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WWII hero Jim Ge­orge re­ceives the Le­gion d’Hon­neur, France’s top mil­i­tary award

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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’:

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