A DECORATED war veteran who took part in the liberation of millions of people across Europe has been remembered.

Patrick Delaforce, from Brighton, has died at the age of 94.

He was born in Reigate and attended Winchester College before continuing his education at Queen’s University in Belfast.

After finishing his education, as a young man Patrick signed up to the Army.

Serving during the Second World War, he took part in the D-Day landings and sustained serious injuries twice during his time in the forces, once in Holland and the other in Germany.

He was also mentioned twice in despatches.

He signed up with the 11th Armoured Division in Normandy, where he served as an officer, before the division was disbanded and he was transferred to the 7th Armoured Division.

He fought in a number of decisive battles during the war and helped drive the Nazi forces back to Germany during its final stages.

He took part in the liberation of the Breendonk concentration camp in Antwerp, where Jews and other political prisoners were held during the war.

Patrick was also part of the first battle groups to make their way into the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, entering with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment.

After the war, Patrick was called upon to sit as a judge in two war trials of concentration camp guards, later witnessing 13 of them being executed.

After the German’s surrendered and the war was brought to an end, he attended the Royal Palace in The Hague to be awarded the Bronze Cross Orange-Nassau.

Patrick was later awarded France’s highest honour, the Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur, 72 years after the Allied invasion of Normandy.

He followed in the footsteps of his father, who had fought in the First World War, winning a Military Cross for exemplary gallantry.

His father was also in active service during the later stages of the Second World War, serving with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.

Patrick also worked as a shipper, wine grower and was chief executive officer of a New York advertising agency.

He spent a large amount of his time after the Second World War writing and authored 47 non-fiction books and biographies about military and war history.

He once starred in the TV series WW2: The Last Heroes and featured in former Argus journalist and author Ben James’s book Sussex War Heroes: The Untold Story of our Second World War Survivors.

Patrick married his first wife Dinah Clodd in 1949.

He got married for a second time in 1960, to Gillian Kitching, who he was with for 55 years.

Gillian predeceased him and he has been buried alongside her in Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton.

Patrick leaves a daughter and a son from his first marriage and two daughters from his marriage to Gillian.