Second World War veteran, 90, murdered by mugger

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A Second World War veteran who was once a driver for General Eisenhower in France has been murdered by a thief who escaped with just his bus pass and £40.

Geoffrey Bacon, 90, was attacked from behind on the doorstep of his home on a south London estate where he had lived since he was six years old.

He was punched and had his hip broken by being thrown to the floor, before the mugger stole his belongings and fled.

Family members paid tribute yesterday to Mr Bacon, who joined the Territorial Army in 1937 and was drafted into the regulars on the outbreak of war.

He became a driver for American troops and dignitaries in France, and was “very proud” that he once chauffeured General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe.

Mr Bacon left the army in 1946, working as a mechanic and for the post office, and was married to his wife Edith for 62 years until her death five years ago....

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