Medal of honour for D-Day veteran
3:57pm Monday 16th June 2014 in News
D-Day veteran Gordon Prime has brought the Legion d’Honneur home to Pembrokeshire after his most emotional journey yet to the beaches of Normandy.
Ninety-year-old Mr Prime was one of just 22 Second World War veterans chosen to receive France’s highest decoration during the 70-year commemorations of the invasion of Europe.
The founder and chairman of the now-disbanded Pembrokeshire Normandy Veterans’ Association, Mr Prime, from Jameston, was a motorcycle despatch rider in the Royal Army Service Corps.
And he was found himself back at the steering wheel on his recent tour of Normandy - but this time aboard an electric scooter, which enabled him to tour cemeteries, battlefields and villages at the heart of the commemoration ceremonies.
“It was quite a hectic schedule, and quite overwhelming at times,” said Mr Prime. “Everywhere we went, people wanted to shake our hands and say ‘merci beaucoup’, and I must have had a thousand photographs taken, as well as being featured on the television and radio
“I was very proud to attend The Legion d’Honneur ceremony and receive the beautiful medal from the French Minister of the Interior.”
Mr Prime travelled to Normandy with his daughter, Christine Jackson from St Florence, and one of his sons, Stephen, and wife Lyn.
“I was able to take them to the particular field where my slit trench was, and to the graves of the six friends I lost, “ he said. “I’ve been going back for 30 years, but it was particularly emotional on this occasion because of the strength of feeling throughout the occasion."
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