Valentin lehrmann was born on 27tb September 1909 at Gelsenkirchen. His mother died when he was only two years old and he was brought up until his father remarried by his two elder sisters and his grand-parents. Valentin decided to learn a trade and in 1934 passed his exam as a baker. Three months later he married his fiancée, Ellen Otto whom he had met at the Christian Youth Group; he opened a bakery in the same year. All seemed set, therefore for a happy existence with every promise of success. In 1939 the lehrmann’s had their first daughter, Edith but a year later, war loomed menacingly over the family's good fortune. In 1940 Valentin was mobilised in the Wehrmacht; in October his second child was born, a boy. His third child, a daughter saw the light of day on 26th May 1944. Valentin, who was in France at the time, received news of the birth by telegram. But he was never to see his little girl. On 6th June, the day of the Allied Landings, Full Corporal Valentin lehrmann was wounded and died next day. In 1946 a comrade-in-arms brought back to his widow, the personal effects found on Valentin lehrmann the day he died: his wedding ring, Army-book, letters and a bible. Valentin lehrmann lay first at Saint-sur-Mer and was transferred later to the German War Cemetery at La Cambe: Block 2, Row 4, Grave 64.