Ambassador decorates 14 British WWII veterans

The French Ambassador awards 14 veterans the Légion d’honneur for their role in the liberation of France

3 October 2016

Fourteen British World War II veterans have been presented with the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest distinction, during a ceremony at the French Ambassador’s Residence in London.

The medals were presented by the French Ambassador to the UK, Sylvie Bermann.

The veterans were 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.

The medal ceremony follows a number of others that 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 had served in France during the war. France has so far had the privilege of decorating more than 3,500 D-Day veterans across the country.

Ambassador Bermann said: “It is to these veterans that we owe the freedom we enjoy today. The Légion d’honneur is France’s highest distinction, awarded for acts of the utmost bravery. I am honoured to be decorating Britain’s D-Day heroes today."

The full list of veterans decorated is:

• Roy Joseph Clegg, 92, from Staines-upon-Thames, Gunner, Royal Artillery
• John Clifton, 99, from Bedford, served with 88 Squadron
• Kenneth Harvey John Coney, 91, from Chesham, served in the Army
• Joseph Dawson Dow, 95, from Coventry, Gunner, Driver Mechanic
• William James Gray, 93, from Bexley, Sapper, Royal Engineers
• Joseph Thomas Hall, 91, from Bromley, Torpedoman
• Charles Holden, 93, from Essex, Leading Seaman and Gunner, Royal Navy
• Reginald Charles Miller, 90, from Essex, Able Seaman, Royal Navy
• Jack Nuttall, 92, from Colchester, Gunner, Royal Artillery
• Basil Talbot Playle, 100, from Wiltshire, Major, Royal Army Ordnance Corps
• Ronald Quested, 89, from Essex, Radio Officer, Merchant Navy
• Harry Read, 92, from Bournemouth, Signalman, Royal Corps of Signals
• David Laurence Stern, 96, from London, Captain in the Army
• Humphrey Stuart Loftus Tottenham, 93, from Wiltshire, Lieutenant

To see all our photos from the ceremony, click the image below.


Published on 17/10/2016

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