Geoffrey Pidgeon is 6,000th British veteran to receive Légion d’honneur

British veteran joins thousands of others to have received France’s highest honour for helping to liberate France during the Second World War

28 October 2019

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Geoffrey Pidgeon has become the 6,000th British veteran to receive the Légion d’honneur.

Mr Pidgeon, aged 93, received France’s highest honour from French Ambassador Catherine Colonna during a ceremony at Lancaster House.

The ceremony was also attended by British Defence Minister Ben Wallace MP.

Mr Pidgeon worked for MI6 during the Second World War and played a pivotal role in setting up wireless communications for the D-Day landings.

He is one of 6,000 veterans to have received this honour since the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014, when former French president François Hollande pledged to honour all British veterans who served in France during the Second World War.

French Ambassador Catherine Colonna said: "Geoffrey’s time in MI6 included covert missions across the Channel, assisting agents and resistance fighters under threat, and working in Winston Churchill’s ‘most secret airfield’ in Tempsford.

"Our country will never forget the fortitude of the brave men and women who fought to liberate France, and this highlights the enduring strength of the Franco-British relationship".

Lancaster House was the location where the UK and France signed the Lancaster Agreement in November 2010. This comprises two treaties: defence and security, and nuclear cooperation.

Read the Ambassador’s speech here.

To see photos from the event click the image below.

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Published on 29/10/2019

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