Ambassador decorates veterans on D-Day anniversary

Six British veterans awarded Légion d’honneur for their role in liberation of France on the 73rd anniversary of D-Day

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Tuesday 6 June

To mark the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day Landings, French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann has presented six British veterans with the Légion d’honneur for their role in the liberation of France.

The ceremony took place at the French Residence in London with veterans honoured for their role in securing France’s liberation during the Second World War, with many having taken part in the June 1944 D-Day Landings.

Ambassador Bermann said: “Seventy-three years on from D-Day, France remembers what it owes these men and women. We shall not forget. France and the UK, whose defence cooperation is exceptional, will continue working together to ensure peace and security”.

The full list of veterans decorated is [see photo, from left to right]:

• Mr Leslie George, 92, from Loughton (Essex), Petty Officer in the Royal Navy

• Mr Richard Moorfield, 92, from High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire), Able Seaman in the Royal Navy

• Mr Henry Robert Brook, 97, from London, Corporal, Tank Gunner, in the Pioneer Corps, 5th Tank Regiment.

• Mr Henry Everest, 93, from Hayes (Middlesex), Driver Mechanic in the Royal Corps of Signals

• Mr Douglas Boothman, 91, from Cambridge (Cambridgeshire), Signalman in the Royal Navy

• Mr Cyril Scoffield, 91, from Ipswich (Suffolk), Marine in the Royal Marines

The medal ceremony follows a number of others which have taken place around the UK since the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014, when President François Hollande pledged to honour all British veterans who fought for the liberation of France during the Second World War, between 1944 and 1945. France has so far had the privilege of decorating more than 5,500 D-Day veterans across the country.

To see the photos taken at the reception, click on the image below:

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Published on 15/06/2017

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