91 year old Mr Henry Miller from the Wirral received France’s highest decoration in a ceremony earlier in the Royal Naval Association Club in Wallasey, Wirral. Mr Miller received the National Order Of The Legion Of Honour from Mr Philip Daniel the Honarary Consul of France, who was representing the President of the French Republic.
Mr Miller volunteered as a minesweeper during the war and helped clear the English Channel in the weeks leading upto the D-Day Landings. Mr Miller played a vital part in help clear passage for the advancing British Forces into France.
Although the Legion d’honneur is normally presented to French nationals, the award is also given to non-nationals who have protected French interests.
After the D-Day landings Henry and other ships were deployed to the clear the ports of Dieppe and Calais. Later, Henry and his shipmates were given the Freedom of Paris by French Officials for their efforts.
Henry’s daughter Kathy Miller attended the presentation ceremony with her father. She said: “My dad showed tremendous courage at a very young age. He first volunteered to join the Royal Navy in 1942 when he was just 16 years old and he asked to go onto minesweeper ships which was clearly very dangerous work at the time.”
The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr. Pat Hackett said: “Henry showed great bravery at such a young age and we are absolutely delighted that he is now being recognised and honoured in this way. “
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