British man, 94, receives France’s Legion d’Honneur for role in Normandy landings
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British man, 94, receives France’s Legion d’Honneur for role in Normandy landings

Walter Bingham presented with the award on a French warship in Haifa harbour earlier this month

Walter Bingham with his Legion of Honor award on his lapel, on board the ship in Haifa harbour 

Photo credit: Embassy of France to Israel / Elodie Sauvage
Walter Bingham with his Legion of Honor award on his lapel, on board the ship in Haifa harbour Photo credit: Embassy of France to Israel / Elodie Sauvage

A British man now living in France has received the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award, in a ceremony earlier this month on a French warship in Haifa harbour.

Walter Bingham, 94, who fled to Britain from Germany after Kristallnacht in 1939, took part in the D-Day landings at Normandy in 1944, landing on the beaches as an ambulance driver.

During a moving ceremony onboard the anti-submarine frigate Jean de Vienne, the French ambassador Helene Le Gal pinned the red award to his chest, saying: “France wants to thank you officially for your commitment.”

Last year Bingham, who has worked as a journalist and actor, broke a Guinness world record by becoming the oldest radio talk show host, after making aliyah in 2004.

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