Second World War veterans receive Légion d’honneur
75 years after the D-Day landings, and on the anniversary of General de Gaulle’s call for resistance, France decorates two British Second World War veterans
18 June 2019
French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Jouyet presented two British veterans with the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest distinction, for their role in the liberation of France during the Second World War.
The ceremony coincided with General Charles de Gaulle’s call to resistance from London on 18 June, 1940 and follows a number of others that have taken place around the UK since the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014.
France has so far had the privilege of decorating more than 6,000 D-Day veterans across the country.
Ambassador Jean-Pierre Jouyet said: “The course of European history would have been very different had Britain’s sons and daughters not mobilised to liberate France in the endgame of WWII. Our country, bound in bloodshed and shared values, would not be where it is today without the UK and the bravery of its soldiers. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice.”
The veterans decorated are:
• Patricia Davies, 95, who served in the WRNS as a Petty Officer in the role of W/T Special Duties Linguist. She worked out of a secret listening post intercepting German radio signals and lighthouse traffic from the coast of France before sending the information on to Bletchley park.
• John Munnery, 93, for his service as Guardsman in the Guards Armoured Division of the Coldstream Guards. He landed in Normandy on 28 August 1944 to take part in the advance to Brussels. On the way, he helped seize crossings over the Somme in Vernon.
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