WWII hero Jim George receives the Legion d’Honneur, France’s top military award
A 93-YEAR-OLD World War Two hero and exChalfont St Giles and Seer Green veteran has been awarded the highest French order of merit.
James George, known to friends and family as Jim, received the Legion d’Honneur on Sunday May 9 during that morning’s Governor’s Parade at Royal Hospital Chelsea (RHC).
A long time resident of Bucks, Mr George moved to RHC last year after spending more than 30 years in both villages.
Duty governor Lieutenant Colonel Andy Hickling MBE presented the medal and duty officer Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Lucas read from the citation of the French Ambassador to London, Sylvie Bermann, which read: “I offer you my warmest congratulations on this high honour in recognition of your acknowledged military engagement and your steadfast involvement in the liberation of France during the Second World War. As we contemplate this Europe of peace, we must never forget the heroes like you who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the liberation of Europe by liberating France.
“We owe our freedom and security to your dedication because you were ready to risk your life.”
Mr George said the ceremony, which was attended by family, friends, and a representative of his regiment, the Gordon Highlanders, was ‘lovely’.
“It’s quite an honour to have it. That’s all I can say about it. When you get to my ages you don’t get all excited about things,” he said.
“It’s been very nice. It was a very nice, pleasant occasion on Sunday.
“Now I can wear it with pride if I want to.
“It was a lovely day. The sun shone and everybody was happy, it was very nice.”
Jim George, who received the Legion d’Honneur, with his niece and Lt Cl Rupert Lucas ‘Lovely day’: