Royal Navy legend Albert ‘Dusty’ Miller served his country with distinction in World War Two.
He earned countless medals and recognition for his bravery, first in the Atlantic convoys and later as a submariner in the Burma campaign.
But the 89-year-old, who has been a parade marshal for the Royal British Legion for nearly 40 years, has now been told he can no longer represent veterans – because he’s too old.
Senior officials broke the news to Mr Miller shortly before last week’s Rememberance Day parade, claiming he was ‘too old to be insured’
The vetreran, from Kirkby, Liverpool, who is known to all his friends by his naval nickname Dusty, said: “They came up to me and said, ‘I’ve got a bit of bad news for you’.
“At first I thought somebody had died and it was going to be another funeral. Then they told me HQ insisted I had to stand down as parade marshal.
“I said I was still fit and able, but they said it’s because of insurance and that I should have stood down when I was 85.”
He added: “It hit me like a ton of bricks.
“I was that disgusted I didn’t know what to say.
“I’ve been a marshal for the Merseyside and West Lancs branch for 38 years.
“I never even knew standard-bearers had to be insured.”
Mr Miller joined the navy at the age of 16 as a cadet.
His wartime service was recognised by the four campaign medals he received – the 39-45 Star, the Atlantic medal for the convoys, the Burma Star with a Pacific clasp, and the International Submarine Service medal.
The Royal British Legion was unavailable for comment.
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