Praise for Mablethorpe war veteran’s bravery

Louth & Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins has said it was an honour to meet the esteemed war veteran Jack Quinn, 96, from Mablethorpe, at the town’s Remembrance commemorations last week.

Jack Quinn with Victoria Atkins MP (Photo: Mablethorpe Photo Album)

As reported last week, Ms Atkins attended the smaller, socially-distanced service in Mablethorpe on Remembrance Sunday (November 8) to pay her respects alongside the coastal community.

While at the service, Ms Atkins met Mr Quinn, who served in the Royal Marines as a Corporal and was active during the D-Day landings.  

On the night of D-Day, Mr Quinn defied his Major’s orders to help rescue a French boat on fire. In doing so, he crossed a minefield to reach the sailors on board 
and took them back to the hospital for treatment.

His brave actions at the age of 19 resulted in several lives being saved that day, and  he is  one of few war veterans who holds the Croix De Guerre - the French equivalent of the Victoria Cross- with a silver star for his service.

Mr Quinn has also recently received the Legion D’Honneur, one of the highest French military honours, and was awarded the ‘Freedom of the Parish of Mablethorpe
and Sutton’ last year.  

Victoria Atkins MP said: ‘It was an honour to meet Mr Quinn during Remembrance Sunday this year and to hear about his remarkable service during the Second World War.  

“I was incredibly moved by his heroic actions in saving the lives of allied sailors, which demonstrates the resolve and bravery of members of the armed forces who fought for our peace and freedoms. 

“Honouring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country is more important now than ever. 

“We also give our thanks to the servicemen and women in our community at RAF Coningsby, and to those in the wider armed forces who serve today.”