-Day 80 events in Dorchester.

Terry Parker

Terry Parker

Terry Parker's sons

Terry Parker’s sons