- Moat House,
Posted on 31st July 2017
Highest French Honour Ceremony for Moat House Resident Ron
Veteran of the Normandy Landings, Ron Collyer, has been formally presented with the Chevalier in the Order National de la Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour), France’s highest distinction.
A representative from the French embassy, Jean-Claude Lafontaine, visited Hinckley especially to present it to the 93-year-old Moat House resident.
Royal British Legion stalwart, Mr Collyer, who was a radio operator, gunner and armoured vehicle driver during the Second World War, was awarded the medal last year.
He is one of a number of British veterans to receive the commendation for helping liberate the French from the Nazis.
Presentations have been made around the UK since the 70th anniversary of D-Day three years ago, when President Francois Hollande pledged to honour all the surviving British veterans who had served in France.
Mr Collyer said: “It is nice to know that our French friends recognise the help and support we gave them during this time.”