D Day 75

Harry Billinge D Day veteran. Interview with BBC- I’m not a hero, I was lucky. All the heroes are dead.
Very poignant indeed.
Very, very well deserved, sir.


Harry Billinge accepting his MBE from the Queen.

Harry Billinge accepting his MBE from the Queen. Credit: ITV News West Country

'The Queen presented Harry Billinge with an MBE today. The D-Day veteran has raised £1 for every British soldier who died at Normandy to help fund a @Normandy Memorial Trust memorial.

'Harry was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers, of which The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief. He was just 18 at the time of the D-Day landings and was part of the first wave of troops. ‘I am choked beyond measure to think I have got an MBE. I don’t deserve it.’


 
Very, very well deserved, sir.


Harry Billinge accepting his MBE from the Queen.

Harry Billinge accepting his MBE from the Queen. Credit: ITV News West Country

'The Queen presented Harry Billinge with an MBE today. The D-Day veteran has raised £1 for every British soldier who died at Normandy to help fund a @Normandy Memorial Trust memorial.

'Harry was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers, of which The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief. He was just 18 at the time of the D-Day landings and was part of the first wave of troops. ‘I am choked beyond measure to think I have got an MBE. I don’t deserve it.’


A very well deserved award. Harry is typical of that generation, humble, selfless, self deprecating. He is my sort of Hero, as I don't class footballers and so called celebrities hero's.
 
A very well deserved award. Harry is typical of that generation, humble, selfless, self deprecating. He is my sort of Hero, as I don't class footballers and so called celebrities hero's.
Sadly when they're gone they're gone.
Not many left and we should cherish them.
A sapper on the first wave ......by Christ he's earned every award and accolade!
 

PFGEN

GCM
Very, very well deserved, sir.


Harry Billinge accepting his MBE from the Queen.

Harry Billinge accepting his MBE from the Queen. Credit: ITV News West Country

'The Queen presented Harry Billinge with an MBE today. The D-Day veteran has raised £1 for every British soldier who died at Normandy to help fund a @Normandy Memorial Trust memorial.

'Harry was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers, of which The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief. He was just 18 at the time of the D-Day landings and was part of the first wave of troops. ‘I am choked beyond measure to think I have got an MBE. I don’t deserve it.’


I'll lay odds that's one Her Majesty enjoyed presenting even if Harry maybe did hold her hand for a wee bit longer than protocol would require. Bloody well done Sir and well deserved.
 
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Yokel

LE
Amazingly, mines are still being found in the sea near the Normandy beaches!

Grimsby clears Normandy leftovers

There were no such issues as the group shifted to the Seine Bay – between the Cherbourg peninsula and Le Havre – where 5,000 Allied warships mustered in June 1944 to liberate France… and the Germans tried to stop them.

The waters were heavily mined and bombed – by both sides – during the six years of conflict between 1939 and 1945 and although thoroughly swept and cleared down the decades, wartime ordnance continues to be found; roughly one in three mines laid in World War 2 remain unaccounted for.

There is at least one fewer sea mine in the Seine Bay thanks to Grimsby’s efforts – one of several munitions located by the NATO force and neutralised and the threat to fishermen removed.

Grimsby’s clearance divers plunged into the chilly waters (just 4°C) and placed a charge on the mine, then fell back a safe distance and detonated it – triggering the explosive in the aged ordnance, and throwing up a huge fountain in an otherwise calm sea.
 
Very sad to hear of York Normandy veteran Ken Smith's passing this week. I had the privilege of spending armed forces day with him last year listening to his stories, he was a great bloke. I think that means Ken Cooke is the only Normandy veteran left in York now.
Farewell to one of York's last D-Day heroes
He certainly had a great way with words, going by those few paragraphs recollecting his experience arriving at the beach on D-Day.
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

LE
Book Reviewer
Excellent obituary in today's Telegraph of Flight Lieutenant Bob Barckley DFC. RIP and thank you.
 

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