They didnt boast They didnt fuss They served Theresa Mays moving tribute

They didn’t boast and they didn’t make a fuss. They just got on with their job of trying to win the war. On the anniversary of D-Day, Theresa May paid her tribute to the soldiers who had made ‘the ultimate sacrifice” three-quarters of a century ago.The prime minister voiced her gratitude to the veterans who had survived and those who hadn’t made it at a ceremony to inaugurate a new British Normandy Memorial that will be built overlooking Gold Beach.The new memorial at Ver-sur-Mer, when it is finished, will list the names of all 22,442 members of the British armed forces who died in the Normandy campaign; the names of the dead etched on stone pillars. On Thursday, Mrs May picked out five names, merely as examples of the everyday heroism and sacrifice shown by those killed. There was Robert and Charles Guy, 21-year-old twins who served in the RAF and died within two months of each other; Robert Casson, who was killed as he tried to reach shore at Juno Beach on D-Day and whose brother Joseph was killed,  just three weeks later; and then Den Brotheridge, said to be the first soldier killed at D-Day, leading the charge over Pegasus Bridge at just after midnight on June 6 1944. Speaking under the shadow of a new bronze statue depicting three British soldiers charging up the beach at D-Day, Mrs May said: “These young men belonged to a very special generation, the greatest generation. Den Brotheridge May and Macron face the new D-Day sculpture May and Macron face the new D-Day sculpture Mr Macron said it was time for Britain to have its own D-Day memorial in Normandy and said the monument would symbolise the ties binding France and the UK, adding: “Nothing will break them. Nothing can ever break ties that have been bound in bloodshed and shared values.”Mrs May and Mr Macron together laid wreaths at a foundation stone for the new memorial.  Seven British D-Day veterans accompanied by four children – one of them Sir Winston Churchill’s great-great-grandson John Churchill – also laid flowers in front of the sculpture depicting the soldiers storming the beach.The sculpture was created by David Williams-Ellis to mark the beginning of construction for the memorial, funded by the Normandy Memorial Trust, which is expected to be completed within a year. One of those veterans laying flowers was Ronald Clements, who had been a petty officer in the Royal Navy on board the 900-tonne frigate HMS Mountsea. Their job was to protect the convoys approaching the landing beaches on D-Day from a German onslaught. She went on: “Standing here, as the waves wash quietly onto the shore, it’s almost impossible to grasp the raw courage that it must have taken that day to leap out from landing craft and into the surf – despite the fury of battle.“No one could be certain what June 6 would bring. No one would know how this – the most ambitious – amphibious and airborne assault in all of human history, would turn out.“And, as the sun rose that morning, not one of the troops on the landing craft approaching these shores, not one of the pilots in the skies above, not one of the sailors at sea – knew whether they would still be alive when it set once again. After the speeches at Ver-sur-Mer, Mrs May travelled to Bayeux for the French service at the city’s cathedral. Afterwards, the former Royal Marine Robert Williams, 94, gave the Prime Minister a kiss on the cheek after she thanked him for his wartime efforts. Mr Williams, from Chelmsford, Essex, was an 18-year-old commando in a landing craft that reached Sword Beach on D-Day.“We landed ashore and then moved through the land,” he said. “I went all the way through to Germany and I didn’t get a scratch. The Lord was watching over me.” When asked about his meeting with Mrs May, he said: “She came over and said ‘pleased to meet you’.“She said ‘thank you for what you have done’. I kissed her – why not? It is not everyone that can do that. “I took her by the arms and gave her a kiss on the cheek. She said ‘ooh, thank you’.” The soldiers singled out by Theresa MayRobert and Charles Guy, from Glasgow, were devoted twins and both sergeants in 514 Squadron. Robert Guy was killed just two days after D-Day when his Lancaster bomber was shot down on the outskirts of Paris. His plane was attacking railway lines bringing German reinforcements up to the coast. Almost two months later, Charles’s Lancaster disappeared while bombing enemy positions near Caen.  Lieutenant Den Brotheridge was 28 when he was killed in combat at Pegasus Bridge, the first soldier to have died on D-Day. He was one of 181 men serving in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who were dropped via parachute and glider near the bridge shortly after midnight on June 6 1944. His daughter Margaret Brotheridge, now aged 75, was less than a year old when her father died from a bullet wound to the neck. Robert and Joseph Casson, from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, died three weeks apart during the Battle of Normandy and lie next to each other in the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery at Ryes in France. Robert, 25, was a Royal Marine Commando who was killed on D-Day as he tried to reach Juno Beach. Joseph, 18, a private in the Durham Light Infantry, died on June 27th. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “If one day can be said to have determined the fate of generations to come – in France, in Britain, in Europe and the world – that day was June 6, 1944.”She praised the 156,000 men – more than half from Britain and the Commonwealth – who landed on D-Day and the ‘extraordinary acts of bravery’ of the French resistance that wreaked havoc behind enemy lines.And then there were those killed. They had made, she said, “the ultimate sacrifice”, adding:  “They laid down their lives so that we might have a better life and build a better world.” The memorial – even though still not built – attracted on the anniversary of D-Day relatives of those who fought who had come to pay their respects.Melvyn Dunn, 77, laid a wreath in memory of his father Walter Dunn who fought in the Normandy campaign. Walter Dunn landed nine days after D-Day with the Kings Own Royal Regiment of Lancaster and fought through into Germany, leaving the Army in 1945, aged 44, 20 years before his death.Mr Dunn, from Ackworth, West Yorkshire, said his father never spoke about the war and never told him at what beach he had landed. The new memorial in the centre of the British landing area was, as a result, a “wonderful place to lay the wreath”. Den Brotheridge Robert Guy Mr Clements, 98, from Whitstable in Kent, conceded that the attempts to drop depth charges at U-boats had met with “little success”, including targeting one which had earlier sunk an Allied troop ship and was then destroyed by a Canadian vessel. Mr Clements said he was never scared despite the heavy shelling.Now he said he was delighted that the memorial was finally being built. “It should have been done long ago but it’s never too late,” said Mr Clements. “A generation whose unconquerable spirit shaped the post-war world. They didn’t boast. They didn’t fuss. They served.“And they laid down their lives so that we might have a better life and build a better world.”On one of her last official engagements as Conservative Party leader – she resigns on Friday – Mrs May said it was “incredibly moving… and truly humbling” to be addressing survivors of D-Day at the site of one of the “greatest battles for freedom”. Joseph Casson (left) and Robert Casson Robert Guy Joseph Casson (left) and Robert Casson read more