This year Portsmouth will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Commonly referred to as D-Day - the Normandy Landings or Operation Overlord began on the 6 June 1944, when allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on occupied Europe.

To honour the sacrifice men from Portsmouth made we'll display a plaque for each of the 119 men from the city who died between D-Day and the end of the Battle of Normandy.

The campaign started with the launch of Operation Overlord - D-Day on 6 June and continued until 31 August 1944 with the Battle of Normandy and the liberation of Paris after the allies had crossed the Seine.

The Portsmouth men who'll be honoured on our plaques are from all branches of the armed forces - Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy.

They range in age from 16 years - Private Robert Johns who served with the Parachute Regiment and was killed on 23 July - to 47 year old Warrant Engineer William Smith who was killed on 15 June when HMS Mourne was torpedoed.

The 119 men were killed at a rate of more than one a day during the length of the campaign - a similar rate to battles like the Somme and Passchendaele during the First World War.

The plaques will be on display in the city streets where the men lived before they departed for France as part of the D-Day and the Normandy landings.

James Daly, D-Day Collection Researcher at Portsmouth City Council said: "We want to use the time between now and the plaques being in place from 6 May to gather more information about these men and other local people involved in D-Day. If you have a story or images of any relatives from Portsmouth who took place in the campaign please get in touch."  

You can get in touch via the D-Day website or email:

Council Leader Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: "The D-Day landings were a pivotal moment in the Second World War and we want to honour those who took part in the campaign this year more than ever. These plaques will allow us to remember those who died while we commemorate D-Day 75 with our veterans in June."

Portsmouth - where much of the landing force sailed from in 1944, will be the focal point of the UK commemorations and will host the UK national event on 5 June. The council is also planning a series of events over five days to reflect the area’s unique role in one of the largest and well-known military operations ever.