Bernard was a D-Day war hero who was forced to live on just £48 a week
after his pension was frozen. Bernard passed away in April 2020, at the age of 97. He had to give up his dream home in Canada and returned to the UK.
“Bernard gave so much to the frozen pensions fight and he didn’t see the final resolve, but when it comes it will be because of people like him and others who have gone before him. We owe him a lot” – Ian Andexser, Chairman of the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners (CABP).
Bernard was one of “the 12” Applicants that took the Carson legal challenge against the UK Government to Strasbourg in 2008 for hearing in the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and also the appeal to the ECHR Upper Chamber in 2010.
Annette Carson, who brought the first legal challenge against the UK Government in 2002 remembers Bernard well: “I met him when we went to Strasbourg and he was certainly a fighter. I remember him as a gallant and strong-minded gentleman, and when I saw his array of medals, proudly worn, it brought a lump to my throat. We owe his generation so much, and it’s a travesty that every successive UK government has been glad to take these people’s sacrifice but turned its back when it could have alleviated their hardship. He will be remembered with respect”.
Bernard with John Markham, who together handed over the “Broken Faith” book to Pension Minister Steve Webb outside Number 10 in December 2010.
A spokesman for the Campaign to End Frozen Pensions said: “Bernard was a true hero who served the UK in its darkest times. Despite this, the Government didn’t think it fit to give him the full UK state pension he earned. No UK pensioner, particularly not citizens who fought for their country, deserves to fall into poverty in old age”.