Sappers awarded Legion dHonneur

From the MoD website.

Events to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day will begin today when ten British World War Two veterans, who all took part in the 1944 landings, are honoured by the French Government.

The nine men and one woman are to receive the Legion d'Honneur today, Friday 5 June 2009, for their role in liberating France in 1944.

The Legion d'Honneur is the highest decoration in France, awarded for excellent military conduct. Among those who will receive the honour today are several men who were among the first to land on the Normandy beaches on the morning of 6 June 1944 and a female nurse who attended to the many wounded on Gold beach.

Nine of the veterans will become Knights of the Legion d'Honneur today when they are presented with their Chevalier medals by the French Minister of State for Defence and Veterans, Jean-Marie Bockel.
George Robert Batts - Joined the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1943. Landed on Gold beach on D-Day.

Leslie Stocking - Joined the Royal Engineers in 1942. He landed on Gold beach on D-Day and helped to clear mines in France, Holland and Germany.
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