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D-Day veterans awarded France's highest decoration

D-Day veteran receives Légion d'Honneur Image copyright Graham Stewart
Image caption D-Day veteran receives Légion d'Honneur

Nine Scottish veterans who participated in the D-Day landings have been given the highest decoration that France offers to foreign nationals.

The French Consul General awarded the Légion d'Honneur to the men - who are all in their 90s - for their part in the liberation of France in June 1944.

The veterans, who served in different parts of the armed forces, received the medals at Glasgow City Chambers.

The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty, also attended the event.

Image caption The Legion d'honneur is the highest military honour

The National Order of the Legion of Honour was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

The order is the highest military and civil decoration in France.

While membership in the Légion is technically restricted to French nationals, foreign nationals who have served France may receive the honour.

Consul General of France Emmanuel Cocher said: "France will never forget the gallantry and bravery veterans showed in taking part in the liberation of France 70 years ago.

"The actions and sacrifice of these men, and that of so many who fell on the battlefield, was instrumental in bringing back freedom and peace in France and across Europe".

Image copyright Graham Stewart
Image caption D-Day veterans awarded the Légion d'Honneur

The men being honoured are:

  • Hugh Ewart, 91 - sniper in the Royal Marine Commando Army, from Coatbridge,
  • William Ward, 91 -Private, 1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers, from Ayr
  • Gilbert Gray, 91 - Sergeant in the Royal Air Force, from Strathaven, South Lanarkshire
  • James Chalmers, 92 - Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, from Glasgow
  • Iain Cameron, 91 - Private in the Royal West Surrey Regiment, from Glasgow
  • Anthony Staples, 91 - Corporal in the Royal Air Force, from Troon
  • John Mitchell, 91 - Corporal, Royal Corps of Signals, from Galston, Ayrshire
  • James Kirkwood, 94 - Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, from Glasgow
  • Geoffrey Payne - Warrant Officer in the Royal Air Force, from Cumbernauld

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