10 British veterans honoured in Plymouth
10 British Second World War veterans awarded Légion d’honneur, two of them posthumously, in Plymouth
Plymouth, 24 April 2016
On April 24th 2016, Captain Eric Lavault, commanding officer of French Ship Dixmude, presided over a military ceremony to honour 10 British veterans, two of them who sadly passed away, with the Legion d’Honneur.
Ernest Carman, Charles Dixon (recently deceased and represented by his daughter), Walter Hughes, William Jago, Ronald Kallmeier, Dennis Loaring, John Mortimer (represented by his son), Walter Payne, Lesley Scull and Cyril Walker were awarded France’s highest order for their actions during D-Day.
Family members and guests witnessed the official presentation during this moving ceremony. Other guests included local military and civilian authorities: The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Rear Admiral Chris Snow; The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Dr John Mahony; Members of Parliament Oliver Colvile and Sheryll Murray; Naval Base Commander, Commodore Ian Shipperley; Commander of Devonport Flotilla, Commodore Paul Halton; and The Honorary Consul of France M. Alain Sibiril.
Four generations of British and French nationals took part in this event thanks to the participation of a delegation of Dixmude Ship’s Company but also a large representation of HMS Heroes, an association supporting children of military personnel and Les Petits Mousses de Plymouth, a French school of Franco-British children.