French Honour for British War Heroes

Six war veterans received the highest decoration from the French government – the National Order of the Legion of Honour in a ceremony in Liverpool Town Hall earlier.

The award is being presented to the Liverpool men for their bravery and role in liberating France in 1944. The medals have been distributed via the French Embassy in London, and were presented by Honorary Consul of France, Mr Philip Daniel, on behalf of the President of the Republic of France.

                   Receiving the award will be:

·         Capt. Tim Fitzgerald, 3rd Battalion, The Irish Guards

·         Kingsman Bernard Cross, 5th Battalion, The Liverpool King’s Regiment

·         Rifleman Desmond James Ryan, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Ulster Rifles

·         Pte Michael Crumby, 8th Irish Battalion, The Liverpool King’s Regiment

·         Gunner Richard Stanley Hughes, Royal Regiment of Artillery

·         Leading Aircraftman Stephen Conyngham, Royal Air Force

The medals were presented Mr Philip Daniel, the Honorary Consul Of France.  The ceremony was also attended by Liverpool Lord Mayor, Cllr Roz Gladden, husband consort Cllr Roy Gladden, the High Sheriff of Merseyside Mr Jim Davies OBE DL, the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna E F Muirhead, DCVO DBE SRN SCM CstJ FRCOG FRCM and Mr Ronald Muirhead ,Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council Mr Ged Fitzgerald and Rector of Liverpool Parish Church Revd Dr Crispin Pailing.

The ceremony was hosted by Toastmaster Chirs Caroe.

For pictures of the ceremony follow the link below:-

the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

For video of the event click on the link below also:-


Author: James O'Hanlon

Liverpool photographer and local history fan. I will attend events of varied types and post them on this blog.

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