D-Day hero who stormed Sword Beach cropped out of Royal Mail stamp


ROYAL Mail has been criticised for cropping out a D-Day hero from an image on one of its stamps.

Royal Engineer sapper James Leisk stormed Sword beach during the Normandy landings in June 1944.

Jessamine Goudie with the original picture, showing hero dad James Leisk bottom left
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The Royal Mail’s version has cut him out
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He was caught on camera in what would become one of the most famous images of the invasion.

A set of 11 stamps commemorating D-Day’s 75th anniversary features the image — but has chopped James out.

His daughter Jessamine Goudie, 80, said: “It’s kind of vexing because that is supposed to be the D-Day picture and I don’t understand why he has been removed.

“Our family always knew he had featured in the photograph and are proud that it has been regularly used during remembrance events over the years.”

James and his Army pals saw the photo in a newspaper sent from England and ordered a copy. It is now one of his family’s most treasured memories.

Jessamine, of Sandwick, Shetland, said: “I remember one of the daily papers, his photo was among the poppies. I think that was the 60th anniversary.

“They said he was the face that told the story of the war. I’m always very proud of my dad.”

James was 33 when he took part in the Allied invasion of Normandy. He survived the war and died aged 69 in 1980.

When the stamps were launched, Royal Mail said they would “pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of all those who took part”.

Royal Mail was contacted to ask why James had been removed from the photo.

A spokesman said: “Unfortunately, due to the limited space available on a stamp it is sometimes necessary to crop an original image.

“We appreciate that this is a disappointment to the family of the soldier in the foreground of this original photograph but wish to assure them that no offence was intended.”

James was just 33 when he took part in the invasion of Normandy
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