AN Ayrshire based 102-year-old war veteran has sadly passed away.

Maidens' Harry Gamper was born in 1920 and celebrated his 102nd birthday in July of 2022 at Malin Court Care Home.

The centenarian was an RAF pilot during the war and was present at the D-Day landings, an experience he described as “incredible”.

He was awarded medals for his service in France and Germany, including for his role in the Battle of the Atlantic, and Mr Gamper clocked up 1,000 hours of flying in the RAF.

After his service, he married and had two sons – David and Andrew.

He worked in advertising and retired to Dorset with his wife in 1983, but he has lived in Ayrshire since the late 2000s.

Harry is survived by his two sons David and Andrew, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on April 15 at 11am in Straiton Parish Church led by Reverend Jones. All are welcome to attend.