The roles of two Whitehaven brothers in the Normandy campaign and their tragic deaths weeks apart have been highlighted in a film series honouring veterans.

Robert Casson and his younger brother Joseph were both killed in World War Two.

Marine Robert, 25, was fatally shot in the neck as his boat headed for Juno Beach during the D-Day landings, while eighteen-year-old Joseph died on June 27 of wounds he had sustained six days earlier.

Prime Minister Theresa May paid tribute to them as part of a ceremony at Ver-sur-Mer to mark the 75th anniversary of the landings.

Creative content agency Snappin Turtle has now produced videos highlighting the heroic siblings’ stories with narration from their niece, Mary Teresa Holland, for the Normandy Memorial Trust.

The stories were told as part of the trust’s D-Day – 75 Stories series to honour those who fought or died during the Battle of Normandy.

The trust is raising money to build the British Normandy Memorial, which will name the Casson brothers as two of the 22,442 who died on D-Day or during the battle.

Private Joseph was a former tar plant attendant at the Ladysmith Coal Mine who formally enlisted on November 18, 1943 for training and was initially assigned to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) on December 30 before transferring to the 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry on March 28 the following year.

He landed on Gold Beach as part of the second wave once the beach had been secured and would have passed Bayeux before being part of the battalion’s capture of Lingèvres and Les Verrières,

He was recorded as being wounded on June 21, the day after the battalion entered Tilly-sur-Seulles and succumbed to his injuries less than a week later.

Robert worked with the confectioners Rowntree’s in York as a biscuit baking machine assistant but was called up to service in the Royal Marines on February 22, 1940 as a cook because of his background.

Three and a half years later he transferred to the Commandos.

Following his death, his final burial was at Ryes Cemetery on November 13, 1944, next to Joseph.

John Holland, Mary’s husband, said: “The stories told by family members are told with feeling and compassion.

“I think that the family are delighted that not only are their relatives going to be remembered but all of the 22,442 people who made the sacrifice of fighting in Normandy.”

To donate to the trust’s campaign, visit where you can also watch both films about Robert and Joseph Casson.