Tribute paid to King’s Lynn veteran

93-year-old Elsie Plummer (nee Sgt Crossley) during WW2 she was a tank trainer and took part in D-Day helping to escort tanks'At the Bridge for Heroes Military Experience where she is being filmed by the Services Sound and Vision Corporation.''''contact Mike Taylor 01553 760230 or 07845 711484. ANL-140515-144202009
93-year-old Elsie Plummer (nee Sgt Crossley) during WW2 she was a tank trainer and took part in D-Day helping to escort tanks'At the Bridge for Heroes Military Experience where she is being filmed by the Services Sound and Vision Corporation.''''contact Mike Taylor 01553 760230 or 07845 711484. ANL-140515-144202009
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One of the few women allowed onto the front-line after Allied forces had launched their invasion into Nazi-occupied Europe has died.

Elsie Plummer risked her life bringing replacement tanks for British forces immediately after the D-Day landings in June 1944.

Mrs Plummer, who lived in Windmill Court, Lynn, died at the age of 94 at Somerville Residential Home, Heacham, on September 13.

Tribute has been paid to remarkable Mrs Plummer by her son David. He said: “She was very well liked by everyone she met. I am very proud of her without a shadow of a doubt.”

Mrs Plummer, nee Crossley, was born on December 9, 1920 in Longwood, near Huddlesfield.

When the Second World War broke out, she volunteered for the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

After training recruits for a year-and-a-half, Mrs Plummer volunteered for something with a “bit of bite” and was placed in charge of a company at 31st AFV (Armoured Fighting Vehicles ) tanks at Bristol.

Mrs Plummer took a number of hair-raising journeys to Normandy to escort tanks to replace those battered in the landings.

A cover story was made up that Mrs Plummer was on compassionate leave but was in fact on the way from Portsmouth to Arromanches.

During her third trip, Mrs Plummer was bombed and received shrapnel injuries to her face.

After the war Mrs Plummer joined Huddersfield Police as a radio operator, where she met her future husband Victor. She eventually trained to become a teacher.

The couple retired to Lynn, where Mr Plummer died 14 years ago.

Mrs Plummer was a member of the Lynn branch of the Royal British Legion and Bridge for Heroes.

Founder Mike Taylor said: “She was an inspiration to everyone here.

“We are hoping to install a memorial to Elsie in the contact centre.”

She is also survived by grandchildren Sarah and Matthew, along with great-grandchild Phoebe.

A funeral service will be held at the London Road Methodist Church on Thursday, October 15.