Moving tributes have been paid to a Tyneside war hero who has died at the age of 97.
Gordon Hornsby, who was born in Scotswood, Newcastle, but moved to North Shields, was an ambulance driver with the Royal Army Service Corps during the Normandy landings.
On D-Day, he was charged with transporting water for the troops as well as checking wells and other sites to make sure the water there wasn’t poisoned.
Up until 2016 Gordon was the chairman of the Newcastle and District branch of the Normandy Veterans Association.
Gordon, who was living at Rosemount Care Home in Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, died in his sleep on Sunday morning.
The veteran was awarded a number of medals for his war efforts and proudly displayed them in his room.
He was given the l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur by the President of France and received a letter from the Queen in June 2009 saying he had unrestricted permission to wear it.
In May this year, Gordon marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day at his care home and a special socially-distanced celebration was held in his honour.
Gordon's nephew, David Shepherd, said the war veteran has been involved with charity work and was a member of rotary clubs and the Freemasons.
The 71-year-old added: "He was a war hero and well respected for what he did. He spent a lot of time researching the history of D-Day.
"He was also very helpful and did work for charity organisations throughout the North East.
"He was always out and about helping people."
After leaving the Army, Gordon ran a newsagents in North Tyneside.
He met his wife Irene who worked in a bookshop and they married in 1953.
They did not have any children and Irene died in 1976.
On a previous occasion, Gordon told ChronicleLive: "We landed on the beaches around three hours after the start of the invasion. I had just turned 20 when we landed in Normandy.
"I took 250 gallons of water in a tank, and then I was told to go on a hygiene course where we learnt how to test water. We had to make sure that water over there was ok to drink and was not poisoned. We used chemicals and there were around eight tests altogether. It was quite a skilled job."
For many years, Gordon returned to France to mark the D-Day anniversary and honour comrades who fell during the 1944 invasion.
He added: "It's important that we always remember what happened, many people lost their lives."