War hero's encounter with 'Nazi criminal'

World War Two hero Hugh Maguire, from County Fermanagh, will be buried on Thursday.

The 98-year-old was the last known surviving member of the Royal Ulster Rifles who took part in the D-Day landings.

He received the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour for bravery, in 2015, and the UK gallantry medal.

Years after capturing a notorious Nazi SS officer, the pair ended up working for the same Scottish coal company.

The captured soldier was Anton Gecas, a platoon commander with the 12th police battalion, which killed tens of thousands of Jewish civilians during the Second World War.

Mr Gecas would go on to work for the National Coal Board in Scotland as an engineer, at the same time as Hugh Maguire.

Image caption Hugh Maguire met local mayor Mickael Bertrand in Normandy in June

Speaking ahead of her father’s funeral, Mr Maguire’s daughter Maria Martin told BBC News NI: “He had a zest for life and he led a very enriched life.”

She said he will be “sorely missed by his beloved family and numerous friends who delighted in his…

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