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D-Day veteran awarded his MBE by the Queen ....

by Banana Crumble | Mar 05, 2020

Harry Billinge, 94, a D-Day veteran who raised more than £25,000 towards the cost of building a national memorial honouring his fallen comrades has become an MBE.

Harry said that he was accepting the honour in memory of the “fellas that never came back”.

He was presented with the honour by the Queen during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Billinge from St Austell, Cornwall was 18 when he landed on Gold Beach on June 6, 1944. He has since dedicated much of his life to fundraising.

He said:

“It was hell on earth. Murder. The sea was red with blood, human blood,” he said.

“The memory of the servicemen killed during D-Day had never left him.”

“I never expected any medal for collecting a few pounds, or a thousand pounds for the boys that never came back.”

“All I set out to do, I achieved and I’m still doing it.”

Speaking after the ceremony, Mr Billinge said it was “wonderful” to meet the Queen.

“She was very, very kind. There are no words to describe it.”

The veteran, who also holds France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, is well-known for his charity work in Cornwall, where he has collected for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for more than 60 years.

Harry Billinge, we salute you.

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