Honours for resident of Moat House care home in Burbage
92-year-old Ron Collyer, a resident of Moat House care home in Burbage, has been honoured with the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur.
Following the World War II Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, Ron, a Trooper in 59th Reconnaissance Regiment, was assigned to provide intelligence beyond the frontline for the troops. Ron, a radio operator, gunner and driver of an armoured vehicle, and his regiment saved the lives of many English and French troops by providing and relaying accurate information so that troops knew what to expect as they progressed forward.
This medal adds to Ron’s other medals, one in recognition of the Normandy invasion called the Overlord Operation medal and others celebrating the 40th and 60th anniversaries of the D-Day landings. Ron is also President of the Royal British Legion in Hinckley.
Ron sustained some injuries on his assignment and was brought back to Carlisle Hospital to recuperate. It was there that he met and courted his wife, Jean Pritt. They went on to have a son, Ian, and daughter, Barbara, (pictured).
Ron said, “It is nice to know that our French friends recognise the help and support we gave them during this time.”
Ron, originally from Earl Shilton, has been a resident at Moat House for 12 months and is the keyboard player and originator of the home’s Choir. Ron is looking forward to the medals being formally presented by representatives of the French Embassy.
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